WMU Women's Basketball Shane Clipfell

Western Michigan women’s basketball dropped the home opener of 2021 to Bowling Green, 73-48 on Wednesday. The Broncos’ loss moves its season record to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in MAC play.

The game started poorly for the Broncos with a first quarter that saw them go down 12-23 by shooting 28% from the field while Bowling Green shot 47%. Also of note for the young WMU team was the amount of turnovers, with six in the first quarter and 27 in the game.

Despite the loss, there is optimism inside the program as the team is young and filled with underclassmen, the only senior being Reilly Jacobson. 

“This team has a chance to be the most improved team in the conference this year,” Head Coach Shane Clipfell said after the game, “we self-destructed in stretches.”

The poor offense was reflected throughout the game with the team shooting 34% on the day and only shot 21% from three point range hitting only 4-19 shots. It was a blowout by Bowling Green as the Broncos never tied or took the lead in the game. 

One bright spot that the Broncos enjoyed was the defense. The unit forced 15 turnovers and suffocated Bowling Green to only six points in the second quarter, which Clipfell likes to associate with a strong resiliency of the group. 

“One thing we have to be is resilient, we have to understand that bad things are going to happen during a game and right now what we are fighting is how long bad moments last,” said Clipfell. 

Leading the scoring for the Broncos was Jacobson, who scored 16 points and gathered four rebounds while redshirt freshman Taylor Williams scored 10 points and was two rebounds away from a double double, pulling in eight on the day. 

For Bowling Green, juniors Lexi Fleming and Kadie Hempfling led the way with 16 points each.

Next up, the Broncos take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday at 2 p.m. to try and pick up the squad’s first conference win.

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