In the Mid-American Conference opener at the Stroh, the Falcons paced a 76-57 win over the Golden Flashes in a rebounding frenzy.
Both Chrissy Steffen and Alexis Rogers put up double-doubles, 27-10 and 16-11, respectively. Overall, the Falcons had a commendable 52-28 rebounding advantage, which led to 28 second chance points.
With a slow shooting night for BG, Steffen managed to beat her previous season high of 25 points with another basket, giving her a season best of 27 points and the title of MAC Player of the Week. In the last three games, Steffen has added 67 points to BG totals.
BG opened up with a 4-0 lead, then Kent State answered back with five. It was a free throw from Danielle Havel that began a 13-0 run for the Falcons. BG led 37-23 at the half.
Both teams were slow offensively to start the second half. Each team took turns making solid one-sided runs until Steffen hit a three to turn their nine point lead into 19 points over the next few minutes.
For the Golden Flashes, Melanee Stubbs scored 12 points off the bench, and Jamie Hutcheson contributed 10.
BG improves to 11-3 on the season, with their first conference victory. Their next game against Akron on Jan 7 will be the second of four games at home. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m. and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio.