Saturday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 12/8/2012


Saturday's Women's Basketball Results
Western Michigan 80, Chicago State 38
Wright State 73, Akron 71
Toledo 83, Milwaukee 59
Cleveland State 87, Miami 75
Northern Kentucky 69, Ball State 67
Binghamton 65, Buffalo 60
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Western Michigan 80, Chicago State 38
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan (3-6) raced out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back, posting the program's biggest win since the 1977-78 season in a 42-point, 80-38, victory over Chicago State Saturday.
Coming off a five-game road trip, the Broncos did not disappoint on their home court, setting team season highs for points scored (80), assists (23), steals (18) and field goal percentage (44.1%). WMU also had its best defensive effort, allowing the fewest points of the year (38) and holding the Cougars to a 25.5 field goal percentage.
Sophomore forward Marquisha Harris had her second straight career game, totaling a personal-best and game-high 18 points after scoring 12 points at IUPUI Wednesday. Sophomore A.J. Johnson tallied 16 points and seven steals, both of which were career highs.
Freshman forward Miracle Woods recorded her second double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior guard Corie Buchanan dished out a season-high eight assists, one shy of her career high.
"It was a selfless game, that is what it felt like to me as it was unfolding," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "What set the tone was in the beginning when we picked up charges early on their drivers. That is something our team has somewhat been unwilling to do, but today we got in and picked up the calls. That is what to me set the tone in what I am calling the most selfless game we played to date."
The Brown & Gold bench made its biggest contribution of the season, totaling 37 points. Twelve of the 13 Broncos that played reached the scoring column.
Western Michigan dominated the rebounding margin, 49-26, and outscored the Cougars on the break, 14-0.
WMU held Chicago State (1-7) scoreless until the 13:55 mark of the first half and led 45-16 at halftime.
The win snapped a four-game skid for the Broncos and a two-game losing streak against Chicago State. The 42-point victory was the largest since defeating Western Ontario by 47, 96-49, in 1977-78.
Tierra Williams led the Cougars with 14 points. Former Bronco Jazzmyn Harvey hit two three pointers and finished with nine points. Harvey played her freshman season at WMU in 2008-09.
WMU will take a week break for finals and then travels to in-state Big Ten rival Michigan, next Saturday, Dec. 15, for a 2 p.m. contest. It will be Western Michigan's sixth road game in a stretch of seven games.
Wright State 73, Akron 71
AKRON, Ohio -- Taylor Ruper's contested three rimmed out as time expired and Wright State became just the second team to top Akron this season, as the Zips fell 73-71 Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Arena.
All but 10 of the two team's combined 144 points came from their starting five as each squad saw three players finish in double figures.
Hanna Luburgh led both teams with 26 points, including 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point land, and was one rebound shy of her first double-double of the year with nine. Rachel Tecca posted 16 points and Ruper chipped in 11 to pace the Zips' offense.
Akron (7-2) was out-rebounded 41-35 and left seven points at the free throw line in a game that saw four significant lead swings and came down to the wire. The Zips limited themselves to just six turnovers in the game and out-scored the Raiders 40-33 in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit.
The Zips came out of the gate with hot hands from long range – UA's first five field goals were from behind the arc, and three of the five were from Luburgh.
Akron took its first lead of the day at 18-16 with its first two-point basket of the game, a Luburgh layup, at 11:10 in the opening period. One of Ruper's three triples gave the Zips what would be their largest lead of eight at the 8:32 mark.
Wright State (3-4) was able to make up the difference at the charity stripe and then some, taking back the advantage to lead 40-31 going into the locker room.
UA played catch-up for the majority of the second half, getting back into the game with its full court press. The Zips picked up 19 points on the day off Wright State turnovers.
A Luburgh three just inside the three-minute mark made it a one-point game, and a layup from Sina King on Akron's next possession put the Zips up for the first time in the second half.
With one minute remaining and a one point lead, Tecca stepped in to take a chance at a charge from Wright State point guard Kim Demmings, but it was ruled a block. Wright State took back a three-point lead with the pair of free throws and two more following an Akron missed layup.
Trailing by two, Akron had possession with 20 seconds on the clock, but Ruper's three at the buzzer bounced the wrong way allowing the Raiders to hold on.
The Zips will have a week to rest before continuing their homestand Saturday, Dec. 15 against Cincinnati at 2 p.m.
Toledo 83, Milwaukee 59
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo continued its impressive start to the 2012-13 campaign with a resounding 83-59 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday before a season-high 4,034 fans in Savage Arena. With the triumph, the Rockets' run their win streak to six-consecutive games and improve to 7-1 on the season. UT is off to its best start since the 1996-97 season when the Midnight Blue & Gold began the year a perfect 8-0 and finished with a 27-4 mark.
The story of today's non-league matchup was UT's pressure defense. The three-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champions forced the Panthers (4-5) into 24 turnovers and converted those miscues into 25 points. They were also credited with 15 steals, tied for second-most in a contest in 2012-13. Toledo's best effort is 16 thefts vs. SIU Edwardsville in the opening game of the Glass City Tournament last Saturday, Dec. 1.
Offensively, senior Naama Shafir paced four Rockets in double figures with a season-high 19 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Joining Shafir in double figures were sophomore Inma Zanoguera with 12 points, four boards and three thefts, senior Lecretia Smith had 11 points with a team-high eight caroms and junior Andola Dortch contributed 10 points, six dimes, five rebounds and two steals.
UT did not trail in the contest and shot a sizzling 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the field, including 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from beyond the arc, and 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the charity stripe to avenge a 60-57 setback to Milwaukee on Dec. 18, 2011 in the Klotsche Center.
The Rockets also did a good job taking care of the ball, finishing with 16 assists and a season-tying low 11 turnovers. Toledo, which began the day leading the MAC in turnover margin (+5.6), has now tallied more helpers than miscues in four of the eight contests this season.
Angela Rodriguez paced UWM with 13 points, five caroms and four dimes, while Sami Tucker and Emily Decorah had 12 points and 10 points, respectively. As a team, the Panthers were limited to 34.0 percent (18-of-53) from the floor.
Shafir and Zanoguera combined to score 25 points in the opening period, helping UT claim a 52-25 cushion at the intermission. The dynamic duo were nearly unstoppable in the opening 20 minutes and shot 10-of-14 from the field, propelling Toledo to its highest offensive output in a half this season.
The Rockets' lead ballooned to a game-high 31 points early in the second stanza, 58-27, before they put it in cruise control and settled for a comfortable 24-point victory.
Toledo will take the next six days off to focus on final exams before returning to the hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Big East member Marquette. Tipoff from the Al McGuire Center is slated for 7:00 p.m. (CT).
Cleveland State 87, Miami 75
CLEVELAND - Cleveland State started the game hot and hit 12 three-pointers to counter one of the Miami University women's basketball team's best offensive performances of the season. The Vikings defeated the RedHawks, 87-75, on Saturday in Cleveland. Miami falls to 5-4 on the season, while Cleveland State improves to 4-4.
Courtney Osborn led Miami with 23 points, passing Heather Cusick for second on the RedHawks' all-time scoring list with 1,729 career points. Kirsten Olowinski contributed 21 as Miami shot 46.6 percent (27-for-58) for the game. The Red and White could not overcome a fantastic performance from the Vikings' star forward Shalonda Winton. The senior would record a triple-double with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
The three-pointers came early for CSU as they hit three of them in succession along with a pair of free throws to jump to an 11-0 lead. Olowinski ended the run with a jumper off of Kristin Judson's assist. Judson would nail a couple of jumpers as the RedHawks cut the deficit to four at 14-10 with 10:41 remaining in the half.
The Vikings three-point prowess came back to life as they hit three more as part of a 14-5 run that made it 28-15 at the 4:46 mark. Jessica Rupright got Miami's offense going when she hit a corner three that cut the deficit to 10, while Osborn hit a pair of three-pointers that would make it a six-point game. CSU's Shalonda Winton would answer back with a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the Vikings into the break leading, 37-28.
Olowinski led the RedHawks with nine points and five rebounds in the first half. Cleveland State shot 51 percent (14-for-27) for the period, including 77.8 percent (7-for-9) from behind the arc.
Layups from Erica Almady, Hannah Robertson and Olowinski were part of an 8-3 run by Miami to begin the second half. Cleveland State would push the advantage back to seven at 49-42 before a pair of free throws from Judson and back-to-back jumpers from Olowinski and Osborn made it a one-point contest at 49-48 with 13:08 remaining.
Olowinski would get a pair of blocks on the next Viking possession, but Winton recovered to put in the layup and make it a three-point game. CSU got the advantage back to six, but jumpers from Olowinski and Judson made it 56-53 at the 8:18 mark.
From there Cleveland State's three-point shooting returned, as it hit a pair as part of a 10-3 run that made it 66-56 with 5:36 to go. The RedHawks would have to become more aggressive on defense, which allowed the Vikings to hit a couple of layups and free throws to put away the 87-73 win.
Miami finished the game shooting 46.6 percent (27-for-58). Judson scored a career-high 14 points, while Robertson put in 12. Osborn had nine assists to go with her 23 points, as the RedHawks finished with a season-high 20. Miami outrebounded Cleveland State, 32-31.
