Friday's Women's Basketball Results
Florida 81, Central Michigan 75
Morehead State 51, Kent State 50
Toledo 76, Prairie View A&M 41
Creighton 66, Miami 57
Buffalo 65, Niagara 51
Long Island 63, Ohio 54
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Florida 81, Central Michigan 75
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Central Michigan came back time and time again Friday night, but ultimately fell to host Florida in the championship of the Gator Holiday Classic, 81-75.
The Chippewas (5-5) trailed by 11 at the half, 36-25, and the Gators (10-3) were able to push their lead to 14 on a layup by Jaterra Bonds with 16:19 to play, but CMU mounted its first comeback with a 16-5 run to pull within three, 49-46, at the 12:39 mark.
Sophomore Crystal Bradford sparked the comeback, picking up a steal at midcourt and converting a layup only to finish at the hoop on the next possession despite a hard foul and convert the three-point play. Bradford also hit a three during the run and assisted on baskets by senior Jessica Schroll and Taylor Johnson.
The Gators responded with a 21-7 run to grab a 17-point lead, their largest of the game, before the Chippewas mounted yet another comeback. A three by senior Jalisa Olive ultimately cut the deficit to just eight with 2:18 to play and a pair of free throws by Schroll got the Chippewas as close as six, 76-70, but Florida was able to break the press and find senior Jennifer George on an outlet to push the lead back to eight, 78-70.
The Chippewas missed threes on their next two possessions, but still had a chance thanks to a pair of turnovers forced by the defense. Olive brought CMU back within six, 78-72, with 27 seconds left in the game, but Florida's Carlie Needles calmly knocked down four straight free throws to seal the championship for the Gators.
The first half featured a back and forth battle between the two squads as the Gators led by seven, 16-9, at the 12:16 mark only to see the Chippewas go on a 6-0 run behind threes by senior Brandie Baker and Johnson. CMU trailed by six, 30-24, with a minute and a half to go in the first 20 minutes, but Needles hit a jumper to beat the shot clock and Bonds knocked down a jumper just before the buzzer to put the Chippewas down 36-25 at the break.
Schroll scored 15 points for the second-straight game to lead six players in double figures, earning All-Tournament Team honors. Green and sophomore Jas'Mine Bracey each finished with 12, while Taylor Johnson had 11 and Bradford and Olive each notched 10.
The Chippewas held a 36-32 edge in the paint and scored 25 points off 29 Florida turnovers, but it was not enough to overcome 55.4 percent (31-for-56) shooting by the Gators.
CMU will enjoy a short holiday break before traveling to San Diego, Calif., for the Surf N' Slam Classic hosted by the University of San Diego. The Maroon and Gold will play the host Toreros in the first round and will take on either Texas or Iowa in the second game depending on results.
Morehead State 51, Kent State 50
Morehead, Ky. – Tamzin Barroilhet netted a career–high 26 points, but the winning shot at the buzzer rimmed out for Kent State (1-10), resulting in a 51-50 loss at Morehead State (3-9).
Kent State overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to grab the one-point lead with 52 seconds to play. Just like in the win against Morehead State a season ago, Diamon Beckford threw up what would have been the game-winning shot as the buzzer sounded. However, this time the shot rimmed out and Morehead State took home the victory.
Tamzin Barroilhet earned herself a double-double, including a career-high 26 points to lead the Flashes. She also grabbed a team-high ten rebounds. The senior was 10-for-13 from the floor and went 6-for-7 at the foul line. She was the only Kent State player to score in double digits.
Amber Dunlap was second in scoring for Kent State. She scored nine in the contest, the only points scored by the Flashes' bench in the game. Diamon Beckford had six rebounds.
Kent State struggled in the first half, shooting just 30.4% and turning the ball over 13 times. Those turnovers resulted in 12 points for Morehead State. However, the Flashes came out the locker room ready to stage a comeback. They ended the game shooting 40.4% from the floor and made 9-out-of-10 from the foul line. Kent State also out-rebounded Morehead State 36-26 in the game.
Morehead State was led by a career-night from Almesha Jones. She had 31 points, 15 of those coming from beyond the arc. No other Eagle scored in double-figures. Casey Ryans had seven rebounds.
The Golden Flashes return home after the holiday break for a game against Robert Morris at 3:30 pm in the M.A.C. Center on Dec. 30. The game is part of a men-women's double-header, with the men playing at 7:00 pm.
