Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 1/23/2013


Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results
Western Michigan 54, Northern Illinois 51
Ball State 69, Buffalo 55
Central Michigan 77, Ohio 48
Toledo 77, Akron 65
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Western Michigan 54, Northern Illinois 51
DeKALB, Ill. - A 17-4 second half run by Northern Illinois closed a 16-point Western Michigan gap to three points with 5:33 left but the Huskies were unable to get all the way over the hump. With help from a 51.9 shooting percent in the second half, the Broncos hung on for a 54-51 win Wednesday night at the Convocation Center in a Mid-American Conference West Division contest.
"I thought we had tremendous fight down the stretch," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "I think we outscored them 17-4 in that run in the second half. It was just how we started the second half, getting down 12. How we start and how we finish are things we can do a better job at."
Two runs proved to be the difference for the Broncos (6-12, 2-3 MAC), one in each half. After both teams opened the first 6:30 of the game a combined 2-for-15, WMU erased what was once a five-point NIU (5-13, 0-5 MAC) lead with an 11-3 run over the final 5:25 of the first half. It was an 11-0 run until Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) connected on her only three of the night with 57 seconds left to cut the Bronco halftime lead to 22-16. Both teams shot under 31 percent in the first half, but heated up in the second.
In the first seven minutes of the second half, another WMU run put NIU in a hole. The Broncos outscored the Huskies 19-9 to build their largest lead of the game, 41-25, with 13:05 left.
However, NIU countered behind Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola), who scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second stanza. Taylor ignited the 17-4 Huskie run over the game's next seven minutes, scoring eight during the spurt. She started it with back-to-back jumpers from the elbow and then drove for a layup a few minutes later. She also capped the run with another jumper to bring NIU closest to WMU since the 4:36 mark of the first half.
After WMU converted on only one of two free throw attempts, McKenzie Hoelmenn (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) scrapped an offensive rebound and laid it in to make it a 46-44 Bronco lead with 4:41 remaining. However, two straight scores from WMU pushed the lead back to six.
Hoelmenn came through again with two free throws and Corral added a floater off the glass to cut it to two once again, this time with 1:48 left. But the Huskies did not get the defensive stops they needed down the stretch as a last-second three by Ashley Sneed (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) cut a six-point win for the Broncos to a three-point win.
"For the most part our energy was pretty phenomenal," Bennett said. "We played pretty hard. We have to get something inside. Our posts need to finish shots. If we could get some inside scores early on that could open up the rest of the offense."
The Huskies stay at home for their next game with a 3 p.m. CT contest against preseason MAC favorite Toledo on Saturday, January 26.
Ball State 69, Buffalo 55
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women’s basketball dropped its second straight game on Wednesday night as they committed 21 first-half turnovers, falling to Ball State, 69-55.  The loss drops Buffalo to 5-13 on the season and 3-2 in the MAC.
The Bulls outshot Ball State in the opening half, but managed to take just 19 shots because they turned it over 21 times.  Buffalo held an early 7-5 advantage, but led just two times all evening as Ball State went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half to go up 18-9.  The Cardinals built on their lead and took a 32-18 lead into the half.
Buffalo did a better job holding on to the ball in the second half and began the second half on a 17-5 run, pulling within two at 37-35 on a three pointer from freshman Mackenzie Loesing.  However, Ball State answered immediately with a three-point play, and ultimately went on an 8-0 run.  The Cardinals did not score a field goal for the final 7:26 of the game, but went 17-of-21 from the free throw line.  In fact, Ball State went to the free throw line 24 times in the second half and 39 times all together, opposed to just 12 trips for the Bulls.
The Bulls got another double-double from redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey, who finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds, a new career-high in boards.  She added two blocks and a steal.  Loesing had 18 points and four rebounds, while redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton added seven points and seven rebounds.  Freshman Karin Moss had eight points and three rebounds.
Off the bench, senior Nicki Hopkins had three points and a career-high five assists.  Sophomore Sloane Walton added three points and classmate Kaila Callender added two points.  Junior Margeaux Gupilan finished with three points and four assists.
Ball State, which dressed only seven players, was led by 29 points and 11 rebounds from Brandy Woody, who also had seven steals.  Shanee’ Jackson finished with 15 points and Shelbie Justice added 11 points.
The Bulls continue their two-game homestand on Saturday afternoon when they host Western Michigan at 2pm.  Prior to tip off, the Bulls will honor Brenna Doty as a “Legend of the Hardwood.”
