Sunday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 1/13/2013


Sunday's Women's Basketball Results
Toledo 48, Bowling Green 38
Buffalo 73, Ohio 36
Miami 73, Western Michigan 47
Akron 93, Kent State 58
Central Michigan 77, Eastern Michigan 51
Ball State 57, Northern Illinois 51
Courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Departments
Toledo 48, Bowling Green 38
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications) - Naama Shafir scored a game-high 23 points, banking home a key three-pointer late in the second half, to lead the University of Toledo to a 48-38 win over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team Sunday afternoon (Jan. 13).  The Mid-American Conference game was held at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Rockets improve to 13-2 on the season, while dropping the Falcons to 10-5 overall.  Both teams are now 1-1 in MAC action.
UT held a one-point lead with just under four minutes left, as BGSU senior Chrissy Steffen sandwiched a conventional three-point play around the final media timeout of the day.  Shafir, who picked up her fourth foul on that play, hit a pair of free throws to give her team a 37-34 lead with 2:49 left, before hitting the game's key shot.
After BGSU missed a three-point try on the next possession, Steffen blocked a layup attempt by UT's Andola Dortch, with the ball going out of bounds to the Rockets.  With the shot clock winding down, Shafir fired a shot from beyond the arc.  The shot banked off of the glass and dropped through the hoop with 1:56 remaining, putting the visitors up by six points, 40-34.  Junior Jillian Halfhill, who led the Falcons with 13 points, hit a runner on the ensuing possession, but the home team would draw no closer.
BGSU shot just 22.4 percent from the field for the game, hitting only six field goals in the first half and five in the second.  The Rockets shot only 33.3%, including a 7-for-27 effort in the second half (25.9%), but the visitors had a 47-32 rebounding advantage on the afternoon.
The Falcons made just three of their first 23 shot attempts to begin the game, and Toledo took a 12-point lead, the largest of the day, on a Brianna Jones jumper with 2:53 left in the half.
Trailing by that 23-11 deficit, however, BG proceeded to go 3-of-3 from the floor to end the half. Junior Katrina Salinas knocked down a three-point try, and freshman Miriam Justinger scored four-straight points.  When redshirt junior Alexis Rogers made a layup in the final minute of play, the Falcons' run was 9-0, and BG's deficit was just three points at the half.
The home team extended that run to 12-0 on a Halfhill triple to open the second-half scoring.  Moments later, another triple by the junior point guard gave the Falcons their first lead of the day, 26-25.  That was the first of four lead changes, with the last coming on a jumper by UT's Inma Zanoguera with 7:08 remaining.
Zanoguera's shot gave the Rockets a 32-31 lead, and Shafir's three-point play with 6:25 on the clock extended the margin to four points.  Steffen responded in kind, with her old-fashioned three-point play at the 3:54 mark, before Shafir found the bank to be open on a Sunday, giving the visitors a six-point edge with just under two minutes left.
Shafir and Halfhill were the only players to reach double digits in the scoring column.  Lecretia Smith scored nine points for the Rockets, while Steffen had eight for the Falcons.
Halfhill scored all 13 of her points after halftime, as she and Steffen were the only two BG players to find the scoresheet in the second half.
The Falcons are home again on Wednesday night (Jan. 16), wrapping up a season-long five-game homestand with a 7:00 p.m. game vs. Ball State.
Buffalo 73, Ohio 36
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team remained perfect in Mid-American Conference play on Sunday afternoon, dominating the Ohio Bobcats, 73-36, at Alumni Arena.  The Bulls did little wrong over the 40 minutes, finishing with nine players who recorded points and all 10 healthy players saw at least 10 minutes of action.  The Bulls also grabbed 61 rebounds, by far their highest total of the season.
The Bulls led wire-to-wire in the contest, opening the game on a 19-4 run and never looking back.  In total, Buffalo held a double-digit lead for 33 and a half minutes.  UB had it working on both the offensive and defensive end as freshman Mackenzie Loesing continued to turn her defensive prowess into offense, scoring the first five points, capped off with a steal in for a fast break layup.  Another steal and lay in from Loesing at the 9:11 mark gave Buffalo its first 20-point advantage of the contest. The Bulls ended the first half on a 7-0 run, taking a 41-15 lead into the half.  It marked the second straight game that UB has allowed its opponent to score under 20 points in the opening half.
Ohio pulled to within 23 at 47-24 just three minutes into the second half, but following a Buffalo timeout, UB went on a 15-3 run, extending its lead to 62-27.  The Bulls led by at least 30 for the final 12:54 of the game.  The 37-point victory for the Bulls was their largest win since a 92-38 win over Youngstown State on Dec. 13, 2009.  It was also UB's largest margin of victory ever against a Mid-American Conference opponent, and the first 30-point win against a MAC team since Jan. 16, 1999 vs. Bowling Green.
"Defensively our goal is to hold teams under 59 points and at halftime I challenged our team to hold the opponent to under 45 points and they responded," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.  "This team is playing very unselfish basketball right now because they have chosen to play for the name on the front of their uniforms and not the back."
The Bulls finished with four players in double figures, led by 16 points from freshman Rachael Gregory, two off her career high.  Gregory also added nine rebounds and three steals.  Loesing continued her strong play with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in just 22 minutes.  Fellow freshman Karin Moss added 11 points and two steals.
Redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton made her second career start and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.  The Bulls got solid minutes from the post players as Kristen Sharkey finished with seven points and eight rebounds and sophomore Christa Baccas had five points and a game-high 14 rebounds, one off her career-best.  Sophomore Kaila Callender also saw 11 minutes of action and finished with four points and a blocked shot.
Junior Margeaux Gupilan added four points, a game-high seven assists and three steals, while senior Nicki Hopkins backed her up at the point, finishing with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.  Sophomore Sloane Walton finished with two points and a career-high five rebounds.
As a team the Bulls finished with 61 rebounds, their most in a game since pulling down 62 against Niagara on December 11, 2004.  UB also had another solid day from the free throw line, going 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.
The Bulls will look to increase their winning streak on Wednesday evening as they hit the road for the first time in MAC play at Kent State.  Tip off is set for 7:00 pm.
Miami 73, Western Michigan 47
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan's offensive struggles continued in a 73-47 loss to MAC East preseason favorite Miami Sunday at University Arena. Junior guard Corie Buchanan was the lone Bronco to reach double digits, scoring 10 points. She also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
"You have to tip your hat to Miami," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "They are a solid team with a lot of balance. They have veterans, they have inside, they have outside, and they rebound the ball well. They are just a good team.
"When we cannot score and teams can play poorly and still build a 10-point lead, you are just going to open the floodgates for them. I am blaming a lot of our defense on our offense."
WMU shot 19-for-59 (33.3 %) from the floor and uncharacteristically missed seven of its 14 free throw attempts. The Broncos had entered the game as one of the top free throw shooting teams in the conference.
Western Michigan (4-11, 0-2 MAC) battled the RedHawks closely early on, even leading 20-17 with 7:05 remaining in the first half. Miami enjoyed a 30-24 lead at the break and outscored WMU by 20 in the second half.
Miami (9-6, 1-1 MAC) was paced by senior guard Courtney Osborn, who dropped in six of her team's 12 three-pointers. Osborn finished with a game-high 22 points and six assists. Haley Robertson hit four three-pointers and had 19 points for the RedHawks, while Hannah Robertson had 12 points. Miami shot 45.8 percent from the floor of 60 percent from behind the arc.
Sophomore Marquisha Harris totaled nine points for WMU, as did senior guard Aurielle Anderson, who also had four assists. Freshman Miracle Woods recorded eight points and six rebounds. The RedHawks outrebounded the Broncos, 42-33.
Western Michigan will look to get back on track Wednesday, when it travels to West rival Central Michigan (8-7, 1-1 MAC). Tip off in Mount Pleasant is at 7 p.m.
Akron 93, Kent State 58
AKRON, Ohio -- Taylor Ruper drained five 3-pointers and Sina King notched her eighth double-double of the year to lead four Akron starters that scored in double figures Sunday, as the Zips rolled to a 93-58 victory over Kent State at James A. Rhodes Arena.
The 35-point win is UA's largest margin of victory over a Mid-American Conference opponent in the history of the program, and gives Akron (11-4, 2-0 MAC) 0.5 point in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge standings. 
King nearly reached her double-double status by halftime, scoring 11 of her 16 points and pulling down nine boards in just the first period. 
Ruper had the hot hand from long range, picking up all 15 of her points off the three ball. Three of Ruper's treys came inside the last 3:30 of the first half in the midst of a 16-6 Akron run. 
Hanna Luburgh and Rachel Tecca joined in with 12 and 10 points, while Carly Young and Katie Nunan were not far behind with eight apiece. 
The rivalry fire was ignited right from the opening tip, and Akron forged ahead immediately, exploding for 10 unanswered points and forcing Kent State (2-13, 0-2 MAC) to use two timeouts in the first four minutes of the game. 
Akron's defense played hard and smart for the third game in a row, coming up with eight steals and forcing the Golden Flashes into 27 turnovers. Offensively, the Zips pushed the tempo in transition, creating 34 points off those turnovers and limiting themselves to just four miscues in the first half. 
UA finished the day shooting 52.9 percent from the field to Kent State's 33.9 percent. The Zips utilized several different lineups throughout the contest in the process, distancing themselves by as many as 42 points early in the second half. 
The Flashes mixed in some full court pressure down the stretch but it was not enough to stop what the Akron had started, as the Zips defended their home court for their third-straight win. 
Mid-American Conference play continues this week when UA embarks on a five-day road swing, beginning with Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. in DeKalb, Ill.
