Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Western Michigan 67, Chicago St. 49
Buffalo 66, Pittsburgh 62
Kent State 54, Stephen F. Austin 52
Bowling Green 71, Monmouth 48
Florida State 71, Miami 62
CHICAGO- Junior forward Marquisha Harris totaled 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in Western Michigan’s 67-49 win at Chicago State Sunday. Her 19 rebounds tied as the third most in a single game in Bronco women’s basketball history.
Harris shot 7-for-15 from the floor and collected six caroms on the offensive side of the glass. She dished out three assists and had one block and a steal. It was her first double-double of the season and the sixth of her career.
“Marquisha is definitely starting to get her rhythm back and we are doing a better job finding her the ball,” said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. “Our assists were way up today which was a good sign as well.”
Junior Michelle O'Brien joined Harris in double figures with 13 points, while also adding six rebounds. Julia Henson sank three 3-pointers for nine points and had a three assists. Senior walk-on Kylie McKay scored her first career points, finishing two lay-ups for four points.
The Broncos led by just four at the break, 26-22, but outscored Chicago State 41-27 in the second half.
“We were more aggressive in the second half, I think that shows in the free throws attempts. We had shot two in the first half and went to the line 15 times in the second 20 minutes. That was huge,” Clipfell said.
“I thought we gutted it out and its a road win. We dominated on the boards, which I was pleased about. We are just going to keep fighting and digging.”
As a team, WMU shot 47.3 percent from the field and outrebounded CSU, 43-30. The Broncos made 11 of 17 free throw attempts.
Tierra Williams made three of Chicago State’s four 3-pointers and finished with a team high 18 points for the Cougars, who fell to 1-6 on the season.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Broncos, who improved their record to 3-4. Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo for a three-game homestand, beginning with IUPUI on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
PITTSBURGH, PA – The Buffalo women's basketball team scored a big win Sunday afternoon, beating ACC member Pittsburgh 66-62 on the road. A quick start and perseverance down the stretch helped the team lead wire-to-wire, and move to 4-2 overall this season, while Pittsburgh falls to 4-3.
Sloane Walton led the team with 13 points and hit two critical free throws in the waning seconds to secure the win, and five UB players reached double figures in scoring for the first time since Feb 26, 2011.
The Bulls were clicking from the opening tip, running out to a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes while holding the Panthers to 0-9 shooting from the floor. For the first half overall, the UB defense allowed just nine made field goals, including an 0-8 first half performance from three for Pittsburgh. The equalizer for the host would be at the free throw line, with the Bulls taking just two shots in the half while Pittsburgh would make 7-9. After leading 27-11 with seven minutes to play in the half, Pitt would make a 12-2 run to draw close, but a quick burst to close out the half would give the Bulls a 34-25 lead heading to the locker room. In the half, Pittsburgh would be 9-33 from the field (27.3 percent), the ninth time under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack that the UB defense would limit the opposition to under 30 percent in a single half.
In the second half, Buffalo kicked it off with three straight layups to go up by 13, 40-27, but an ensuing 12-2 run for Pittsburgh would draw the game into a duel that that would prevail for the rest of the game. The UB offense consistently answered any Panther outbursts, keeping them at an arm's length for the entire game. The closest the game would get would be at 64-62, with one second remaining and the Bulls holding possession.
With two minutes to play, a pull-up jumper from Pitt guard Brianna Kiesel would cut the UB lead to four, 59-55, and the Bulls reeling from six missed free throws in its last eight attempts. Neither team would find much offense in the run of play for the final few minutes, but with 31 seconds left and the same score, a huge swing would go in Buffalo's favor.
Running down the clock, the Bulls found themselves need to get the ball in bounds with just four seconds remaining on the shot clock. The pass would find Christa Baccas on the far side of the court, and her attempt would come off as the buzzer sounded. The Pitt defense thought that the shot had not counted, and neglected to box out. That allowed Kristen Sharkey to grab the offensive board and get the ball back out to Margeaux Gupilan, who was fouled. The senior point guard made two free throws to make it 61-55.
"You're only as good as your point guard, and Margeaux really showed poised and confidence and oneness and she commanded excellence from her teammates," Coach Jack said. "As she continues to emerge as a leader we're going to keep getting better."
Pittsburgh would make it a two-possession game, 62-57, with 17 seconds left, and fouled Walton on the inbounds play. Walton would effectively ice it, hitting both for a seven point lead. The Panthers would hit a pair of desperation shots to bring the score to 64-62, but time would run out and Thornton would ice the game with a pair of free throws with milliseconds on the clock.
