Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Toledo 96, UMKC 81
Evansville 80, Ball State 69
Duquesne 78, Buffalo 55
KANSAS CITY, MO – Toledo used a high-octane attack to claim an impressive 96-81 victory at UMKC on Wednesday in the Swinney Recreation Center. With the road triumph, UT evens its record to 2-2 on the season.
Junior Inma Zanoguera and sophomore Ana Capotosto paced six Rockets in double figures with a game-high 21 points each. Capotosto’s effort was a career high, while Zanoguera topped at least 20 points for a second time in 2013-14.
Joining the Rockets’ dynamic duo in double digits were senior Andola Dortch (15 pts.), senior Brianna Jones (10 pts.), senior Janelle Reed-Lewis (10 pts.) and freshman Sophie Reecher (10 pts). UT’s point production was its highest since the Midnight Blue & Gold put up 105 points vs. Ohio on Feb. 3, 2003.
UT took advantage of season-best efforts from the field (50.8 percent, 33-of-65), from beyond the arc (38.9 percent, 7-of-18) and charity stripe (85.2 percent, 23-of-27) to bounce back from a tough two-point setback against nationally ranked Purdue on Sunday.
The winless Kangaroos (0-4) were led by Calli White with 18 points, knocking down 6-of-11 shots from three-point range.
The Rockets took advantage of six quick points from Zanoguera to race out to a 13-7 lead at the 15:50 mark.
UT continued to play at a high level as the first half wore, taking advantage of a pair of triples from Capotosto, to build a 31-18 advantage at 9:27.
UMKC then utilized a mini 16-7 run to close the margin to 38-34 with 4:55 left in the opening half. The burst was sparked by a pair of long three-point field goals by Lexis Hardiek to make it a two-possession contest.
The Kangaroo stayed within striking distance in the opening 20 minutes until the Rockets closed with a 10-2 run to take a 52-41 lead into the intermission. A total of four UT players contributed points in the strong run to end the first stanza.
Toledo remained red hot to start the second half and scored nine of the first 13 points to open up a 61-45 cushion, forcing UMKC into a timeout with 18:17 left in regulation. Dortch ignited the run accounting for seven of the points to prompt the stoppage in play.
Moments later, Reecher provided five straight points to stretch the lead to 73-57 at 11:42.
UMKC tried to mount a comeback on the strength of three triples by White to shrink the deficit to 77-71 with 7:24 left in regulation.
Fortunately for the Rockets, they quickly countered with a three-point play by Capotosto and a trey from Dortch to seal the impressive road triumph.
The Rockets will return to the hardwood on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30 when they participate in the SMC Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic in Moraga, CA. Toledo will face Cal State Fullerton in the first round on Friday at Noon (PT) in the McKeon Pavilion.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Junior guard Shelbie Justice scored a season-high 14 points and sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine added 10 but the Ball State women's basketball team could not overcome a slow second half start causing the Cardinals to suffer a 80-69 loss to in-state rival Evansville Wednesday night in the Ford Center.
With the loss Ball State falls to 0-3 on the season while Evansville improves to 2-3 overall.
For the game, Ball State held Evansville to 34.9 shooting from the field (22 of 63) while Ball State shot 42.9 percent. The Purple Aces out-rebounded the Cardinals 46 to 34, marking the first game Ball State had been beating on the glass this season.
In the second half, Evansville used a 20-10 run to boost the Purple Aces lead to 19, 61-42, with 13:06 remaining. But the Cardinals slowly started to climb their way back into the ball game after freshman guard Jill Morrison's 3-point basket which was followed by a layup, sparking a 14-2 run for the Cardinals.
With 7:30 left to play in the game, junior guard Brittany Carter knocked down a three pointer to bring Ball State within seven, 63-56. But that was as close as the Cardinals would get, Evansville then rattled off eight straight points to build its lead back up to 15 (71-56) with 3:19 remaining.
Both teams traded baskets at the start of the half, Ball State built its biggest lead 15-11 with 12:45 on the clock after Justice knocked down a three point basket. Evansville would then put together a 7-3 run over the next four minutes to tie the game 18-18 with 8:28 left on the clock.
After the tie, the Purple Aces scored 23 points to take a 41-32 halftime lead over the Cardinals at intermission.
For the second straight game, senior guard Brandy Woody led the Cardinals with 10 rebounds while adding seven points and six assists. Justice's 14 points led Ball State in scoring, while Fontaine contributed 10 and Murphy finished with nine.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues its four-game road stretch, Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Detroit for an 11 a.m. tipoff in Calihan Hall. Ball State will play at the South Point Shoutout in Las Vegas, Nev. (Nov. 29-30) before returning home Dec. 7 against Western Kentucky.
PITTSBURGH, PA - The Buffalo women's team traveled to Duquesne Wednesday for a morning tip off against the Dukes (3-2). Backed by a game-high 25 points from Raegan Moore and costly turnovers by UB (2-2), the Dukes earned a 78-55 win. Kristen Sharkey led the Bulls with 14 points, while Christa Baccas had one of her best all-around games of the season.
The game was tight through the first three minutes, but live-ball turnovers committed by the UB offense allowed a 5-2 advantage to become a 15-5 deficit in just under four minutes of game time. Ending the half with a 37-23 lead, Duquesne shot 50 percent from the field and forced 11 UB turnovers. The trio of Sharkey (nine points), Mackenzie Loesing (seven), and Baccas (seven) would account for all of the team's points in the half.
Buffalo would make the second half a competitive one at the start, using strong effort on the glass to even out Duquesne's offense. After being out-rebounded 16-15 at half, the Bulls would ultimately own a 43-35 advantage in rebounds at the final horn. That was thanks in large part to Baccas and freshman Alexus Malone, who fought through serious height disadvantages to grab seven and eight rebounds, respectively. Of Malone's eight total boards, five would come on the offensive end. The Bulls' offense was plagued by point-blank misses, though, with numerous open layups going unconverted.
In the second half, a quick 7-2 run for UB would make it a 43-32 contest, but back-to-back "and-one" lay ups by the Dukes would quell the comeback attempt. A three from Camera Miley and a two from Sharkey would have UB down 49-37 at the 11:24 mark, but that would be the closest the team would come in the loss.
Baccas would finish with a line of nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks, all while committing no turnovers. Malone would score five points to go with her season high in rebounds, and Camera Miley had 10 points while leading the offense late in the game. Buffalo was undone by points off turnover (a 27-13 advantage for Duquesne) and poor free throw shooting in the second half, hitting just 6-16.
After playing its third game in a week, the team will have a full week to prepare for its next game, at home against rival Canisius. The Wednesday matchup with the Griffs will tip off at 7 pm at Alumni Arena.