Saturday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 11/10/2012

Saturday's Women's Basketball Results

Akron 83, Hiram 24
Bowling Green 68, Madonna 57
Western Michigan 57, American 53
Kent State 53, UMASS 83
 
Recaps courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Akron 83, Hiram 24
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's basketball team made quick work of Hiram in its home opener Saturday afternoon, shooting 43.7 percent from the field en route to an 83-24 victory. 
 
Sina King poured in a game-high 15 points in just 16 minutes of action, including a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe to set the tone for the Zips. 
 
Rachel Tecca was solid offensively as well, picking up 13 points in 12 minutes. Tecca needs just eight more points to reach 1,000 for her career. 
 
Akron's defense held Hiram scoreless for almost half of the first half, as the Terriers did not knock down their first bucket until the 11:36 mark. UA's 23-0 run to open the game was broken up by a 3-pointer from Hiram's Calysia Smyers. 
 
Katie Bubna hit a jumper from the free throw line with just over a minute to play in the first half to push Akron's lead to 42-7, and the Terriers answered with a 12-footer and a buzzer-beating layup to make it 42-11 at the break. 
 
King and Tecca combined to give the Zips a quick 10-4 run to start the second half, maintaining an advantage UA would slowly build on for the remainder of the game.
 
Hiram was led by Christy Griffin's eight points.
 
Although the Zips received quality minutes from their starting five they also benefitted from 39 bench points in the contest. The pack of newcomers was led by freshman Katie Nunan with eight points and nine rebounds in her collegiate debut. Local product Cari Guyton provided eight points and five rebounds and DiAndra Gibson added nine points and four boards.
 
As a team, Akron out-rebounded Hiram 64-35, and forced the Terriers into 31 turnovers. 
 
UA will take to the road for its first test away from home on Tuesday, Nov. 13 when the Zips travel to Tennessee Tech. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. ET in Cookeville.
 
 
Bowling Green 68, Madonna 57
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Four Bowling Green State University women's basketball starters scored in double digits as the Falcons posted a 68-57 win over Madonna University on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 10).  The game, the season opener for both teams, was held at the Stroh Center.
 
Saturday marked the first 'official' win in the head-coaching career of Jennifer Roos.  Roos is in her first year at the BG helm after 11 seasons as an assistant on the Falcon staff (the last eight as associate head coach).  She served as interim head coach for two games last season, guiding the Brown and Orange to a 2-0 mark.
 
Senior Allison Papenfuss had 13 points in her first collegiate start, while freshman Bailey Cairnduff had 12 points in her BGSU debut.  Senior co-captains Danielle Havel and Chrissy Steffen each scored 11 points for the Brown and Orange.
 
Havel had a double-double, pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds, while Steffen just missed a double-double with nine boards.  Steffen also had a game-high four assists on the afternoon.
 
Papenfuss had seven rebounds as BG enjoyed a 41-27 advantage in that category, and the senior had three blocked shots to lead all players.
 
Rachel Melcher had a game-high 17 points off the bench for the Crusaders, while Kaylee McGrath scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.  McGrath led the visitors with eight rebounds.
 
The Falcons took an early lead, as Papenfuss scored just 12 seconds into the contest.  Moments later, back-to-back three-point field goals by Cairnduff put the hosts ahead by an 8-2 score, and after Heather Pratt countered with a triple for the visitors, Steffen put back a teammate's miss to begin a 7-0 run.
 
That run continued when junior Jillian Halfhill hit a driving banker, and freshman Miriam Justinger knocked down a three-pointer for a 15-5 BGSU lead.  On the afternoon, Halfhill scored eight points and Justinger seven.
 
But, back came the Crusaders, as a Melcher layup began an 8-0 run.  McGrath and Melcher each hit from beyond the arc, and BG's lead was down to two points.
 
Papenfuss took a pass from junior Jill Stein and hit a layup, but Melcher knocked down her second trey in a 32-second span, and McGrath's layup gave the visitors an 18-17 lead just over midway through the half.
 