"When I used to be a player I used to just love these moments, and it wasn't just about the other team but how great this moment is and I told them to just enjoy this moment," Jack said. "We're teaching life lessons out there that are bigger than basketball, and we had one of those moments today."
It was a season-best day for Walton and Thornton, who combined for 24 points while Thornton would also grab seven rebounds and a pair of steals. In a game where size would be a concern on paper, Buffalo claimed a commanding 51-43 rebounding advantage that included 15 offensive caroms. Christa Baccas closed out a dominant week with 14 rebounds and four blocks.
"In any given second you have the right to join us and help us become better and Sloane grabbed those moments… it was just Sloane's time," Jack said. "And how about Cherridy Thornton? She continues to get better and showing that leadership that we need."
Along with Thornton and Walton, Alexus Malone set a new career high with 10 points, Mackenzie Loesing would score 10 points and Sharkey would pitch in 11 while recording eight rebounds, two assists and no turnovers despite receiving the assignment of defending a strong Pitt post rotation.
After winning just one road game in the non-conference schedule last season, the Bulls have already rolled out to a 3-1 record on the road this season. Next up will be a home game on Wednesday against St. Francis (PA). Tip time is scheduled for 7 pm.
Kent State 54, Stephen F. Austin 52
HOUSTON, Texas – Kent State (2-5) battled a full 40 minutes and executed their game plan against Stephen F. Austin (3-4) on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 1) to earn the 54-52 victory in the David Jones Memorial Classic.
"This is a huge win for our program," said Head Coach Danielle O'Banion. "To win on the road, to win against a team of Stephen F. Austin's caliber…certainly helps us feel excited about what lies ahead."
A 9-0 run after the 15:45 media timeout in the first half propelled the Golden Flashes to an 11 point margin early against the Ladyjacks, the largest lead by either team in the game. Stephen F. Austin worked their way back in it to take a slim 30-28 lead into the locker room at the half.
Kent State took the lead right back on a 4-0 run to start the second. Stephen F. Austin was able to answer, but a few minutes later, Larissa Lurken hit a three and fed CiCi Shannon the ball for a basket to take the lead for good.
An 11-for-12 free throw performance down the stretch helped Kent State secure the win. The Golden Flashes also had two big stops on defense in the final minute to withstand the Ladyjacks.
In the game, Kent State owned the boards, grabbing a season-high 44 rebounds compared to the opponent's 31. They also found success in the paint for the second straight game, registering 22 of their 54 points from there.
"We wanted to win in the paint and we wanted to win at the free throw line, and that's what we did," said O'Banion.
Lurken led the way in scoring with 15 points with eight rebounds. Montia Johnson recorded a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass. CiCi Shannon matched her career-high with five blocks while scoring 12 points.
Kent State now returns home for the remainder of the month of December, beginning with a 5:00pm matchup against Niagara on Wednesday (Dec. 4).
"We want to continue our growth and maturation in the M.A.C. Center this week," O'Banion said. "Now the challenge is to take what we started on the road back home and take advantage of our fan support in the M.A.C.C."
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, leading by just six points at the half, used a strong second-half start to fly past Monmouth University. The Falcons improved to 7-1 on the year with a 71-48 win over the Hawks Sunday morning (Dec. 1).
Junior Deborah Hoekstra led the Falcons and tied for game scoring honors, with a career-high 18 points. Hoekstra made seven of her eight shots from the floor, including a 3-for-4 performance from three-point land.
Hoekstra was named the Falcons' Player of the Game, as each of the eight teams in Sunday's quadruple-header had one player recognized after the game.
Sophomore Miriam Justinger had 16 points, also a career high, while redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan rounded out BG's double-digit scorers with 11 points.
The Falcons never trailed, but the Hawks cut BGSU's lead to a single point, 25-24, late in the first half. BG scored the last five points of the opening period, then opened the second half by scoring 12-straight points to take a 42-24 lead.
Monmouth went a total of 8:28 without scoring, and after Chevannah Paalvast finally broke that drought with a jumper, the Falcons extended the lead to 24 points on a Donovan shot with just over 11 minutes to go.
BGSU's lead reached 30 points on a pair of free throws by senior Jillian Halfhill with just under six minutes remaining, and that lead reached a game-high 34 on the last of six-straight BG points by freshman Rachel Konieczki with four minutes left. The Hawks scored the game's last 11 points to make the final margin 23 points.