Toledo 76, Prairie View A&M 41
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo utilized a pivotal 28-5 run over the course of both halves to register a 76-41 victory over Prairie View A&M in Friday's championship game of the Toledo Invite inside Savage Arena. With the impressive win, the Rockets extend their win streak to nine-consecutive games and improve to 10-1 on the season.
UT shot a season-high 52.9 percent (27-of-51) from the field, including a scorching 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from three-point land, and 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the charity stripe to capture its third tourney title this year and eighth in program history. Earlier this season, the Midnight Blue & Gold secured the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic in Reno, NV (Nov. 23-24) and the Glass City Tournament in Savage Arena (Dec. 1-2).
Three Rockets scored in double figures against the Panthers (3-6), led by senior Naama Shafir's season-high 25 points to garner tourney MVP accolades for the third time in 2012-13. The Hoshaya, Israel native spearheaded the game-changing burst, tallying 12 of the team's final 13 points in the first half to break open a close contest. She was the only Toledo player to score in double digits in both contests this weekend, averaging a team-high 18.5 ppg and 6.5 apg. Shafir was accompanied on the all-tournament squad by sophomore Inma Zanoguera, who averaged 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 2.0 spg.
Senior Yolanda Richardson (12 pts., season-high 4 blks.) and junior Andola Dortch (11 pts., 6 rebs., 4 asts., game-high 4 stls.) also scored in double digits for the victors, helping Toledo remain perfect at home in 2012-13 (6-0 record). The three-time Mid-American Conference West Division champions also received outstanding efforts from senior Kyle Baumgartner (7 pts., 4 rebs.), sophomore Janelle Reed-Lewis (7 pts.), senior Lecretia Smith (5 pts., 4 asts., 4 asts.) to surpass the 70-point plateau for the third time in the last four games and sixth time overall this season.
Defensively, UT limited Prairie View A&M to 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the field, including a frigid 5.0 percent (1-of-20) from three-point land, to hold an opponent under 45 points for the fourth time in 2012-13. Toledo played a zone defense for more than half the game and stymied the Panthers' offense, allowing them to score only 13 points over the final 22-plus minutes. PVA&M came into tonight's championship showdown averaging 57.6 ppg while shooting 40.0 percent (183-of-458) from the floor.
The teams matched baskets for the opening 11-plus minutes, before Toledo went on a mini 5-0 burst to open up a 21-18 advantage at the 8:15 mark. The non-league matchup featured eight ties and six lead changes in the early stages. Richardson had the hot-hand for the Rockets at the outset with six points, while all-tourney performer Latia Williams had seven points.
UT's lead did not last long though, as the Panthers reeled off six-consecutive points to take a 26-23 lead with 5:13 left in the opening stanza. All-tournament recipient JaQuandria Williams sparked the mini run with back-to-back baskets to give the visitors their largest cushion in the half.
The Rockets' Shafir then took the game over in the closing moments of the half, scoring the final nine points and 12 of the last 13 to give the home a 38-30 cushion at the intermission.
Toledo remained red-hot shooting the ball to begin the second period, reeling off the first seven points to extend the margin to 45-30 at 17:59. Shafir started the barrage with the third of her game-high four triples, while Zanoguera and Richardson also tallied baskets to establish an insurmountable cushion. Shafir finished the game a perfect 4-of-4 shooting the sphere from three-point land.
Moments later, Dortch, Reed-Lewis and Shafir each knocked down treys to complete the massive burst, making the tally 56-33 with 12:12 left in regulation.
The Rockets' had too much firepower for PVA&M to contain and would not be challenged in the second half, coasting to a season-best 35-point triumph.
UT also finished with a sizable 38-27 edge on the glass and dished out 16 assists, compared to 15 turnovers.
L. Williams led Prairie View A&M with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while J. Williams had 12 points.
Toledo will now take a short break for the holiday's before wrapping up its non-conference slate at the Georgia State Holiday Tournament on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 29-30. The Rockets will take on Atlantic 10 member Charlotte (8-2) on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena, before battling either Southwestern Athletic Conference participant Mississippi Valley State (3-5) or Colonial Athletic Association member and host Panthers (7-2) on Sunday at 2:00 or 4:00 p.m.
