Thursday's Women's Basketball Results
Akron 81, Ohio 54
Central Michigan 73, Toledo 66
Eastern Michigan 56, Western Michigan 52
Bowling Green 69, Kent State 33
Ball State 62, Miami 59
Buffalo 60, Northern Illinois 53
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Akron 81, Ohio 54
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University women's basketball team (5-8, 0-1 MAC) dropped an 81-54 decision to the University of Akron (10-4, 1-0 MAC) in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Thursday night in the Convocation Center.
Ohio led 16-15 with 11:59 to go in the first half, but Akron used a 31-6 run to close the half and build a 46-22 lead it would not relinquish.
Junior guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) paced the `Cats with 10 points while senior forward Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) just missed a double-double with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) dished out a career-high five assists and added six points in 27 minutes of action.
Ohio received at least eight points from four different scorers, but could not overcome a 31.7 percent shooting effort (20-63) and 20 turnovers that led to 19 Akron points.
The Zips held a 45-40 edge on the glass and a 42-20 advantage in points in the paint. Akron junior Rachel Tecca posted a double-double to lead the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Akron jumped out to a 9-4 lead before the `Cats used a 10-4 run - capped by a Byard 3-pointer - to take a 14-13 lead with 13:29 to play in the first half.
With Ohio holding a 16-15 edge, the Zips used a 7-0 run to move back in front by six (22-16) and Akron built its advantage to 10 (28-18) on the third 3-pointer of the half by Taylor Ruper. In all, the Zips used a 17-2 run to take a 32-18 lead with 4:26 remaining in the half. After a fast-break lay-in by freshman guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) moved the `Cats within 12, the Zips closed the half on a 14-2 run and entered the break with a 46-22 lead. Akron outscored the `Cats 31-6 over the half's final 12 minutes.
Ohio shot 50 percent from the floor (7-14) in the game's first nine minutes, but missed 18 of its next 21 shots to end the half with a 31.3 percent (10-32) field goal percentage. Akron made 53.3 percent (16-30) of its shots from the floor and used a 22-17 rebounding edge to grab a 7-0 edge in second-chance points. Black led the Green and White with nine points in the first half.
The Zips extended their lead to 53-24 four minutes into the second half, but back-to-back triples by Byard and Bailes moved the `Cats back within 25 at 57-32. With 9:26 to play, Ohio cut the Akron lead to 22 (63-41) on a jumper by senior guard Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) but the `Cats could not move closer than that for the remainder of the contest.
Ohio returns to action on Sunday (Jan. 13) with a 2 p.m. contest at Buffalo.
Central Michigan 73, Toledo 66
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (12-2, 0-1 MAC) had its 11-game win streak snapped with a 73-66 loss to Central Michigan (7-7, 1-0 MAC) on Thursday in the Mid-American Conference opener inside Savage Arena. The loss is just the second of the year for the Rockets, who were last defeated back on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at nationally ranked Dayton.
Thursday's setback is only the third time UT has been defeated on its home court during MAC play under fifth-year head coach Tricia Cullop.
Sophomore Inma Zanoguera led all UT scorers with a career-high 19 points, while filling up the stat sheet with eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. She shot 8-for-14 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point range to land in double digits for the seventh time this season.
The Rockets also received double-digit scoring efforts from seniors Lecretia Smith, Naama Shafir and Yolanda Richardson. Smith tied her career-high mark of 14 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while Shafir and Richardson chipped in with 10 and 11 points, respectively. Shafir entered the night as UT's leading scorer with 12.8 ppg, but was limited to only 26 minutes on the court due to foul trouble.
It was still a record-breaking night for Shafir as she dished out six helpers, lifting her past Kelly Savage ('90) for second place in school history with 645 career assists.
Richardson tallied eight of her 10 points in the first half, while pulling down eight boards in the game.
UT shot 41.1 percent (30-of-73), which is right around its average for the season (42.1 percent), and forced 19 CMU turnovers, but the limited playing time of Shafir caused the offense to stall in the second half. The Rockets were just 2-of-9 from the free-throw line, and were out-rebounded by the Chippewas by a margin of 40-32.
UT was unable to contain the high-scoring CMU offense as the Chippewas shot 54.2 percent (26-of-48) in the game, including 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from behind the arch. Seven of those triples came in the first half.
Crystal Bradford led CMU with a game-high 27 points and fell one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards. Jessica Green shot an efficient 6-of-7 with 16 points, while Jessica Schroll added 14 and Niki DiGuilo scored 10.
UT jumped out to an early 4-0 lead following a jumper by junior Andola Dortch, but Bradford caught fire and nailed four three-pointers to put the Chippewas up 16-10 at the 15:05 mark in the first half.