Paalvast had 18 points to lead the Hawks, while Jasmine Walker scored 13. Walker hit all three of her team's three-point field goals on the day, going 3-for-7. As a team, MU went 3-for-11 from long range.
Hoekstra and Justinger combined for five of the Falcons' six triples. In addition to Hoekstra's 3-for-4 performance, Justinger was 2-of-4 from behind the arc, and BG went 6-for-14 as a team.
The Falcons held a 36-29 rebounding advantage, and BG's defense forced Monmouth into 21 turnovers on the day. The Brown and Orange had advantages of 26-8 in points in the paint, 17-5 in points off turnovers and 19-4 in second-chance points.
Sixteen of BG's rebounds came at the offensive end of the court, and the Falcons, aided by some offensive boards, scored on the first six possessions of the morning. Senior Alexis Rogers scored four of the Falcons' first six points, with third-chance layups on BG's first and third possessions.
In between those two baskets, Rogers fed classmate Jill Stein for a jumper. But, the Hawks matched the Falcons bucket for bucket on those first three possessions, and the game was tied at 6-6 with just over three minutes gone.
Donovan's putback at the 16:20 mark gave the Falcons the lead for good, and after the BG defense forced a Monmouth miss, a long pass by Stein led to an easy layup for Justinger. Then, Stein found Rogers cutting down the lane for a layup and a 12-6 advantage.
Shira Shecht answered with a jumper, but Hoekstra took a pass from Halfhill and drained a corner three for a 15-10 lead. Jenny Horvatinovic responded with a jumper for the Hawks, and then the teams went through a prolonged scoring drought.
The Falcons and Hawks went through a scoreless stretch of over six-and-a-half minutes, before Hoekstra doubled BG's lead with 6:29 left before halftime, taking a pass from Matthews and knocking down her second triple of the game for an 18-12 BG lead.
Walker answered with a triple, but Justinger hit a trey of her own, and Hoekstra followed with a pull-up jumper, giving the Brown and Orange a 23-15 advantage.
Monmouth rallied with six-straight points, all coming from Paalvast. She hit a jumper, banked home a foul-line shot and got a driving layup to go. Suddenly, BG's lead was down to two points.
BG responded, as Hoekstra threw it inside to Donovan for a layup, but Walker hit a three as the Falcons were called for a foul away from the ball. Monmouth was within a single point, 25-24, and the Hawks kept possession withi just over two minutes on the clock.
The Falcons got a stop, however, forcing Monmouth to turn the ball over, and Hoekstra's third triple of the half gave her 11 points and her team a four-point advantage. Then, after an offensive foul on MU, Halfhill's runner late in the half gave BG a 30-24 lead at the break.
After scoring the final five points of the first half, the Brown and Orange would record the first 12 of the second to wrest control of the game. Justinger sliced through several would-be defenders for a layup, and Halfhill fed Stein for another layup off an inbounds pass, putting BG ahead by double digits.
Stein found Justinger cutting down the lane for a nifty reverse layup, and a Rogers steal and layup gave the Falcons a 38-24 lead with 16:23 to go. Moments later, Justinger knocked down a pair of free throws after a Flagrant 1 foul was called on MU's Helena Kurt, and the sophomore then threw a pass inside to Donovan for a layup and a 42-24 lead with 14 minutes left.
Paalvast hit a jumper for Monmouth's first points of the half -- breaking that scoring drought of almost eight and a half minutes -- but Justinger came right back with a three-pointer. And, when the Sylvania native pulled down a defensive rebound and threw a long pass downcourt for an easy Donovan layup, BG's lead exceeded 20 points for the first time.
Walker's jumper was answered by a Hoekstra hoop from just inside the arc, and Donovan scored the next three points for a 52-28 BG advantage. The Hawks scored five-straight points, but the Falcons broke Monmouth's press, and Donovan fed Hoekstra for an 'and-one' layup with just over eight minutes to go.
Hoekstra hit the resulting free throw, and the junior then stole the ball from Jamiyah Bethune and sailed in for a layup and a 57-33 lead.
Moments later, Hoekstra fed a trailing Halfhill for a three-ball and a 61-35 advantage, and after a Justinger layup, Halfhill's two free throws at the 5:45 mark gave the Brown and Orange a 30-point lead.
Konieczki scored BG's next six points, with the first four coming at the free-throw line. Her short right-side jumper with 3:35 to go gave the Falcons a 71-37 lead, before MU made the score slightly more respectable with a game-ending 11-0 run.
