Tuesday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 12/18/2012


Tuesday's Women's Basketball Results
Wyoming 64, Ball State 61
St. Bonaventure 79, Kent State 42
Dayton 90, Akron 59
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Wyoming 64, Ball State 61
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State University women's basketball team (3-9) lost a hard fought battle to Wyoming (9-2) Tuesday night in Worthen Arena by a score of 64-61.
For the game junior guard Katie Murphy led the Cardinals with 16 points while teammate sophomore guard Shelbie Justice chipped in a season high 15 point performance.  Sophomore guard Brittany Carter ended the night with 11 points.  Ball State outrebounded Wyoming 36-to-32.
The Cowgirls quickly built an eight point advantage (38-30) after opening the second half with a 14-1 run.  Ball State would fight its way back with a 7-1 run of its own to knot the contest at 42-42 with 9:48 left to play after baskets from Carter and freshman guard Nathalie Fontaine.
With 7:48 to play Wyoming had scored nine straight unanswered points to go ahead of the Cardinals by a score of 51-42.  Ball State would stay close to Wyoming, trailing by only five points (62-57) after Carter nailed a three pointer with 41 seconds on the clock.
 After a missed Wyoming free throw senior guard Shanee' Jackson got the rebound allowing Woody to make a layup to come within three (62-59) of the Cowgirls.  A forced turnover by the Cardinals gave Woody another opportunity to hit a layup which made it a one point ball game (62-61) with 16 seconds to play.  Ball State was forced to foul the Cowgirls, Wyoming would make its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Wyoming opened the contest with a three pointer but Ball State answered with back-to-back baskets from junior forward Katie Murphy along with a trey from teammate sophomore guard Shelbie Justice which gave the Cardinals the early 7-3 edge over the Cow Girls.
After trailing by four (15-11) at the 11:59 mark Ball State took its first lead since the 15:03 mark off of a three pointer from Justice which made it a 18-17 ball game.  Both teams continued to trade baskets the remainder of the half.  Murphy would hit a jump shot just under the two minute mark and senior guard Shanee' Jackson sealed the Cardinals 29-27 halftime advantage over Wyoming with a free throw.
The Ball State University women's basketball team will travel to Valparaiso Dec. 29 for its last non-conference game of the season with a 1:35 p.m. tipoff.
Dayton 90, Akron 59
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's basketball team struggled to find its rhythm against one of the top programs in the nation Tuesday night, as (16/15) Dayton held the Zips to a season-low .306 shooting percentage in a 90-59 loss at James A. Rhodes Arena.
UA fielded three players in double figure scoring, but it was not enough to offset a pair of 18-point performances from two of Dayton's starters and another 15 from its sixth man.
Akron (8-3) and Dayton (11-0) entered the contest as two of the country's highest scoring teams, averaging 78.0 and 81.0 points per game, respectively, but Flyers nearly doubled Akron's field goals, connecting on 35-of-75 and 10 triples. The Zips suffered the result of 18 turnovers, seeing UD convert 25 points from those miscues.
Rachel Tecca led Akron with 13 points and six rebounds, and Hanna Luburgh added 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week Sina King followed up with 11 points.
Carly Young and Megan Barilla both turned in quality minutes off the bench. Barilla knocked down all three shots she took, two of them from behind the arc, for a career-best eight points. She also picked up four rebounds and five assists in 13 minutes of action.
Young made an impact immediately with several key rebounds, collecting six overall to go with nine points, a pair of assists, and the drawing of a momentum-shifting charge.
Finding themselves in an early hole, the Zips strung together a 13-4 run late in the first half keyed by a Taylor Ruper 3-pointer with just under three minutes to play, allowing them to carry the energy into halftime despite the lingering 17-point deficit.
Akron was unable to capitalize however, as it searched for its first basket of the second half for nearly three and a half minutes.
The Zips muscled their way to the free throw line, finding their way to the bonus in both periods, and were granted almost twice as many opportunities as their opponent sinking 14-of-18 from the stripe.
UA has just one day to turn around before it travels to Horizon League foe Youngstown State (7-3) on Thursday, Dec. 20 for a 7:05 matchup.
St. Bonaventure 79, Kent State 42
Olean, NY – Kent State (1-9) was unable to stop a St. Bonaventure (7-6) team that shot 49.2% in the game, which was 13.6% above the Bonnie's season field goal average of 35.6%.  The Flashes shot just 27.5%.
The senior captains continued to lead the way for Kent State.  Tamzin Barroilhet led the team in scoring with nine points.  Diamon Beckford and Trisha Krewson each contributed eight; Beckford also had a team-high eight rebounds.
Kent State's shooting went quiet for nearly 11 minutes in the first half, making only two foul shots while St. Bonaventure posted 13 points during the same stretch.  The Flashes found themselves down by 16 at the half and were unable to stop the hot-shooting Bonnies.  On top of shooting 49.2% in the game, St. Bonaventure made nine shots from three-point range.  Ten of their eleven players scored in the contest, with all ten making at least one shot from the floor.
St. Bonaventure's CeCe Dixon led all players in scoring with 17 points.  Doris Ortega followed her with 12.  Hannah Little played a big nine minutes for the Bonnies, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds in her limited playing time.
The Golden Flashes travel to Morehead State on Friday (Dec. 21) for a 7:00 pm game.  They then return home to the M.A.C. Center for games on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2.