Wednesday's Women's Hoops Results
Western Michigan 79, Milwaukee 88
Kent State 42, E. Kentucky 56
Toledo 76, Dayton 79
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Western Michigan 79, Milwaukee 88
MILWAUKEE, Wis.- Western Michigan put up a good fight at Milwaukee, but couldn't overcome the Panthers' 13-for-18 three-point shooting in an 88-79 road loss Wednesday. UWM's 72.2 percentage from downtown was the second highest school history.
"Its hard to shoot that good in your own gym unguarded, let alone with defense on you," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "We could have done a better job trying to disrupting that, especially in the first half, when we kind of let them get into a rhythm.
"We told the team coming in, we knew they would be tough, we just didn't expect them to shoot 72 percent like they did."
Senior Aurielle Anderson led Western Michigan with 26 points, three shy of her career high. Freshman Miracle Woods and sophomore Michelle O'Brien both put forth a double-double effort. Woods had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while O'Brien recorded 10 points and 10 boards. Sophomore Julia Henson also ended in double figures, shooting 5-for-8 from behind the arc for 15 points.
Western Michigan (1-1) shot just 23.1 percent from the floor over the first eight minutes, allowing the Panthers to open a 18-9 advantage and UWM pushed its lead to 12 by the 3:38 mark of the first half. Woods scored five points and Henson hit back-to-back three's to fuel an 11-3 run over the next two minutes and thirty seconds to inch WMU within four with 1:08 remaining in the half. Milwaukee took a seven-point lead into the locker room, 41-34.
Western Michigan warmed up to 40 percent shooting by the end of the first half, but was guilty of 17 turnovers. The Broncos did a better job hanging onto the ball in the second half, turning the ball over just five times.
Anderson was aggressive to the hoop in the second half, helping WMU inch within two with 3:05 left, after trailing by 10 in the second half. UWM responded with back-to-back three's to put the game away. Anderson scored 18 of her game-high 26 in the second half.
Milwaukee (2-1) placed five players in double figures, paced by Ashley Green's 20 points. Sami Tucker chipped in 18 points, followed by 15 points by Emily Decorah. Sammy Theut had 11 points and Anglea Rodriguez finished with 10.
WMU finished the game shooting 41.7 percent from the floor, and 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from three-point land. UWM shot 45.3 percent from the field. The Panthers turned the ball over 22 times.
Western Michigan hosts Albany (1-1) this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at University Arena.
GAME NOTES: Freshman Alex Morton played first career minutes, entering game in first half ... game was first of nine non-conference road games for Western Michigan ... UWM evened the overall series, 2-2.
Kent State 42, E. Kentucky 56
RICHMOND, Ky – The Kent State (0-2) bench scored half of the Golden Flashes' points, but it was not enough to earn the season's first victory Wednesday night (Nov 14). The Golden Flashes fell 56-42 to the Lady Colonels of Eastern Kentucky (2-0).
EKU dominated the boards, recording 50 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive end. The Lady Colonels led by as little as four points at times in the second half, but went on a late 12-2 run to put the game away.
Both teams were cold from beyond the arc. Kent State made just one three-pointer on 14 attempts. EKU drained just three of its 13 three-point tries.
Junior guard Amber Dunlap (Memphis, Tenn.) led the Flashes in scoring with nine points off the bench. Senior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) eluded early foul trouble to net eight points with a team-leading seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Jamie Hutcheson (Ancaster, Ont.) picked up three steals. No Flashes played more than 30 minutes, except for senior guard Tazmin Barroilhet (Saint Maxime, France), who was on the court for 31.
EKU senior center Jade Barber posted a double-double, recording 16 points and 18 rebounds, to lead all scorers. Senior guard Brittany Coles was the only other player to score double figures. She had 12 points and 6 assists. Senior Alex Jones grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lady Colonels.
Kent State steps back onto the court on Monday (Nov. 19) in their first home game of the season. The Flashes will look to pick up their first win against Cincinnati at 7 p.m.
Toledo 76, Dayton 79
DAYTON, OH - Dayton outscored Toledo 9-5 over the final two minutes of regulation to register a 79-76 victory on Wednesday inside UD Arena. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 1-1 on the season.
