Women's Hoops Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 3

Updated 12/8/1984
  • Buffalo 68, Miami 56
  • Bowling Green 84, Akron 65
  • Kent State 98, Ohio 77
  • Eastern Michigan 78, Central Michigan 59
  • Detroit 70, Toledo 68

    Note: Game stories are courtesy of home sports information departments

    Buffalo Wins At Miami, 68-56

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    OXFORD, Ohio Miami Universitys womens basketball team could not overcome a dismal 3-for-14 shooting percentage from three-point land and fell to the University at Buffalo 68-56 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. The RedHawks also coughed up the ball 22 times and and connected on just 60 percent of their foul shots (9-of-15).

    Plagued by 12 first-half turnovers, Miami fell behind by as many as 14 points (36-22) with 3:33 remaining. Sonia Ortega sparked the Bulls by notching 12 points and four steals in the half.

    Miami clawed its way back into the contest and cut the lead to 36-28 by halftime as Jana Butler drained four of her team-best eight points in the half.

    The RedHawks finished the first frame shooting 43 percent, but Buffalo tallied 16 points off turnovers and hit 53 percent of its shots in the first 20 minutes.

    In the second half, Buffalo kept the defensive intensity up and forced Miami into four miscues in the first four minutes.

    The Bulls stretched their lead to 15 points with 12:29 remaining in the contest as Ortega put back her own shot underneath.

    Miami fought back once again and drew to within five points (48-43) with just over nine minutes remaining, but could not get any closer.

    The RedHawks were led by Kim Lancaster, who registered a team-high 11 points. Heather Cusick pitched in 10 points and five assists.

    Mari McClure led all scorers with 19 points, while Ortega added 18 markers and 10 boards.

    Miami (6-5, 0-1) returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 6 as it hosts Toledo. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. in Millett Hall.

    Bowling Green Holds Off Akron, 84-65

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Sophomore Kim Griech scored a career-high 18 points to pace the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team to an 84-65 win over the University of Akron Wednesday night (Jan. 3). The game, the Mid-American Conference opener for both schools, was held at BGSU's Anderson Arena.

    It was a cold, windy night in Bowling Green, and the Falcons were just as frigid indoors at the game's outset. BGSU made just one of the first 16 shots of the night, for a percentage of .063. At that point, the Falcons trailed by only five points, at 8-3.

    The Falcons (5-7 overall, 1-0 MAC) had more success the rest of the way, going 9-of-17 for the remainder of the first half (.529) and 17-of-37 (.459) in the second half.

    BGSU took the lead for good with 6:38 left before the intermission. After a steal by freshman Kelly Kapferer, junior Francine Miller hit a three-point field goal at the other end, giving the Brown and Orange a 24-23 advantage. The Falcons hit six treys in each half, going 12-of-30 from long distance on the night.

    The Falcons led by six points, 40-34, at the half, and quickly extended the margin to 10 points in the second half. UA cut the deficit to six points moments later, but a trey by junior Dana Western gave the hosts a nine-point lead at the 16:46 mark.

    After Akron's Sierra Cooper split a pair of free throws with 14:32 left, freshman Emily Pohl hit a triple to push the lead to 11 points (50-39) just 10 seconds later. UA's Jamie Scott hit a basket, but Falcon freshman Pam Brown answered with a bucket of her own, and the visitors never got within single digits again.

    Griech's 18 points came on 7-of-13 shooting, including a 4-of-8 performance from behind the arc. The Falcons, despite the slow start, had a better shooting percentage than the Zips (2-10, 0-1 MAC). BGSU shot .386 from the field to UA's .355.

    The Falcons actually shot better from three-point land (.400) than from inside the arc (15-of-40, .375). UA went 4-of-18 from long range (.222).

    Griech, coming off the bench for the first time in six games, also had six assists, three rebounds and three steals in 20 minutes.

