Friday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 11/23/2012


Friday's MAC Women's Basketball Results
Florida A&M 70, Kent State 56
Ball State 61, Bethune-Cookman 56
Western Michigan 78, Northern Arizona 67
Miami 55, College of Charleston 42
Boston University 66, Eastern Michigan 55
#24 Dayton 68, Buffalo 44
Central Michigan 88, South Dakota St. 62
Toledo 73, Santa Clara 48
Courtesy of MAC Sports Inforamtion Departments
Florida A&M 70, Kent State 56
ATLANTA, Ga. – Kent State (0-4) took a nine point lead into the locker room at halftime against Florida A&M (2-1), but couldn't overcome 36 turnovers in the game to lose in the first round of the Georgia State Thanksgiving Tournament.
Melanie Stubbs netted a career-high 15 points to lead the Flashes in scoring, including a solo 5-0 run to open up the contest.  Kent State out-rebounded Florida A&M 48-29, but the Rattlers 34 points off turnovers proved to be the deciding factor.
Diamon Beckford picked up a team-high eight rebounds for the Flashes, while Ashley Evans contributed with seven assists.
Florida A&M slowly hacked away at the Kent State lead in the second half, coming within one point with 11 minutes to go in the game.  After a three minute scoring drought by both teams, the Rattlers went on a 15-4 run and never looked back.
Kimberly Sparkman and Jasmine Grice scored big for the Rattlers, finishing with 29 and 25 points, respectively.  Grice also had ten steals on the night.
The Flashes take on the Eagles of Georgia Southern tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in their final game of the trip.  Both teams will be looking for the first victory of the season, as Georgia Southern (0-2) lost to host Georgia State to open the tournament.
As always, Dave Wilson will bring you the call on the Golden Flashes iHeart Radio station
Ball State 61, Bethune-Cookman 56
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Ball State women's basketball team (2-3) defeated Bethune-Cookman (2-3) 61-56 for its first road victory of the season Friday night at Moore Gymnasium.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was freshman guard Nathalie Fontaine after a personal best scoring performance of 18 points off of 7-of-11 shooting from the field while also pulling down eight rebounds.  Junior guard Brandy Woody chipped in 16 points while classmate forward Katie Murphy ended the night with 10 points and seven rebounds.
For the game Ball State shot 42.9 percent from the field while holding Bethune-Cookman to only 22.5 percent shooting.
The Cardinals started the second half with three straight baskets from Woody, sophomore guard Shelbie Justice and Murphy to take a 38-17 edge over the Wildcats.  After that, Bethune-Cookman would put together a 28-3 run to cut Ball State's lead to 46-38 with 8:30 left in the contest. 
Fontaine broke the Wildcats scoring spree with a fast break layup after the dish from Woody to give the Cardinals back a 10-point cushion at the 7:30 mark.  It was a close game the remainder of the stretch when the Wildcats closed the gap to 59-54 with 24.8 seconds left.  After the Cardinals had four players foul out they were left with only four on the court the remainder of the game. Senior guard Shanee' Jackson made crucial free throws with seconds remaining that would lock up the victory for Ball State.
Both teams were tied at 3-3 up until the 15 minute mark.  Ball State would then orchestrate a 21-2 run which was sparked by free throws from senior guard Shanee' Jackson.  The Cardinals built 24-5 advantage over the Wildcats after their run while Ball State's defense held Bethune-Cookman scoreless for over 11 minutes.  After that Ball State continued its hot shooting ending the first half up 19-points (34-15) over the Wildcats.  Fontaine led Ball State with a personal best 16 points in the first half while the team shot 41.7 percent (10-24) from the field.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues its four game road swing when it plays at Stetson Sunday at 2 p.m.
Western Michigan 78, Northern Arizona 67
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- Western Michigan women's basketball evened its record to 2-2 on the season with a 78-67 victory over host Northern Arizona in the opening game of the NAU Thanksgiving Tournament. The Broncos will face the winner of the Bradley-Tulane game tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET in the tournament championship.
Coming off two straight losses where WMU's defense was a questionable, first-year Western Michigan head coach Shane Clipfell was happy with his team's defensive effort Friday.
"We were very concerned about Northern Arizona's ability to score, they had put up a lot of points and obviously had very gifted guards on the perimeter and were solid on the inside too. Our big focus for the last four or five days has been one-on-one accountability for us defensively. I thought we had relied on help too soon. We tried to get them to be more accountable on one-on-one defense and I think that came through today," Clipfell said.