Senior Yolanda Richardson paced UT with 19 points and 11 rebounds to record her ninth career double-double. Junior Andola Dortch also finished in double figures with 13 points, a game-high six assists and contest-best five thefts. UT also received good efforts from junior Brianna Jones (9 pts., 4 reb.), sophomore Inma Zanoguera (9 pts., 4 ast.) and senior Lecretia Smith (8 pts., 6 reb.) in a losing effort.
The three-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champion Rockets shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field, including 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from three-point range, and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the charity stripe.
Andrea Hoover led the Flyers (3-0) with a game-high 22 points, including four crucial points in the final two minutes. Ally Mallot added 16 points off the bench and Cassie Sant had 12 points to help the defending Atlantic 10 tourney champions avenge last year's 61-51 setback to UT in Savage Arena.
Dayton shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the floor, including 38.7 percent (12-of-31) from beyond the arc, and a perfect 100.0 percent (19-of-19) from the free throw line to emerge victorious in its home opener.
Toledo's Richardson knocked down a pair of free throws to give the visitors a slim 71-70 lead with 2:20 left in regulation.
The Flyers quickly retaliated when Malott buried her game-high four triple to shift the lead back in their favor, 73-71.
Toledo was able to respond, though, as Dortch drained two charity tosses to knot the score for a fourth time on the evening, 73-73, at the 1:37 mark.
Following a Dayton timeout, the home team received two free throws each by Hoover and Kelley Austria, sandwiched in between a turnover by senior Naama Shafir, to make it a four-point difference, 77-73, with 58 seconds left.
The Rockets desperately needed points to stay within striking distance as the clock was running down, and Richardson split two charity tosses to cut the margin to 77-74 with 45 seconds remaining.
Dayton misfired on its next offensive trip to keep UT's hopes alive, and Shafir countered with a coast-to-coast layup to pull within a single point, 77-76, with 11 seconds left.
Toledo had no choice but to quickly foul to get the ball back. UD's Hoover calmly stepped to the line and drained both free throws to push the lead to 79-76 with only four seconds showing on the clock.
The Rockets had one final chance to possibly force overtime, but Shafir desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
UT started out tonight's interstate battle strong and scored the opening seven points, prompting UD into calling a timeout at the 18:11 mark. Three different Rockets tallied points in the opening burst to force the Flyers into the early stoppage. Dayton did not score until Hoover converted a four-point play with 16:57 remaining in the first stanza.
Moments later, senior Kyle Baumgartner registered five straight points to increase the margin to 16-9 at 15:03.
UD then started to heat up from the outside and drained four straight triples to knot the score at 18-18 with 11:16 left in first half. Malott sparked the long-range barrage with two treys to draw the teams even.
Toledo called a timeout to stop UD's momentum and responded with a mini 11-4 run to reclaim the advantage, 29-22, at the 7:05 mark. Jones and Richardson ignited the run with four points each.
The Flyers continued to fight an upward climb as the first half wore on and took advantage of a 14-6 burst to emerge with their first lead, 36-35, with 1:41 left before intermission. Sant knocked down a pair of jumpers and Samantha MacKay dialed one up a trey to help the home team assume a one-point lead.
UD maintained the advantage for the remainder of the opening stanza and took a slim 41-40 margin into the break.
Richardson scored the first six points to start the second half and sparked an 11-2 run to help Toledo retake the lead, 51-43, with 16:38 left in regulation.
The Rockets' offense would then go cold, though, but the defense stepped up and allowed Dayton to hit only two field goals in the first eight-plus minutes. As a result of Toledo's strong defensive effort, the Midnight Blue & Gold held a 55-51 advantage at the 11:50 mark.
UT's needed a spark offensively, and Zanoguera delivered with back-to-back triples to ignite a 10-3 run. Shafir also contributed a jumper to extend Toledo's margin to 67-58 with 6:08 remaining in regulation.
With the home team facing a three-possession deficit, they turned to Sant and Malott who combined to score the next 12 points to set the stage for the final two minutes.
The Rockets will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when they travel to Fort Collins, CO to take on Colorado State. The opening tip is slated for 7:00 p.m. (MT) inside Moby Arena. A season ago, UT utilized a 9-3 run over the final four minutes to claim a 58-51 home victory over the Rams.