Bowling Green 49

(31-4, 16-1 MAC)

Arizona State 67

(31-4, 16-2 Pac-12)

    12:00 PM ET, March 24, 2007

    1 2 T
    BGSU 24 2549
    ASU 40 2767

    Top Performers

    Bowling Green: A. Mann 15 Pts, 3 Reb

    Arizona St: D. Orsillo 16 Pts, 3 Reb

    Bowling Green-Arizona St. Preview


    Bowling Green has already made the deepest NCAA tournament run in school and Mid-American Conference history. The Falcons will have to solve a stifling Arizona State defense if they want to keep it going.

    The seventh-seeded Falcons (31-3) look to make the most of their first visit to the round of 16 when they face the third-seeded Sun Devils in the semifinals of the Greensboro Regional on Saturday.

    Bowling Green became the first MAC team to reach a regional semifinal with their 59-56 upset of No. 2 seed Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

    "It's the biggest win in program history for our conference, for our community," said coach Curt Miller, whose team knocked off 10th-seeded Oklahoma State in the opening round for its first NCAA tournament win since 1989. "It's just great, we're taking it to another level. There are great coaches in the MAC and we finally are getting the respect we deserve."

    Reserve Amber Flynn had a team-high 19 points for the Falcons, who had four players score in double figures. Ali Mann, who averages a team-best 15.5 points, added 10.

    "Don't pinch me," Miller said. "Amazing. Our defensive game plan, and the execution of the game plan on one-day prep was phenomenal. We didn't want to give up any easy 3-point shots to the best 3-point shooting team in the country."

    Now Miller's team will have to prep for a more experienced tournament squad in Arizona State (30-4). The Sun Devils are making their second appearance in three years in the round of 16, and fourth overall. They earned their trip to Greensboro with Monday's 67-58 victory over sixth-seeded Louisville.

    "I could not be more proud of our team, to be standing with only 16 teams left," coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "I know this team and I know that they want to go even further and take another step."

    Arizona State, however, didn't exactly breeze through the first two rounds. The Sun Devils had to come back from 15 points down to beat 14th-seeded UC Riverside in the first round, and missed their first 15 shots against Louisville before rallying from a 14-point deficit in the final 11 minutes.

    Arizona State forced Louisville to commit 13 of its 19 turnovers in the second half, and shot 15-of-29 after the break.

    "We knew there was a point when we were going to turn it around because of our defense," said Emily Westerberg, who leads the Sun Devils with 13.4 points per game. "That's why we stayed in the game. Our defense allows us to stay in the game no matter what."

    Briann January matched her career-high with 22 points and Westerberg chipped in 12 for the Sun Devils, who are scoring 73.4 points per game while allowing just 58.7.

    "They just keep it on you and keep it on you and keep it on you. We were gassed," Cardinals coach Tom Collen said of Arizona State's defense.

    Bowling Green has been similarly impressive, outscoring opponents 75.1-56.9. The Falcons, however, nearly blew a 13-point halftime lead against Vanderbilt, due in part to the Commodores' pressure defense.

    Still, they managed to hang on and earn the MAC its first NCAA victory since 1996, when Toledo beat Mississippi.

    "Our conference is so overlooked," senior forward Carin Horne said. "This is quite an accomplishment to be the first MAC team in the Sweet 16."


    Gameday Matchup

    Avg Points75.874.1
    Avg Points Allowed56.659.0
    Home Record17-217-2
    Road Record12-111-2
    Current StreakW4L1

    School Info

    Conference Mid-American - East Pac-12
    Nickname Falcons Sun Devils
    Type Public Public


    » Mar 24, 2007 @ASU 67, BGSU 49Recap | Box Score

    Starting Lineup

    BGSU (PPG)
    ASU (PPG)
    NA  L. Honegger NA  E. Westerberg
    NA  C. Horne NA  A. Johnson
    NA  A. Mann NA  R. Pariseau
    NA  K. Achter G  D. Orsillo
    NA  M. Thorburn NA  J. Noe