Junior guard Corie Buchanan led Western Michigan on both ends of the floor, pumping in a career-high 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, both of which were game highs. She also earned praise from her coach on her play on the opposite side of the ball.
"What I cared about today more than Corie's scoring was her defense. She was someone who hadn't been playing the type of defense we thought she could, and today she stepped it up. For her to do that as well as go off for the 24 and 10 was remarkable. We are going to need more of those types of efforts."
Buchanan's double-double was her first of the season and third of her career. She also dished out five assists.
Three other Broncos hit double figures in a balanced scoring attack. Senior guard Aurielle Anderson totaled 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Freshman Miracle Woods also had 12 points, and freshman Jessica Jessing chipped in 10 points, going 2-for-2 from behind the arc.
The Broncos used a strong rebounding effort and free throws to build a 38-31 halftime lead. Both teams had made 13 field goals at the break, but WMU was 9-for-11 at the free throw line, while NAU was just 1-1. The Broncos held a 26-12 rebounding advantage at halftime, including a 9-0 margin on the offensive glass.
"We make rebounding a priority every game, but coming in, we felt like rebounding was a big strength of ours and a weakness of theirs. That obviously help us get off to a good start," Clipfell said.
Western Michigan and NAU traded baskets back and forth through the first six minutes of the second half until WMU was able to break open its seven point lead with an 11-point run midway through the second half. The Broncos held their largest lead of 18 with 9:37 remaining in the game.
The Broncos maintained a double-digit lead until the Lumberjacks hit a pair of back-to-back three's to cut WMU's lead of 14 to eight with just under a minute remaining. After a timeout, WMU scored five of the final seven points in the game to win by 11.
Western Michigan committed a season-low 12 turnovers and shot 40.8 percent for the game. The Broncos outscored the Lumberjacks 17-0 in second chance points, by 12 in the paint and by 11 in bench scoring. The final rebound count was 50-33 in WMU's favor.
"We thought our depth was something that could help us as well today, so a shout out to our bench for putting up big numbers," Clipfell added.
Amy Patton led Northern Arizona (0-5) with 20 points, scoring 16 in the second half. Tyler Stephens Jenkins had 17 points and Raven Anderson added 15 for the Lumberjacks, who shot 41 percent for the game.
Miami 55, College of Charleston 42
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team used a great defensive performance to overcome some offensive struggles as it defeated College of Charleston, 55-42, on Friday evening. Erica Almady led Miami with 13 points. The RedHawks improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 2-2.
Miami held CofC to 21.4 percent (15-for-70) shooting for the game, and forced the Cougars into 24 turnovers. While the 'Hawks had a season-high 32 turnovers of their own, the defensive effort allowed them to lead the entire way.
It was a great start for Miami as back-to-back buckets from Almady and Kirsten Olowinski sparked a 10-2 run to begin the game. CofC would hit a three-pointer at the 14:04 mark to cut the lead to 10-5, but the RedHawk defense would hold incredibly tough from there. They would keep the Cougars without a field goal over the next 11:43, as all Charleston could manage was four free throws. During the run Courtney Osborn and Haley Robertson each hit three-pointers, while a backdoor layup from Kelsey Simon gave the Red and White a 26-9 lead with 3:10 remaining in the half.
When CofC finally broke the scoring drought with a layup, it would turn the tables on Miami. The Cougars would follow immediately with a three-pointer as they closed the half on a 9-0 run to send the game into the break with the RedHawks leading, 26-18.
Almady led Miami with seven points in the first half. The Red and White shot 42.3 percent (11-for-26), while holding Charleston to 17.6 percent (6-for-34) shooting.
Hannah Robertson and Kristin Judson hit jumpers to begin the second half for the RedHawks. The Cougars continued to match Miami in baskets, eventually cutting the lead to four at 34-30 with 12:51 remaining. Two free throws from Olowinski sparked a 5-0 run that put the Red and White in front, 39-30. College of Charleston answered with a three-pointer that cut the deficit to six, but back-to-back layups from Almady and Simon would change the momentum for good.
Another layup from Simon and two jumpers from Haley Robertson would give Miami a 51-38 lead with 5:10 remaining the game. The RedHawk defense once again held tough, keeping the Cougars from scoring for the next three minutes. In the end, CofC would manage only four points over the final five minutes, while Osborn hit all her free throws to secure the 55-42 win.
Almady added six rebounds, two steals and a block to her 13-point performance. Osborn finished with 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals, while Olowinski led the RedHawks with 11 rebounds. Miami outrebounded College of Charleston, 56-42, with Hannah Robertson finishing with nine and Maddie McCallie pulling in seven.
