Saturday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 12/16/2012


Saturday's Women's Basketball Results
Toledo 82, Marquette 71
DePaul 68, Northern Illinois 46
Eastern Michigan 74, UMKC 69
Ohio 55, Marshall 48
Michigan 60, Western Michigan 41
Akron 67, Cincinnati 54
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Toledo 82, Marquette 71
MILWAUKEE, WI - Toledo outscored Marquette 50-29 in the second half to claim an 82-71 come-from-behind victory on Saturday evening in the Al McGuire Center. With the impressive road triumph, UT runs its win streak to seven-consecutive games and improves to 8-1 on the season.
Junior Andola Dortch led four Rockets in double figures with a season-high 24 points, including 18 crucial points in the decisive second stanza. Also scoring double digits for the Midnight Blue & Gold were senior Naama Shafir with 17 points and junior Brianna Jones and sophomore Inma Zanoguera contributed 11 points each.
Dortch and Shafir dominated the second half and scored 32 of the team's 50 points after the intermission, including the final 22 points to seal the come-from-behind win.
Toledo connected on a sizzling 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the field in the second stanza and finished the game shooting a season-high 49.1 percent (28-of-57). The Rockets also drained an impressive 78.6 percent (22-of-28) from the charity stripe, including 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) in the second stanza to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit.
The Golden Eagles (4-5) looked to have the game in control after scoring the first five points in the second half to take a 47-32 lead with 18:05 left in regulation. 
UT did not panic, though, and responded with a 19-4 burst to knot the score at 51-51 at the 13:29 mark. The Rockets knocked down eight of their first 12 shot in the second stanza to erase the double-digit deficit. Six different Toledo players tallied baskets in the run to force the third tie of the contest.
Moments later, Toledo had a chance to reclaim the lead for the first time since midway through the first half, but Shafir's field-goal attempt was off the mark. At the opposite end of the court, Marquette's Arlesia Morse made a basket take back the advantage.
Toledo continued to play from behind for the next five-plus minutes, before Dortch scored four-straight points to give the visitors a 64-62 lead at 7:13. It proved to be an advantage the Rockets would not relinquish.
Dortch remained on-fire shooting the ball and nailed her second triple in the half to push Toledo's margin to 71-65 with 5:25 left in regulation. Dortch's backcourt mate Shafir also contributed four-consecutive points during this stretch to build a two-possession cushion.
The Rockets' dynamic backcourt duo was just too much for the Golden Eagles to contain in the waning moments, accounting for the final 22 points to help them claim the double-digit victory.
With Dortch and Shafir dominating the play offensively, the Rockets as a whole stepped up their effort defensively in the second half and limited MU to 11 points over the final nine-plus minutes to preserve the triumph.
Toledo looked sharp at the outset and jumped out to an 8-3 advantage at the 16:48 mark. UT received points from four different players to establish a two-possession lead.
Toledo's lead quickly evaporated though, as the Golden Eagles countered with a 14-6 burst to assume a 17-14 advantage at 10:24. Five different MU players tallied points in the run to turn a five-point deficit into a three-point cushion. UT did not help its own cause during MU's run, committing eight turnovers in a span of six minutes.
The Rockets continued to be their own worst nightmare as the first half wore on with miscues, while Marquette's Morse registered six straight points to make the deficit 27-19 at 7:00. Toledo was guilty of four more turnovers, which led to easy points in transition for MU.
Marquette remained in sync shooting the basketball to end the half and closed with a mini 15-8 run to create a 42-32 bulge at the intermission. The Golden Eagles shot 46.7 percent (14-of-30) from the field in the opening 20 minutes and were paced by Brooklyn Pumroy and Morse with nine points each to give UT its largest halftime deficit of the season.
Toledo finished the first period with 15 turnovers, which MU translated into 13 points. The Rockets came into tonight's game averaging 15.3 miscues per contest.
A bright spot for Toledo in the opening half was the play of Jones, who led the scoring with nine points off the bench.
Katherine Plouffe paced Marquette with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds and five steals. Katie Young, Pumroy and Morse added 11 points each in a losing effort.
The Golden Eagles shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the floor, including 37.5 percent (12-of-32) in the second period. MU was also limited to 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from beyond the arc, including 0-of-8 in the final 20 minutes.
