Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Akron 72, Canisius 56
Marist 74, Bowling Green 60
Tulsa 60, Western Michigan 59
Arkansas State 92, Kent State 61
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Akron's one-two punch of Hanna Luburgh and Rachel Tecca caught fire in the second half to lead the Zips past Canisius, 72-56, Friday night on the road.
Akron out-scored Canisius 45-26 and shot 62.5 percent from the field in the second period to make up for a three-point deficit at halftime.
UA improved to 3-2 on the year with its first victory away from home this season. The result was also head coach Jodi Kest's 100th win at the helm of Akron.
Tecca led all scorers with 24 points and seven rebounds, followed closely by Luburgh with 23 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double. Carly Young added 10 points and six rebounds for the Zips.
As a team, Akron handily won the battle of the boards, 48-33, including 17 on the offensive glass that led to 17 second-chance points.
Canisius was led by Jamie Ruttle's 19 points.
The Zips picked up the first bucket of the game on a Tecca lay-in, but would struggle offensively for the majority of the first half.
Canisius pounded the ball inside to Ruttle, who posted 10 first half points, and Akron did not find its rhythm in transition until inside the 8:00 minute mark when Luburgh delivered the first of two-straight fastbreak layups.
With 4:30 remaining in the opening period, Tecca came up with a steal and Kacie Cassell pushed the ball up the floor to Luburgh who converted a 3-point play to give Akron its first lead since 2-0 with the score at 20-18.
The two teams fought through three tie scores until Canisius' Tiahana Mills banked in a contested 3-pointer from the far sideline as the horn sounded to end the first half, giving the Griffs a 30-27 halftime lead.
Canisius maintained the advantage for the first several minutes of the second half before a Luburgh triple knotted the score at 40-all at the 14:52 mark. Tecca drained a 3-pointer of her own less than a minute later to give the Zips a one-point lead that they would never relinquish.
Young tipped in a missed free throw with 8:02 on the clock, giving Akron a 10-point lead going into a media timeout. The Zips continued to separate themselves from the Griffins over the final minutes, as Cassell hit three of her last four free throws to seal the 16-point victory.
The Zips return to action next weekend when they travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif. for the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic. Akron will take on tournament host Cal Poly on Friday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by a matchup with UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Madeline Blais scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the second half, helping Marist College pull away for a a 74-60 win over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team Friday evening (Nov. 22). The game, the opening contest in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge, was held at Value City Arena on the Ohio State University campus.
With the win, Marist improves to 1-3 on the year. The Falcons drop to 4-1 on the young season.
Seniors Alexis Rogers and Jillian Halfhill scored 16 points apiece to lead BGSU, and Rogers had a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Brown and Orange.
In addition to the 24 points from Blais, the Red Foxes got 17 points from Emma O'Connor and 16 from Leanne Ockenden. That trio combined to go 19-for-33 from the field. As a team, Marist shot 56.0 percent from the field in the second half en route to a 47.9% rate for the game.
The contest was close throughout, and the Falcons took a 53-52 lead on Donovan's three-point play with 9:15 to go. But, Ockenden's layup on the next possession began a 7-0 run for the Red Foxes. A Donovan three-point field goal -- one of 11 for the Falcons in the game -- cut Marist's lead in half, bringing the Falcons within 59-56 with 6:47 remaining, but an O'Connor layup was followed by a Blais three-pointer that gave the Red Foxes an eight-point advantage.
Senior Jill Stein split a pair of free throws, but an Ockenden layup was followed by four-straight points from Blais, giving Marist a 70-57 lead with just over three minutes remaining. The Falcons cut the deficit to 10 points on a Rogers three-ball, but could draw no closer.
BGSU hit 11 three-pointers on Friday, with Halfhill, Donovan and Rogers combining for 10 of those successful treys. Halfhill was 4-of-6 from long distance, while Donovan was 3-for-4 and Rogers 3-of-7 from long range.
At the other end of the court, Marist hit 10 long-range shots, with Blais going 4-of-6, O'Connor 3-of-4 and Katharine Fogarty 2-for-3 off the bench.
Rogers got the Falcons off to a good start, scoring the first four points of the night. She began the game by stealing the ball from Sydney Coffey on the opening possession and heading in for an easy layup. Then, after Donovan tied Coffey up for a jump ball, Rogers grabbed a teammate's missed shot and laid the ball back up and in.