The Vikings finished the game 12-for-21 from behind the arc (57.1 percent) and shot 49.1 percent (27-for-55) overall.
The RedHawks will take the next eight days off for finals. They return to action on Sunday, Dec. 16 when they travel to Chicago State for a 3 p.m. (EST) game. Tim Bray will have the call and it will be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
Northern Kentucky 69, Ball State 67
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's basketball team (3-7) suffered a 69-67 loss to Northern Kentucky (2-5) Saturday evening in Worthen Arena.
For the game senior guard Shanee' Jackson tied her career high with an 18 point performance.  Freshman forward Nathalie Fontaine had 15 points while sophomore guard Brittany Carter ended the night with 13 and junior guard Brandy Woody chipped in 10.
Northern Kentucky would lead by as many as 14 points (52-38) in the second half, but the Cardinals would continue to fight their way back and eventually go on a 22-9 run to close the Norse gap to 61-60 with just under five minutes left in the contest. 
NKU went back up by four (64-60) but Ball State answered on its next possession with a three pointer from Brittany Carter to make it 64-63 at the 3:11 mark.  The game would then come down to the last 25 seconds.  After the Norse went back up by four, Ball State cut it to 69-67 on a layup from Shanee' Jackson.
With 29 seconds left in the game and down by two, the Cardinals fouled Northern Kentucky.  A missed free throw was rebounded by freshman guard Taylor Miller and Ball State called time with 26 seconds left to play.  Ball State missed its field goal attempt and fouled NKU again with 14 seconds to play.
Another missed free throw by the Norse and another rebound by the Cardinals set up the final seconds of the game, but Ball State could not connect on its final shot of the contest.  
For the second straight game Carter opened the game with a three pointer to give Ball State the early 3-0 lead over Northern Kentucky. 
Both schools' went on a two minute scoring drought before the Norse finally scored at the 15:32 mark, which sparked a 12-4 run to go up 15-7 with 10 minutes left in the first half.
Ball State answered back with a 13-5 run after scoring four treys from Carter, Brandi Woody and Miller to knot the game, 23-23, with just under five minutes to play. Both squads traded baskets the remainder of the first half, but the Cardinals trailed 31-27 at halftime.
The Ball State women's basketball team will play on the road at Illinois State Sunday, Dec. 16 with a 2:05 (EST) tipoff in Redbird Arena.
Binghamton 65, Buffalo 60
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was unable to hold on to on to an early 10-point lead, falling to Binghamton, 65-60, Saturday evening at Alumni Arena.  Junior Margeaux Gupilan recorded a career-high 20 points in the loss.
The Bulls jumped out to a 17-7 lead with 12:18 left in the opening half on a jumper from freshman Rachael Gregory.  However, Binghamton answered with a 13-3 run, tying the game up at 20-20 with 6:39 left. The game remained tied at 26-26 when Binghamton hit a layup with 1:09 left to take a lead into the half.
UB went back up early in the second half on another jumper from Gregory, but a an 8-1 Binghamton run put it up for good.  The Bearcats led by as many as six with 6:15 left, but the Bulls scored five straight points, capped off on a three from Gupilan to pull Buffalo within one at 51-50.  However, Binghamton answered with five straight of its own to go back up by six.  The Bulls pulled back within one on two more occasions, but couldn't break through either time as Binghamton hit seven of its eight free throws late.
Gupilan finished with her career-best 20 points, the fourth different UB player to score at least 20 in a game this season.  Gupilan went 6-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from three-point range, while hitting all four of her free throws.  Defensively, Gupilan finished with seven steals, tied for fifth most in a game in Division I history and the most in a game for a UB player since Brittany Hedderson had seven against Delaware on Nov. 22, 2008.
Sophomore Christa Baccas recorded her second double-double of the season as she finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, adding two assists, three blocks and two steals.  Gregory reached double figures for her fifth consecutive game, finishing with 11 points and six rebounds.
Sophomore Kaila Callender gave the Bulls solid minutes off the bench as she tied her career high with four points and reached a new career-best with four rebounds in 22 minutes of action.  Five other UB players recorded buckets on the evening.
The UB defense forced Binghamton into 23 turnovers, but 18 of those occurred in the first half.  The 16 steals from the Bulls were a season high in a game.
Binghamton was led by 11 points from Sharae Swinson and Jasbriell Swain, who also added nine rebounds.  Two other players finished with 10 points.
The Bulls now break for finals week before returning home to face Niagara on Dec. 21 at 2:00 pm.