Rogers had eight points in the win, while Halfhill scored seven, Konieczki six and Stein five.
Falcon freshman Leah Bolton made her collegiate debut in Sunday's game, taking the court with 6:28 left in the game and playing the rest of the contest. Bolton missed the Falcons' exhibition game and the first seven regular-season matches due to injury.
The Falcons return home for the next two contests, on back-to-back Sundays at the Stroh Center. BGSU faces Milwaukee next weekend (Dec. 8) and Massachusetts seven days later (Dec. 15), with both contests set to start at 2:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center. All five of BGSU's December games will take place on Sunday afternoons.
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team led the majority of the game against a Florida State team that is ranked just outside of the top 25, but the Seminoles were able to pull away in the last three minutes to take a 71-62 victory Sunday in Millett Hall. The RedHawks fall to 1-5 overall, while Florida State improves to 6-1.
The Miami defense hung tough against FSU all day, forcing 22 turnovers. The Seminoles came into the game shooting 47.3 percent on the season, but the RedHawks held them to 37.3 percent (22-for-59) for the contest.
Senior guard Hannah Robertson led a balanced MU offensive effort with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. That included a 3-for-6 performance from behind the arc. Senior forward Erica Almady and freshman guard Jillian Spurlock each scored 11 points, while freshman forward Nicole Anderson finished with 10. The RedHawks were 20-for-51 from the field (39.2 percent), including 10-for-28 (35.7 percent) from behind the three-point line.
Florida State jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Miami quickly recovered as a jumper by Hannah Robertson and a three-pointer from Anderson began a 10-0 run that was capped off by sophomore forward Hannah McCue burying a trey from the top of the key. The RedHawks continued to shoot well while forcing the Seminoles into missed jump shots, as a three-pointer from junior guard Kindsay Brandt put the ‘Hawks up 15-11 with 12:31 remaining in the first half.
The Seminoles answered with a 6-0 run to take the lead back, but junior guard Courtney Larson drove to the basket and kicked it out to Hannah Robertson for a three-pointer that put Miami right back in front at 18-17. Almady, Brandt and Hannah Robertson each hit jumpers to help the RedHawks hold the lead for awhile, but a three-pointer by the Noles’ Lauren Coleman tied the score at 24.
Miami had one final run in it during the last three minutes of the first half. Almady hit a reverse layup to put the RedHawks back in front. She was fouled and hit the free throw to complete the three-point play. Senior guard Haley Robertson used her passing skills to find her sister Hannah Robertson and McCue for back-to-back three-pointers that made it 33-24 with 1:20 to go. The Seminoles hit a couple baskets down the stretch, but a pair of free throws by Haley Robertson sent Miami into the break with a 35-29 lead.
Hannah Robertson led the RedHawks with 10 points in the first half, while McCue had six points and six rebounds. Haley Robertson had five assists in the period.
Florida State scored the first six points of the second half to pull within one at 35-34. Anderson ended the run with a layup. It was followed by a three-pointer and a jumper from Spurlock that made it 42-34 with 15:50 remaining in the game. After FSU hit a pair of free throws, a layup and a couple of free throws by Spurlock gave Miami its largest lead of the game at 46-36 at the 14:17 mark and forced the Seminoles to call timeout.
Out of the break, Florida State began to use a full court press. The pressure work, as the Seminoles went on a 12-0 run to take a 48-46 lead with 10:46 to go. Hannah Robertson ended the run with a three-pointer that put Miami back in front. After FSU answered with its own trey, a three-pointer by Anderson gave the RedHawks a 52-51 lead at the 9:42 mark.
Florida State was able to score the next five points to take a 56-52 advantage. It was the first time the Seminoles had been up by more than three points since starting the game on a 7-0 run. Miami did not give up as two free throws from Spurlock and a jumper by Almady tied the score at 56. After a 6-0 run by FSU gave it a 62-56 lead, Brandt answered with a three-pointer, while Almady followed with two free throws to make it 62-61 with 3:38 to go. The RedHawks’ shot went cold from there as they were only able score one more point on a Haley Robertson free throw. Florida State was able to finish on a 9-1 run to close out the 71-62 victory.
Miami’s finished with a season-high 10 three-point makes, and tied a season-high with 16 assists. Haley Robertson set a new career-high with seven assists. The RedHawks finished 12-for-13 (92.3 percent) from the free throw line.
Miami begins a four-game road trip on Wednesday when it travels to Youngstown State for a 5:15 p.m. game. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.