Wednesday's MAC Women's Results

Updated 11/28/2012


Wednesday's MAC Results
Detroit 97, Western Michigan 57
Temple 70, Bowling Green 56
St. Francis (Pa.) 81, Kent State 67
Bradley 67, Northern Illinois 67
Butler 65, Eastern Michigan 59
Duquesne 78, Buffalo 52
#9 Kentucky 92, Miami 52
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Detroit 97, Western Michigan 57
DETROIT- Western Michigan lost to an athletic, veteran Detroit squad on the road Wednesday, 97-57. The Broncos shot a season-low 27.5 percent in the game and trailed 41-18 at the half.
"We obviously have a lot of work to do here," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "We had a defensive game plan in place, but the bottom line is we let low-percentage shooters make shots. Some of that was do to our game plan, making those kids make baskets because we knew we would have our hands full with Detroit's other players.
"I think back to the first two possessions, when we got stops but let them get offensive rebounds. It kind of snow-balled from there and we weren't able to rebound. Credit to Detroit for that, they have out-rebounded all of their opponents all year, including Penn State."
WMU didn't have an answer for preseason First-Team Horizon League pick Shareta Brown, who led all scorers with 35 points, adding 11 rebounds for her second double-double in the last three games. She entered Wednesday's contest second in the Horizon League and 11th in the nation in scoring, averaging just over 22 ppg.
Demeisha Fambro added 18 points and nine rebounds for Detroit, which held a final 49-36 advantage on the glass. Destiny Lavita-Stevens also hit double figures for UD with 10 points.
Senior guard Aurielle Anderson did a bulk of WMU's scoring, tallying a team game-high 18 points, also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Junior guard Corie Buchanan was a rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomores A.J. Johnson and Jazmine Windham and freshman Miracle Woods all finished with eight points.
Western Michigan and Detroit split the first six points of the night and then the Titans took over, rattling off 10 straight points. WMU had trouble in its half court offense from the get-go, hitting just three field goals through the first 12 minutes. On top of the poor Bronco shooting, Detroit built its big first half lead outscoring Western Michigan in the paint, 24-8, and converting 15 Bronco turnovers into 16 points.
The second half was more of the first, as Detroit continued to score frequently, and UD had extended its lead to 30 by the 13-minute mark. The Titans' 97 total points was a team season-high. Detroit shot 54.7 percent in the contest and went 20-for-24 from the free-throw line.
Coming off a WNIT appearance and a 20-14 record last year, the Titans are off to a 3-3 start in 2012-13. Two of the UD's losses have been against Big Ten opponents, falling to both Michigan and No. 6 Penn State by eight points each. Detroit is coached by former Bronco assistant Autumn Rademacher, in her fifth season. Rademacher was at Western Michigan from 1997-2004, helping WMU win its last Mid-American Conference championship in 2003.
Three games into a five-game road trip, Western Michigan slipped to 2-4 on the year with the loss. The Broncos stay in state and travel to Oakland Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup against the Grizzlies. WMU heads to Indianapolis next Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a 7 p.m. contest against IUPUI.
Temple 70, Bowling Green 56
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications)- Temple University shot 61.5 percent from the field in the second half, breaking open a close game en route to a 70-56 win over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team Wednesday night (Nov. 28).  The non-conference game was held at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Owls improve to 4-2 on the young season, while dropping the Falcons to 3-3.
The loss was the first-ever double-digit loss for the Falcons at the Stroh Center.  BGSU is now 15-3 in the building, now in its second season. The only prior losses came by one point apiece to Purdue and VCU in 2011-12.
Sally Kabengano led the visitors with 17 points, while Rateska Brown had 15.  Brown scored 12 of her 15 points in the second period, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field after halftime.  After missing all three of her three-point attempts in the opening half, Brown made all three of her long-distance tries in the second period.
Victoria Macaulay rounded out Temple's double-digit scorers with 12 points.
The Falcons got 13 points from both senior Chrissy Steffen and redshirt junior Alexis Rogers.  Steffen had nine of her points during a stretch of just 2:07 early in the second half, with the last of those points making it a one-point game.  But, the Owls held the Falcons without a point for over seven minutes and without a field goal for more than nine minutes to slowly pull away.
The Falcons return to the Stroh Center on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1), continuing a three-game homestand by taking on Colorado State University.  The women's game is the second half of a BGSU hoops doubleheader, as the Falcon men's team hosts Youngstown State at 2:00 p.m. before the women face CSU at 4:30 p.m.
St. Francis (Pa.) 81, Kent State 67
Kent, Ohio – After trailing by eight at the half, Kent State (0-6) rallied to bring the game within reach, but could not hold off a hot-firing St. Francis (4-1), resulting in a 81-67 Golden Flashes loss.
Amber Dunlap was a spark off the bench, netting a career-high 16 points.  Jamie Hutcheson was a rebound short of a double-double, scoring ten points and grabbing nine rebounds.