    Senior Angie Farmer, still getting back into playing shape after missing five games due to injury, had 16 points in just 14 minutes of action. She was successful in getting to the free-throw line, and in converting her chances once she got there. Farmer made all 10 of her charity tosses, and added a pair of treys.

    Two other Falcons were in double digits, as Western and Brown had 10 points apiece. Miller, who also missed five contests due to injury, had nine points and a game-high five steals in 22 minutes of action.

    Senior Afra Smith had six points and a team-best seven rebounds, as the Falcons held a 43-42 advantage in that department. BGSU also won the turnover category, losing the ball 17 times to the Zips' 22.

    Freshman Lindsay Austin had a season-best seven assists on the night.

    For the visitors, Jamie Scott had 13 points and a game-best 10 rebounds, while Julie McDivitt added 12.

    The Falcons improved their record to 29-1 in the all-time series with Akron. BGSU is a perfect 15-0 in home games against the Zips.

    BGSU will return to action Saturday afternoon (Jan. 6), heading to Athens to take on Ohio University in a 3:00 p.m. contest. The Falcons return home for Tuesday's (Jan. 9) game against Central Michigan University, with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m.

    Kent State's Hot Shooting Disposes of Ohio, 98-77

    Athens, Ohio - Kent State hit its first 10 shots from the floor, including four from three-point range, as the Golden Flashes defeated Ohio 98-77 Wednesday night in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Andrea Csaszar scored 23 points, while Lisa Wube added a career-high 20 points, 16 in the first half. Cathy Szall led Ohio with 20 points, tying the school career three-point record with six in the game and 118 in three years.

    Kent State's hot shooting lifted them to a 22-6 lead in the game's first seven minutes. Six different players hit field goals during that span with the first miss coming after eight minutes and 15 seconds of play. Ohio (3-9, 0-1) cut the margin to eight, 24-16 with 11:11 remaining in the period, but an 8-0 run pushed the lead back to 16 and the defending conference champions were on their way to victory.

    The Golden Flashes (6-5, 1-0) finished the contest with a shooting percentage of .656, hitting 42 field goals in 64 attempts. They also held a 31-24 rebounding advantage and forced the Bobcats into a season-high 30 turnovers.

    Lori Moorman and Candace Bates also reached double figures for Ohio. Moorman tallied 16 and a team-high seven rebounds while Bates chipped in 10 points.

    Eastern Michigan Defeats Central Michigan On Road, 78-59

    MOUNT PLEASANT--The Central Michigan women's basketball team opened the Mid-American Conference season with a 78-59 loss to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night at Rose Arena.

    The loss drops CMU's record to 3-9 overall while Eastern Michigan improves to 8-4.

    The opening minutes of the game were tight with two ties and two lead changes.

    EMU jumped to a 14-9 advantage with 13:23 to go in the first half but the Chippewas answered with a 6-0 run to take a 15-14 lead.

    The Eagles then took back the lead at 16-15 on a free throw by former Chippewa Joni Daniels with 11:25 to go in the half.

    Eastern took control of the game in the closing minutes of the half outscoring CMU 13-4 in the final 4:24 to take a 42-26 lead into the halftime break.

    EMU kept up the pressure in the second half, building its lead to as many as 30 points.

    The Chippewas picked up the scoring in the final minutes of the game to slice the EMU lead to 19.

    Eastern shot .507 (34-67) for the game while CMU shot just .344 (21-61).

    Alicia Rozak led the Chippewas with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists while freshman Mandy Elwer came off the bench to add 10 points.

    Eastern Michigan was led by Kristy Maska who scored a game-high 15 points. Shani Charles added 12 points and nine rebounds and Daniels chipped in 14. Stephanie Smiley dished out 10 assists.

    CMU returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Ball State at 2 p.m.

