Jan. 22, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Despite a valiant comeback effort in the second half, WMU's women's basketball team was unable to pull themselves out of the hole they dug in a dismal first half of play. The Broncos scored only 15 points in the first half of a 75-70 loss to Kent on Saturday (Jan. 22) at University Arena, before a season-high crowd of 1,410 fans.
Kent (13-4, 7-0 MAC) never trailed in the contest, building an early 13-3 lead, and going ahead by 25 points, 40-15, at the intermission.
In the first half, the Broncos hit on only five of 23 shots (21.7 percent), committed multiple turnovers, several unforced, and were out-rebounded 25-11. A strong second-half team performance made the game statistics and final score close, but only close.
Kent has won the past 10 meetings of the two teams. WMU and Kent do not play again in regular season, but could meet in the Mid-American Conference tournament in March.
With the loss, WMU falls to 8-8 overall and 5-1 MAC. The loss also snapped a six-game winning streak for Western Michigan.
Senior Shelsea Erving and rookie Kristin Koetsier led WMU with 20 points each. Senior Danielle Mueller had her second consecutive double-double (fourth of the season) with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Brianne Gallert scored 12 points.
Western Michigan travels to Ball State for a key MAC West Division match on Wednesday, Jan. 26, and returns home to host Northern Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
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