Toledo also finished with a 37-35 edge on the glass against a team that ranked tied for 30th nationally with a +8.5 rebounding margin per game. Senior Yolanda Richardson led the charge on the glass with a team-high nine caroms. 
The Rockets will return home to host the inaugural Toledo Invite on Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21 in Savage Arena. Toledo will take on Missouri Valley Conference member Evansville (2-7, record as of Dec. 10) the first day, before battling either Southwestern Athletic Conference participant Prairie View A&M (2-4) or Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Hampton (7-3) on Friday. Both of UT's contests will tip off at 7:00 p.m, while the other games will start at 4:30 p.m. 
DePaul 68, Northern Illinois 46
CHICAGO - Northern Illinois women's basketball's struggles against DePaul continued in a 68-46 loss to the Blue Demons (8-3) on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Huskies (3-5) surrendered a 49.1 shooting percentage, including a 58.1 second half clip, to DePaul while shooting 27.3 percent themselves. The loss marked NIU's 19th straight to DePaul and 13th straight in Chicago as the Blue Demons improved to 34-7 all-time against the Huskies.
"I honestly thought we played pretty well," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "We had a lot of touches inside, but we just couldn't get the ball to bounce our way. Their post players took it to us, though. We needed to do a better job of playing defense in the post. They are long and athletic and got after us with pressure on defense."
Both teams struggled in a slow first half, but it was DePaul who emerged in the second half by shooting a hot 58.1 percent. The Blue Demons used stellar ball movement and post play to open the second stanza on a 9-4 run in the first four minutes to take its largest lead of the game at the time, up 37-22. A few minutes later, they upped the run to 19-12 as they hit nine of their first 16 shots in the half for a 47-30 lead with 11:45 left. Forward Jasmine Penny scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the half. Center Kelsey Smith also did work in the paint, scoring six of her eight points in the period.
Meanwhile, the Huskies were unable to keep up to DePaul's pace, shooting 30.4 percent. Guard Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) led NIU with 15 points and six rebounds, marking the third straight game with 15 or more points.
With NIU playing stellar defense against a team that entered the game averaging 75.1 points per game, DePaul scored only 28 points in the first half and shot just 36.4 percent. NIU trailed by only three points after a beautiful series of fakes and a jumper by Ashley Sneed (Harvey, Ill./Thornton). But three triples by the Blue Demons over the last five minutes of the half fueled an 11-4 run that gave DePaul a 28-18 lead at the break. The main difference at the half was rebounds and free throws. DePaul owned a 9-2 edge in free throws made and 24-18 edge in rebounds.
For the game, DePaul possessed advantages in rebounds (42-32), points in the paint (34-16) and points off turnovers (21-14).
NIU returns home Wednesday, Dec. 19 to face Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. CT before embarking on a season long five-game road trip.
Eastern Michigan 74, UMKC 69
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ( – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team snapped an eight-game losing streak and won its second game of the 2012-13 campaign, 74-69, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Saturday, Dec. 15. It was the first victory on the road for Head Coach Tory Verdi on the road at the helm of the EMU women's program.
The EMU offense was paced by Amber Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio-Beachwood) and Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) who posted 21 points apiece. Bogard's 21 was a career-high, while Watkins was a season-high. Watkins also posted a career-best eight assists and Bogard's eight rebounds were the most of her career. Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook (South Carolina/Providence)) poured in 10 points. As a team, the Eagles shot 30-of-68 (44.1 percent) from the floor and hit 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) free throws. Chelsea Hite (Ligonier, Ind.-West Noble) notched a career-high eight points and four rebounds.
After opening the scoring, Eastern was victim of a 5-0 run by the Roos. An India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) jumper in the lane made it a one point, 5-4, deficit for the Eagles. The Green and White tried to fight back but fell behind as many as seven, 20-13, with 6:39 left in the opening half.
The Eagles outscored the Roos, 9-2, from the over the course of three minutes and two seconds to tie the game at 22 apiece with 3:37 left in the half. The Eagles and Roos traded buckets down the stretch to find the game tied, 28-28, at the break.
EMU used Watkins' 12-first half points to remain tied, while Bogard chipped in with six points. Sara Stone (Plymouth, Mich.-Salem) led EMU on the boards with four rebounds while Watkins and Bogard each pulled down three rebounds in the first half. The Eagles shot 10-of-33 (30.3 percent) in the first half and just 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from three-point land, while UMKC went 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from the floor and 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the opening half.
UMKC came out scoring 12 points in the first five minutes of the second half to take a quick 40-34 lead over EMU with 15:23 left in the game.  The Eagles made an offensive push to outscore the Roos, 14-8, over the next five minutes and tie the game at 48 with 10:42 left in the game. EMU was able to take their first lead, 52-50, of the second half with 9:14 left on a Hite jumper.
UMKC return-fired with a 5-0 run of its own to take the lead, 55-52, but the Eagles used a media timeout to regroup and tie the game, 60-60. On the ensuing possession, Tate knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to give Eastern a lead, 63-60, with just over five minutes left in regulation.
EMU extended their lead to six, 71-65, with just 1:57 left in the game. The Eagles used three free throws down the stretch to ice the game, 74-69.
Eastern puts its 2012-13 campaign on hiatus for almost two weeks before heading south to compete in the DoubleTree Classic hosted by Tulane University at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La. The Green and White will square off with Tulane Saturday, Dec. 29, before matching up with either McNeese State University or the University of Mississippi Sunday, Dec. 30.
Ohio 55, Marshall 48
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Erin Bailes scored a game-high 18 points in her Huntington homecoming to lead Ohio Women’s Basketball past the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday afternoon, 55-48. The win was Ohio’s third in a row and is team’s fifth consecutive win over Marshall.
Saturday’s victory over Marshall marked Ohio’s first three-game winning streak since Nov. 19-26 of last season, a stretch during which the Bobcats defeated Marshall, Belmont, and Chicago State within the friendly confines of The Convocation Center. The road victory was the first Ohio has won away from home since Jan. 28 of last season at Western Michigan.
Bailes scored her 18 points on very efficient 6-of-11 shooting from the field. All six of her made field goals were three-pointers, as she connected on 6-of-8 shots from distance, a career high. Bailes contributed in all aspects of the game, tying for a team high with six rebounds while also collecting two steals, making two blocks, and dishing out one assist.
Kiyanna Black joined Bailes in double figures, scoring 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting. Saturday’s game marked the fifth straight contest in which she has scored 13 points or more.
As a team, Ohio (4-5) shot 20-of-59 from the field (33.9 percent), including an 8-of-21 mark (38.1 percent) from three-point range. The ‘Cats played strong defense, however, and were able to limit Marshall to just 36.5 percent shooting from the field, the second lowest mark they’ve allowed their opposition to shoot this season. 
The beginning of the game was all about the stellar play of one student-athlete from each team. Marshall’s Chukwuka Ezeigbo hit her first five field goal attempts to score ten early points. For Ohio, freshman Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) matched her hot start, scoring 10 points in the first few minutes of the contest as well. Similar to the play she made in overtime against Morehead State, Black took a big charge early on in the game when Marshall’s Orlandia Williams came driving hard down the lane.
Ohio claimed its first lead of the game with 26 seconds remaining in the first half when Bailes drained a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 24-22. Suporia Dickens was able to get down low and sink a layup just before the buzzer, knotting the contest up at 24 apiece headed into halftime. 
Ohio shot 30 percent from the field in the first half, connecting on 9-of-30 field goal attempts. The Bobcats went a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line and shot 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the first frame. Black led all scorers in the first 20 minutes, scoring 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
The teams were tied in rebounds with 18 apiece, but Ohio forced Marshall (5-5) into nine turnovers while only committing six of its own.
Bailes caught fire in the second half, hitting five of her seven attempted three-pointers to score 15 points in the final 20 minutes. She also collected all six of her rebounds in the second half.
The ‘Cats controlled much of the second frame, only trailing on two occasions. Marshall took a temporary two-point lead 26 seconds into the second period on a Norrisha Victrum jump shot and the Thundering Herd would then reclaim a one-point advantage with 5:41 to play when Veronica Ruiz completed an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 42-41.
Ohio would then proceed to score 14 of the game’s final 20 points to earn the victory.
Ohio will next be in action on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Manhattan. The Bobcats and Jaspers will tip off at 7 p.m. This will serve as the first action in a two-game road trip to New York City for Ohio.
Michigan 60, Western Michigan 41
ANN ARBOR, Mich.- Western Michigan made strides defensively, but had trouble getting its offense going in a 60-41 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center.
