Toledo 65, Eastern Michigan 53
Kent State 80, Marshall 71
Ball State 85, Central Michigan 50
Buffalo 76, Bowling Green 66
Miami 94, Akron 32
Western Michigan 67, Northern Illinois 66
Note: Game stories are courtesy of home sports
Toledo Wins 12th Straight, Clinches Tie For MAC Regular Season Title With 65-53 Victory Over Eastern Michigan
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- In what was a game dominated by runs, Toledo outlasted
Eastern Michigan, 65-53, Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in
Mid-American Conference action. The Eagles drop to 16-10 overall with a 9-6
MAC slate, while Toledo improves to 21-5 and 14-1. With the loss, Eastern no
longer has a chance to receive a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament.
The Eagles will host a first-round contest next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
at the Convocation Center. EMU's opponent is TBA.
The Eagles came out of the gates strong, opening the game with a 10-2
run over the first three and a half minutes. Toledo would take their first
timeout at 16:36, and over the next 8:15, the Rockets would establish a 14-1
run of their own. Toledo's biggest lead in the first half was 12 points, and
they took a 29-18 lead into the lockeroom at halftime.
Despite the runs, poor shooting was what enabled the Rockets to
establish somewhat of a lead. Eastern shot 24.1% from the field and 8.3%
from beyond the three-point line in the first half.
"You can't go up against the MAC champions, shoot like that, and
expect to win," said Eastern head coach Suzy Merchant.
"We had them where we wanted them in point range, but we didn't put
the ball in the basket," Merchant added. "It's just that simple."
In the second half, EMU made numerous runs, but got no closer than
five points. The Rockets were paced by senior Kahli Carter, who chipped in
11 second half points and pulled down eight rebounds. Carter ended the game
with 17 points, 14 rebounds, (11 defensive), three assists and four steals.
She was also 7-7 from the free throw line.
"17 points, 14 boards. That's just tough," Merchant said.
The Eagles were led by senior Kristy Maska on senior day, as she
totaled 14 points in 38 minutes of action. Junior Stephanie Smiley, although
going only 2-12 from the field, pulled down 12 rebounds, had seven assists
and three steals. Smiley finished with nine points.
Eastern has one remaining regular-season game. They will travel to
Kalamazoo, MI for a matchup with interstate rival Western Michigan, February
"We told the kids before the game that to succeed in Cleveland, you
have to earn it," Merchant said. "We have to shake this one off and start
thinking about a tough game at Western."
Kent State Wins Sixth Straight With 80-71 Win at Marshall
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University's women's basketball team
gave Mid-American Conference East Division Champion Kent State University
all it wanted in the Thundering Herd's final home game of the season, before
falling 80-71 on Saturday in Huntington.
Marshall senior Toni Patillo, playing in her final home game in
Huntington, scored a team high 22 points to lead a Thundering Herd team that
stayed with Kent State throughout most of the contest. Freshman Catie Knable
scored 14 points and senior Yaschico Stevens netted 13.
The Thundering Herd (9-17, 3-12 MAC) forced 22 Kent State turnovers
and hit twelve three-pointers to stay close with the Flashes who wrapped-up
their fourth-consecutive MAC East crown last week. Marshall turned the ball
over only 12 times.
Kent State's size and strength proved to be the difference. KSU's
six-foot-four senior center, Julie Studer, scored a game-high 23 points on
perfect nine for nine shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to lead a Golden
Flash attack that out-rebounded Marshall, 39-29. Carrie Nance added 15
points, Lori Krezeczowski, while Lisa Beggs grabbed eight boards to go with
her eight points in the win.
KSU (18-7, 13-2 MAC) managed to hold Marshall scoreless for a four
minute stretch late in the first half to establish a 41-34 lead at the
half. The Flashes then shot an impressive 62% from the floor in the second
half to keep the Thundering Herd at bay. Marshall did manage to narrow the
gap to as little as two early in the second half. For the game, KSU shot 59%
from the floor to Marshall's 37%.
The game, played before a Marshall season-high crowd of 863, was the
final home game for Marshall seniors Toni Patillo, Yaschico Stevens, Marisa
Williams and Melissa Arnold. Marshall's quartet of seniors will attempt to
lead Marshall to a win in its regular-season finale Tuesday night at Ohio
University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Kent State will close out the regular season Tuesday night at Akron.
Ball State Closes Out Regular Season With 85-50 Win Over Central Michigan
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Welcome back. The Ball State women's basketball team that
stormed through the first half of the Mid-American Conference
season appears to have returned.
The Cardinals used a dominant performance from the opening tip
and rolled to its 19th win of the season with an 85-50 victory
Saturday over Central Michigan.
