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Preview: A tune-up game awaits when Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball faces Bowling Green

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Buffalo Bulls at Bowling Green Falcons

1/17/2017
7:00 PM
Stroh Center, Bowling Green, Ohio

TV: ESPN3

Radio: ESPN 1520

On a road trip that began with a win over the RedHawks in Oxford, Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball now heads to the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio to take on the Falcons. UB has a really good chance at heading home with an even record in MAC play considering that BGSU is struggling immensely.

Jennifer Roos has single handedly destroyed the Mid-American Conference power in her tenure. After solid 24 and 30 win seasons that each only received WNIT berths, Roos now has a 22-50 record in the past three years and no postseason appearances.

Bowling Green is currently 3-11 this season and 1-4 in MAC play. The Falcons have an array of bad losses, their worst coming to Lafayette, who’s only 312th in the RPI rankings. Bowling Green only had one win worth mentioning and that came from conference play with a win over a bad Akron team.

Carly Santoro currently leads the Falcons with 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Abby Siefker and Sydney Lambert are the only other real threats that BG has to offer. Siefker averages 6.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while Lambert averages 8.9 points per game.

What to watch for

1. Turning this into an ugly game

If all goes as planned, this should be a blowout for the Bulls, but Bowling Green has done a good job at not letting opponents do that. If the Bulls can win by 15 points or more here, then that’s a big win for their offense.

2. Continuing to execute the matchup zone

UB’s signature defensive came up big in the second half at Miami and it allowed the Bulls to rally to a win of almost the same margin as their rout on New Year’s Eve. If it plays out right the matchup can hold Bowling Green to less than 50 points, and that would be a good thing to see, especially with a Central Michigan rematch coming up.

3. Turnovers

This talking point is going to be on every preview until it’s fixed. 7 of the last 9 games have seen the Bulls turn the ball over 18 or more times. If Buffalo manages to turn it over that many times against a bad BGSU team, then they’re in trouble when they play CMU on Saturday.

4. Onwuka

I think Theresa Onwuka is poised for a big game here. Bowling Green likes to play defense, but Onwuka’s ability to slash into the lane is going to be super helpful in opening up the post in Buffalo’s favor. It wouldn’t surprise me if we see another 10+ point and 8ish rebound effort from her.