The Red Foxes responded with five-straight points, but sophomore Miriam Justinger fed Donovan for a corner three, and the redshirt soph hit another shot from beyond the arc -- again off of a Justinger assist -- for a 10-5 BG advantage. Donovan concluded her own personal 8-0 run with a layup, and the Foxes said timeout.
Marist rallied to within two points on treys by Fogarty and O'Connor, but some nifty BGSU passing resulted in junior Deborah Hoskstra finding Halfhill for a three-pointer from the left wing. When Hoesktra got a driving layup to drop while being fouled, then hit the resulting free throw to complete the three-point play, BGSU had a 19-11 lead just over midway through the opening half.
Marist cut the lead to three pointer on a Blais layup and a pair of Coffey charity tosses, but Halfhill drove across the paint and flipped the ball to Rogers for a straightaway three, giving the Falcons a 22-15 advantage. From there, however, the Red Foxes would go on a 17-4 run over the final seven-plus minutes of the half.
That run began with a Blais trey, and an O'Connor layup got the hosts within two points at the 6:08 mark. After a BG miss, Blais got to the line and hit a pair of shots to tie the score at 22-all.
Rogers hit a long two-pointer, but Fogarty's second three-pointer of the half gave Marist the lead, 25-24, with 3:56 to go. After a BG turnover, Blais hit a triple, and four free throws by the Foxes increased the lead to eight points. Halfhill's layup with 37 second left in the half broke BG's scoring drought of nearly five minutes, and cut the Falcons' deficit to six points, 32-26, at the intermission.
Halfhill and the Falcons got off to a successful start in the second half, regaining the lead with a quick 7-0 burst. Halfhill knocked the ball away from Natalie Gomez-Martinez mere seconds into the second half, and on the next possession, Stein hit a layup to cut Marist's lead to four.
The Falcons forced a miss, and Stein fed Justinger for a corner three. That shot, taken in front of the BG bench, made it a 32-31 game, and Halfhill promptly stole the ball from Gomez-Martinez again. This time, the BG senior took it all the way for a wide-open layup and a 33-32 Falcon lead with just 1:28 gone in the half.
After calling a timeout, the Red Foxes responded with seven consecutive points, capped by an O'Connor three-pointer with 16:40 to go. That's when Halfhill, perhaps celebrating Friday's premiere of a certain movie, proceeded to catch fire.
Halfhill proceeded to hit three three-pointers in as many BG possessions, scoring nine points in the span of just 53 seconds. First, she answered O'Connor's long-range shot with one of her own only 13 seconds later.
Than, after Brittni Lai split a pair of free throws, Halfhill scored six points on one BG trip down the floor. She took a pass from Hoekstra and hit a shot from the top of the arc, just as Lai pushed Rogers into Halfhill.
The foul on Lai, which came after Halfhill had released her shot, gave the ball back to the Falcons, and the Canfield native knocked down a shot from the corner for a 42-40 BGSU lead with 15:34 to go.
Blais hit a triple just under a minute later, but Rogers matched that shot, giving the Brown and Orange a two-point lead once again. After Blais tied the score with a layup, Justinger hit a bucket inside, giving the Falcons a 47-45 advantage with 12:59 remaining.
Blais got to the line and made a pair of free-throw tries, and out of the media timeout, Stein split her two tosses, putting BG up, 48-47. Coffey connected on a three-pointer, but Justinger put back a teammate's miss to tie the score at 50-50 with 9:46 left.
Ockenden scored inside, but Donovan answered with her three-point play at the 9:15 mark. That gave the Brown and Orange a 53-52 advantage, but it would be the Falcons' last lead of the night.
The Falcons remain in Columbus as the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge continues this weekend. BGSU will face Old Dominion University on Saturday (Nov. 23) in a 6:00 p.m. start, then will meet host Ohio State University on Sunday (Nov. 24) at approximately 3:30 p.m.
TULSA, Okla.- Tulsa overcame a 15-point deficit with 7:55 remaining in the second half to squeak out a one-point victory on its home floor, defeating Western Michigan, 60-59, Friday at the Reynolds Center.
WMU had two of its starters foul out in the final two and half minutes of the contest. Bronco leading scorer Miracle Woods’ 21.7 ppg was on the bench for the second straight game, as she is day-to-day with a leg injury.