Ball State ends the regular-season with a 19-8 overall record -
the best in the 26-year history of the program - and finishes the
MAC race with an 11-5 slate. The 11 league wins ties the 1996-97
team for the most MAC victories in school history.
"We are very excited about this win," said BSU head coach Brenda
Oldfield. "I know you have heard this before, but I just can*t
say enough about this team. What a nice thing to have everyone
play and score today. I think we are back. I could tell in
practice yesterday and I could see that fire in their eyes again.
It*s exciting to see."
A three-pointer from CMU's Desiree Eidson opened the game, but
it was all Ball State from that point. After Ball State built an
early 10-7 lead behind back-to-back scores from sophomore Amy
Zercher, freshman Johna Goff took over. A candidate for the
MAC's Freshman of the Year, Goff drained three consecutive
three-pointers to push BSU*s lead to 21-9 with 11:57 left on the
clock. Goff hit her fourth three-point field goal of the first
half at the 7:37 mark to bounce the Chippewas 32-16. Goff, who
earned a start for BSU, finished the first 20 minutes with 17
points, while Zercher added nine points.
In the second half, Ball State's other MAC Award Candidate
Tamara Bowie stole the show. Bowie, a candidate for the MAC
Player of the Year, scored 16 second-half points and grabbed 11
rebounds in the final 20 minutes as Ball State's lead expanded
to a game-high 40 points.
"I think that Johna and Tamara definitely finished the season on
a high note and proved that they are two of the best," Oldfield
said. "This team is so exciting to watch when we play like we did
today. Everyone who dressed contributed for us today and that*s
what needs to happen for us to have success. A lot of the credit
can be given to the entire team because they were ready to bring
our two seniors, LaTisha Tucker and Melannie Post, into the game
on Senior Day. For them to get in with some playing time was
Goff paced all scorers with 23 points, while Bowie finished with
18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Freshman Jessica Reiter
added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Zercher and sophomore
Laurie Kitts each finished with nine points. Junior Shala Crook
recorded a game-high nine assists in the win. Mandy Elwer led the
Chippewas with 15 points.
Ball State will now have to wait to learn its seed in next
week's MAC Tournament. The Cardinals are still alive for the
third seed and have at least clinched a first-round home game
which would be played March 3 in Muncie.
The MAC will conclude its regular season on Tuesday and
Wednesday, and the outcomes of those games could determine BSU's
seed. Complete coverage of the MAC Tournament will be available
Buffalo Defeats Bowling Green 76-66 Behind 31 Points From McClure
BUFFALO, NY Senior Mari McClure (Rochester Hills, MI/Rochester Adams) had
31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the University at
Buffalo women's basketball team to a 76-66 win over Bowling Green in Alumni
Arena. The win improves Buffalo's record to 19-7 overall and 10-5 in the
Mid-American Conference, while Bowling Green falls to 10-16 overall and 6-9
in the conference.
Buffalo's four seniors were honored prior to the last regular season home
game of their careers, and McClure came out on fire, scoring 13 points,
including three three-pointers, in the first six minutes of the first half.
The Bulls dominated the opening half, leading by as many as 17 points, 39-22
with 3:36 left on the clock. The Falcons then outscored Buffalo by an 8-2
margin to go into the lockerroom down by 11, 41-30. The Bulls were troubled
by poor shooting in the second half, hitting only eight field goals. The
Falcons cut Buffalo's lead to six, 60-54, following a 12-2 run with 3:32
remaining in regulation, but McClure converted a traditional three-point
play to put the Bulls back ahead by nine and they hit 11-of-14 free throws
in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
"We were getting good looks in the second half, but we just weren't
knocking them down," said UB head coach Cheryl Dozier. "When your offense
goes cold, you just have to keep playing defense and find a way to win.
With this senior-led team, I wasn't concerned that we were going to give up
Senior Tiffany Bell (Alexandria, VA/Hayfield) finished with 21 points and
eight rebounds, and sophomore Rachel Martin (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) added
10 points and five boards off the bench. The Falcons were led by Francine
Miller with 14 points and four rebounds, while Angie Farmer (12 points, five
rebounds) and Afra Smith (10 points, six rebounds) also finished in double
Buffalo now travels to Toledo for its final regular season game on
Wednesday, February 28. If the Bulls win, they will finish in a tie for
third place overall in the MAC standings with Ball State and will receive a
first-round bye to the MAC Tournament as a result of their earlier win over
the Cardinals on February 10. If the Bulls lose at Toledo, they will host a
first-round MAC Tournament game on Saturday, March 3 at 7 pm.
