Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 1/16/2013


Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results
Akron 63, Northern Illinois 52
Bowling Green 73, Ball State 42
Buffalo 69, Kent State 54
Toledo 56, Eastern Michigan 40
Central Michigan 72, Western Michigan 58
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Akron 63, Northern Illinois 52
DeKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois employed a new look on offense that paid off in the first half but Akron’s transition game led to a key 18-2 second half run for a 63-52 win Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center in Mid-American Conference action.  The Zips’ (12-4, 3-0 MAC) 9-for-18 three-point performance helped drop the Huskies to 5-11, 0-3 in MAC play.
“I thought we played really well for 26 or 27 minutes,” said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett.  “That first part of the second half hurt us.  But we definitely improved – there’s no question about that.  This was a step in the right direction.  Akron is a very good team.  They can shoot it.  The potential is there for us to compete well in the MAC.  We just have to bring it every game.  We really have to learn how to finish.  Finish defensive possessions, finish shots, finish the game.”
Moving to a four-out, one-in look on offense, the Huskies opened up the game with good ball movement and open looks at the basket.  NIU made 10 of its first 14 shots from the field, including a 3-for-3 effort by Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) on threes.  With an early 8-0 run, the Huskies grabbed a 22-15 lead.
Akron, the nation’s 10th team in scoring (78.0 points per game), kept pace with NIU and ended the final 10 minutes of the half on a 16-8 run with help from four three-pointers.
With just a 31-30 deficit at the half, the Huskie offense shot 48 percent from the field and held Akron to a subpar 38 percent clip.  NIU had eight assists and 12 field goals along with only six turnovers.
The NIU offense did not have the same rhythm in the second half, however, and the defense struggled in transition to lead to some easy opportunities for Akron.  The Huskies opened up the half with the first basket to take a 32-31 lead after a jumper by Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola), but a few minutes later Akron zipped off for an 18-2 run to grab hold of the game and didn’t look back.  During the run, NIU went 0-for-8 from the field and had three turnovers while Akron found open three-pointers and layups in transition.  
“Transition defense -- North and south, they killed us down the floor,” Bennett said of the second half spurt by Akron.  “Every kid on their starting five can score in and out.  We did not close out well with a high hand.  They had too many rhythm shots and that hurt us.”
The Huskies fought hard until the end, closing back within nine points, 59-50, with 1:11 left on a layup by Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone).  But an Akron rebound off a missed one-and-one free throw for a layup in the next sequence halted NIU’s chances. 
Corral led NIU with 13 points to give her double digit scoring efforts in 10 of her last 11 games.
With the win, Akron avoided losing to NIU for the third straight time after the Huskies ended the Zips’ season with an upset win in the second round of the 2012 MAC Tournament in Cleveland on a last-second putback layup.  The win for Akron was just its second-ever in DeKalb as the Huskies are now 8-2 all-time at home against the Zips, who improved to 7-2 on the road this season.
The Huskies have a quick road trip to Central Michigan before hosting two more home games.  NIU will take on CMU in Mount Pleasant, Mich. at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Bowling Green 73, Ball State 42
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications) - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team got off to a fast start at the offensive end, and the Falcon defense held Ball State University without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes at the start of Wednesday night's (Jan. 16) game.  It all added up to a Falcon win, 73-42, in Mid-American Conference action at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 11-5 on the season, while dropping the Cardinals to 5-11.  Both teams are now 2-1 in MAC play.
The Falcons scored 21 of the game's first 23 points, and Ball State never crept closer than 15 points the rest of the night.  After the Cards got within 17 points on two occasions early in the second half, the Falcons scored five-straight points to put the lead over 20 points for good.
Redshirt junior Alexis Rogers scored 17 points, including 10 in the first half.  Rogers made her first five field-goal attempts of the night, helping BG shoot 53.1 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
With the game tied, 2-2, in the very early going, the Falcons proceeded to score the next 19 points to settle matters.  Ball State got two free throws from Brandy Woody just 57 seconds into the game, then did not score a point until Katie Murphy's two charity tosses with 11:45 left in the half.
BSU's first successful field goal did not come until just 8:06 remained in the first half.  The Cards misfired on 16 shot attempts before Lyzz Smith hit a three-pointer from the corner.
The Falcons took a 38-19 lead into the halftime break, holding BSU to just a 6-for-29 field-goal rate (20.7%) in that opening half.  BSU shot 32.0% from the field in the second period and finished with a 25.9% effort for the game.
BGSU now hits the road for six of the next eight games, beginning Sunday (Jan. 20).  The Falcons will head to Athens to take on Ohio University in a 2:00 p.m. start.  BG's next home game is a week from Thursday, Jan. 24, against Miami.
Buffalo 69, Kent State 54
Kent, Ohio – What looked to be an evenly matched contest turned into a 69-54 loss for Kent State (2-14, 0-3), as they hosted Buffalo (5-11, 3-0) at the M.A.C. Center Wednesday night.
The game began as a back-and-forth battle of poor shooting on both sides, as Kent State was shooting 22.2% and Buffalo 20% from the floor at the 7:42 media timeout in the first half, with Kent State leading 14-12.  But then the Bulls mounted a 25-10 run to enter halftime with a 13-point lead.  The Flashes were able to bring the game within eight points early on in the second half of the game, but Buffalo stepped on the gas again to earn the victory.