The RedHawks finished the game 21-for-58 (36.2 percent) from the field.
It is a short layoff for Miami as it returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m. The game will be aired live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
Boston University 66, Eastern Michigan 55
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team suffered a 66-55 setback at the hands of Boston University Friday night, Nov. 23, at the Convocation Center. The Eagles drop a third straight contest to fall to 1-3 on the season, while the Terriers improved to 3-2.  
Eastern was led by Olivia Fouty with 13 points and nine rebounds, while India Hairston added 11 points and seven boards. EMU went 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the floor, including 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from three-point range.
Boston University was led by Chantell Alford and Mo Moran with 16 points each. The Terriers went 26-for-60 (43.3 percent) from the floor.
EMU fired first and opened the game with a Hairston layup, but the Terriers were quick to respond, putting together a 10-2 run over the next three minutes of play to take the lead. A bucket at the charity stripe by Fouty stopped the run with 13:49 to play in the half.
The Eagles cut Boston's advantage to two, 12-10, but the Terriers would hold on and go on a 16-5 run, including 10 unanswered points to close out the half.
The Terriers continued their run out of the locker room, going up by as much as 21 points, 60-39, midway through the second half. After exchanging a few baskets, EMU put up eight straight points to cut the Terriers lead to 12 with just under three minutes to play. But the Terriers proved to be too much and held on for the win.
The Green and White return to action Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24, when they take on Harvard University at 4 p.m. in the first leg of a double-header with the EMU men's basketball team at the Convocation Center.
#24 Dayton 68, Buffalo 44
DAYTON, OH – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team went scoreless for over 11 minutes in the second half and despite allowing just 68 points to nationally-ranked Dayton the Bulls fell, 68-44, in the first game of the Dayton Marriott Classic.
The Bulls led early in the contest, scoring the first four points of the game, but Dayton showed why its still undefeated, forcing the Bulls into 27 turnovers, including 13 in the opening half.  The Bulls held a five-point lead on two occasions early on as sophomore Christa Baccas scored eight-straight first half points.  The Flyers went on to lead by as many as eight points in the opening half before taking a 29-23 lead into the half.
UB opened the second half with five straight points as freshman Karin Moss knocked in three of her career-high 11 points to pull Buffalo within three.  Sophomore Kristen Sharkey followed it up with layup to pull the Bulls within one.  UB had an opportunity to tie it up down three as freshman Rachael Gregory hit a jumper with 17:51 left and was fouled sending her to line.  However, Gregory would miss the free throw and it would be the last UB points for over 11 minutes.  In that time, Dayton went on a 23-0 run to take a 54-30 lead.  Buffalo would get no closer than 20 for the remainder of the night.
Gregory finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, just missing her first career double-double.  Gregory went a career-best 8-for-12 from the free throw line.
Moss finished 3-for-6 from behind the arc for the first double figure game of her career, while she also played solid on the defensive end, recording two steals.  Baccas completed the double-figure scorers with 10 points, adding six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing added four points and a career-high seven rebounds off the bench.
Dayton, who improved to 5-0 on the season, was held under 70 points for the first time this year, including games against Top 25 opponents, DePaul and Vanderbilt.  Amber Deane finished with 14 points and five rebounds before fouling out.  Brittany Wilson added 13 points and six rebounds, while Kelly Austria had 11 points and a game-high seven steals.
The Bulls return to action tomorrow night when they continue play at the Dayton Marriott Classic, facing Eastern Illinois at 7:00 pm.
Central Michigan 88, South Dakota St. 62
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan displayed its comfort and confidence inside McGuirk Arena Friday night, defeating South Dakota State in its first home game of the season, 88-62.
The Chippewas (2-2) led from start to finish, opening the game on 14-0 run that included a pair of triples from sophomore Kerby Tamm, who was making her first start of the season, and two-straight buckets by sophomore Crystal Bradford. The Jackrabbits (3-3) finally got on the board with a free throw at the 13:55 mark and scored their first field goal 50 seconds later, but Maroon and Gold promptly went on a 9-0 run that was culminated with a fast break jumper by senior Jalisa Oliver to give them a 23-5 lead with 9:04 to play in the first half.
"I was very pleased with the way we played," head coach Sue Guevara said. "We played a much better brand of team basketball on both ends of the floor. We started the game much better than all three games previous to this one. Our defense did its job for the most part, forcing three or four shot clock violations. We played a very efficient basketball game."
The Jackrabbits finally heated up and began to pull back into the game an onslaught of treys following the CMU run, but junior sharp shooter Niki DiGuilio got just as hot, hitting three straight three-point attempts of her own to keep the Chippewas' lead at double digits, 36-24.