Central Michigan 77, Eastern Michigan 51
MOUNT PLEASANT - Sophomore Crystal Bradford flirted with a triple-double and Central Michigan dominated defending Mid-American Conference champion Eastern Michigan from start to finish in a convincing 77-51 victory Sunday afternoon.
Bradford finished the afternoon with a team-high 13 points, 13 rebounds and season-high seven assists, chipping in with two blocks and four steals on the defensive end.
"We are enjoying this, but we have a lot of business to handle yet this season," Bradford said. "We wanted to execute today. We wanted to win, but we needed to have a good performance."
The Chippewas (8-7, 2-0 MAC) forced the Eagles (3-12, 1-1 MAC) into 19 first-half turnovers to grab a commanding 42-21 lead at the break, while finishing the day with 30 points off 22 EMU turnovers.
Bradford closed a 10-2 run to start the game with a jumper in the paint and sophomore Jessica Green hit a pair of threes to push the lead to double digits at the 11:08 mark, 16-6. Senior Jalisa Olive eventually capped an 11-0 run with a fastbreak three, pushing the lead to 21-6.
A no-look pass from Bradford to sophomore Jas'Mine Bracey extended the CMU advantage to 14, 25-11, with 6:05 to play in the first half and Bradford hit her second three of the half with 1:14 on a dish from Green to give the Maroon and Gold a 40-21 lead.
Head Coach Sue Guevara was able to spread the wealth in the second half, getting key production from her bench. A layup by freshman Da'Jourie Turner gave CMU a 27-point cushion and the freshman found senior Jessica Schroll on the Chippewas' next possession for a 29-point lead, 72-43.
"We're 2-0 in the MAC and in the middle of a key three-game home stand," Guevara said. "It was good to have everyone play today and everyone got some minutes in front of our home fans. Eastern Michigan is a brand new team with a brand new coach, so we weren't sure what to expect. We knew we wanted to do what what we like to do and that is play fast. We did a great job of forcing them into traps and into a lot of turnovers."
CMU finished the game shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc (12-for-27) and outrebounded the Eagles, 39-29.
The Chippewas will look to improve to 3-0 in the MAC for the second time under Guevara Wednesday night when they host rival Western Michigan at 7 p.m.
Ball State 57, Northern Illinois 51
DeKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois dropped its Mid-American Conference home opener to Ball State, 57-51, on Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.  The loss moves the Huskies to 5-10, 0-2 in MAC play while the Cardinals improved to 5-10, 2-0 in the league’s first weekend of head-to-head competition.
Neither side took full control of the game as Ball State’s biggest lead was seven points, coming at the 14:43 mark of the first half, and NIU’s was five at the 3:42 mark of the first half as well.  However, it was 25 turnovers and only three assists that doomed the Huskies.  NIU’s second highest turnover total of the season featured 19 unforced giveaways and led to a 21-15 edge in points off turnovers for BSU, who had 18 itself along with 11 assists.
“Three assists to 25 turnovers shows just a lack of composure,” said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett.  “Tay (Satavia Taylor) played well and hard today.  Without her it could’ve gotten ugly.  We need her to score like this for us, along with Amanda [Corral].  
“We have to get better at controlling the ball, making the extra pass and finding open people.  We have to help each other.  Our chemistry between the bigs and guards on both sides of the ball is a little off right now.  If we can get that down and have more of an attack mentality it will help a lot.”
Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola) was a huge bright spot for NIU on the day as she went off for a career-high 24 points.  She missed just three shots as she was 8-for-10 on field goals overall, 4-for-4 on three-pointers and 4-for-5 at the free throw line.  
Taylor’s first three helped erase a 10-3 start by Ball State and gave the Huskies a 16-15 lead.  A few minutes later, she connected from downtown in the corner and sank two free throws to give NIU its largest lead of the game, 23-18.
After an 8-4 Cardinal run near the end of the first half that gave BSU the lead again, Taylor got to the foul line and made two more free throws to leave the game tied 27-27 at the half.  Free throws played a huge role for the Huskies in the first half as they were 12-for-12 and BSU was just 2-for-4 at the line.
Ball State started strong again in the second half, opening a 36-31 lead with a 9-4 run.  Shortly after the run, Taylor answered again with a personal 6-0 run, burying two straight threes to put NIU up 45-43 with 10:42 left.  
However, NIU could not hang onto the lead as four consecutive turnovers helped the Cardinals to a 10-2 spurt.  Trailing 53-47 with 4:18 remaining, the Huskies employed a full-court press and more defensive pressure to cut the lead to 53-51 with 1:22 left after a steal in the backcourt by Ashley Sneed (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) and layup by Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart), who finished with 15 points.
But a backdoor cut for a layup and a turnover that led to a fastbreak layup for Ball State ended NIU’s hopes of winning its first MAC home opener in four years.  The layups gave BSU its 26th and 28th points in the paint, an area where the Cardinals held a 28-8 advantage in over the Huskies.
NIU gets right back to action at home against Akron on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. CT.