Creighton 66, Miami 57
CANCUN, Mexico - A spirited second half comeback saw Miami tie the score late, but Creighton's three-point shooting proved to be the difference in a 66-57 victory over the RedHawks in their opening game at the Caribbean Classic on Friday. Miami falls to 6-5 on the season, while the Bluejays improve to 7-2.
Senior forward Kirsten Olowinski saved the ball after a Creighton miss with 1:48 to go for her eighth rebound of the contest. It was the 924th of her career as she passed Miami Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann (1991-95) to become the Red and White's all-time leader in that category.
Olowinski was also the team's leading scorer Friday, finishing with 13 points. It was a balanced RedHawk attack that saw Hannah Robertson score 11 and Courtney Osborn score 10. Miami scored 42 of its 57 points in the second half, shooting 66.7 percent (18-for-27) for the frame.
It was a very slow start for both teams as each team came out in an aggressive man-to-man defense. Olowinski and Osborn each hit layups, but the game was only 4-4 when it went to the second media timeout with 11:48 to go.
Out of the break both teams traded layups, with Kelsey Simon matching a Creighton hoop. The Bluejays would get their offense going as they hit four straight three-point baskets as part of a 17-4 run that made it 23-10 with 5:33 to go in the half. The RedHawks would refocus their defense from there, holding Creighton to only five more points, but they would only manage five free throws themselves as the Bluejays took a 28-15 lead into the half.
The RedHawks only shot 19.2 percent (5-for-26) for the half, while six three-point baskets for Creighton helped give them the lead.
The Miami offense came out firing in the second half as jumpers from Kristin Judson and Courtney Larson, along with a three-pointer from Osborn made 32-24 with 17:10 remaining. The Bluejays hit a jumper to get the advantage back to 10 at 34-24, but Miami responded with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to tie the score at 36. During the run Simon and Olowinski hit jumpers, while Robertson would create the tie with back-to-back jumpers of her own.
Judson traded baskets with the Creighton offense as the teams found themselves tied at 40 with 11:08 remaining in the game. The Bluejays would get their three-point shooting going again as they hit three straight treys as part of a 13-3 run that made it 53-43 with 6:57 to go. They would make it 58-47 at the 5:37 mark before Miami would go on one final run.
A three-pointer from Robertson and a jumper from Larson would cut the lead to six at 58-52 with 4:45 remaining. After a pair of free throws by Creighton, Olowinski would drain a three-pointer to make it 60-55 at the 2:02 mark. That would be as close as the RedHawks would get as their shot went cold and the Bluejays hit their free throws to secure the 66-57 win.
Miami outrebounded Creighton, 36-26, for the game. Judson finished with seven points, while Simon had seven and Larson six. Osborn had a team-leading six assists, while Haley Robertson finished with five steals.
The RedHawks will conclude play at the Caribbean Classic when they take on Nevada on Saturday at 1 p.m. (EST).
Buffalo 65, Niagara 51
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team used balanced scoring to snap a seven-game losing streak and give the Bulls their eighth straight victory over Niagara, defeating the Purple Eagles, 65-51, Friday afternoon at Alumni Arena. The Bulls finished the game with four players in double figures, led by 17 points from freshman Mackenzie Loesing.
The Purple Eagles hit the first basket of the game, but it would be the last time that they would lead as Buffalo responded with a 15-2 run, capped off on a three pointer from junior Margeaux Gupilan. The Bulls were able to use their defensive pressure to drive their offense and took their largest lead of the first half at 17 on a four-point play from Loesing, who was fouled while nailing a three pointer. However, the Purple Eagles responded and closed the first half on an 11-3 run as Buffalo went into the break up 31-21.
The first 10 minutes of the second half belonged all to the Bulls, who managed to stretch their lead to 22, their largest lead of the season. Up by 12 with just over 14 minutes left, Buffalo scored three straight baskets off of steals on the defensive end. The first came from Gupilan, who fed redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton for the easy two. The next two steals came from Loesing as she took the first one to the basket herself and dished the second off to classmate Rachael Gregory. UB completed its 14-3 run with a layup from sophomore Christa Baccas, giving Buffalo a 49-27 lead with 11:28 left.
Niagara again crept back, but pulled no closer than 10 with 3:27 left in regulation. The Bulls, who struggled from the free throw line all game, scored their last six points from the charity stripe.
