Buffalo Wins Ninth Straight Game Wednesday

Updated 12/30/1999
The University at Buffalo won its ninth straight game and claimed Florida Atlantic's tournament, defeating the host school 81-53 Wednesday. The Bulls (9-1) were led by Sonia Ortega's 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Tiffany Bell added 14 points. Nisha Wilson and Tara Perrier each chipped in 10 points, while Kim Kilpela came off the bench and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. UB goes for its 10th straight win on Sunday, Jan. 2 when the Bulls travel to face crosstown rival Canisius.

In other MAC women's action on Wednesday, Marshall claimed third place in Louisville's tournament after the Thundering Herd defeated Western Illinois 67-57 in the consolation game. Yashico Stevens and Marisa Williams each scored a game-high 20 points while Stevens grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Toni Patillo and Brandy Robertson chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively for Marshall, which improved its record to 5-5. Marshall hosts Eastern Michigan on Sunday in the league opener for both schools.

Third-ranked Louisiana Tech forced 30 Akron turnovers and jumped out to a 40-18 lead over the Zips en route to a 88-61 win in the championship game of the State Farm Holiday Classic in Ruston, La. Abby Hoy led the Zips with 16 points, while Cheryl Bowles and Erica Glover combined to score 25 points. Akron hosts Niagara in a non-conference game on Sunday.

Also, Bowling Green fell to UNC Charlotte 72-62 in the opening game of the Hokie Hardwood Classic in Blacksburg, Va., while Georgia Tech defeated Western Michigan 95-89 in overtime in Atlanta, Ga. Bowling Green (2-7) faces Hampton and Western Michigan (2-7) battles Campbell in the consolation games of its respective tournaments. In addition, Ferris State won on the road at Central Michigan (2-8), 67-60.

The league portion of the MAC schedule officially opens on Sunday with four conference games -- Ball State at Miami; Central Michigan at Ohio, Eastern Michigan at Marshall and Kent at Bowling Green.