The Blade/Jeremy Wadsworth
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team struggled with its shooting and suffered a 59-45 loss Monday to No. 18 Purdue at Mackey Arena.
The Falcons made just 28 percent of their shots and connected on just 27 percent of their 3-pointers.
Senior Danielle Havel led BG with nine points, while senior Chrissy Steffen and junior Alexis Rogers each had eight, with Rogers adding a team-best seven rebounds.
Drey Mingo finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers (3-0), while Sam Ostarello also posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards. Chantel Poston added 12 points.
Purdue broke on top early, scoring the game’s first six points before a bucket by Rogers at the 18:41 mark of the first half. The Boilermakers led 10-2 before the Falcons cut their deficit to 12-8 with 13:27 left in the period.
Purdue scored the next seven points, and BG needed a 6-2 finish to narrow the halftime margin to 25-18.
Steffen made a layup on BG’s first possession of the second half, only to see the Boilermakers score the next nine points as part of a 15-3 run that made the score 40-21 with 15:02 still to play.
From that point, the Falcons never were able to cut the margin to single digits.
BG’s next games will come in Las Vegas when it plays in the Lady Rebel Round-up. The Falcons face Villanova on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Toledo time. The next day BG will play either Montana or UNLV.