Saturday's Women's Basketball Results
Akron 81, Providence 78
Georgia Southern 71, Kent State 47
Harvard 67, Eastern Michigan 63
Buffalo 89, Eastern Illinois 73
Tulane 66, Western Michigan 48
Toledo 73, Nevada 61
Bowling Green, Villanova
Courtesy of MAC Sports Inforamtion Departments
Akron 81, Providence 78
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Akron put together its most complete team win this season, taking down Providence in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon, 81-78.
The Zips shot 50 percent from the field as a team, including 45.5 percent from beyond the arc to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Hanna Luburgh turned in a remarkable first half for the second consecutive contest, scoring 18 of her game-high 28 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Sina King recorded her third double-double in five games with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Rachel Tecca notched her third 20-plus point game, finishing with 23.
Providence (1-4, 0-0) narrowly out-rebounded Akron, 45-41, but 31 of those 45 boards were on the offensive glass, allowing the Friars to pick up 26 second chance points.
Akron never held a lead and trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. The Zips buckled down and strung together a 12-2 run keyed by a Taylor Ruper 3-point bucket at the 7:17 mark.
The Zips went on to hold the Friars to just two points in the last seven minutes of play in the opening period, fighting back to tie the score at 37 on a Luburgh trey 54 seconds before the halftime buzzer.
UA stopped the Friars in their tracks coming out of the locker room, scoring seven unanswered points to start the second half and take its first lead of the day.
That lead would be tested multiple times throughout the remainder of the game, but the Zips managed to see it through to the end. Akron's largest lead of 10 came with nine minutes to play after a layup from Tecca.
It looked like Akron had the game locked up with 31 seconds remaining, leading by seven on a Tecca three-point play. But Providence answered with five quick points in transition from its full court press to make it a one-possession game.
Akron clung to a two-point lead with five seconds left and Ruper at the line. She split her two shots but it would be just enough as time ran out for Providence.
The Zips continue their east coast road swing traveling to New Jersey this evening in preparation for a matchup at Saint Peter's on Monday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Yanitelli Center.
Georgia Southern 71, Kent State 47
Atlanta, Ga. – Missed shots and turnovers continue to plague Kent State (0-5) as they end the Georgia State Thanksgiving Tournament with a 71-47 loss to Georgia Southern (1-2).
The Flashes committed 25 turnovers and shot 24.6% from the field, including going 0-5 from beyond the arc. Jamie Hutcheson was the only player for Kent State to score in double-digits; she finished with 10 points. Tamzin Barroilhet contributed with eight points and nine rebounds.
Kent State led by four with 11 minutes to play in the first half but then went cold for six minutes as Georgia Southern went on a 13-0 scoring run. The Flashes went into the half down 31-22. The second half started with the teams going back-and-forth on the floor, but the Eagles stepped up to put the game out of reach.
MiMi Dubose led the way for the Eagles with 21 points, shooting 5-for-10 from three-point territory. Sierra Kirkland grabbed nine rebounds.
Ashley Evans and Amber Dunlap contributed to the Kent State scoring with eight points each. Evans led the team with four assists.
The Flashes return home for a 7:00 p.m. contest against St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday (Nov. 28). The game can be heard on the Golden Flashes iHeart Radio channel and WHLO 640 AM. It will also be streaming live on MAC-sports.com.
Harvard 67, Eastern Michigan 63
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team dropped its second game in two days at the Convocation Center Saturday, Nov. 24, as Harvard University took down the Eagles, 67-63. With the loss, Eastern fell to 1-4, while the Crimson moved to 4-2 on the season.
Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) led all scorers with 20 points while also leading the game in rebounds with eight. Eastern had three more players in double-figures as India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) poured in 13, Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook) posted 12 and Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) chipped in 10. Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) notched six assists and five rebounds, while Hairston pulled down six boards of her own.
As a team, Eastern shot 33.3 percent (24-of-72) from the field, while hitting 25 percent (3-of-12) of its shots from beyond the arc. EMU was outrebounded by the Crimson, 36-42, in the loss.
The Crimson opened up the game on an 8-0 run before Fouty put in the first bucket of the day for the Eagles. Following the Fouty make, the Crimson extended its lead to 18-4 with 15:19 remaining in the opening half. After trading buckets back and forth, the Crimson pushed the lead to 26-8, with 9:02 left in the half.
Eastern dropped its first bucket in almost six minutes when Fouty converted on a layup with 6:27 left in the first 20 minutes of play, making it 26-10.
Heading into the break, the Green and White was facing a 15-point deficit, 34-19. Fouty led EMU with 10 points in the first half, while pulling down five rebounds. Watkins had four caroms while Thomas nabbed three.
Through the first six minutes of play in the second half, the Eagles outscored Harvard 15-9, cutting their deficit to within nine, 43-34, with 13:40 remaining. A turnaround jumper from Fouty brought the game to within seven, but a three-ball from Novi, Mich. native Emma Golen gave the Crimson a 10-point lead, 48-38, at the 11:22 mark in the second half.
