Saturday's MAC Women's Basketball Results
Cornell 70, Buffalo 43
Miami 54, Duquesne 49
Loyola-Chicago 64, Eastern Michigan 54
Ohio 68, Xavier 62
Valparaiso 54, Northern Illinois 49
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Cornell 70, Buffalo 43
ITHACA, NY - The host Cornell Big Red used a 24-3 run over the first 10 minutes of action on Saturday afternoon and never looked back defeating the University at Buffalo women's basketball team 70-43 at Newman Arena in the final non-conference game for UB .
The Bulls struggled in both possessing and shooting the ball, turning it over 21 times, while shooting just 23.2 percent for the game. The Bulls scored the first bucket of the contest, but then went over nine minutes without a field goal before redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton scored four straight points. However, for every Buffalo bucket Cornell had an answer on the other end, taking a 38-15 lead into the break.
The second half saw the two teams play nearly even as the Bulls were outscored by just four over the final 20 minutes of competition. Redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey scored nine of her team-high 13 points after the break, mostly coming from the free throw line. The Bulls never pulled closer than 21 in the second half.
Eight different players recorded points for the Bulls, but Sharkey was the only player to reach double figures. She just missed a double-double, adding nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Thornton had nine points and three rebounds off the bench, while Margeaux Gupilan and Karin Moss each finished with five points. Moss also added three assists and four steals in 14 minutes of action.
Cornell had three players in double figures led by 15 points from Clare Fitzpatrick. Allyson DiMagno added 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Bulls will begin Mid-American Conference play at home on Thursday night when they host Northern Illinois at 7:00 pm.
Miami 54, Duquesne 49
PITTSBURGH - For the second consecutive year the game between the Miami University women's basketball team and Duquesne came down to the wire in Pittsburgh. This time the RedHawks made the plays down the stretch to come away with a 54-49 win Saturday afternoon. Miami heads into Mid-American Conference play with a record of 8-5. The Dukes fall to 11-3.
Kelsey Simon had a career performance to lead the 'Hawks. Consistently battling down low, the junior forward poured in a career-high 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting. She also brought in seven rebounds.
Courtney Osborn broke another Miami record when she hit a pair of three-pointers early in the second half. She finished with three 3-point makes to become the Red and White's all-time leader with 239 for her career. She broke the record of Jenna Schone (2005-09), who had 237. Osborn finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points while bringing in 10 rebounds.
Kirsten Olowinski also had a double-double for the RedHawks, tying for the team lead with 16 points while bringing in 11 rebounds. It was the 34th double-double of her career, which is only one short of the team record set by Miami Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann (1991-95).
Despite an opening layup from Olowinski, the rust from not playing for two weeks was evident early for Miami. The Dukes used four RedHawk turnovers to build a 15-4 advantage six minutes into the contest. The Red and White would respond by finding Simon down low for three consecutive layups as part of a 10-0 run that pulled the team to within one at 15-14 with 10:54 to go.
Duquesne would answer with a jump shot to break up the Miami run, but the 'Hawks continued to feed the ball to Simon as she hit another pair of layups to make it 19-18 at the 8:57 mark. The Dukes followed with an 8-0 run of their own over the next three minutes to push the advantage back to eight at 27-18.
A layup from Jessica Rupright, along with a pair of baskets from Courtney Larson cut the lead down to three at 27-24. Duquesne hit a basket with 2:42 remaining to go back in front by five, but Simon would hit another layup off a rebound of a missed shot to send the 'Hawks into the break down three at 29-26.
Simon led Miami with 12 points in the first half, while Osborn had six rebounds and three assists. The RedHawks hit 41.4 percent (12-for-29) of their shots, while holding the Dukes to 35.1 percent (13-for-37) shooting.
Duquesne quickly pushed the lead back to seven at 37-30 with an 8-4 run to begin the second half. After only scoring one point in the first half, Osborn would get the RedHawk offense going with a three-pointer that tied the record of Schone. The Dukes responded with a layup, but Osborn hit another three-pointer to break the record and make it 39-36. After a Duquesne miss, Osborn would make it three straight treys to tie the score at 39 and force a Duke timeout with 13:50 to go.
Duquesne hit a free throw to regain the advantage, but a layup from Olowinski would put the RedHawks in front, 41-40, for the first time since it was 2-0. She followed with a three-pointer to make it 44-40 at the 8:11 mark. Trailing 46-42, the Dukes battled back with a pair of steals and layups to tie the score at 46 with 4:01 remaining.
