TC grad Stein shines as BG moves on in MAC tourney

CLEVELAND – Columbian graduate Jill Stein made a big impact for Bowling Green State University’s Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena against Western Michigan.

The junior came off the bench to contribute 11 points and five rebounds in a second-round Mid-American Conference women’s basketball tournament game.

Stein’s point total tied her with Alexis Rogers for the Falcons’ team lead.

As it turned out, BG needed just about everyone of those points.

Despite opening up an 18-point lead against the 11-win Broncos, the Falcons found themselves in a tight contest down the stretch, edging Western Michigan, 55-53.

Stein, who played in a number of big games while playing for Larry Kisabeth at Columbian, played 23 minutes, went 3 of 4 from the foul line, and had a block, a steal and assist.

She scored eight of BG’s 18 second-half points.

With the victory, Stein and the Falcons advance to play Central Michigan at noon today in Cleveland. The winner of that game advances to play top-seeded Toledo.

‘Berg softball wins pair

CLERMONT, Fla. – Heidelberg’s Lisa Simmons’ two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning gave the Student Princes a lead they didn’t relinquish Wednesday against Monmouth, as HU went on to a 7-5 victory.

Heidelberg followed that game up with a 4-3 victory over Lesley.

In the first game, HU catcher Mikaela Mitsch hit a two-run homer, helping to stake her team to a 5-0 lead. But Monmouth rallied to tie the game with a run in the third and four in the fifth, which chased Heidelberg starting pitcher Nicola Gabriele. Gabriele gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings, but only one of those runs was earned. She was followed in the circle by Ali Sayre, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Sayre allowed two hits, and didn’t walk or strike out a batter.

HU was charged with three errors in the win.

Simmons scored three runs for Heidelberg, while Bri Sinden had a key two-out, two-run double in the eighth.

New Riegel graduate Jami Wagner, the Student Princes’ leadoff hitter, lined two hits and scored a run while making four putouts in centerfield.

Monmouth was led by Emily Watkins, who had three hits and drove in a run.

No details about HU’s win over Lesley were available at press time.