Tuesday's MAC Women's Basketball Results

Updated 11/13/2012


Tuesday's Women's Basketball Results
Buffalo 50, Youngstown State 60
Ohio 63, Cleveland State 55
Ball State 62, Butler 70
Akron 78,Tennessee Tech 67
Recaps courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Buffalo 50, Youngstown State 60
BUFFALO, NY - Despite not allowing a field goal for nine minutes in the second half, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team was unable to pull of the comeback on Tuesday afternoon, falling to Youngstown State in its home opener, 60-50.  The Bulls were able to cut into an 18-point second half deficit, but ultimately fell to 0-2 on the year.
The Bulls got off to a quick start in the game going on a 9-3 run over the first three minutes, capped off on a steal and fast break layup from sophomore Christa Baccas.  The Penguins answered with a 9-2 run though and led for the remainder of the game.  Youngstown State shot nearly 42 percent from the field in the opening half as it opened up a 13-point lead with just over a minute left.  The Bulls were able to pull within 10 at the half thanks to Baccas, who converted on a three-point play.
The Penguins led by as many as 18 following a pair of free throws from Brandi Brown with 8:47 left and that is when the Bulls turned up the defensive pressure.  UB used its defense to spark a 15-3 run, getting the final five points from freshman Rachael Gregory, who hit a three pointer, followed by a fast break layup off a steal from sophomore Kasheema Besley.  The Bulls were unable to get any closer with Youngstown State hitting five of six free throws down the stretch.
"It was a tail of two halves for us today," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.  "Offensively we started off okay, but we never got it going defensively and they took advantage of our miscues.  I thought in the second half we did a much better job communicating and that got us back into the game."
Gregory, who is the only player to have started each of the first two games, led the way with 17 points.  Gregory, who was in foul trouble for most of the game only played 24 minutes.  Baccas added nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and three steals in 34 minutes.  Besley, starting for the first time in her career, dished out a career-best six assists, while adding two points, three rebounds and two steals.
Redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey, coming of her first career double-double, finished with four points and six rebounds in her first collegiate start.  Junior Nytor Longar added six points and six rebounds off the bench, while freshmen Mackenzie Loesing and Karin Moss added five and four points, respectively.  Senior Nicki Hopkins played 14 minutes, recording two rebounds and an assist.
Youngstown State had three players in double figures led by 24 points and 15 rebounds from Brown.  Shar'Rae Davis finished with 14 points and four assists and Liz Hornberger had 12 points.
The Bulls will now begin a stretch of four straight games away from Alumni Arena this Friday night at Oakland.  Tip off is set for 6:30 pm.
Ohio 63, Cleveland State 55
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball won its season opener by erasing a second-half deficit and earning a 63-56 win over Cleveland State on Tuesday evening. Shavon Robinson, Mariah Byard and Tina Fisher all reached double figures as the Bobcats won their second straight home opener and first season opener since 2008.
Robinson led Ohio with 15 points and seven rebounds while Byard chipped in with 13 points, three assists and three steals. Fisher rounded out the trio with 10 points and led the squad with a career-high nine rebounds. Lexie Baldwin added seven points and seven rebounds in her collegiate debut.
Ohio stifled the Viking transition game, finishing with a 13-0 edge in fast break points, and also held the upper hand at the free-throw line, 18-7. Shalonda Winton was difficult to deal with down low as she led Cleveland State with 24 points and 15 rebounds. However, she turned the ball over 10 times.
A 12-0 run by the `Cats gave them their first lead at 18-11 and a three-pointer by Ashley Fowler eventually stretched the lead to double figures at 23-13. However, Cleveland State closed the half on an 11-2 run and took a 30-29 lead into the lockers.
Despite not scoring a field goal over the final 8:06 of the first half, Ohio found itself only down one thanks in large part to an 11-0 edge at the free-throw line. The Viking offense clicked at the beginning and end of the half, helping them to a 48 percent clip from the field. The Bobcats, who struggled down the stretch, shot just 35 percent.
Robinson led the Green and White with eight points and four rebounds in the first period and Fisher added six points on a field goal and four free throws.
Ohio's offensive woes continued in the second half as it went another 3:38 before scoring its first field goal, a corner three from Byard. Fortunately, CSU's lead was only one possession at the first media timeout, 35-32, due to solid Bobcat defense.
After another Byard bucket cut the deficit to one, the visitors went on a 6-0 run to gain some breathing room at 41-34. However, the resilient Bobcats knotted the score on a bucket by a Baldwin, capping a 7-0 run at the 10:25 mark.
On the next possession, Robinson converted a layup in traffic to give Ohio its first lead of the second half. The run eventually turned into a 14-1 push in favor of the Bobcats, forcing a CSU timeout with eight minutes remaining and the scoreboard showing 48-42, Ohio.