Simon would not let Miami fall behind again. Rebounding a RedHawk miss, she would lay it back in to give the Red and White the lead. After a defensive stand that featured a Simon block, she hit another layup at the 1:50 mark to put Miami up, 50-46. Duquesne would respond with a jumper and a free throw to pull with one at 50-49, but Olowinski would calmly drain a pair of free throws to make it a three-point contest. The 'Hawks would hold the Dukes off the board the rest of the way as they held on to the 54-49 win.
The stingy Miami defense led the RedHawks to the victory in the second half. Trailing 37-30, Miami allowed Duquesne only 12 points over the final 15:44, while scoring 24 points of its own. For the game the RedHawks held the Dukes to 32.4 percent (22-for-68) shooting, while hitting 42.9 percent (21-for-49) themselves. Miami outrebounded Duquesne, 46-35, for the game.
The RedHawks will begin MAC play next Thursday when they travel to Muncie, Ind. to take on Ball State at 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call and an audio broadcast can be heard live on Miami All-Access.
Loyola-Chicago 64, Eastern Michigan 54
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team fell to visiting Loyola-Chicago University Saturday, Jan. 5, 64-54, despite a gutsy performance from junior Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) and an impressive stat line from senior Taylor Bird (Lawrence, Kan.-Lawrence).
The Eagles (2-11) looked impressive on defense creating 21 turnovers and forcing the Ramblers (5-8) into difficult shots. Their defensive efforts were undermined by their inability to find the bottom on the net. EMU shot 22-of-67 (32.8 percent) and Loyola shot 25-of-54 (46.3 percent). The Eagles all time record verses Loyola now stands at 5-2.
Loyola's Monica Albano led all-scorers with 23, her 18th career 20 point game, while Eastern was led by junior walk-on Sara Stone (Plymouth, Mich.-Salem) who put in a career high 15 points. Bird showed she can contribute in multiple ways tallying nine rebounds, 11 points, and four steals.
Loyola's Simone Law struck first scoring a quick layup off a well-designed inbound pass, but coach Tory Verdi's squad responded with a 15 -4 run led by Stone's offensive rebounding and seven points.
Mid-way through the first half the Ramblers' offense started to click as they went on a 7-2 run to chip away at EMU's lead. Impressive rebounding by the Green and White kept Eastern in the game as Loyola ended the first half with nine unanswered to retake the lead for the first time since the opening seconds of the game. The half ended with Loyola leading the Eagles 30-27.
Eastern's shooting woes continued as they went 12-of-32 (37.5 percent) in the first half while Loyola had a similar shooting performance making 12-of-31 (38.7 percent). The Eagles out rebounded Loyola 26-17 in the first half, including 11 offensive boards which led to eight second chance points for the Green and White.
The Ramblers picked up right where they left off in the second half going on an 8-2 run, powered by six from Law, before senior India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) put in five points from down low and Bird drained a three pointer to stop the bleeding for the Eagles.
With just over five minutes remaining Eastern Michigan University went on a 6-1 run led by six more points from Stone. Eastern could not provide enough offense to get back into the game as it fell by the final tally, 64-54.
The Eagles will soar into Kalamazoo, Mich. on Thursday, Jan. 10, when they open Mid-American Conference play against in-state rival Western Michigan University. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at University Arena.
Ohio 68, Xavier 62
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball rang in the New Year in a very positive way on Saturday afternoon, picking up a hard-fought 68-62 victory at Xavier. Three Bobcats scored in double figures and the Green and White committed just seven turnovers while dishing out 13 assists in the victory.
Freshman guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) scored a career and game-high 23 points in the win. She was one of three Ohio student-athletes who scored in double figures, as Erin Bailes (20 points) and Lexie Baldwin (10) also contributed heavily to the scoring effort. Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) just missed out on her second straight double-double, collecting a team-high eight rebounds in the victory.
Ohio (5-7) shot its third best percentage of the season, connecting on 26 of 60 field-goal attempts to end the game at 43.3 percent. The Bobcats held Xavier to just 22-62 (35.5 percent) from the field. Ohio was very diligent with its possessions during the game, dishing out 13 assists while committing just seven turnovers.
The victory was Ohio’s fifth straight in the series over Xavier (6-8), with the Bobcats holding a 5-1 advantage in the program’s six all-time meetings.
Ohio got off to a great start, sprinting out to an early 8-0 lead before Xavier was forced to call a timeout just 2:06 into the contest. The ‘Cats would further press this advantage, taking a 14-6 lead at the under-12 media timeout. Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) scored seven early points for the Green and White while Ohio limited Xavier to seven percent (1-14) shooting from the field in the early stages of the game.
