Second Surge Keys Buffalo to 72-55 Victory Over Zip Women

Updated 2/28/2000
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.