Moments later, Shantelle Herring connected from long distance, and the Crusaders' lead was four points, at 23-19, with 8:30 left before the intermission.
 
BG rallied with eight-straight points, including a Cairnduff layup to put the hosts ahead by a 24-23 count.  Junior Katrina Salinas followed with a triple for a four-point lead, but back came the visitors once again.
 
A tough jumper by McGrath was followed by Herring's steal and layup, and MU had a 29-27 lead heading into the final media timeout of the half.  A pair of free throws by the Falcons, along with a Papenfuss jumper in the paint, gave the Brown and Orange a 31-29 advantage at the break.
 
 
Western Michigan 57, American 53
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Shane Clipfell era began in fine fashion as the Broncos outlasted American University, 57-53, to open the 2012-13 season.
 
Clipfell becomes the first Western Michigan women's basketball head coach to win his first game on the bench since Jim Hess accomplished the feat in 1982.
 
The Broncos were sparked by Jessica Jessing, playing in her first collegiate game.  She was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor, coming off the bench in the first half.  She helped turn a 21-24 deficit into a 29-24 halftime lead.  She finished with a team high 13 points.
 
Trailing by three with 1:22 to go in the half, Corie Buchanan, who also had 13 points for the Broncos, made a lay up to cut the deficit to one point.  Jessing hit a three-pointer from the corner to give WMU the lead, 26-24.  She would make a lay up and make good on a free throw to close out the half on a 8-0 run for WMU.
 
The Broncos extended its lead to a game high 12 points at the 12:50 mark of the second half on another Jessing three-pointer.  They regained a 10-point advantage on Buchanan's jumper at the 8:22 mark.
 
American went on a 14-4 run over the next six minutes to tie the game at 53-all, but WMU would not be denied.  Buchanan gave the Broncos the lead back on a lay up and then extended on a pair of free throws.  The Broncos' defense secured the win, coming up with a pair of steals in the final 10 seconds.
 
Western Michigan outscored American, 32-16, in the paint and forced 24 turnovers.  The Bronco bench outworked the Eagles, scoring 27-15 in the game.
 
WMU next plays Milwaukee on the road at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
 
 
Kent State 53, UMASS 83
AMHERST, Mass. – Senior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) scored 15 points as the Kent State women's basketball team dropped its season-opener on the road to UMass on Saturday (Nov. 10), 83-53, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
 
In the debut of head coach Danielle O'Banion, the Golden Flashes were unable to overcome a high-powered Minutewoman offense that torched the nets for 10 three-pointers in the contest. UMass went 7-for-10 from beyond the arc in the opening period to take a 39-24 halftime lead. The Minutewomen shot 55.6% from the field in the half compared to just 37.0% for the Flashes.
 
UMass cooled slightly from long distance in the second half, making just three of their eight attempts, but shot a higher percentage from the field overall (66.7%).
 
Kent State was able to fluster UMass at times with its pressure defense, forcing 27 turnovers in the game. Beckford, senior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.), and freshman guard Rachel Mendelsohn (Portland, Ore.) had three thefts each for the Flashes.
 
Senior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) joined Beckford in double-figures with 11 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Senior guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte Maxime, France) recorded a team-best eight rebounds and matched sophomore forward Melanee Stubbs (Merrillville, Ind.) for the team lead with three assists.
 
Both teams received solid contributions from their reserves with 19 bench points apiece. Sophomore guard Jamie Hutcheson (Ancaster, Ontario) scored seven points while Mendelsohn added six in her first collegiate game. The Flashes lost the battle on the boards as UMass held a 41-23 rebounding advantage and outscored the Flashes, 32-18, in the paint.
 
UMass center Jasmine Watson led all scorers with 21 points while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking four shots. Forward Rashida Timbilla recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Minutewomen. Emily Mital and Kiara Bomben went for 16 points and 11 points, respectively, and combined to make seven three-pointers.
 
Kent State returns to the hardwood on Wednesday (Nov. 14). The Flashes will look to earn their first victory of the 2012-13 season when they play at Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m.