The game started off as a close contest, as neither team lead by more than four points up until the 12-minute mark.  St. Francis then took control to take an eight point lead into the locker room at halftime, 34-26.
In the second half, the Flashes went on a 10-2 run to put the lead within three points.  However, the Red Storm answered with an 8-0 run of their own, including two three-pointers by Kelley Doogan to put the game out of reach.
Tamzin Barroilhet and Diamon Beckford also scored in double figures for Kent State, finishing with 13 and 11 points, respectively.  The Flashes struggled with ball control again, turning the ball over 24 times.  They shot just 1-for-10 from three-point range and 42.6% from the floor.
Alli Williams had a game-high 26 points to lead the Red Flash.  Nickia Gibbs scored 18 and Shene Fleming joined them in double-digits with 12.  Rebecca Keegan picked up 11 rebounds.
Kent State travels to Niagara to take on the Purple Eagles Saturday (Dec. 1) at 2:00 pm., as they look to put a negative November behind them and pick up their first win.  The game can be heard on the Golden Flashes iHeart Radio channel as well as WHLO 640 AM.
Bradley 67, Northern Illinois 67
PEORIA, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team fell 67-58 to Bradley on Wednesday evening at Renaissance Coliseum. The Huskies (2-3) entered the game with three straight contests of 48 percent or better shooting but shot 36.8 percent against the Braves (4-3), who put up a 43.8 percent performance, including going 9-for-16 in the second half.
"Our poise was lacking tonight and we have to build that somehow," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "We played really hard in the second half. They had seven offensive boards in the first half and zero in the second. We have to come back and fight like crazy on Friday against Loyola."
Coming off a five-game road trip, Bradley continued to defend its home court as the Braves improved to 8-3 at Renaissance Coliseum against non-conference opponents, and won their sixth straight versus an intrastate foe.
The Huskies came into the game averaging 57.2 points allowed per game and Bradley came in netting 70.2 points per game on offense. NIU's defense did a good job of holding the Braves to a 37.5 shooting percentage in the first half and 25 percent on threes. However, the second half was a different story as Bradley shot 56.3 percent overall and 50 percent on threes. Meanwhile, NIU struggled to score, shooting 34.4 percent and missing all five threes.
The Braves had two key stretches of play to even the all-time series between the teams at 7-7. The first came in the final 5:18 of the first half as BU outscored NIU 10-4 and forced four NIU turnovers to take a 32-26 halftime lead. The second came from the 15:34 mark of the second half to the 11:20 mark as the Braves opened the half going 5-for-8 from the field while NIU was 3-for-12, leading to BU's largest lead of the game, 45-35.
NIU climbed back within five points with 1:59 left in the game, but a desperation NBA-distance three-pointer by BU's Catie O'Leary with the shot clock winding down ended any chance of a late comeback for the Huskies.
For the second straight game, Jada Buggs (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial/Wisconsin) led NIU in scoring with 18 points. She also added a team-high seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. With 16 and 11 points in her two prior games, she has scored in double figures three straight times and is averaging 15 points per game.
Next up for NIU is a quick turnaround as the Huskies host another intrastate team in Loyola on Friday at 7 p.m. CT in the Convocation Center.
Butler 65, Eastern Michigan 59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ( – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team dropped its fifth straight game and first road contest of the 2012-13 campaign, 65-59, at Butler University. The Bulldogs (3-4) used the Eagles' (1-5) foul troubles to cap the victory down stretch, hitting 18-of-23 free throws in the game.
EMU shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field in the game, but hit just 13.3 percent (2-of-15) three-point tries. The Eagles had three players in double-figures with Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) and Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) each pouring in 14 points while Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook) added 13 of her own. The Green and White outrebounded Butler, 40-34, with Fouty pulling down nine rebounds, while India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) and Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) grabbed eight boards apiece.
Fouty opened the scoring with a pair of jumpers inside to give the Eagles an early 4-0 lead within the first three minutes of play. After allowing a three-ball, the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to lead 10-3, EMU's biggest first half lead of the 2012-13 campaign.
After trading buckets, Butler scored seven straight, giving the Bulldogs their first lead, 18-17, with 9:01 remaining in the opening half. Thomas sparked a quick 4-0 run to put Eastern up 21-18, but another Butler three-pointer tied up the game at 21 apiece with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles, 9-6, in the final minutes of the opening half. Eastern went into the break trailing, 30-27.
Fouty led the Eastern offense in the opening half, scoring 10 points, while Watkins notched six and Tate had five. Thomas led EMU with five rebounds while Tate pulled down four and Fouty, Watkins and Hairston each posted three caroms.
After a minute and a half of play in the second half, the Eagles used a pair of free throws from Watkins and another from Tate to tie up the game at 34 points each with 16:23 remaining. Hairston gave the Eagles a lead, 35-34, on another shot from the charity stripe with 15:50 left in regulation.
Eastern was sparked by an 8-4 run, which gave them a five point, 43-38, lead with 11:27 left to play. After Butler scored five-straight, the Eagles and Bulldogs played back and forth basketball, until Hairston put the Eagles back on-top with a pair of free throws, making it 50-48 with just over six minutes left.
