Quarterfinal 1: Manual 48, Bowling Green 36

Bowling Green (25-2) vs. Manual (32-4)

  • Manual holds the Purples to two field goals in the final half and cruises to 48-36 victory and a trip to the semifinals where it will meet the winner of Marion County and Butler.
  • Bowling Green has one field goal in this half so far and trails Manual 46-32 with 3:36 to play.
  • An 8-1 run to start the fourth quarter has Manual up 42-31 on Bowling Green with 6:12 to play. Not sure the Purples can recover from this one.
  • Manual held Bowling Green to just one field goal in the fourth quarter and has grabbed a 34-29 run going into the final quarter.
  • With 1:39 to play in the third quarter, Manual has 30-29 lead over Bowling Green.
  • HALFTIME: BOWLING GREEN 27, MANUAL 23 – The Purples are hitting 52.4 percent from the field and holding the Crimsons to 8 of 26. Bowling Green’s only Achilles’ heel so far has been turning the ball over nine times against Manual’s aggressive man-to-man defense.
  • This game is fun so far. Bowling Green responded to Manual’s big run with one of its own and leads 22-21 with 2:10 to go in the first half.
  • Manual has scored eight straight and has a 14-12 lead behind a Kara Wright putback.
  • After one quarter, the Purples lead 12-6. Their active zone has been troublesome for Manual, which has missed nine of its first 10 shots.
  • There are some seriously rowdy student sections here this afternoon. The main Manual chant appears to be “What’s a Purple?” to which the Bowlng Green students have replied “Ask your mom.”
  • With 1:24 to go in the first quarter, Manual trails Bowling Green 10-6. The Crimsons didn’t hit their first field goal until 3:15 remained in the first quarter.
  • Bowling Green has grabbed an early 8-3 lead and Manual started the game missing its first six shots.

Notes: The Purples have won 17 in a row since falling to Manual 71-53 on Dec. 22 in the semifinals of the holiday tournament at Manual. The Crimsons have won 19 straight games and are without junior standout April Wilson, who broke a bone in her hand last week.

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