“We played very well the first 20 minutes, while even being in foul trouble,” WMU head Shane Clipfell said. “We kept them off the glass and we shot well. The second half foul problems caused us to stray from our game plan and I didn’t do a very good job of subbing to keep us fresh. When we got tired our mistakes compounded our struggles, but we never gave up.
“Of course I want us to win more than anything else but when we set out for this trip all we talked about was how much this team can grow and we are now presented with a chance to do just that.”
Western Michigan led 32-22 at halftime and traded blows with the Golden Hurricane at the start of the second half. Tulsa crept within six points over the first five minutes, only to have WMU respond with a 13-4 run to lead by 15 just inside the eight-minute mark. From there, Tulsa hit its next five shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and sprinkled in free throws to work the deficit down to two with 4:35 left on the clock.
WMU junior Marquisha Harris hit a big turn around jumper in the lane to push WMU back up to four, but then was whistled for her fifth foul trying to post up the next time on the offensive end. Junior Jazmine Windham fouled out 28 seconds later with 1:50 to go, and WMU suddenly was without two of its top players of the night.
Free throws after the Windham foul gave Tulsa its first lead of the game, 57-56, and the Golden Hurricane hung on by a thread the rest of the way. A.J. Johnson tried to draw contact on a three and Rachel Adaline missed a baseline jumper for the Broncos down the stretch. Michelle O'Brien hit a three at the buzzer, but Western Michigan ended a point shy of sending the game into overtime.
Harris ran into foul trouble early, sitting the final 14 minutes of the first half after picking up two early fouls. She checked out of the game with 11 points and seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. Windham exited with 10 points after shooting 4-for-5 from the floor and making two three’s.
O'Brien registered her third double-double in five games with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Statistically, WMU was the better team in many areas on paper. Western Michigan shot 46.2 percent in the first half and 55.6 in the second to finish the night at an even 50 percent. The Bronco defense contained Tulsa to 29.6 percent from the floor in the first and 33.9 percent for the game.
The Broncos won the rebounding battle, 42-30. Western Michigan’s achilles heel was in the turnover department, where the team coughed up the ball 27 times, including 15 instances in the second half.
Tulsa, the defending Conference USA Tournament champion, was led by Kelsee Grovey and Ashley Clark, each with 13 points. Stevi Parker contributed seven points and nine rebounds.
Tulsa (2-1) is the second team in a row WMU has faced that made an NCAA Tournament appearance last year. The Broncos also played Michigan this past Monday.
Western Michigan (2-3) faces Arkansas, Sunday and travels to Chicago State for a road game on Dec. 1. The Broncos return to the friendly confines of University Arena on Dec. 4, hosting IUPUI in the first of three straight home games.
JONESBORO, Ark. – Kent State (1-3) struggled to find rhythm Friday night (Nov. 22), eventually falling to Arkansas State (3-1) by a score of 61-92.
The Golden Flashes shot just 30% from the field in the first half to find themselves down 21-51 at the break. They improved to 40.7% in the second, but it was not enough, as Arkansas State shot an even 50% from the floor to earn the victory.
Kent State saw a positive spurt in the final six minutes as they worked to draw fouls and found success at the free-throw line where a combination of Mikell Chinn, Krista White and Larissa Lurken made 12 shots in 13 attempts.
Overall in the game, the Golden Flashes kept on pace with their free-throw percentage, shooting 82.6% from the charity stripe in 23 trips. Chinn was a big part of that, as she made seven of her eight shots to finish the night with a career-high seven points with three assists in her second start.
Three Kent State players reached double-digits in scoring as Amber Dunlap led with 12 points while Lurken and Rachel Mendelsohn netted 11 and ten, respectively. Dunlap and Lurken have now each scored at least ten or more points in three games this season.
Arkansas State's depth was on display in the game as twelve different players scored at least a point. Their bench contributed for 30 of the team's tallies. Hanna Qedan led all with 15 points while Jalen O'Bannon grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
The Golden Flashes have a day off before getting back in to action on Sunday (Nov. 24) when they face Belmont in a 4:00pm EST game. Listen in to all the action on Golden Flashes iHeart Radio or 640AM WHLO. Team updates are always available on Twitter at @flash_hoops.