Central Michigan held on to its lead for exactly five minutes, until Shafir ignited a 15-4 UT run with seven points, putting Toledo up 30-24 with just over eight minutes left.
The Chippewas were able to stop the bleeding and the back-and-forth trend continued for the rest of the half. The score was tied at intermission, 40-40.
Both teams picked up right they left off in the second half by trading baskets during the first eight minutes.
Then, Shafir picked up her fourth foul with the score knotted at 53-53 and 12:02 left in regulation. A CMU free throw followed, putting the Chippewas in the driver seat while Shafir was forced out of the game.
CMU jumped out to its largest lead after a trey from Green put them ahead 63-57 at the 6:47 mark. That prompted Shafir back onto the court with 6:06 left, and one minute later she knocked down an open three from the top of the circle to cut the deficit to three points.
The Rockets clamped down on defense and a free throw by Zanoguera, after getting fouled on a made layup, tied the score for the seventh time at 63-63 with 3:44 left.
Both teams traded layups and then Shafir added a free throw to give UT a 66-65 advantage with 3:05 on the clock. Then a Bradford jumper gave CMU the lead back for good, as the Rockets were held scoreless over the final three minutes.
UT will be back in action when it travels to arch-rival Bowling Green (9-4, 1-0 MAC) on Sunday, Jan. 13. Tipoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. in the Stroh Center and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio (STO) and ESPN3.
Eastern Michigan 56, Western Michigan 52
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan women's basketball team dropped its Mid-American Conference opener to Eastern Michigan, 56-52, at University Arena, Jan. 10.
The two West Division rivals traded blows throughout the night, but in the end turnovers proved costly for Western Michigan. The Broncos fumbled the ball away a season-high 28 times, nine more than its season average.
"The key to the game was to value the basketball and get defensive rebounds and we did not do that tonight," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "The team is frustrating at a standpoint, coming into the game we were averaging 17 turnovers a game and we did not continue that tonight. This points to the inconsistent play that we have been battling all year."
Eastern Michigan (3-11, 1-0 MAC) also got a big boost from freshman guard Bianca Cage who came alive for 25 points, shooting 10-for-15 from the floor and 5-for-10 from behind the arc. Cage had played in just four games and totaled a combined 11 points on the season entering the matchup against WMU.
Eastern Michigan led early in the game, but Western Michigan went on a run midway through the first half to turn a seven-point deficit into a seven-point lead. The Broncos trailed 14-7 with 9:12 remaining in the first half and scored 14 unanswered points over the next three minutes to take a 21-14 lead. WMU held onto to a 23-19 lead at the half.
The Eagles tied the score 35-35 at the 11:51 mark of the second half and pulled in front for good a pair of free throws by Sara Stone with 10:20 to go. Western Michigan kept close, never trailing by more than two possessions, and even tying the game at 52-52 in the final minute, but wouldn't be able to take over a lead again.
The Broncos (4-10, 0-1 MAC) did have a chance to possibly win the game in the final seconds. Down two, WMU inbounded the ball, crossed half court and called a timeout with 12.1 on the clock. Jazmine Windham fired up a three from the left wing, but it rimmed short and Corie Buchanan was unable to muscle up an offensive rebound. The ball rolled out of bounds and EMU threw a baseball pass down court for a layup at the buzzer for a four-point win.
Senior Aurielle Anderson led Western Michigan with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. She scored nine of her 12 points in the second half. Sophomore Marquisha Harris also finished with a dozen points and pulled down four rebounds.
The Broncos shot 40.8 percent in the game, while Eastern Michigan was 38.3 percent from the field. WMU was only outrebounded by four, 36-32, but EMU controlled the offensive glass, 12-5.
Western Michigan returns to University Arena Sunday to host Miami at 2 p.m. The RedHawks (8-6, 0-1 MAC) fell in their MAC opener as well Thursday, 62-59, at Ball State.
Bowling Green 69, Kent State 33
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications)- Kent State University got off to a quick start against the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, scoring five points in the first two minutes.
The last 38 minutes of the game, however, were all BG.
The Falcons scored the next 12 points to take the lead for good, and BGSU clamped down defensively en route to a 69-33 win over the Golden Flashes at the Stroh Center Thursday night (Jan. 10).
BGSU improves to 10-4 on the season, while KSU drops to 2-12. The game marked the Mid-American Conference opener for both clubs.
Sophomore Deborah Hoekstra and junior Katrina Salinas each scored 12 points -- the most of their respective BGSU careers -- as the Falcon bench outscored their KSU counterparts by a 40-6 margin.
In fact, the BGSU bench not only outscored the KSU bench on the night; the Falcon reserves also outscored the BG starters (who had 29 points) along with the entire Kent State team.
Hoekstra hit half of her team's three-point field goals on the night, going 4-of-6 from long range. Her total of four three-pointers matched her career total entering the game.
