Tuesday, March 07, 2006

BG ups and downs

As if we didn't already know whom the better Bowling Green basketball team is, the men completely abdicated the MAC Tournament stage to the women by getting bounced in the first round last night.
If that wasn't humiliating enough, it was a 25-point loss to arch-rival Toledo.
It is the first time since 2000 that the BG men's team failed to make it to Cleveland. The men's portion starts Thursday afternoon at The Q.
OK, now that we've eaten our green beans, on to dessert.
The MAC doesn't technically seed women's teams, but if they did, BG would be No. 1. I say that in all objectivity.
The Falcon women finished the regular season 25-2, 16-0 in the MAC. That's no easy feat in a conference that routinely has one of the smallest gaps between the top and the bottom. If you are a BGSU alum, you should get to know these ladies. They already have an NCAA Tournament berth under their belts, and could very well be headed for another this year -- maybe even a win or two.
Armed with the rest of a first-round bye, the BG women will take on Northern Illinois in the MAC quarterfinals Wednesday at The Q. The game starts at 5:30 p.m.
The best part is, the Falcons are anchored by three juniors -- forwards Ali Mann, Liz Honegger and Carin Horne -- who will become one of the premier senior groups in the conference next year.
It's a long way from the shoot-first-ask-questions-later Falcon women Joel Hammond and I covered for the BG News in 2000 and 2001.

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