Central Michigan 77, Ohio 48
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball fell to the Mid-American Conference leading Central Michigan Chippewas by a final score of 77-48 Wednesday night in the Convocation Center. The Bobcats held two early leads in the game but were beaten by a balanced CMU squad which saw five players score in double figures.
Ohio shot 17-59 (28.8 percent) from the field in the loss, a figure which included a 5-21 (23.8 percent) success rate from three-point distance. The Bobcats were buoyed by double-digit outings from Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) and Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), who scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) had a strong rebounding performance in the loss, picking up a team-high eight boards in 21 minutes of play.
Central Michigan (11-7, 5-0 MAC) relied upon a balanced offensive effort which generated 50 points in the paint, 21 second-chance points, and 14 fast-break points. Taylor Johnson led the way offensively, scoring a game-high 13 points on 5-9 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Jas'Mine Bracey (12 points), Jessica Green (11), Jessica Schroll (10), and Crystal Bradford (10). Bradford, the leading scorer in league games heading into Wednesday's contest, was limited to just 50 percent of her average scoring output through CMU's first four MAC games but also chipped in 14 rebounds, five assists, and one steal.
Ohio was able to take its first lead of the game (17-16) midway through the first half on a Bailes 3-pointer. The teams would play out to a 20-20 tie before Jalisa Olive hit a three-pointer to begin 15-2 run which allowed the Chippewas to take a 35-22 lead into the break.  
The Bobcats (5-12, 0-5 MAC) were able to pull as close as 11 points (41-30) early in the second half when Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) finished an impressive and-one play, making a layup through a Brandie Baker foul and sinking the free throw on the other side.
The Green and White did a good job of getting to the free-throw line in the second stanza, making eight of 10 attempts from the charity stripe. Six different Ohio student-athletes shot free throws in the final 20 minutes of the game.
With 3:22 to play in the contest, senior guard Laura Mastro (Endwell, N.Y.) hit the first three-pointer of her career. This was followed up by Samantha Buls' first points of the season (two successful free throws) at the 2:08 mark and the first points in the career of Ashley Jordan (two successful free throws) at the 1:39 mark.
Ohio returns to action this Saturday on the road against Ball State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Muncie, Ind.
Toledo 77, Akron 65
AKRON, Ohio -- Akron out-rebounded its opponent for the first time in four games, but it was not enough to give the Zips the edge they needed in a 77-65 loss to Toledo Wednesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
UA (12-6, 3-2 MAC) held a 39-35 advantage on the boards by the sound of the final horn, led by Sina King with nine. Rachel Tecca pulled down eight, and Anita Brown also fought for a career-high eight rebounds.
Tecca, scoring in double figures for the 18th consecutive game, put together her ninth 20-point performance of the year finishing with 21. King posted 15 points and Hanna Luburgh notched 10.
Yolanda Richardson led five Rockets in double figures with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Toledo (16-2, 4-1 MAC) started off the game strong on a quick 8-0 run. Following a jumper from King two and half minutes into the game, Akron began a gradual climb to catch up with the Rockets.
With Toledo leading 20-8 at the 11:20 mark, King went up for a layup, making the basket and drawing a foul. She would convert the and-1 opportunity to get the Zips rolling on what would snowball into an unprecedented 14-0 run.
At 9:13, Kacie Cassell sank a 3-pointer off an assist from Taylor Ruper that gave Akron the spark it needed to lead for the first time in the game, putting Akron up by two with the score at 22-20.
Both teams continued to battle for an advantage and the game would see four lead changes in the last 10 minutes of the first half, as Akron shot 48.1 percent from the field to Toledo's 51.5 percent.
With 18 seconds left in the first period, Luburgh dished to Tecca to make it a one-point game, but a quick Toledo 3-pointer brought the score to 41-37 at halftime.
After an early free throw from King, who only played 11 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, UA struggled to convert offensively to start the second half. Akron succumbed to a five minute scoreless drought, but did well to maintain the gap and keep it a three point game with 13 minutes left to play.
It would prove difficult to hold off the Rockets for much longer than that though, as UT issued a 9-2 run to push its lead to 11.
A 3-pointer from Carly Young with 3:38 left on the clock brought Akron to within six at 63-57, but that was the closest it would come. The Zips had trouble holding onto the ball, giving up 21 turnovers which accounted for 26 of Toledo's 77 points.
The Zips take to the road again Saturday, Jan. 26, traveling to Central Michigan (11-7, 5-0 MAC) to take on the league leading Chippewas at 2 p.m. ET.