With Hoekstra and Salinas each scoring 12 points vs. the Golden Flashes, all 11 of the BGSU players who have seen action this season have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once in 2012-13.
Senior Allison Papenfuss rounded out BGSU's trio of double-digit scorers on Thursday night, with 10 points along with eight rebounds and game-high totals of three steals and three blocked shots. BGSU had seven blocks as a team, and the Falcons had a 25-6 advantage in points off turnovers on the night.
Freshman Miriam Justinger chipped in with nine points and three assists, while senior Danielle Havel scored seven and junior Jill Stein six. Stein had a game-high nine rebounds as BG had a 37-35 advantage on the glass.
Trisha Krewson led the Flashes with 11 points and eight rebounds.
After the Falcons allowed KSU to hit two field goals in the first 1:47 of the contest, BG permitted the Flashes to make just two more shots over the final 18-plus minutes of the half. The visitors went 2-of-18 to end the half, and also committed 12 turnovers in the first period en route to 18 for the game.
Krewson knocked down a three-pointer on KSU's first offensive possession of the game, and after an offensive foul on BG junior Jillian Halfhill -- her second of the game -- KSU's Amber Dunlap hit a layup at the 18:13 mark to give the Flashes a 5-0 lead.
BGSU coach Jennifer Roos took a timeout, with her team trailing by five and her starting point guard on the bench in foul trouble. From there, however, the Falcons slowly but surely took control.
BG forced turnovers on five of the next six defensive possessions, and the Falcon offense proceeded to make eight consecutive shots over a span of five-plus minutes. Five different players scored for the home team during that stretch.
Meanwhile, the Flashes' only other first-half buckets came on a Rachel Mendelsohn jumper with 12:02 left, and an Ashley Evans three-pointer just over halfway through the period. After the Evans shot, Kent State would go 15 minutes and three seconds before hitting another field goal. By the time that Krewson shot went through the net, the Falcons' lead was over 20 points.
The Falcons' 12-0 run began when Justinger stole the ball from Dunlap near midcourt and headed in for a layup. Salinas hit a long two-pointer from out top, and Havel lobbed a pass inside to redshirt junior #Alexis Rogers# for a layup and a 6-5 lead.
Havel hit a nifty step-back jumper with the shot clock winding down, then stole the ball and fed Rogers for another layup. When Salinas drove the left baseline and hit a short jumper, the Falcons' lead was 12-5 with just over seven minutes gone.
Krewson answered with a pair of free throws, but Halfhill scored in transition, and Stein's pass found a wide-open Justinger cutting to the basket for another BG layup and a 16-7 lead.
KSU scored five of the next eight points, with Evans answering Hoekstra's first triple of the game with a trey of her own. That shot, with 9:42 on the clock, put the Flashes within seven points, at 19-12, but Kent State would not hit another field-goal attempt in the half.
Halfhill's three-pointer gave the Falcons a double-digit lead for good, and jumpers by Justinger and Stein put the home team ahead by a 26-12 count. Mendelsohn hit a pair of free throws with 4:10 left in the half, but the Falcons then went on a 9-0 run to take a 35-14 lead into the lockerroom.
That run began with Justinger feeding Hoekstra for a left-corner three, and after Papenfuss split a pair of free throws, Justinger was fouled on a three-point try and knocked down all three of her charity tosses. A Stein layup closed the first-half scoring.
The Falcons held an opponent to just four field goals in a half for the fourth time in the last eight games. Prior to last month's Colorado State game, BGSU had not allowed four or fewer FGM in a half in five years
The Falcons' first possession of the second half saw Havel hit a three-pointer after nearly turning the ball over. The senior lost the handle, but Halfhill grabbed the ball a split-second before a diving KSU defender could reach it. Halfhill flipped a pass to the now-wide-open Havel, who buried a long-range attempt from in front of the BG bench.
The teams traded buckets over the next few minutes, before a Salinas trey began a 13-2 run that removed all doubt about the outcome. Hoekstra, who made the 'extra' pass to Salinas for that triple, hit a three-pointer of her own moments later. Stein and senior Chrissy Steffen each made a pair of free throws during that run, which culminated with a three-point play by Papenfuss. Her charity toss gave the home team a 55-24 lead with 9:52 remaining.
Papenfuss, who had nine points, eight boards and three blocks in the second half alone, scored on back-to-back shots just 27 seconds apart to give BG a 59-26 lead. The first bucket was a layup that came after a steal and one-on-one crossover dribble to elude her defender. After she grabbed a defensive rebound, Papenfuss took a pass from freshman Bailey Cairnduff for a jumper with 7:02 left.