Trisha Krewson led the way in scoring for Kent State with 14 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.  Tamzin Barroilhet contributed with 12 points, seven rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Heather Bachman had her second big game in a row, leading the Flashes with 11 rebounds, seven of them offensively, and six points.  Rachel Mendelsohn scored ten with six rebounds in her first career start.
The bench came up big for Buffalo in the game, scoring 40 of their 69 points.  Sloane Walton had a game-high 16 points.  Christa Baccas finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Kent State heads to Ball State on Saturday in hopes to pick up their first conference win of the season.  This is the first time the Flashes have started conference play 0-3 since the 1989-1990 season.  The noon game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio and be available on ESPN3.
Toledo 56, Eastern Michigan 40
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team struggled out of the gate, falling 56-40 to the University of Toledo Rockets Wednesday night, Jan. 16, at the Convocation Center.
The Eagles (3-13, 1-2 MAC) were led offensively by Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio – Brush) who tallied a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds. India Hairston (Flint, Mich. – Hamady) scored seven points, and Iesha Collins (Chicago, Ill. – Bogan) added five points including the first three-pointer of her career.
As a team, the Eagles made one-third of their shots, going 16-of-48 (33.3 percent) from the floor. EMU outscored Toledo (14-2, 2-1 MAC), 24-22, in the paint and 8-6 on second chance points. The rebounding margin was zero with each team grabbing 30 boards.
Toledo was led in scoring by starting guard Andola Dortch who recorded 14 points on the evening. Yolanda Richardson secured eight caroms for the Rockets while also scoring seven points of her own. Toledo shot 19-of-42 (45.2 percent) in its field goal attempts.
The Eagles got off to a slow start, shooting 1-of-9 to begin the contest, as Toledo raced out to a 13-0 lead. With 12:57 remaining in the opening half, Eastern finally got on the board via a layup by Watkins. The South Euclid, Ohio native continued to be the Eagles' offensive threat, scoring her team's first six points of the contest.
However, Eastern would go through another dry spell as the Rockets tightened up their defense, forcing tough shots and turnovers. After an 11-0 Toledo run, Hairston ended the nearly seven minute scoring drought with an old-fashioned three-point play, making it 28-9 Toledo at the 3:10 mark of the first half.
Going into the halftime break, the Eagles trailed 30-11. The 11 points are tied for the lowest amount of points Eastern has ever scored in a half in the history of the Convocation Center, tying a mark set back in 2000 against Central Michigan, Jan. 12.
Each team attempted 24 shots from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. EMU sank all five of its baskets in the paint while UT made 11 buckets, including two from beyond the arc.
The Green and White started off strong coming out of the locker room to cut the Rocket lead to 15, scoring the half's first five points while holding Toledo scoreless for the first three minutes of the final stanza. However, Eastern would not get any closer as Toledo scored the next seven points to keep the game out of reach.
It took just eight minutes for EMU to score 11 points in the second half, and the Eagles made 8 of its first 15 shots in the half. After only making five shots in the opening half, EMU went 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) in the second half. Eastern would outscore Toledo, 29-26, in the second half, but the Rockets held on for the 56-40 victory.
The Eagles hit the road for a pair Mid-American Conference games against Miami and Kent State. EMU will travel down to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Redhawks, Jan. 20, before trekking to Kent, Ohio to square off with the Golden Flashes, Jan. 24. Both games can be heard on WEMU (89.1) FM with veteran play-by-play voice Chad Bush on the call.
Central Michigan 72, Western Michigan 58
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan continues its hot start in Mid-American Conference play behind double-doubles from sophomore Crystal Bradford and senior Jessica Schroll to defeat rival Western Michigan Wednesday night, 72-58.
Bradford scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as the nights of filling the box score are becoming a habit for the sophomore from Inkster, Mich. She added three assists, as well as four steals and three blocks on the defensive end.
Schroll on the other hand joined the double-double party for the first time in her collegiate career, scoring all 11 of her points in the second half, while pulling down a season-high 10 boards. The second half was even more impressive from the senior considering she was held without a point and committed a season-high five turnovers in 13 minutes of play in the first half.
A 60 percent (6-for-10) effort from behind the three point line gave the Chippewas (9-7, 3-0 MAC) a two-point lead at the break, 31-29, but they were able to come out of the locker room inspired to go on a 19-7 run and grab a 50-36 advantage.
A steal by Schroll and layup by fellow senior Brandie Baker got the run started before Schroll scored six of the next eight points for the Maroon and Gold. A pair of free throws by Bradford continued the run and the sophomore intercepted a pass and went coast to coast for a fast break layup to push the lead to double-digits, 46-35. Schroll capped the run with a drive and layup down the heart of the Broncos' (4-12, 0-3 MAC) defense, scoring eight of the 19 points during the stretch.
A pair of free throws by sophomore Jessica Green gave the Chippewas their largest lead the game, 55-38, but the Broncos were able to claw back and had a chance to pull within single digits before Miracle Woods missed a free throw with 8:38 to play.
Bradford went back to work, scoring five points and assisting on a Green layup during a 10-4 run that secured the third 3-0 start in conference play under head coach Sue Guevara.
After the hot start in the first half behind the arc, the Chippewas were able to get to the paint in the second, scoring 20 of their 32 points in the paint. CMU also limited its turnovers in the second half, committing just three after being forced into 10 in the first half.
The Chippewas will look to improve to 4-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2010 when they host Northern Illinois Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be a doubleheader inside McGuirk Arena as the men's team will play Ball State at 7 p.m.