Miami Thumps Akron 94-32 In Home Finale
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University's women's basketball team made Senior Day
ever so sweet as it defeated Akron 94-32 Saturday afternoon in Millett
Hall. The margin of victory was the largest ever over Akron and the second
largest in Miami's history, with the biggest win coming over Toledo on
December 2, 1978, when the Red and White defeated the Rockets 104-32.
Miami jumped out of the gates and outscored the Zips 20-2 in the first six
minutes. During the spurt, Kim Lancaster tallied five points and Heather
Cusick and Jana Butler added four apiece.
After only scoring 12 points in the next nine minutes, Miami closed the
half with a 21-4 run in the final five minutes to gain a 53-16 halftime
Lancaster finished the half with 11 points, while Colleen Day drained 10 of
Miami shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, while Akron managed
to hit only 32 percent of its attempts.
In the second half, the RedHawks continued to pour it on as it stretched
its lead to as many as 62 points on two occasions while holding the Zips to
just 16 points again in the second half. Miami finished the game on a 20-4
For the game, Miami hit 54 percent from the field and 79 percent from the
charity stripe. Akron hit only 28 percent overall, including a mere eight
percent (1-of-13) from three-point land.
Lancaster led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed
six boards. Day and Hollie Nelsen each pitched in 13 points and seven
boards, while Melanie Kozlowski added 10 points. Butler added seven
rebounds for the Red and White.
Jamie Krivak led Akron with six points.
Game Notes: Nelsen finished with a career-high seven steals for Miami ...
the RedHawks scored 41 points off 33 Akron turnovers ... for the second
consecutive game, Miami out-rebounded its opponent, winning the war 40-32
... the 32 points was the lowest Miami has given up since the 1994-95
season when it held Cincinnati to a career-low 29 points ... Cusick
extended her streak to consecutive games with at least one steal to 34
contests ... Miami's three freshmen (Day, Kozlowski, Lancaster) finished
the game with a combined 44 points on 16-of-23 shooting ... Days 13 points
tied a career high ... Miami finished with 19 assists compared to the Zips'
five ... the RedHawks ended the contest shooting 19-of-24 free throws (79
percent), while Akron hit 3-of-5 (60 percent) ... Nelsen has now connected
on 41 of her last 45 foul shots (91 percent) ... Miami ran its all-time
record against Akron to 18-2.
Hurrle's Last-Second Shot Lifts Western Michigan To 67-66 Win Over Northern Illinois
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Senior Sarah Hurrle's layup with one second remaining gave the Western Michigan University women's basketball team
a thrilling 67-66 win over Northern Illinois Saturday at University Arena.
Hurrle's bucket gave WMU its first and only lead of the game and improved the Broncos' Mid-American Conference record
to 5-10. Western Michigan is now 8-18 overall. NIU fell to 9-6 in league play, 13-15 in all contests.
With Saturday's triumph, WMU kept its hopes of hosting a game in the first round of the 2001 MAC Tournament alive. The
Broncos need a win against rival Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at University Arena and a loss by Bowling Green
Hurrle finished with a game-high 21 points, 12 coming via 3-point baskets. She was 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Hurrle made 1-of-2 tries from the charity stripe with 44 seconds remaining, bringing WMU within a point at 66-65. Karen Deurloo
rebounded an NIU miss with 12 ticks left, and following three timeouts, Hurrle drove the lane to put in the left-handed,
Deurloo celebrated her birthday with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Emily Samuelson
added 13 points of her own, nine coming in the second half. Junior Casey Stevenson scored a personal-best 11 points
on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the floor. She also grabbed two boards, blocked a shot, and made a steal. Brooke
Gallert finished with a season-high seven points. She dished out three assists and made three steals.
Northern Illinois posted its biggest lead of the second half with 17:57 to play, holding a 41-30 lead over WMU. A 3-pointer
by Brooke Gallert capped off a 14-4 Bronco run and brought Western Michigan within a point (45-44) with 13:34 remaining.
The Huskies built the lead back up to nine points twice down the stretch and led 65-56 with 3:51 to play, only to see WMU
scratch its way back into the game. Samuelson knocked down a 3-pointer to make the score 64-59 and then made a steal and
layup to make the score 64-61. Hurrle tied the score at 64 with her fourth trey at the 1:31 mark in the second stanza.
The Broncos trailed 14-2 to start the game and were down 22-10 at the nine-minute mark before finding some offensive
rhythm. Hurrle keyed a 7-0 WMU run to make the score 22-17 with two free throws and a 3-pointer. NIU stretched its lead
back to 11 (30-19) with 3:46 left in the first half before another Hurrle trey and baskets by Stevenson and Samuelson
brought in back into single digits. Western Michigan trailed by just five points (33-28) at the break despite being
outshot by the Huskies .545-.360.