The Bobcats kept up their strong play throughout the rest of the half, never letting Xavier have the lead once en route to taking a 27-19 advantage into the locker room. Ohio forced the Musketeers to shoot a mere 25 percent (7-28) from the field, a mark which included an 0-4 success rate from beyond the arc. The Bobcats won the battle of the boards, 24-19, and shot 34.4 percent (11-32) from the field. Ohio did a good job of spreading the ball around in the first period, assisting on seven of its 11 first-half field goals. Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) each dished out two helpers.
Black (Columbus, Ohio) led the way offensively for both teams, scoring nine points on 4-10 shooting. She was followed closely by Bailes, who scored seven points on 2-8 shooting from the field.
Xavier came out of the gate quickly to start the second half, opening with a 14-5 run to take its first lead of the game at the 15:19 mark. The Musketeers were able to push this lead as high as three points (37-34) before Ohio answered back with an 8-2 run of its own thanks to key shots by Bailes and Black.
Bailes and Black were key in the second half for Ohio, combining to score 27 of the Bobcats’ 41 points in the final 20 minutes of the game. The ‘Cats did a better job of getting to the free-throw line in the second frame, connecting on seven of eight attempts to shoot 87.5 percent.
Cincinnati native Fowler had a strong second half as well, playing 17 minutes and scoring four points on 2-6 shooting in the final period. The senior would end the day with two assists and two steals in addition to her scoring efforts.
Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 10 against Akron. The Bobcats will host the Zips in their first Mid-American Conference action of the 2012-13 season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at The Convocation Center.
Valparaiso 54, Northern Illinois 49
VALPARAISO, Ind. - Northern Illinois nearly overcame an 11-point first half deficit while not leading the entire game, but just missed on three shots in the final minute of the game to tie or take the lead in a 54-49 loss to Valparaiso. The Crusaders (5-8) earned only their second win in 21 all-time meetings over the Huskies (5-8), ending a five-game losing streak in the series on Saturday afternoon at the ARC.
"I give a lot of credit to Valpo," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "They definitely wanted it a lot more than we did and competed when it counted. I thought we got outhustled, outplayed, outcoached - they just really had a lot of energy and wanted it.
"We wanted to attack inside. We started out lethargic, coming out not ready to go. We dug ourselves a hole. But we had opportunities down the stretch to take the game."
In both teams' last game before beginning conference play it was the Crusaders who forced the issue from the get-go, leaving NIU to play from behind all game. Valpo used solid ball movement and stellar rebounding in the first half to build an 11-point lead that was whittled down to five at half, 31-26. Meanwhile, NIU shot the ball very well - 54.5 percent - but 10-5 turnover and 8-2 offensive rebounding deficits played against the Huskies.
Valparaiso capitalized on the deficits by holding an 11-2 edge in second chance points and 7-2 lead in points off turnovers, despite NIU's defense holding the Crusaders to a 36.4 shooting percentage.
The second half was a different story for the Huskies as they gave up zero second chance points and scored nine while turning the ball over only three times to Valpo's six.
Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola), who led NIU with 16 points - 10 in the second half, came out hot scoring NIU's first seven points to make it a three-point game four minutes into the second half. A few minutes later, a three by Jada Buggs (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial/Wisconsin) put NIU within two, 40-38, with 10:34 remaining.
But then two straight back-breaking threes by Valpo's Charae Richardson pushed the lead back to six points two minutes later.
NIU remained resilient, though, and countered with an offensive rebound and layup from Alicia Johnson (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) and a three by Taylor to climb within one point, 46-45, with 6:41 left. The Huskies then missed on four shots to take the lead before the Crusaders scored again.
Down the stretch of the game Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) made a spinning baseline jumper to make it a one-point game again, 50-49, with 1:56 left. The basket was her only of the second half after scoring seven in the first half in front of her hometown crowd that made the short trip down the road.
After a defensive stop, the Huskies had Corral wide open in the corner with 45 seconds left as her defender fell, but the ball rimmed out. Johnson grabbed the rebound and found Jenna Thorp (Hinckley, Ill./Hinckley-Big Rock) on the wing. However, Thorp drove to the basket out of control and turned the ball over.
Following a pair of made free throws by Valpo on an NIU quick foul, Taylor missed just short on a three to tie it with 11 seconds left.
Next up NIU opens Mid-American Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. CT in Buffalo, N.Y. against the Buffalo Bulls. The game will end the Huskies' season long five-game road trip, which they are 1-3 on thus far.