After Harvard increased its lead to 14, the Eagles scored the next five points to make it a nine-point deficit, 52-43, with nine minutes remaining in the game. The Crimson and Eastern traded points, until EMU scored five straight to bring it within six, 59-53, on the back of a Tate three-point play with 3:46 left in the game.
Hairston knocked down a three-pointer with 2:45 remaining, making it 61-56 in favor of the Crimson. After trading buckets, Thomas picked Harvard's pocket and was quickly fouled. She hit a pair from the charity stripe to make it a one possession game, 63-60. On the ensuing possession, Watkins swiped the ball and hit one-of-two free throws to make it 63-61 in favor of the Crimson with 1:13 left.
After a fade away jumper by Christine Clark, the Crimson went up four, but Fouty raced the distance of the floor and hit a layup to make it a two point contest, 65-63. Ali Curtis hit a pair of free throws to set the final 67-63 tally.
The Eagles continue the 2012-13 campaign Wednesday, Nov. 28, when they travel to Indianapolis, Ind. to take on the Butler Bulldogs. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Buffalo 89, Eastern Illinois 73
DAYTON, OH – Despite career highs in scoring from three different UB players, the Bulls allowed a season-high 89 points, falling to Eastern Illinois, 89-73, during the second day of the 2012 Dayton Marriott Classic. The loss drops UB to 1-5 on the season.
Eastern Illinois led for the first 10 minutes of the contest before a three-point play from redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey gave Buffalo a 21-19 lead with 9:13 left. However, EIU answered with an 8-0 run and led for the rest of the evening. The Panthers got their lead up to 13 in the first half, but a jumper from freshman Mackenzie Loesing at the buzzer sent Buffalo into the break down 11.
Eastern Illinois opened the second half on an 11-0 run with all 11 points coming from Katlyn Payne. The Panthers led by as many as 25 points in the second half, but Buffalo did try and come back, scoring 41 points in the second half, a season-high for points in a half. However, the Panthers scored 46 over the final 20 minutes, shooting over 56 percent from the floor.
Loesing and sophomore Sloane Walton each finished with career highs with 21 points, the first time since March of last season that Buffalo had two 20-point scorers in the same game. Loesing becomes the first Buffalo freshman to score over 20 points in a game since Jessica Fortman back in the 2007-08 season. Loesing added five rebounds, a game-high eight assists, a block and three steals. More importantly, she did not turn the ball over at all. Walton finished 8-for-11 from the floor, including 5-for-8 from three point range.
Also reaching career high scoring numbers was sophomore Valerie Majewski, who finished with 11 points, knocking down three three-pointers. As a team, UB hit 14 three pointers, tying the school record which was set back during the 1996-97 season against Youngstown St. 12 of those three came from the bench, helping record a season-high 55 bench points.
Sophomore Christa Baccas finished the night with five points, four rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots. In all, nine different players found the scoring column.
The Bulls return home on Wednesday as they face Duquesne at 5:00 pm. It is the first game in a doubleheader with the Buffalo men's team.
Tulane 66, Western Michigan 48
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- Western Michigan (2-3) stumbled against Tulane in the championship game of the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday, 66-48.
Western Michigan went cold in the first half, going on an eight-minute scoring drought in which the team shot 0-for-11 against Tulane's match-up zone. The Green Wave shot 40 percent in the first half and led 35-23 at halftime.
"We actually got off to a pretty good start scoring wise, but take out that eight-minute spell and who knows," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "I felt like we were doing a good job at that point attacking the basket and we couldn't convert. And we didn't get to the free-throw line at all in the first half.
"Frankly, we needed our ‘A' game and we did not have that today. That's a really good team, Tulane, they are expected to win their conference - Conference USA this year."
The Broncos switched out of a man-to-man defense to a 2-3 zone in the second half, and the Green Wave took advantage, hitting three's on back-to-back possessions to extend a lead of 14 to 20 midway through the second half. WMU wouldn't get any closer than 14 points after that.
WMU shot 35.2 percent in the game, while Tulane hit 44.3 percent. All 12 players that saw the floor for Tulane scored, Janique Kautsky leading her team with 13 points. Olivia Grayson had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Green Wave. Tulane is off to a 5-0 record, its best start since the 1999-2000 season.
Freshman Miracle Woods paced Western Michigan with 11 points and sophomore A.J. Johnson scored 10. Junior Corie Buchanan followed up last night's 24 point, 10 rebound performance with eight points, five rebounds and three assists and was named to the all-tournament team.
"I give our team credit, we had people step up and say we win as a team, we lose as a team. I told our team, I'm disappointed with a small segment of that game where we had bad body language and kind of gave up a little bit of the fight. But take out that small segment and I am very happy with what we were able to accomplish with this trip," Clipfell said.
"When we left, our goal was to come back a better team than when we left and I think we accomplished that."
The Broncos are in the middle of a five-game road trip and travel to Detroit next on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Western Michigan plays at Oakland Dec. 1 and at IUPUI Dec. 5 before returning to Kalamazoo, Dec. 8 to host Chicago State.
Toledo 73, Nevada 61
RENO, NV - Toledo dominated all facets of Saturday's championship and registered a 73-61 victory over Nevada in the finals of the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic in the Lawlor Events Center. With the win, the Rockets improve to 4-1 on the season.
