Saturday's MAC Results
Western Michigan 62, Oakland 61
Miami 50, UMASS 40
Niagara 82, Kent State 55
Akron 81, Canisius 72
Toledo 59, SIU Edwardsville 43
Wyoming 73, Eastern Michigan 50
Bowling Green 71, Colorado State 49
Austin Peay 78, Ball State 60
Bucknell 78, Buffalo 71
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Western Michigan 62, Oakland 61
ROCHESTER, Mich.- It took four overtime sessions to settle the score between Western Michigan and Oakland, as the two programs met for the first time since 1983. The Golden Grizzlies would come away the victor on their home court, 73-70, after what amounted to an extra half of basketball.
"I told our players, that's the team I want to coach for the rest of the year," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "I saw fight in us that I hadn't seen before, even in wins. I would have to go all the way back to the American game, the first game of the year, to see the fight, determination and teamwork that we saw today.
"We said collectively as a coaching staff, we got better today. It didn't show it on the scoreboard, but I firmly believe we did exactly what we were hoping to do, short of a win."
In a battle down to the wire, Western Michigan (2-5) had a chance to put the game away with the final looks at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime. Miracle Woods put up a heavily contested layup that wouldn't go at the end of regulation and Michelle O'Brien's runner in the lane at the end of the first OT rimmed in and out.
Elizabeth Hamlet shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line for Oakland, but missed what could have been the game-winning free throw at the end of the second OT. WMU took a 62-61 lead with 14 seconds left when Woods muscled her way up for two from the block. WMU's Aurielle Anderson was whistled for a foul on the other end off an inbounds with 0.9 seconds left, sending Hamlet to the line for two. She sank the first but missed the second long and WMU's Marquisha Harris hauled in the rebound.
Only four points combined would be scored in the third overtime, Anderson hitting a bucket for WMU and OU hitting a pair of free throws. Anderson chucked a half court shot attempt that went wide at the end, sending the game into the fourth OT.
Oakland (5-2) scored the first five points of the fourth overtime and the Golden Grizzlies hung on for the win. Hamlet made two free throws, and her sister, Annemarie, followed with a three-point prayer off the glass with two seconds left on a shot clock winding down.
Annemarie also came up with a three to tie the game at 56-56 with 22 seconds left at the end of the first overtime.
Western Michigan led 25-23 at halftime and by as many as nine with 8:41 left in the second half. The Broncos owned a seven-point lead in the first overtime.
Four players scored in double figures for Western Michigan. Sophomore A.J. Johnson downed five three-pointers for 15 points, both of which were career highs. She scored nine of the Broncos' first 11 points in the game. Woods and Anderson each tallied 12 points and freshman Alex Morton had a career day with 11 points. Woods added four blocks and four rebounds.
Sophomore Michelle O'Brien came off the bench in the second half to pull down a game-high 11 rebounds. Corie Buchanan had 10 boards and Harris snagged eight. Both O'Brien and Harris scored six points.
Annemarie Hamlet hit five three's for Oakland, leading all scorers with 17 points. Elizabeth Hamlet had 14 points, Victoria Lipscomb scored 13 and Olivia Nash finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Western Michigan shot 37.8 percent in the game and tied a team-season high with eight three's. Oakland hit 32.4 percent from the floor and knocked down 11 three points. The Grizzlies missed 10 free throws and shot just 58.4 percent (14-for-24) from the line.
Western Michigan travels to IUPUI Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a 7 p.m. tip and returns to Kalamazoo after playing five games on the road Saturday, Dec. 8, hosting Chicago State at 2 p.m.
Miami 50, UMASS 40
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team played a great defensive team game, while both Kirsten Olowinski and Courtney Larson stepped up with strong offensive performances to lead the RedHawks to a gritty, 50-40, win over Massachusetts on Saturday. Miami improves to 4-3 on the season, while the Minutewomen fall to 2-6.
The team held UMass to 26.3 percent shooting (15-for-57) for the game. That included a 16.7 percent (3-for-18) performance from behind the arc. Hannah Robertson played great individual defense on Minutewomen sharpshooter Emily Mital. Mital entered the contest shooting 54 percent from three-point land, but Robertson held her to a 2-for-13 day behind the arc.
Olowinski led the RedHawks offensively with 13 points and 13 rebounds. It was her second double-double of the season and 32nd of her career. She is now only three short of tying the Miami career record. Olowinski did break the Miami career record for blocks with three on Saturday. She now is on top of the Red and White annals with 135 career rejections.
The RedHawks were out of the services of senior guard Courtney Osborn who missed her first career game with injury. She is listed as day-to-day. In her absence Larson performed well in the first start of her career. Playing 32 minutes, she provided a career-high 12 points, including a 10-for-10 performance from the line. She made six consecutive free throws down the stretch to help seal the victory.
A basket from Erica Almady and a three-pointer from Hannah Robertson quickly gave Miami a 5-0 lead to begin the game. Hannah Robertson would find her sister Haley Robertson for a layup inside as part of a 9-0 run that opened up a 14-2 advantage for Miami at the 13:18 mark. While Olowinski would get a pair buckets over the next eight minutes, the RedHawk offense would stall as UMass was able to pull with six at 18-14. A jumper by Olowinski would stop the run, while Hannah Robertson nailed a jumper of her own to send Miami into the break in front, 22-16.
Miami shot 40 percent (10-for-20) during the first half, while holding the Minutewomen to 22.6 percent (7-for-31) shooting.
The 'Hawks were unable to score for the first 7:29 of the second half. Despite this the defense held strong in holding Massachusetts to only seven points during the same period. Hannah Robertson would find Almady down low for a layup to end the RedHawks scoreless streak and put them back in front 24-23 with 12:31 remaining. The Minutewomen responded with a 5-2 run to give themselves their largest lead at 28-26 at the 11:14 mark.
An old-fashioned three-point play from Kelsey Simon gave Miami the lead back at 29-28. After UMass briefly retook the advantage with a layup, the RedHawks would go on the decisive 10-0 run over the next four minutes that would give Miami control. The first eight points of the run were all off of free throws, as Larson put in six, while Olowinski contributed two. A jumper by Almady and a free throw from Hannah Robertson made it 40-30 with 4:41 remaining.
The Minutewomen answered back with a 7-0 run that made it 40-37 at the 2:20 mark. Larson would put the dagger in the comeback attempt, nailing a jumper from the left side that made it a two possession game. Haley Robertson would then hit a layup after a steal from Hannah Robertson to make it 44-37 with 1:20 to go. Miami hit its free throws down the stretch to finish off the 50-40 win.
Hannah Robertson and Almady each contributed eight points for the RedHawks, while Haley Robertson had six. Hannah Robertson also had five assists and six steals, while Almady brought in seven rebounds. Miami forced Massachusetts into 21 turnovers during the game.
The RedHawks returns to action on Tuesday when they host Wright State at 1:30 p.m. That game is the fifth-annual Class at the Court contest and will see over 1,500 elementary students from the local Talawanda School District in attendance.
Niagara 82, Kent State 55
Niagara Falls, NY - Kent State's (0-7) three senior captains netted 67% of the team's 55 points, but Niagara (3-3) was too much to handle resulting in the Flashes' seventh-straight loss. Niagara finished with 82 points.
Tamzin Barroilhet had a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds for Kent State. Trisha Krewson and Diamon Beckford also scored in double-digits, scoring 13 and ten points respectively.
However, as the story goes this season for the Flashes, the team matched their season average in turnovers with 24 on the night. Those turnovers resulted in 34 points for the Purple Eagles. Kent State also shot just 33.9% from the field.
Kent State kept it close at the start, notching the score at 11 a piece to go into the first media timeout. But by the end of the half, the Flashes found themselves in a eight point deficit, down 35-27, that they could not overcome.
Niagara center Lauren Gatto found success in the paint, scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Chanel Johnson had 16 points for the Purple Eagles.
Kent State takes a break from the road and returns home for two games in the upcoming week. They host Temple on Thursday (Dec. 6) at 7:00 pm and then play host to Western Kentucky the following Sunday (Dec. 9). Fans can get into Sunday's game free with a ticket from the game on Dec. 6.
Akron 81, Canisius 72
AKRON, Ohio -- Leading by two with just two minutes to play, Akron scored seven points in 1:21 to preserve its sixth win of the season, powering past Canisius, 81-72 Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Arena.
UA is now 6-1 on the year and 3-0 at home.
Four of Akron's starters finished in double-figure scoring led by Rachel Tecca with 20 points, her fifth 20-point performance this season. Hanna Luburgh poured in 17 points while Taylor Ruper added a season-high 16, including four 3-pointers.
Kacie Cassell continued to get the basketball in the right hands, dishing out eight assists for her sixth-straight game with five or more assists.
The game-changing stat of the afternoon rested with Akron's season-low five turnovers to the Griffins' 20. The Zips did not turn the ball over once in the second half.
Luburgh got the Zips on the board first with a jumper from the right wing. The Griffins were quick to answer back, which would prove to be the trend of the game. In the first half, both teams kept within five points of each other, with the Zips leading by no more than three points for most of the half.
The Griffins had a two-point lead with 8:40 left on the clock in the first half, but they could not hold on as Tecca forced a turnover. The possession would eventually lead to a trey from Ruper, giving the Zips a 24-23 advantage with eight minutes left.
Back-to-back buckets by both teams kept the score close. Ruper would break a 26-all tie with another three and six minutes to play in the first period.
Carly Young came out strong off the bench again, stealing the ball with one minute left and drawing a foul with an aggressive drive to the basket. She split her free throws making the score 40-38 at halftime in the Zips' favor.
At the start of the second half, Cassell scored on Akron's first possession, starting the Zips off with a four-point lead. Canisius countered with an easy layup at the 15:27 mark.
The game was tied at 52 for nearly two minutes until Akron hit a three. The toe-to-toe score continued as the Zips led 61-58 with 9:35 left in the game. It was not until Ruper triggered the 14th lead change of the day with a drive to the basket where Akron started a scoring rally that would bring them to a victory.
A King fastbreak was immediately followed by a block and a layup from Luburgh, giving Akron a slim two-point lead with just over three minutes to play. A quick 3-pointer by the Griffins' Jamie Ruttle was not enough to stop the Zips as they surged ahead for their largest lead of nine in the final seconds.
With the win, head coach Jodi Kest has now collected more victories at the helm of the program than any other Akron women's basketball coach.
The Zips return to the court Wednesday, Dec. 5 when they travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason at 7 p.m.
Toledo 59, SIU Edwardsville 43
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo extended its win streak to five-consecutive games with a 59-43 victory over SIU Edwardsville (3-4) on Saturday in the opening round of the inaugural Glass City Tournament in Savage Arena. With the triumph, the Rockets improve to 5-1 on the season.
UT will now play St. Bonaventure (4-4) tomorrow in the championship game at 2:30 p.m. The Bonnies advanced to Sunday's title matchup with a 56-36 triumph over Southern (0-6) earlier today in the other opening-round contest.
The storyline of today's game was Toledo's pivotal run in the first stanza and its ability to score points off Cougars' turnovers. UT put together a 29-1 burst midway through the opening period to break open a close contest. The Rockets also forced SIUE into 26 miscues, which they translated into 27 crucial points.
Senior Naama Shafir paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with 12 points and three assists in only 12 minutes. The fifth-year senior tweaked her ankle late in the first period and did not return. Head Coach Tricia Cullop expects the three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection to be ready to go tomorrow against SBU.
Senior Riley McCormick, junior Andola Dortch and sophomore Inma Zanoguera picked up the slack with Shafir out of the lineup with nine points each, while junior Janelle Reed-Lewis contributed eight points in a winning effort.
The Rockets shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) from the field, including 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from beyond the arc, and 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the charity stripe to move a step closer to capturing their second tourney title in as many weekends. UT won the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic in Reno, NV last weekend with victories against Santa Clara and the host Wolf Pack.
SIUE's CoCo Moore and Raven Berry converted early layups to give the visitors a 5-4 lead at the 17:19 mark. The Cougars would not tally another field goal for the next 12-plus minutes, and as a result of that dry spell the contest was essentially over.
The three-time MAC West Division champions responded with the game-changing run to establish an insurmountable cushion, 41-6, with 5:17 left in the opening half. Shafir scored all 12 of her points to spark the offensive explosion, while McCormick drained three triples and Reed-Lewis had seven points off the bench.
Toledo did a bulk of its damage in the pivotal stretch from beyond the arc, hitting five of its first six shots and converted a total of seven bombs to build a 25-point bulge, 41-16, at the intermission. The Rockets came into today's game leading the league in three-point field goals made (7.4) and three-point field percentage (37.4%).
In the second half, Coach Cullop emptied her bench and gave her younger players some quality minutes. The Rockets were never really threatened in the final 20 minutes and settled for a 16-point victory.
Ashley Capotosto, no relation to UT redshirt freshman Ana Capotosto, led the Cougars with eight points off the bench. Leading scorer Raven Berry, who into today's game averaging 14.0 ppg, was held to three points.
SIUE shot 30.2 percent (13-of-43) from the field, including 50.0 percent (2-of-4) from three-point land, and 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the free-throw line to suffer its second most-lopsided loss of the season. They entered today's showdown tallying 58.2 ppg.
Wyoming 73, Eastern Michigan 50
LARAMIE, Wyo. (EMUEagles.com) – Making its farthest road trip of the season, the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team fell to the University of Wyoming Cowgirls, 73-50, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 30, at Arena Auditorium.
Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) recorded her first double-double of the 2012-13 season to lead the Eagles. The junior forward recorded 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Denaya Brazzle (Portland, Ore.-Chipola College) added a career-high eight points off the bench. With the loss, Eastern drops to 1-6 on the season.
Chaundra Sewell led all scorers, tallying 20 points for the Cowgirls as teammate Kaitlyn Mileto contributed 19 points to help Wyoming move to 5-1 on the season.
Wyoming outrebounded EMU, 50-36, a main factor in the contest as the Cowgirls scored 40 points in the paint compared to 24 points for Eastern Michigan.
The Green and White shot only 32.2 percent from the field, and Wyoming's hot starts in both halves led to its 42.3 shooting percentage from the floor.
India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) started the game's scoring with a deuce courtesy of a nice pass from Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott). However, Wyoming got off to a hot start offensively, shooting 5-of-8 to start the game and taking a 12-4 lead into the first media timeout.
The Cowgirls increased their lead behind Mileto, who hit 5-of-7 from beyond the arc at that point, giving Wyoming at 30-14 lead with 7:58 remaining in the first half. Following a jumper by Fouty, the Cowgirls held EMU scoreless for the next five minutes, going on a 7-0 run. However, the Eagles responded with a 7-2 run to end the half down 39-23.
Fouty's seven points and four rebounds led the Eagles in scoring for the first half. While both teams shot 40 percent from the field, Wyoming's 11 offensive rebounds turned into 12 second chance points.
Wyoming would come out strong to begin the final twenty minutes of play going on a 9-0 to increase its lead to 25. Eastern would continue to battle as three offensive rebounds in one possession eventually led to a Fouty put-back and Eastern's first second chance points on the contest.
EMU would not be able to mount a comeback as the home team continued to be efficient on both sides of the floor.
Freshman Bianca Cage(Memphis, Tenn.-Southwind) nailed a three-pointer just before the final buzzer, her first points as a member of the Eagles, to round out the scoring, 73-50.
Before returning home to face the University of Michigan, Dec. 11, the Eagles will stay out west to finish their three-game road trip, traveling to Brookings, S.D. Tuesday, Dec. 4, to face the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Tip from Frost Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
Bowling Green 71, Colorado State 49
The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team scored the first 15 points of the game to take control, and the Falcons rolled along to a 71-49 victory over Colorado State University Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1). The non-conference game was held at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 4-3 on the season, while dropping the Rams to 2-4 on the year.
Junior point guard Jillian Halfhill had the first double-double of her career, scoring 10 points and obliterating her previous career best with 13 rebounds. Halfhill also had four assists to lead all players.
Freshman Miriam Justinger led the Falcons in scoring, with 12 points in just 10 minutes vs. the Rams. Junior Jill Stein and sophomore Jasmine Matthews also hit double figures in the scoring column, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Caitlin Duffy was CSU's lone double-digit scorer, with a game-high 15 points off the bench.
BGSU held a 48-31 rebounding advantage, with 20 offensive boards. The Falcons also forced 18 CSU turnovers, and BG had 20 points off turnovers to the Rams' seven.
The Falcons return to action on Wednesday (Dec. 5), closing a three-game homestand against Butler University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center.
Austin Peay 78, Ball State 60
AUSTIN PEAY, Tenn. - The Ball State women's basketball team (2-6) lost a 79-66 decision on the road Saturday night at Austin Peay (2-5) in the Dunn Center.
For the game sophomore guard Brittany Carter led the Cardinals in scoring with 14 points. Ball State had two more players score in double figures freshman guard Nathalie Fontaine chipped in 13 and teammate junior forward Katie Murphy ended the game with 12.
Sophomore guard Shelbie Justice opened the second half with a three pointer which sparked a 7-0 run for the Cardinals to cut the Lady Govs lead to 34-28 at the 18:09 mark. That was as close as the Cardinals would get the remainder of the game as the Lady Govs put together a 27-12 run that earned them the 63-46 lead over Ball State with 7:48 remaining in the contest.
The Cardinals found themselves down by seven in the opening minutes of the game after Austin Peay went up 7-0 straight out of the shoot. Carter knocked down two free throws to get Ball State on the board at the 16:55 mark.
After that the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run to make it a 9-8 ball game with a layup from Fontaine with 10:46 remaining. But that was as close as Ball State would get in the first period as the Lady Govs eventually built a 32-21 halftime advantage over the Cardinals.
The Ball State women's basketball team will host Detroit Mercy Thursday, Dec. 6 in Worthen Arena at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to the game, go to www.ballstatesports.com or call the ticket office at 1.888.BSU.TICKET.
Bucknell, 78, Buffalo 71
LEWISBURG, PA – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was able to overcome a 16-point first half deficit on Saturday night, tying the game late, but ultimately falling to Bucknell, 78-71. The Bulls scored a season-high 46 points in the second half, but the host Bison were just as good, shooting nearly 62 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
In a game that took place in the old Davis Gymnasium as part of throwback night, the home team scored the first seven points of the game, racing out to a 14-2 lead just over four minutes in. Bucknell led by as many as 16 in the opening half as a fast break layup from Sheaira Jones gave the Bison a 22-6 lead with 11:48 remaining in the half. The Bulls went on to respond by outscoring Bucknell by nine over the final 30 minutes of the game, but the slow start became too much. A three pointer from junior Margeaux Gupilan cut the deficit to 33-25 with 1:30 left in the half, but Bucknell hit one more basket to take a 10-pont advantage into the half.
The Bulls turned up the pressure in the second half led by freshman Rachael Gregory, who scored all 17 of her points in the second half. Bucknell continued to lead by 12 with 7:37 left, but a three pointer from sophomore Valerie Majewski ignited a 17-5 run, tying the game up at 67-67; the first tie since the two teams were deadlocked at zero. Six of the points in the run came on a pair of three pointers from freshman Karin Moss, who finished the game with a career-high 15 points. However, Bucknell responded to the tie by going on a 6-0 run over the next minute and forty seconds to regain a 73-67 lead with just 1:51 left. A pair of free throws from Gregory with 28 seconds left put the Bulls within three, but they would get no closer.
Gregory tied her career high with those 17 points, a mark she set against Youngstown State. For the third time in the last four games she finished with nine rebounds, just missing her first career double-double. Gregory went a career-best 9-for-11 from the free throw line.
Moss finished with 15 points as she went 5-for-8 from behind the arc. The Troy, MI native added two rebounds and three steals. Moss and Majewski went on to hit eight of Buffalo's nine three pointers in the game. Majewski tied her career high with 11 points.
Redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey also reached double figures as she finished with 11 points. Sharkey continued her outstanding numbers from the free throw line as she hit all five of her attempts. She added seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
After scoring 55 points against Eastern Illinois, the UB bench again put up big numbers, outscoring Bucknell's bench, 41-9.
Bucknell, which had five players in double figures in scoring, was able to win despite taking 22 less shots than the Bulls. The Bison shot 55.1 percent from the floor, including 61.9 percent in the second half. Shelby Romine led all scorers with 20 points. She did most of her work from the free throw line where she was 10-of-14.
The Bulls now begin a season-long four game homestand as they host St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night. Tip off is at 7:00 pm.