Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 12/5/2012

 

Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results
Central Michigan 54, Green Bay 50
Akron 67, George Mason 49
Bowling Green 67, Butler 47
St. Bonaventure 64, Buffalo 55
IUPUI 75, Western Michigan 67
 
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Central Michigan 54, Green Bay 50
MOUNT PLEASANT - Sophomore Crystal Bradford knocked down five threes and scored 17 of her game-high 23points in the second half as Central Michigan came from behind to defeat Green Bay in the annual Hoops for Hunger game Wednesday afternoon, 54-50.
 
Trailing by one, 50-49, with less than a minute to play, Bradford knocked down her biggest shot of the game when she took a pass from senior Brandie Baker on the right wing and hit her fifth trey of the contest with 34 seconds remaining to give CMU the lead for good, 52-50.
 
After Bradford's fourth block of the game prevented the Phoenix (5-2) from tying the game, Green Bay was given one more chance when Sarah Eichler pulled down a rebound on a missed free-throw attempt and went the length of the court only to miss a layup thanks in part to pressure by Baker defensively.
Sophomore Kerby Tamm knocked down a pair of free throws with nine seconds to secure the victory.
 
"We know we can compete with these teams, but finishing a game was very important today," head coach Sue Guevara said. "We didn't have any spurts when we played Green Bay the first time. We weren't great in the first half, but we didn't quit. We didn't stop fighting. There was no panic out of my players today."
 
Green Bay was able to build an eight-point halftime lead, 26-18, by knocking down its first seven shots of the contest and finishing the first 20 minutes with five treys. Bradford sparked the second-half comeback by scoring 14 points during a 21-5 CMU run to start the half.
 
Tamm knocked down a three on an assist from Bradford to get things rolling and Bradford made three-straight three-point attempts to give CMU its first lead of the game, 32-30. After an offensive rebound and putback by junior Taylor Johnson, Bradford gave the Chippewas their largest lead of the game,39-31, with yet another three at the 11:02 mark.
 
"In the second half you saw the player Crystal Bradford can be," Guevara said. "She was able to attack. She hit the three and she was defending on the ball. She sustained it for twenty minutes in the second half which was key."
 
The Phoenix, who defeated CMU on Nov. 17 in Green Bay, responded by going on a 10-0 run of their own over the next three-plus minutes to reclaim the lead, 41-39. A back-and-forth battle then ensued between the two squads as the game was tied or saw the lead change six times over a five minute stretch before Bradford hit her game-winning three with 34 seconds to play.
 
CMU finished the second half shooting 60 percent (6-for-10) from behind the arc to aid the comeback while limiting the Phoenix to just one three in the second half.
 
Bradford finished the afternoon with her third double-double of the season, pulling down a season-high 13 rebounds, while Baker recorded season highs with 12 points and nine boards.
 
Adrian Ritchie led the Phoenix with 20 points and nine rebounds.
 
The Chippewas will now turn their focus to their final exams as they close the academic semester before returning to the court Dec. 17 versus Robert Morris inside McGuirk Arena.
 
 
Akron 67, George Mason 49
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Four of Akron's starters scored in double figures and Sina King picked up her fifth double-double of the year Wednesday night as the Zips defeated George Mason on the road 65-49.
 
UA (7-1) has now won four in a row after handing Mason (4-3) its first loss at the Patriot Center this season.
 
Rachel Tecca led the offensive charge for Akron with 24 points. The forward has scored 20 or more points six times this year, including each of the team's last four straight wins. 
 
King produced 10 points down low and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, and Ruper complemented her from the outside with nine of her 11 points coming from behind the arc. Ruper has totaled 203 3-pointers in her career. 
 
Kacie Cassell was two assists shy of her own double-double, posting 13 points and eight assists. 
 
Akron started off slow and fell behind by six early in the game. Tecca traded baskets with Mason's leading scorer and Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Rahneeka Saunders giving Mason a 14-10 lead. 
 
Tecca came back with a jump hook in the paint to get Akron started on a 10-0 run, capped off by a trey from Ruper to put the Zips up by six points with seven minutes left in the half. 
 
Hanna Luburgh picked up her first two points of the night on an elbow jumper with 17 seconds remaining to push Akron's lead to nine before the break.
 
Mason cut the deficit to five at 14:29 in the second half but the Zips countered with five unanswered points to restore their 10-point cushion. 
 
Akron continued to pull away and held its largest lead of 19 with 3:56 left in the game. The defense held Saunders to just four points in the second half after the Mason standout put up 16 in the first. 
 
The Zips kick off a three game homestand Saturday, Dec. 8 when they host Wright State at 2 p.m. Wright State (2-4) is coming off a road loss at MAC East foe Miami on Tuesday.
 
 
Bowling Green 67, Butler 47
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications) - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team used a fast second-half shooting start to pull away from visiting Butler University Wednesday night (Dec. 5).  The Falcons posted a 67-47 win over the Bulldogs in non-conference action at the Stroh Center.
 
