The BG News – sports
Miriam Justinger has been a large part of the Womens Basketball program at Bowling Green State University for the past four years, never averaging less than 19.9 minutes per game and 22 starts per season.
A three-year letter winner and a captain this year, the senior guard/forward has been a strong presence for the team over the course of her career, both on and off the court.
While she has had a stellar career for the Falcons, she was very close to ending up somewhere else entirely coming out of high school.
“I actually went through the recruiting process twice,” Justinger said. “I had signed and committed to Kent State, and then their coaches had gotten fired right around the end of my senior year. So, I was like, ‘Well, I don’t want to walk into a program without knowing who the coaches are going to be or if they’ll like me or whatnot.’”
Coincidentally, the Kent State coaching transition was happening at the same time as Bowling Green’s own coaching transition.
Previous Falcons’ head coach Curt Miller, now head coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, had left to become the head coach at Indiana University. Current head coach Jennifer Roos, who was an assistant coach at the time, was the one who contacted Justinger about playing at the University.
“It was kind of just like a blessing in disguise that Coach Roos was like, ‘Hey, I’m at Bowling Green. We don’t have a coach yet but I heard you decommitted from Kent State. We’d love to have you up for a visit,’” Justinger said. “The day that she was announced as head coach was actually the day that she also offered me, and then I committed like a week later.”
Justinger, the only fourth-year member of the Falcons and the remaining half of …