Broncos Overpower Trine in Exhibition, 85-39
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan women's basketball raced out to a 42-10 halftime lead and defeated Trine, 85-39, in the Broncos' final preseason tune-up.
Thirteen of the 14 Broncos that played scored, with eight of them registering eight points or better. Sophomore A.J. Johnson and senior Aurielle Anderson led WMU with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Anderson also added four assists, as did sophomore guard Jasmine Knowles.
Western Michigan held its Division III opposition to 4 of 20 shooting in the first half and forced the Thunder into 29 total turnovers. The Broncos built a double-digit advantage within the first five minutes of the game and had stretched their lead to over 20 with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half. The Broncos closed out the period with a 13-2 run, to lead by 32 at the break.
The Broncos dominated the game up and down the stat column, outscoring Trine by 40 points in the paint and 22-0 on the fastbreak. WMU also outrebounded the Thunder 49-26, hauling in 24 offensive rebounds which the Broncos converted into 39 second-chance points.
Sophomore Michelle O'Brien collected a game-high nine rebounds and chipped in eight points, while classmate Marquisha Harris totaled seven rebounds and seven points.
“We were not happy with our defensive efforts against Wayne State,” commented WMU head coach Shane Clipfell, referring to WMU’s exhibition opener last Friday. “We put a lot of effort into making our defensive transition much better.
“We wanted to come out and play faster tonight than we did against Wayne State. The give and take in that, was if we could do it and not turn the ball over. I was very pleased how we were able to do it with only seven or eight turnovers in the first half and only three or four in the second half.”
WMU had just 12 turnovers in the game, cutting their total against Wayne State down by nine.
Trine was paced by Megan Loveberry and Sydney Spragg who combined for 26 of their team's 39 points. Loveberry scored a game-high 15 points and Spragg went for 11.
Western Michigan officially kicks off the 2012-13 campaign at home against defending regular-season Patriot League champion American Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.