With the victory, BGSU improves to 5-3 on the season, while dropping BU to 3-5.
 
The Falcons' balanced scoring attack included 12 points from both senior Danielle Havel and freshman Miriam Justinger, while senior Allison Papenfuss and sophomore Jasmine Matthews added 10 points apiece.  Junior Jill Stein had nine points for the Brown and Orange.
 
Havel had a double-double, with a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with those 12 points, and she also had a game-high five assists.
 
Papenfuss and Stein combined to make 9-of-13 shots, helping the Falcons to a whopping 34-7 advantage in bench scoring on the night.
 
 
St. Bonaventure 64, Buffalo 55
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team hung tight with the defending Atlantic 10 Champions and Sweet Sixteen participant St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night, leading for the majority of the contest before falling late to the Bonnies, 64-55.  Freshman Rachael Gregory set career highs in points and rebounds, notching her first career double-double.
 
The Bulls opened the game on a 17-9 run over the first eight minutes as they were extremely efficient from the floor.  Freshman Karin Moss hit a pair of threes early as buffalo  hit seven of its first 13 shots, but recorded just 12 field goals for the remainder of the contest.  The Bulls went up 20-11 with just over nine minutes left in the opening half, but went scoreless over the next eight and a half minutes, finally breaking the drought with a Gregory jumper with 53 second left.  The Bulls went on to take a 22-21 lead into the half.
 
The Bonnies opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a seven point lead just four minutes in, and continued to lead 35-30 when Buffalo answered with nine straight points, capped off on a layup from Gregory.  Buffalo went back up by five with 7:30 left, but a three pointer from Ashley Zahn with 5:00 left gave the Bonnies the lead for good.
 
"I thought the game was called a little different in the two halves and we didn't do a good job adjusting to it," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.  "We saw some good things tonight, but this continues to be a learning process for our team, which is extremely young."
 
Gregory finished her night with 18 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end.  She also had a block and three steals in 37 minutes of action.  Sophomore Christa Baccas just missed a double-double as she finished with nine points and nine rebounds, also adding an assists, two blocks and a steal.
 
Junior Margeaux Gupilan had seven points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Moss and Sloane Walton each finished with six points.  Freshman Mackenzie Loesing added five points off the bench.
 
St. Bonaventure, which improved to 5-5 on the year, was led by 19 points from Zahn, including an 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line.  Doris Ortega added 15 points and six rebounds.  The Bulls held the Bonnies to just 26.1 percent from the field in the first half, but the Bonnies were able to shoot over 48 percent over the final 20 minutes.
 
The Bulls continue their four-game homestand on Saturday as they host Binghamton at 5:00 pm.  It will be the first game in a doubleheader with the UB men's team.
 
 
IUPUI 75, Western Michigan 67
INDIANAPOLIS- The Western Michigan women's basketball team suffered a 75-67 loss at IUPUI Wednesday night. The trip concluded a stretch of five games away from Kalamazoo for WMU, and the Broncos return to the friendly confines of University Arena to host Chicago State Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. WMU will be offering $1 admission, $1 hot dogs and $1 pop corn at the home game against Chicago State.
"I feel like this team is getting close and I know they feel that way too," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell.
 
Four players totaled double figures for Western Michigan. Corie Buchanan notched a team-best 14 points, followed by Indianapolis native Jazmine Windham's 13 points and eight rebounds. Marquisha Harris totaled a career-high 12 points and snagged seven boards and senior Aurielle Anderson chipped in 10 points.
 
Western Michigan (2-6) got itself in an 8-0 hole to start the game, but the Broncos worked their way back to take a four-point lead, 22-18, with 9:02 remaining in the first half. The Jaguars kept within striking distance and regained the lead on three-pointer by Megan Rogers four minutes later. WMU stayed within one possession over the next three minutes, but Katie Comello hit back-to-back three's in the final minute to push IUPUI's lead to nine, 39-30, at the half.
 
The Jaguars built their lead to 14 in the second half. A late surge that started with six minutes remaining in the form of a 9-2 run over three minutes helped WMU cut the deficit down to seven. WMU had a chance to get closer, but turnovers on its next two possessions and extra offensive rebounds that led to a bucket by IUPUI ultimately sealed the Broncos' fate.
 
The loss kept WMU winless ins its last four outings, and snapped a two-game losing streak for IUPUI (5-4).
 
IUPUI's Kerah Nelson was the game's leading scorer with 25 points. Former Bronco DeAirra Goss had 16 points for the Jaguars and Comello and finished with 14 points, hitting four three-pointers.
 
Following Saturday's contest against Chicago State, the Broncos take a week break for finals and then travel to in-state Big Ten rival Michigan, Saturday, Dec. 15 for a 2 p.m. contest Beginning with the NAU Tournament in Arizona over Thanksgiving and through through the matchup at Michigan, WMU will have played six out of seven games on the road.