It was the first meeting between Western Michigan (3-7) and its Big Ten counterpart in eight years. The Broncos came out on top the last time the two met in 2004, when WMU defeated Michigan by 17 points (79-62) in Kalamazoo. The Broncos hold the all-time edge in the rivalry, 17-12.
Western Michigan stayed in step with the Wolverines over the first five minutes of Saturday's game, trailing 7-5 at the first media timeout of the half. The Bronco offense had trouble against Michigan's 2-3 zone from there and went on a cold spell that lasted over eight minutes. Michigan meanwhile built a 20 point lead, scoring 18 unanswered points. The Broncos shot 6-for-26 (23.1%) from the floor in the first half and trailed 31-15 at the break.
The Broncos were outscored by only three in the second half, 29-26, and the team warmed up to 45.0 percent shooting.
Western Michigan tied a season-low with only 12 turnovers, but U-M capitalized when given the opportunity, scoring 20 points off of WMU's mishandles.
Sophomore forward Marquisha Harris was WMU's leading scorer for the second straight game with eight points. She also pulled down four rebounds. Julia Henson, A.J. Johnson and Miracle Woods each had six points apiece for the Broncos.
Michigan recorded its fourth-straight win and improved to 9-2 on the season. The Wolverines shot 54 percent from the floor and were led by senior guard Kate Thompson's 16 points and 10 rebounds.
"The thing we've been battling all year long is when things don't go so well for us, and that happens quite often, is that turning point of do we drop our shoulders and turn our heads, or do we stand up a taller and say, ‘We're going to fight through this?' That's probably been the biggest learning curve that we've encountered with this group so far," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell.
"I thought in our last game (an 80-38 win over Chicago State) we were on that corner and on the top of the hill and can we keep trucking forward. I felt in today's game we just had a couple people that weren't in. We need everybody on the same page and in the same fight."
It was the sixth road game in the last seven contests for the Broncos, who return to University Arena to host Valparaiso Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., before taking an eight-day break over the holiday.
Akron 67, Cincinnati 54
AKRON, Ohio -- Cincinnati had no remedy for the one-two punch of Sina King and Rachel Tecca Saturday afternoon as the Akron tandem combined for 51 points and pounded out a pair of double-doubles en route to a 67-54 victory at Rhodes Arena.
The win lifts UA to 8-2 overall and marks its second victory over a Big East team this season, adding to its dramatic come-from-behind road win at Providence from Nov. 24.
Tecca led all scorers with 26 points paired with 10 rebounds and King followed in suit with her sixth double-double, putting up a new career-high 25 points and game-high 11 boards. The junior power forward was able to hold her own and then some underneath, finishing the day shooting .529 from the field including 2-of-4 from 3-point land and adding a perfect 5-for-5 performance from the charity stripe.
As a team the Zips shot a season-low 13 free throws, but they connected on 12 of them for the best percentage from the line to date at .923.
Point guard Kacie Cassell had no problem creating Akron's offense, tying her career-best 10 assists that she set earlier in the season at St. Francis (Pa.). Cassell, who entered the game against Cincinnati ranked fifth in the nation in assists per game, has dished out seven or more assists in eight out of Akron's 10 contests this year.
Akron never trailed and led by as many as 26 points early in the second half, after establishing its dominance early in the game with a 15-2 run over the course of the first five minutes of play. UC's leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins returned to the floor after missing the last two games, and the Zips' defense was able to limit her to just six first half points.
The Zips out-rebounded their opponent for the fifth time on the year, 44-38, against a UC lineup that had three of its five starters listed at 6-0 or taller. Defensively, Akron held Cincinnati (6-3) scoreless for nearly a six minute stretch midway through the opening period, a contributing factor to the Bearcats' season-low 19 first half points.
Hanna Luburgh was quick to drain a 3-pointer 15 seconds into the second half to give the Zips a 20-point cushion and set the tone for the rest of the game. Aside from a pair of free throws from Carly Young, Luburgh was the only other Zip to score, collecting 14 points, 12 of them off the three ball.
Akron will have just a few days to prepare for its next game, closing out its homestand Tuesday, Dec. 18 against (17/16) Dayton. The Flyers are 10-0 this season, and will be the first ranked team to visit Rhodes Arena since the Zips welcomed (24/19) Bowling Green to the JAR on Jan. 3, 2007. The game will be the first of a women's/men's doubleheader with tip-off at 5:30 p.m.