UT shot an impressive 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field, including 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from beyond the arc, and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the charity stripe to claim its sixth tourney title in school history and third under fifth-year head coach Tricia Cullop. Tonight's victory was also Cullop's 100th in her Toledo career, joining Bill Fennelly and Mark Ehlen as the only coaches in school history to top the century mark.
Junior Janelle Reed-Lewis led three Rockets in double figures in today's championship contest with a career-high 15 points. Reed-Lewis knocked down a sizzling 60.0 percent (6-of-10) from the floor, including 3-of-5 shots from three-point range, to score in double figures for the second time this season.
Joining Reed-Lewis in double digits was senior Naama Shafir with 11 points and sophomore Inma Zanoguera with 10. Shafir added a game-high seven assists and three steals en route to being named tourney MVP. The Hoshaya, Israel native averaged 11.0 ppg, 6.0 apg, 4.0 rpg and 2.5 spg in the two games.
UT also received outstanding efforts from senior Yolanda Richardson and junior Andola Dortch with eight points each to extend its win streak to three-straight contests.
For a second-straight game, the Rockets did not trail and raced out to a 10-4 lead at the 16:13 mark behind six early points from Richardson. The Toledo native converted a pair of layups and knocked down both of her free throws in the opening three-plus minutes.
Moments later, UT took advantage of a 15-1 burst to open up a 25-7 advantage at the 11:22 mark. Reed-Lewis sparked the burst with seven points off the bench, while senior Riley McCormick and Dortch each hit triples to establish a double-digit cushion.
Toledo continued to pour it as the first half wore on and back-to-back treys from senior Kyle Baumgartner and Reed-Lewis extended the cushion to 38-16 at 4:20.
UT's advantage remained at least 20 points for the remainder of the half, as the Midnight Blue & Gold took a 46-24 lead into the intermission.
Toledo then put the game away with a mini 10-3 flurry to begin the second half, setting the difference at 56-27 with 16:43 left in regulation.
The Rockets put it in cruise control from there and removed a majority of their starters for the final 10 minutes, coasting to the impressive 12-point road triumph.
Danika Sharp paced the Wolf Pack (3-2) with 12 points in a losing effort.
Nevada was limited to 32.8 percent (19-of-58) from the field, including 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from three-point range, and 70.0 percent (21-of-30) from the charity stripe.
The Rockets will return home to host the inaugural Glass City Tournament on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2 in Savage Arena. UT will entertain SIU Edwardsville in the first round of the two-game tourney at 2:30 p.m. The other opening-round matchup features pits Southern against 2012 NCAA Tournament participant St. Bonaventure at Noon.
Villanova 53, Bowling Green 42
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (BGSU Athletic Communications) - Laura Sweeney had a double-double to lead Villanova University to a 53-42 win over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team Saturday afternoon (Nov. 24). The game, a first-round contest at the Lady Rebel Round-Up, was held at Cox Pavillion on the UNLV campus.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 3-1 on the season. Villanova will face Montana in the championship game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 25). The Falcons, now 2-2, will meet host UNLV in the consolation game.
The BGSU-UNLV game will begin at 1:00 p.m. locally (4:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
Junior Jillian Halfhill led the Falcons with 15 points in the game, while senior Danielle Havel added nine and sophomore Jasmine Matthews eight.
The Falcons outrebounded the Wildcats, 43-34, and BGSU, for the most part, played well at the defensive end and displayed great hustle at both ends of the floor. But, BG just could not overcome a cold shooting performance.
BGSU shot just 24.1 percent from the field in the loss, going an identical 7-for-29 in each half. The Wildcats shot only 37.3% themselves, but VU's five extra field goals made basically accounted for the difference in the game.
Sweeney had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead all players in both categories. She also had game-high totals of four steals and four blocked shots in just 28 minutes of action. Rachel Roberts also hit double figures for the Wildcats, with 11 points.
Devon Kane and Megan Pearson scored nine points apiece for VU. Kane did most of her damage at the free-throw line, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the stripe, while all of Pearson's points came from long distance, as she was 3-of-5 from three-point land.
Halfhill also made 3-of-5 three-pointers, as each team hit six shots from beyond the arc.
Sweeney scored six of the Wildcats' first eight points of the game, as VU went 4-of-4 from the field to take an early 8-0 lead and prompt a BGSU timeout.
While 'Nova made the first four shots of the afternoon, the Falcons missed seven shots to begin the game, going scoreless for four-and-a-half minutes. BG got on the board at the 15:29 mark, when freshman Bailey Cairnduff found Havel for a layup.
Roberts countered with a three-pointer for a nine-point VU lead, but Halfhill answered with a triple of her own. The junior point guard scored eight consecutive BGSU points during a two-minute stretch, knocking down a pull-up jumper in traffic, then hitting another triple from the right wing to cut the deficit to just three points, at 13-10.
Pearson countered with a trey of her own, before Matthews banked a runner off glass and in. Lauren Burford, though, hit a straightaway three to give her team a 19-12 lead with 8:23 left before halftime.