Jasmine Matthews and her Bowling Green teammates don't hide the fact they were not happy about being shunned by the NCAA selection committee.
After winning the Mid American Conference regular-season title, but falling in the MAC tournament title game to Ball State, they figured they would at least receive an at-large bid. Their 27-4 record was not good enough.
"We were upset, but we figured just move on and do our best in the WNIT," Matthews said. "We are pumped to go out and prove that we were good enough, but we also have to put the NCAA behind us. one game at a time."
The Falcons beat High Point in the WNIT first-round and host St. Bonaventure tonight in a second-round game.
For Marian grad Matthews and Bowling Green, success is a matter of making lemonade out of lemons. Matthews has made several adjustments in her college career. After making the MAC freshman team, Matthews played in just 13 games as a sophomore due a stress fracture in her right leg.
"It was frustrating because I was coming off a good freshman year and was really excited, then I got hurt," Matthews said. "I looked at it as a chance to watch and observe. You can pick up a lot of different things that can help your game by observing.
"I wanted to learn more about the game and make myself better."
The junior has been a big part of the Falcons' success as she has played in all 32 games and started six. She said not starting is not a problem after starring for Marian Catholic and being a McDonald's All-American nominee.
"My mindset didn't change by not starting" Matthews said. "I am in the rotation and when you come off the bench, you have to be ready. That goes back to watching the game and getting a feel for the flow. You never know at what point you are going to go in. It can be in the first minute or the middle of a half."
Matthews is averaging 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
"We've accomplished a lot — winning the MAC," Matthews said. "We just want to keep winning. You do that by not looking down the road. You look to the next game and be ready for that."