    Detroit Nips Toledo On Last-Second Shot, 70-68

    TOLEDO, OH - Detroit freshman April Savalli had attempted just nine three-pointers in 13 games this season, hitting three of them. Tonight the 6-2 forward nailed 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, including the game-winner with five seconds left to lift Detroit (8-6) to a 70-68 victory over Toledo (7-4) before 1,438 fans at Savage Hall.

    "This loss was embarrassing," said Toledo Head Coach Mark Ehlen. "No one should march into our own arena and beat us like that. Things like that should never happen. I don't mind losing when we play hard, but we didn't."

    UT junior center Melantha Herron nailed two free throws with 22.4 seconds left to give the Rockets a 68-67 lead. Detroit had two good looks at the basket on its first try, but the ball squirted out of bounds off a Rocket player, giving them one more chance with five seconds left. Off the inbounds pass from senior Shari Hill, Savalli squared her shoulders and drained the three. Toledo junior guard Shekinah Brazzle's attempt from just inside mid-court bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.

    Brazzle led three Rockets in double figures, scoring a career-high 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting. She entered tonight's game shooting just 30.6 percent (11-for-36) from the field in her last six games. Sophomore forward Tia Davis chipped in with 13 points and junior center Kenosha Chastang tallied 12 points off the bench.

    Detroit took its first lead of the game, 47-44, with 11:21 left in the second on a three-point play by Savalli. Savalli connected on another three-point play at 9:36 to give UDM its largest lead of the game, 52-47.

    Toledo would retake the lead with 3:24 remaining, 60-58, on a tip in by Chastang. Senior forward Kahli Carter drained four free throws in a row to give the Rockets a five-point lead, 66-61, with 1:31 left. Savalli and Hill each connected on a three pointer to give the lead back to the Titans, 67-66, with 0:45 seconds left.

    "We got caught behind in the post on the winning shot," said Ehlen. "We wanted to pressure the guards, but we couldn't when their post players were getting easy baskets. If they had hit all of their free throws they would have won by 10. We defended well in the first half and came out with no fire in the second. Tonight we looked like we came back from Christmas break and had never played before."

    Toledo jumped out of the blocks quickly with a 6-0 lead. Detroit did not tally its first point until 17:11 left in the first half. Brazzle led the Rockets with 11 points in the first 20 minutes. She hit all four of her shots from the field, including a three-pointer.

    The UT lead ballooned to 15-1 with 10:47 left on a baseline jumper by Chastang. The Titans first basket of the contest did not come until 10:30 left in the first on a jumper by Michelle James. Toledo increased its lead to 23-7 with 7:17 left, when the things starting falling apart for UT. Toledo would get outscored 21-7 over the last seven minutes and the last UT field goal came at 6:02 by Tia Davis.

    "We got off to a good start;" said Ehlen. "I was dissapointed with our overall performance. We had no fire. We got up and they made a run. Our execution on offense was poor. They hit the big shot to win, but we gave them the opportunity."

    Toledo's top two scorers Carter and Risinger were a combined 2-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-8 in the first half. Risinger finished 0-for-7 from the field and Carter did not get her first field goal until 15:48 left in the second. Carter, who entered tonight's game averaging 17.0 points per game, third in the MAC in scoring, was held to nine points, but did finish with a game-high 14 rebounds. Risinger, who was averaging 15.6 ppg, scored just two points in 29 minutes

    Toledo has now lost two games in a row to Titans after having its 13-game winning streak snapped last season with a 78-74 OT loss in Detroit. Toledo had not lost to the Titans in Savage Hall since Dec. 8, 1984 (76-67), a span of seven games.

    The Titans were led by Savalli who finished with a game-high 21 in only 16 minutes. The victory for the Titans was sixth in seven games against Mid-American Conference opposition this season.

    The Rockets return to action on Saturday, Jan. 6, when they travel to Oxford, OH to battle the Miami RedHawks in its conference opener. Tip off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.Toledo is 14-5 in MAC openers since the 1981-82 season, including a 9-4 mark on the road.UT has never opened the conference season against the RedHawks.