BUFFALO (Feb. 28) -- The Zip women's basketball season came to a halt
Monday night in Buffalo as the Bulls captured a 72-55 victory in the
first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Akron (11-17 overall, 7-9 MAC) trailed by only two points at the half
and appeared ready to overtake Buffalo (18-10, 7-9) with a strong second
half performance but couldn't get the train rolling in the final half.
The Zips shot 39 percent from the floor for the game and allowed the
Bulls to hit on 49 percent of their shots.
However, the free throw line differential proved to be the pivotal
statistic during the contest. Buffalo nailed 16-of-22 from the charity
stripe, while the Zips connected on only 2-of-10, including 2-of-8 in
the second stanza.
Akron's Cheryl Bowles led the Zips in scoring with a 20-point effort and
followed that up with seven rebounds as well. The Zips' Abby Hoy and
Erica Glover each ended their careers with six points apiece. Zip
freshman Angela Tylec gave Akron fans a view of the future as she
tallied 12 points off the bench in 16 minutes of action.
Buffalo was led by Mari McClure's 22 points.
The win earned the Bulls a trip to Cleveland and a matchup with Kent in
the MAC quarterfinals this Thursday at 1 p.m. The game will take place
in Public Hall.