Upset of Bowling Green starts women’s basketball season

Samantha Nguyen, Staff Writer

The women’s basketball team played two games to open its 2014-15 season. The Bison traveled to play Bowling Green for the season opener on Nov. 14, the beginning of a four-game road trip. The Bison continued north to play Michigan on Nov. 16, and while they defeated Bowling Green 53-52, they fell to the Wolverines 68-61.

Bowling Green had seven straight 20-win seasons and the most conference championships in the Mid-American Conference, so it was a huge feat for the Orange and Blue to beat the Falcons. There were 13 lead changes and two ties, finally coming down to the final buzzer, as the last shot for Bowling Green rimmed out.

Claire Maree O’Bryan ’16 scored 16 points, including 12 in the first half. Micki Impellizeri ’15 had a career-high five blocks, and in her collegiate debut, Carly Richardson ’18 scored 10 points for the Bison. Tyler Craig ’16 contributed eight points.

Following the season-opening win, the team headed up to Ann Arbor to play a talented Michigan team. Michigan won, but it was a strong performance for the Orange and Blue, who climbed back into the game several times.

Coming back strong from a 22-8 deficit after the early part of the game, Audrey Dotson ’15 recorded her 13th career double-double, leading with 17 points and 11 rebounds. O’Bryan had 11 points, while Claire DeBoer ’17 scored nine points. Craig added another eight points for the second consecutive game.

Even with the loss, the squad is in great position after two games. It will now continue its road trip against Fairleigh Dickinson in New Jersey on Nov. 22.

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