DAYTON, OH - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was unable to come back from a 16-point halftime deficit, falling to Wright State, 82-79, in the opening round of the Women's Basketball Invitational. The loss ends Buffalo's season at 16-16.
The Bulls led by as many as five early in the first half, but the Bulls were hampered by early foul trouble to seniors Ashley Zuber and Kourtney Brown. UB continued to lead for the first 10 minutes of the first half before Wright State hit two free throws with 8:36 left and never trailed again. With UB down just one with 3:49 left, the Raiders went on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes before sophomore Nicki Hopkins hit a three with 17 seconds left to put the Bulls into the half down 43-36.
The Bulls began the second half on an 11-5 run to pull within one on a three from Brittany Hedderson with 15:47 left. From there the Raiders went on a 21-6 run, putting them up by 16 with 7:57 left. The Bulls fought to the very end as they remained down 12 with 2:54 left. UB scored six straight points, capped off on a steal and a layup from Zuber, pulling the Bulls with six at 79-73. The Raiders than hit one of two free throws before the Bulls pulled with four on a three from Jessica Fortman with 17 seconds left. Wright State hit two more free throws before Hopkins converted on a three as time expired.
Brown went over the 700-point mark for the season, the fourth most points in MAC history for a season. She finished with 21 points and five rebounds, while adding two assists, three blocks and two steals. Zuber had a career-best 18 point, while adding six rebounds and a game-high eight assists. Fortman finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Freshman Kristen Sharkey had six rebounds off the bench as 10 Buffalo players found the scoring column, including all three freshmen. Rachel Bantelman finished with four points and two rebounds.
Wright State, who advances to the second round, was led by 20 points and 15 rebounds from Molly Fox. LaShawna Thomas had 18 points, while Ta-myra Davis finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.