SDSU was able to pull it within 10 on a layup by Megan Waytashek with 45 seconds left in the first half, but freshman guard Da'Jourie Turner slashed her way to the basket for layup after an offensive rebound by Bradford to send the Chippewas to the break with a 12 point lead, 40-28.
CMU finished the first half shooting a blistering 53 percent (16-for-30) from the floor, including a 54.5 percent clip (6-for-11) from behind the arc, and continued hot shooting into the second half.
Tamm opened up the second half with her fourth three of the game 43 seconds into the second half to give the Chippewas a 43-28 lead, but the Jackrabbits were able to chip away and cut their deficit to single digits, 45-36, on a three by Tara Heiser with 16:52 to play.
Another CMU run put the game back out of reach however, as DiGuilio hit a pair of free throws and Bradford hit back-to-back threes as an 8-0 run extended the lead to 53-36. The Chippewas maintained their significant advantage and ultimately saw Tamm hit her fifth three of the game and Olive knock down a deep triple with 15 seconds left for the final 88-62 score.
Despite the hot shooting from the outside, it was the Chippewas' 36-14 advantage in the paint and 41-29 advantage on the boards that proved to be key. The Chippewas also scored 32 points off 24 SDSU turnovers and dished out 17 assists on their 33 field goals.
Bradford led the Chippewas with 21 points, while sophomore Taylor Johnson quietly filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, while also drawing four charges on the defensive side of the ball.
Sophomore Jessica Green continued her hot start to the season with 13 points and six assists, while DiGuilio and Tamm scored 16 and 15 to give CMU five players in double digits. Waytashek led the Jackrabbits with 12 points, while Heiser had 10.
The Chippewas continue their home stand next Thursday with their much-anticipated matchup versus 2012 NCAA Runner-Up No. 5 Notre Dame. CMU has defeated each of the last two ranked opponents to visit Mount Pleasant, including No. 12 Purdue last season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Toledo 73, Santa Clara 48
RENO, NV - Toledo put forth its best overall effort of the young season and tallied a 73-48 victory over Santa Clara (2-3) on Friday in the opening game of the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic at the Lawlor Evants Center. With the impressive wire-to-wire triumph, the Rockets improve to 3-1 on the season. 
UT will now advance to tomorrow's championship contest against host Nevada at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The Wolfpack defeated Cleveland State, 86-79, in today's opening game. The Midnight Blue & Gold will be in search of its sixth tourney titles in school history, including third under head coach Tricia Cullop.
The Rockets put a season-high four players in double figures, including junior Andola Dortch with a team-high 15 points and three steals. Joining Dortch with at least 10 points were senior Yolanda Richardson (13 pts.), senior Riley McCormick (career-tying best 12 pts.) and senior Naama Shafir (11 pts., 5 asts.).
Toledo shot 40.6 percent (26-of-64) from the floor, including 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from three-point range, and 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the charity stripe to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. UT claimed a 66-62 triumph at Colorado State on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The Rockets hit three of its first six shots from the field and jumped out to a 7-0 lead at 15:54 and never looked back. Shafir hit a trey and senior Lecretia Smith and Dortch also knocked down field goals to help the Midnight Blue & Gold race out to an insurmountable advantage.
Moments later, McCormick hit the first of her game-high four triples and Dortch followed with back-to-back baskets to push UT's margin to 14-4 at the 12:25 mark. The Rockets was also efficient on defense in the opening stages of the contest, forcing the Broncos into eight turnovers which they translated into seven points.
UT continued to play with a sizable lead as the first half wore on and a pair of layups from Richardson made the score 24-11 at 7:34.
Santa Clara did its best to keep the game close behind the effort from Ricki Radanovich, who made back-to-back baskets to put the deficit under double figures, 24-15, at 5:37. 
Toledo was quick to counter though, as junior Janelle Reed-Lewis was responsible for six 
straight points to extend the margin to 37-20 at the intermission.
UT did not take its foot off the accelerator to begin the second half and another McCormick trey pushed the lead to 50-27 with 15:22 left in regulation.
The Rockets then put the game away with consecutive layups from junior Brianna Jones, Richardson and Smith to make the difference 62-39 at 7:53.
The three-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champions finished with a 43-31 edge on the glass, including a career-high nine by Jones. 
Defensively, UT forced SCU into 27 turnovers and held the opposition to 39.6 percent (19-of-48) from the field. 
Radanovich led the Broncos with a game-high 17 points. She was the only SCU player in double figures.