Butler proceeded to go on an 8-2 run, including four and a half minute field goal drought for EMU, to get ahead of Eastern 56-50 at the 3:51 mark in the second half. Eastern responded to the run with its first bucket in almost five minutes. After trading buckets, Tate nailed a shot from beyond the arc in the corner to cut the Bulldogs' lead to three, 60-57, with just over a minute left, however Eastern could not mount the comeback necessary, falling 65-59, with EMU hitting five free throws down the final 20 seconds of play.
The Eagles continue their roadshow, Dec. 1, when they travel to Laramie, Wyo. to take on the University of Wyoming. Tipoff between the Eagles and Cowgirls is schedule for 2 p.m. (MT) at Arena-Auditorium. 
Duquesne 78, Buffalo 52
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was led by a pair of freshmen on Wednesday evening, but the Bulls fell to Duquesne, 78-52.  For the second straight game, Mackenzie Loesing led the Bulls in scoring.  The loss drops Buffalo to 1-6 on the season.
Loesing and fellow freshman Rachael Gregory combined to score the first 17 points of the game for Buffalo, but UB was unable to take a lead in the contest.  The Bulls were able to cut the Duquesne lead to four with 7:34 left in the first half, but the Dukes responded on the very next possession by hitting a three pointer and getting fouled, completing a four-point play and retaking an eight-point lead.  Duquesne went on to lead by as many as 12 in the opening half.
The Dukes opened the second half on a 16-3 run as they got their lead up to 25 at 54-29.  Duquesne continued to be the aggressor for much of the second half as it led by as many as 31 in the contest.  However, the Bulls continued to fight to the final buzzer as they got late scoring contributions from Loesing, Valerie Majewski and Nicki Hopkins.
"I thought we got better as the game went a long and I think we took some positive steps tonight," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.  "We took it to the basket more and we got to the free throw line more than we had in previous games and those are the little things we are working on each and every day in practice."
Loesing finished with 19 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Gregory just missed a double-double with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.  Redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey added nine points and six rebounds, while Majewski finished with seven points and a career-high seven rebounds.  Despite not scoring in the contest, junior Margeaux Gupilan tied her career high with eight assists.
Duquesne, which improved to 5-1 on the year, was led by 16 points from April Robinson and 14 points and 12 rebounds from Wumi Agunbiade.  Belma Nurkic added 11 points and four assists.
The Bulls return to action on Saturday evening when they head to Bucknell for a 7:00 pm matchup with the Bison.
#9 Kentucky 92, Miami 53
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Miami University women's basketball team battled hard against No. 9/8 Kentucky in Lexington on Wednesday afternoon, but hot-shooting from the Wildcats to begin the second half turned a 12-point halftime lead into a 92-53 win. Miami is now 3-3 on the season, while Kentucky improves to 5-1.
Courtney Osborn had a fantastic game for the RedHawks, finishing with 25 points. She was 9-for-23 from the field and also had three steals and three rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Miami battled an extremely athletic Wildcat team nearly evenly in the rebound battle, as it was only outboarded by one, 36-35. The difference came from behind the arc, where Kentucky drained 11 three-pointers.
"I was proud of the way we kept battling for 40 minutes," said head coach Maria Fantanarosa. "They are a legit top-10 team and their depth really showed in the second half. We never stopped fighting."
After Kentucky hit a layup to begin the contest, Osborn found Kirsten Olowinski at the top of the key for the three-pointer and the early 3-2 lead. The Wildcats would quickly regain the lead, but Miami fought right back as a layup from Osborn and a jumper by Hannah Robertson gave the 'Hawks a 7-6 advantage with 14:09 left in the half.
Osborn continued to keep the Red and White in the contest as a pair of jumpers put Miami in front, 13-12. Kentucky would respond with an 18-5 run to take a 30-18 lead with 5:01 to go. A jumper by Kristin Judson stopped the bleeding, but the Wildcats would eventually extend the lead to 36-20 at the 1:41 mark. Back-to-back three pointers by Osborn and Olowinski, followed by a pair of free throws by Robertson made it a nine-point game at 37-28 before a three-pointer by UK sent the Wildcats into the break up, 40-28.
Osborn led the RedHawks with 11 points in the first half. Miami outrebounded Kentucky, 22-19, during the period.
Osborn continued her strong play early in the second half with a pair of buckets, but the Wildcats got hot from behind the arc, nailing three 3-pointers as part of a 12-2 run that pushed the advantage to 23 at 55-32 with 16:24 remaining in the game. Osborn hit a three-pointer to cut it to 20 at 55-35, but Kentucky would go on a 25-12 run over the next 10 minutes to put the game away.
The RedHawks finished the game shooting 32.7 percent (17-for-52). The Wildcats shot 50 percent (33-for-66) for the contest. Olowinski just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Robertson had seven points and seven rebounds.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it welcomes Massachusetts to Millett Hall. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.