AKRON - Sophomore Ali Mann had 15 of her game-high 17 points in the second half, helping the Bowling Green State University to a 61-52 win over Akron yesterday in Mid-American Conference women's basketball.
Sophomore Carin Horne added 12 points, with senior Kelly Kapferer scoring nine, all in the first half, for the Falcons (16-6, 9-2 MAC) , who are in first place in the West Division.
After trailing by just two points at the half, Akron (3-20, 3-9 MAC) turned the ball over on six of its first eight possessions of the second period sparking a 10-2 BG run that put it up 39-29 with 15:30 to play.
The Zips managed to cut their deficit to seven 45-38 with 8:12 to go, but would get no closer as the Falcons used an 8-0 run midway through the second period to gain its biggest advantage of the afternoon at 14 points, 55-41, with 3:59 to play.
Jessica Deville had 16 points and five rebounds for Akron.
The Zips also held the Falcons without making a 3-point field goal (0-13), putting an end to a streak of 193 games in which BG had connected on at least one shot from behind the arc.
"We knew [Akron] is very good at defending the arc," BG coach Curt Miller said, "so we thought points in the paint would be a big deal. We struggled getting the ball inside early, but Kelly Kapferer kept us in it in the first half. I don't know where we would have been without the effort of Kapferer.
"But, we just didn't execute in the first half. We warned the kids all week about how dangerous this game could be. But, to our credit, it is another road win."