"This was the first time in a long time that we were able to just work on ourselves and learn about ourselves and not worry about anyone else," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "I thought we trusted each other well and we played for each other out there today. Being able to finally have Cherridy [Thornton] out there, who is a great scorer and leader, took the pressure off some of the younger players."
The Bulls had four players in double figures led by the 17 points from Loesing, who filled the stat sheet with eight rebounds, three assists and six steals. Coming off her career-high 20 point game, Gupilan finishes today's contest with 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. Gregory added 13 points and eight rebounds for her sixth straight game in double figures, while Thornton added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench. For Thornton, this was her first game in a Buffalo uniform after sitting out last season and the Fall semester as a mid-year transfer. She provided all 11 bench points for UB.
Redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey had another strong game against a Big 4 opponent as she finished with eight points, a game-high 10 rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal. Baccas added two points and four rebounds. The Bulls outshot Niagara from the floor and the three-point line, but did struggle from the free throw line, shooting just 18-of-36. As a team, UB followed up its 16-steal performance in its last game with another 12 against the Purple Eagles.
The Bulls will take a short break for the Christmas holiday before returning home to Alumni Arena to face Pittsburgh on Dec. 29. Tip off is at 2:00 pm.
Long Island 63, Ohio 54
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Ohio Women's Basketball outscored Long Island University - Brooklyn by a 33-23 margin in the second half on Friday afternoon, but it wasn't quite enough as the Bobcats (4-7) fell by a final score of 63-54. Erin Bailes led all scorers with 19 points while freshman Lexie Baldwin registered her first career double-double in the defeat.
The Bobcats (4-7) forced Long Island into 31 turnovers in the contest, the most they have forced in a single game all season. Ohio also crashed the offensive glass well in the defeat, grabbing 13 offensive rebounds and scoring 14 second-chance points.
Bailes scored her game-high 19 points on 6-16 shooting. She shot 3-9 from three-point distance, grabbed three rebounds, and went a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. Teammate Baldwin had an efficient outing in 24 minutes of play, scoring her 10 points on 5-13 shooting. Seven of her 13 rebounds were corralled on the offensive end.
Four Blackbirds ended the game in double figures, with Honor Duvall's 14 points leading the way. Cleandra Roberts (11 points), Krystal Wells (11), and Tamika Guz (10) joined her with at least 10 points. Roberts recorded the game's other double-double, grabbing 10 boards in addition to her 11 points.
Long Island (3-5) took an early lead in Friday's game, jumping out to a 15-9 advantage at the 11:55 mark. Five players found the score sheet in the opening eight minutes for the Blackbirds, as the hosts began the game shooting 7-13 from the field. Ohio went 4-13 during this same stretch, as Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) led all scorers with five points on 2-3 shooting.
The Blackbirds would stretch their advantage as far as 21 (40-19) during the remainder of the first half. Much of Long Island's first-half success came from its post play, as the Blackbirds scored 26 points in the paint during the first 20 minutes of the contest en route to taking a 40-21 advantage into the halftime break.
The hosts shot 53 percent (16-30) from the field, including 2-3 from long range, in the first half. Long Island enjoyed balanced scoring during the first frame, as five players scored six points or more in the first 20 minutes. Duvall, Guz, and Letava Whippy each tied for a team-high with eight points. Guz added seven rebounds to her scoring efforts in the first half.
Bailes chipped in nine points to lead all scorers in the first half. The junior guard was followed by freshman Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.), who scored four points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
Ohio got off to a strong start in the second half, forcing six early Blackbird turnovers due to an inspired full-court press in the first few minutes of the period. The `Cats were able to put together a 6-0 run on two baskets by Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) and one from Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio).
The Bobcats would stretch this run even further, cutting the deficit to nine points (46-37) when Bailes sank two free throws with 10:27 to play. This capped a 16-6 run for the Bobcats which spanned nearly 10 full minutes. During this stretch, LIU only connected on three field goals.
A quick 5-0 run by the Blackbirds put them firmly back in command of the contest. Ohio would threaten once more when Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) scored a fast-break layup with 4:20 to play, cutting the deficit to eight points (55-47). This was as close as the Bobcats would get during the final moments of the game.
Ohio will next be in action on Jan. 5 at Xavier. The Bobcats and Musketeers will tip off at 2 p.m. in Cincinnati.