Falcons flying south for NCAA Sweet 16

Bowling Green State University's women's basketball team continued to rewrite BGSU and Mid-American Conference history Tuesday in the NCAA Tournament.

By holding off Vanderbilt, 59-56, in second-round play at East Lansing, Mich., the Falcons (31-3) became the first MAC team ever to advance to the tournament's round of 16.

Up next for BGSU, the seventh seed in the Greensboro Regional, will be a regional-semifinal meeting Saturday with third-seeded Arizona State (30-4) at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Sun Devils reached the Sweet 16 by defeating Louisville, 67-58, on Monday. Saturday's game begins at noon and will be televised by ESPN.

Rutgers will challenge top-seeded Duke in Saturday's second game at Greensboro, with the winners returning Monday night to decide the regional championship and a berth in the Final Four in Cleveland.

BGSU's opening-round win over Oklahoma State last Sunday was its first in the tournament since 1989, and the first by any MAC team since 1996. With Tuesday's victory over Vanderbilt—the region's No. 2 seed—the Falcons extended their school and conference records for wins in a season to 31, and their BGSU mark for wins in a four-year period to 103.

Ticket information for the Sweet 16 is available at greensborocoliseum.com or by calling 888-397-3100.

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(Posted March 21, 2007)