A straightaway trey from Hoekstra gave BG a 62-27 advantage, and after an Evans jumper, Hoekstra found Papenfuss for a layup at the 5:18 mark. KSU's Tamzin Barroilhet scored four points over the remainder of the contest, but BG responded with five points by Salinas, including two free throws and a long three-pointer as the shot-clock horn sounded with 25 seconds to go in the game.
The Falcons shot an even 50 percent in the first half, and finished 24-of-55 (43.6%) for the game. BGSU held Kent to just 12 field goals made and a 24.0% success rate on the night.
The Brown and Orange went 13-of-14 from the free-throw line, and BG hit eight three-pointers, with Hoekstra knocking down four and Salinas two.
BGSU had 16 assists and nine turnovers, with nine different Falcons recording at least one assists. By contrast, the Flashes had just five assists and 18 turnovers.
Of the 10 Falcons to see action in the game, all played at least 14 minutes, but none played more than 24.
BGSU now prepares for a Sunday afternoon (Jan. 13) contest against the University of Toledo. That game will begin just after 2:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center, and will be televised by SportsTime Ohio and streamed via ESPN3.
Ball State 62, Miami 59
MUNCIE, Ind. - A layup by Nathalie Fontaine with 22 seconds remaining in the contest secured the Ball State women's basketball team a 62-59 victory over the Miami University RedHawks in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Thursday night in Worthen Arena.
The game was tied for the 10th time on a Fontaine free throw with 2:28 to play, making the score 59-59. Ball State's Shelbie Justice connected on a free throw with 2:05 to play to give the Cardinals a 60-59 advantage and the scored remained there until Fontaine's final bucket.
Ball State's defense limited the RedHawks to a 35 percent shooting mark in the game, including holding Miami University scoreless from the field for the final 4:34 of the game.
Fontaine led the Cardinals with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Brittany Carter added 15 points. Katie Murphy and Shanee' Jackson managed nine rebounds apiece, while Brandy Woody led Ball State with seven assists.
Ball State jumped out to an early 17-7 lead over Miami with just over 13 minutes left in the first half after Woody knocked down a three pointer at the start of the contest.
The Cardinals still led by as many as six (24-18) at the 6:12 mark. The RedHawks then orchestrated a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the half 27-25 with 2:20 left. Newcomer junior Lyzz Smith answered quickly with a three pointer to give Ball State back its lead. Both teams traded baskets as the half winded down but a layup from senior Shanee'Jackson with 44 seconds remaining gave Ball State the 30-19 halftime edge over Miami.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues Mid-American Conference action when it travels to Northern Illinois Sunday for a 3 p.m. (EST) tipoff at the Convocation Center.
Buffalo 60, Northern Illinois 53
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team opened up Mid-American Conference play with a big victory over Northern Illinois on Thursday night, 60-53, at Alumni Arena. The Bulls played solid defense and hit free throws down the stretch to pick up the win.
The Huskies took an early lead in the contest, jumping out to a 10-7 advantage just four and a half minutes in. However, the Bulls responded by going on a 12-0 run, that included five points from redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey. The run allowed Buffalo to lead for the remainder of the opening half, taking a 24-18 lead into the break. The 18 points allowed by Buffalo in the opening half were its fewest since allowing just 15 at Ball State on February 4, 2012.
Northern Illinois opened up the second half on an 8-2 run tie the game up with 15:01 left and trailed just 37-35 with 9:28 remaining when Buffalo went on a game-changing 14-2 run, which was capped off on a pair of free throws from redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton, giving the Bulls a 51-37 lead with 2:26 left. The Bulls extended their lead to 15 with 1:07 left, but NIU had one last run in it scoring 10 straight points in just 30 seconds to pull within 56-51, but the Bulls hit four straight free throws late to seal the victory.
"I am pleased with the way this team continues to fight and this just one step on our journey together," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "I thought this was a total team victory and definitely something that we can continue to build on."
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing finished with her second career 20-point game, scoring 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting and a 6-for-7 performance from the free throw line. Loesing, who was held scoreless in UB's last game, added four rebounds and three steals. Sharkey finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot and a steal. Thronton struggled from the floor, but was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, finishing with nine points.
Junior Margeaux Gupilan also struggled from the floor, but finished with four points and a game-high four steals on the defensive end. When Gupilan was on the bench, senior Nicki Hopkins ran the point and dished out three assists in 14 minutes of action. Sophomore Christa Baccas had four points, seven rebounds, three assists and four blocks off the bench. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, freshman Rachael Gregory added six points, all at the free throw line. As a team, UB converted on nine of its final 10 free throws.
Northern Illinois was led by 18 points and seven rebounds from Amanda Corral and nine points and five rebounds from Satavia Taylor. The Bulls forced NIU into 20 turnovers on the night.
The Bulls remain home on Sunday afternoon and look to go 2-0 in conference when they host the Ohio Bobcats at 2:00 pm.