With the crowd at a fever pitch, a fastbreak layup by Fisher capped a 7-0 run and pushed the Bobcat margin back into double figures at 58-48 with a little over three minutes showing on the clock. Cleveland State made things interesting with a 7-0 run, cutting the deficit to three on a Cori Coleman layup with 1:21 still remaining.
However, the Vikings could get no closer as Ohio earned the victory in its season opener. The `Cats shot 52 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes and limited CSU to 33 percent shooting, almost reversing the team's percentages from the first half.
Ohio now travels to Minneapolis for the Subway Classic held at the University of Minnesota. The Bobcats play the host Golden Gophers at 1 p.m. on Saturday to start the tournament. Depending on the result, Ohio will then play UNLV or Maine in either the consolation game (noon) or championship (2 p.m.) on Sunday.
Ball State 62, Butler 70
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's basketball team (0-2) lost a hard fought battle to in-state rival Butler (1-1) by a score of 68-62 Tuesday night in Worthen Arena.
Junior guard Brandy Woody led the Cardinals in scoring with 17 points, which tied her career high.  Freshman forward Nathalie Fontaine chipped in 13 points on the night after shooting 5-of-7 from the field, while also pulling down nine rebounds.  Sophomore guards Brittany Carter and Shelbie Justice each had 10 points.
Ball State scored 23 points off of Butler's miscues and 12 off of second chance points.  The Cardinals struggled from three-point range, managing only a .263 percentage, but tallied 12 steals on the defensive end.
A three pointer from Carter and two buckets from Fontaine allowed the Cardinals to open the second half with a 7-0 run which knotted the game at 37-37 with 16:25 to play.  Carter then nailed a three to give Ball State the lead 40-37 for the first time since the 17:24 mark of the first half. 
The second half consisted of four ties and two lead changes.  The Bulldogs edged away from the Cardinals at the 3:46 mark taking back the lead and then continued to control the contest the remainder of the half.  Butler led by as many as eight (62-54) with 2:02 play.  Ball State was able to come within five (64-59) with just over a minute left in the game but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs would make their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. 
Ball State came out of the gates strong as Woody knocked down a three pointer in the opening minutes.  Both teams saw one lead change and three ties within the first four minutes of play.  Butler took a 10-8 lead at the 16:09 mark and built a 12-point cushion (28-16) with 7:52 left to play in the period.  The Cardinals then orchestrated a 10-2 run to come within two (32-30) at the 1:22 mark after baskets from Fontaine, junior forward Katie Murphy, Justice, senior guard Shanee' Jackson, Carter and Woody.  Butler would end the half up 37-30 over Ball State.
The Ball State women's basketball team heads to former Mid-American Conference member Marshall Saturday for a 5:30 tipoff.
Akron 78,Tennessee Tech 67
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Rachel Tecca surpassed 1,000 career points and Kacie Cassell played all 40 minutes in Akron's gritty 78-67 road win at Tennessee Tech Tuesday night.
Tecca led five Zips in double-figure scoring with 26 points, 18 of which came in the first half. Her second of two free throws at the 13:27 mark in the was good for the forward's 1,000th point of her career. 
Cassell was UA's constant driving force, never stepping off the floor and tying her career-high with nine assists. The point guard was Akron's second leading scorer behind Tecca with 13 points.
Sina King and Tecca each picked up their first double-double of the season, as the pair combined for 25 of the Zips' 47 rebounds. 
The win marks the first for Akron in the all-time series against Tennessee Tech. TTU was paced by sophomore Diamond Henderson's game-high 31 points. 
Akron (2-0, 0-0) led for almost the entire first half. Tennessee Tech did not come within striking distance until just under three minutes to play when back-to-back layups gave the Golden Eagles a one point advantage at 31-30. 
Two free throws from Tecca and a pair of jumpers from Cassell and freshman Anita Brown in under 30 seconds put Akron back on top by three just before halftime. 
It only took 13 seconds into the second period for UA to pick up where it left off, when Cassell dished to Taylor Ruper for a long-range three from the right wing. After being held scoreless in Akron's home opener last weekend, Ruper found her shot in Tennessee. The senior ended the night with 12 points, all coming from behind the arc. 
One big key for the Zips against Tech was the number of second-chance points they were able to convert. Akron picked up 20 second-chance points and held TTU to just five. 
UA lost its footing midway through the second half, tripping up over a few missed layups, turnovers and untimely fouls. The Golden Eagles went ahead by four at 8:33, but Akron exploded for a 10-0 run to regain the advantage before the last media timeout. 
Tech had no choice but to foul to stop the clock in an attempt to get back in the game in the final minutes, but the Zips stepped to the line and hit free throws to see the victory through to the end. 
Akron returns home to host Bryant on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Arena. The game will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.