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Buffalo 68, Canisius 59
BUFFALO, NY - A record-setting day for the Buffalo (3-2) defense and a dominating performance on the boards helped the team win a 68-59 game against Big 4 rival Canisius (3-3) Wednesday evening. Mackenzie Loesing set a new career high with 25 points - with 23 coming in the second half - and Christa Baccas and Kristen Sharkey combined for 27 rebounds.
The UB defense forced 27 turnovers and made 17 steals in the game, scoring 29 points off turnovers. The 17 steals were the most in a single game by any Buffalo team in almost 11 years to the day - Nov. 26, 2002 against Colgate. Loesing led the team with five steals, and Margeaux Gupilan and Baccas had four apiece.
The game was tight early on, with four ties and three lead changes in the first 10 minutes of play. With the game knotted 14-14 at the 9:46 mark, the Bulls hit a 7-0 run that was book-ended by layups from Sharkey and ride it to a 29-23 advantage at halftime. Despite foul troubles that limited Loesing to just two points and eight minutes in the half, Baccas and Sharkey each had six points and seven rebounds in the half to pace UB.
An 8-0 run early in the second half would balloon the Buffalo lead to a game-high 13, 38-25, but the Griffs would slowly whittle the lead down over the next ten minutes before tying the game at 47 with 6:04 to go. Gupilan would drive a nail into the Canisius comeback bid, hitting a three pointer to take a 50-47 lead and spur a 10-2 spurt that would provide a lead the Bulls would never relinquish. The offense would run through Loesing, who was 8-13 in the second half, four of which would come on fast break layups following perimeter steals. Her 25 points broke a previous record of 24 against Miami (OH) in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
She was joined offensively by Baccas, who also reached double figures with her 10 points to go with 13 rebounds (four offensive). Sharkey would score nine points, but was unstoppable as a rebounder, tying a career high with 14 rebounds. Her eight offensive rebounds were equal to Canisius' entire team's output. The Bulls are averaging over 18 offensive rebounds per game in the last three contests.
Now with its first home win of the season under its belt, the Bulls will hit the road again, traveling to Pittsburgh for the second time in under two weeks. Buffalo will face the Pittsburgh Panthers on Sunday for an afternoon contest, scheduled for 2 pm.