Thursday's Women's Basketball Results
Ball State 68, Central Michigan 59
Bowling Green 61, Buffalo 56
Western Michigan 58, Kent State 40
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Ball State 68, Central Michigan 61
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State's women's basketball team improved to 8-1 in Mid-American Conference play - the team's best league start since the 2006-07 campaign - after tallying a 68-61 homecourt victory over Central Michigan Thursday.
Ball State evened its overall record at 11-11 with the victory, while CMU fell to 13-9 overall and 7-2 in the MAC.
Nathalie Fontaine led the Ball state attack with a career high 23 points plus added four rebounds and one blocked shot. Katie Murphy tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Shelbie Justice contributed 11 points and six rebounds, while Brittany Carter added nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and four points.
Ball State managed only a 35 percent shooting mark from the field in the first half, but turned that around to a 52 percent attack in the second half. The Cardinals defense limited the Chippewas to only 7-of-30 made field goals (.233) in the first half and a .309 mark for the game.
Ball State took an early 4-0 lead with 16:12 on the clock after baskets from Murphy and Fontaine. Central Michigan then put together a 9-2 run to give them the 9-6 advantage over Ball State at the 11:26 mark.
After that, both teams traded baskets which consisted of four lead changes and two ties. The Cardinals then orchestrated a 13-2 run given Ball State an 11- point (25-14) advantage over the Chippewas with 2:02 remaining in the half. Central Michigan came to within seven (25-18) in the last seconds but a layup from Fontaine as time expired put the Cardinals up 27-18 over the Chippewas at the half.
Ball State carried its first half momentum into the second half with its largest cushion being 15 (39-24) at the 13:52 mark. Central Michigan slowly chipped away at the Cardinals lead after the Chippewas put together a 19-7 run to come within three (46-43) with 5:14 left in the game.
The Cardinals regained control after a three point basket from Justice along with three layups from Murphy and two from Fontaine which put the Cardinals back up by 10 (57-47) with 2:09 remaining. Ball State managed to hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory, making 10-of-10 from the line in the final minute and a half of the game.
The Ball State women's basketball team will face Toledo in MAC action Sunday at 2 p.m. in Worthen Arena. The two teams are tied for first in the MAC West Division with identical 8-1 league marks.
The game will be Ball State's "Pack The House" game as the athletics department is encouraging as much fan attendance and participation as possible for the showdown.
Bowling Green 61, Buffalo 56
BUFFALO, NY – Despite allowing just 25 second half points on Thursday night against Bowling Green, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team was defeated in a tough 61-56 decision against the visiting Falcons at Alumni Arena. The loss drops Buffalo to 7-15 on the season and 5-4 in conference play.
The Falcons led through out the contest as they opened the game on a 13-5 run, but the Bulls were kept in the game by freshman Mackenzie Loesing, who scored the first 10 points for UB. Bowling Green was able to extend its lead to 23-12 midway through the opening half and continued to lead by 11 in the late seconds of the half when freshman Karin Moss hit a three pointer at the buzzer to send the Bulls into the break down 36-28.
UB came out of the half and used its defense to create offensive opportunities, opening the half on an 8-1 run, pulling within one at 37-36. The Bulls capped off the run on a fast-break opportunity from Loesing, who received a long pass from sophomore Kasheema Besley.
Bowling Green answered the Buffalo run with seven straight points, but the Bulls kept fighting back and pulled within three on four different occasions, the last time coming with just five seconds left on the first career three pointer from sophomore Christa Baccas. However, Bowling Green hit two free throws in the final three seconds to clinch the victory.
"I thought our guards early in the game had some fear and were tentative in making decisions," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Kasheema came in and did a nice job settling us down and that is the great thing about this team that on any given night someone different can step up and be special."
Loesing led the Bulls with 20 points and nine rebounds, her third 20-point game of the season. Redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton added 14 points and four rebounds off the bench.
Baccas had seven points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots, one off her career-high, while Moss added eight points off the pine, including a pair of three pointers. Besley also came off the bench and tied her career high with six assists, adding three rebounds and three steals, which were a new career high.
Bowling Green was led by Chrissy Steffen, who had 14 points, was BG's only double figure scorer on the night. Alexis Rogers added nine points and eight rebounds.
For the sixth time in conference play the UB bench outscored its opponent, tonight it was by a 22-16 margins.
Buffalo will return to the road this weekend as it heads to Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon. Tip off is at 2:00 pm and will air live on SportsTime Ohio and ESPN3.
Western Michigan 58, Kent State 40
Kent, Ohio – In a back-and-forth battle with comebacks on both sides, Kent State’s (3-19, 1-8) came at the wrong time as they fell 58-40 against Western Michigan (7-15, 3-6).
The Flashes had a strong defensive effort in the game, allowing the Broncos to shoot just 32.3% from the field, the lowest allowed all season.
Kent State went on a 12-0 run to close the first half, not allowing a Western Michigan bucket for the last 7:25, to be down by one point going into the locker rooms.
The lead kept switching hands in the second period, with neither team gaining more than a five point advantage through the first 15 minutes. However, frustration fouls in what was a physical game allowed Western Michigan to go on a run of their own, scoring 15-straight to close out the victory.
Trisha Krewson was the leading scorer for the Flashes, netting nine points and picking up four rebounds. Rachel Mendelsohn finished with six points, four rebounds and two assists. Tamzin Barroilhet had a game-high four assists.
Two Broncos ended the night with double-doubles. Miracle Woods had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Marquisha Harris had 11 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Kent State remains on the M.A.C Center hardwood Sunday (Feb. 10) afternoon as they host Northern Illinois. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness.