Sunday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 2/10/2013


Sunday's Women's Basketball Results
Toledo 67, Ball State 64
Central Michigan 86, Buffalo 51
Northern Illinois 52, Kent State 47
Western Michigan 55, Bowling Green 54
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Toledo 67, Ball State 64
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's basketball team (11-12, 8-2 MAC) lost a 68-64 heartbreaker to Mid-American Conference leader Toledo (21-2, 9-1 MAC) Sunday afternoon in Worthen Arena.
For the game, senior guard Shanee' Jackson led the Cardinals with 17 points and eight rebounds.  Brandy Woody chipped in 15 points, while Nathalie Fontaine ended the game with 14.
Ball State shot 38.1 percent from the field, while Toledo shot 37.7 percent.   The Rockets out-rebounded Ball State 47 to 37.
After Ball State trailed by 16 at the half, Shelbie Justice opened the second half for the Cardinals with back-to-back baskets to make it a 37-25 ball game at the 17:05 mark.
The Rockets still led by as many as 15 (46-31) with 13:12 left to play.  Ball State then went on a 22-7 run which was sparked by a 3-pointer from Lyzz Smith.  Back-to-back 3-point baskets from Jackson tied the game 53-53 with 4:30 remaining.
Woody then gave Ball State its first lead with just under four minutes left in the contest at 57-55.   The game was knotted 59-59 at the 2:36 mark, but Toledo went on a 4-0 run to take a 63-59 edge with under a minute remaining.  The Rockets then made their free throws down the stretch to win the game.
Toledo came out of the gates strong in the opening minutes of the first half, rattling off 13 unanswered points by the 13:53 mark.
The Rockets built their lead to as many as 20 late in the first half and continued to lead by double digits through much of the second before the Ball State rally.
Naama Shafir led all scorers with 19 points for Toledo and was one of four Rockets to score in double figures, joining Andola Dortch with 13, Yolanda Richardson with 11 and Inma Zanoguera with 10.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues Mid-American Conference action at Akron Saturday with a 5 p.m. tipoff in Rhodes Arena.
Central Michigan 86, Buffalo 51
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Crystal Bradford' 24 points led four Central Michigan players in double figures but it was a pint-sized member of the team that inspired the Chippewas to an 86-51 rout over Buffalo during the annual Play4Kay game Sunday afternoon in McGuirk Arena
The Chippewas (14-9, 8-2 Mid-American Conference) got back on the winning track after back-to-back road losses–their first two of the conference season–by winning their sixth straight home MAC game.
After taking a 38-25 lead into halftime against the Bulls (7-16, 5-5 MAC), the Chippewas poured on the offense, hitting their first seven attempts from the field and scoring points on their first eight possessions to stretch their lead to 24 before the first media timeout.
Their lead hovered around 20 when a three-pointer by the Bulls' Sloane Walton capped an 8-2 run and brought Buffalo within 16 at the 12:55 mark, but that's when the Chippewas' defense kicked into high gear. It was Buffalo's last field goal until the 2:39 mark–a span of 10:16 during which Buffalo was outscored 25-3 and found itself down as many as 38.
"It was nice to see our team click on both ends, offensively and defensively," said head coach Sue Guevara.
The Chippewas' run was fueled not only by 54 percent shooting in the second half, but also by a 52-30 advantage on the boards.
Bradford scored 18 of her game-high point total in the second half and was joined by three others in double figures – Jas'Mine's Bracey's 18 points off the bench, Jessica Green's 17 and Jessica Schroll's 11.
"For (Bradford), the same shots she took tonight that went were the shots that didn't go for her against Ball State," said Guevara. "At the start of the game she missed the first couple but she let the game come to her. She didn't force things."
The Chippewas donned pink jerseys for their annual Play4Kay game, but instead of their own names on the backs, each jersey featured "K. Johns" in recognition of five-year old Katie Johns, adopted by the team this season during her fight with cancer.
"It was great to make her smile," said Bracey. "She deserves it."
"We wanted to come out and be strong for Katie because she is the strongest girl in the world," said Bradford.
Northern Illinois 52, Kent State 47
Kent, Ohio – For the full 40 minutes, Sunday (Feb. 10) afternoon's contest looked like it could be Kent State's (3-20, 1-9) next win.  However, Northern Illinois (7-16, 2-8) was able to make shots when it counted to come out with the 52-47 victory.
Although never being able to take the lead through the first half, the Flashes never trailed by more than nine points in the opening 20 minutes.  They found themselves down by just three points at the half.
Kent State came out of the locker room recharged, just like they have in last few games, to take a two-point lead with 13:45 left in the game.  Unfortunately, in what head coach Danielle O'Banion called a "game of inches," the Huskies were able to make the plays they needed to down the stretch to walk away with the victory.
The Flashes tied their season second-best, shooting 86.7% from the free throw line in 15 attempts.  They also had less than 20 turnovers for the eighth time this season.  Perhaps the deciding factor in the game, Northern Illinois was able to make five of their 13 attempted three-pointers whereas Kent State missed all of their eight shots from beyond the arc.
Tamzin Barroilhet continued to lead the Flashes with 15 points, six rebounds and two assists.  In her first game back after suffering an injury on December 30, Diamon Beckford came up big off the bench, scoring ten and grabbing four rebounds in 21 minutes on the floor.  Ashley Evans finished with nine points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Amanda Corral scored 18 points for the Huskies with eight rebounds and four assists.  Ashley Sneed had 13 points, and Jenna Thorp scored 11 with seven rebounds.
Kent State has the week off to recover and rejuvenate before traveling to Toledo for a 2:00 pm contest on Saturday (Feb. 16).
Western Michigan 55, Bowling Green 54
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan took down eight-time defending regular season Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green Sunday at University Arena, 55-54. Junior Corie Buchanan drove the lane and sank a jumper off the glass with 4.6 seconds left to lift WMU to victory.
A season-high 1,435 were in attendance and it was WMU's annual pink game, as the team wore its white and pink uniforms, supporting the Play 4Kay Foundation.
Sophomore Marquisha Harris posted her second double-double in as many games and fourth of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, both of which were team highs.
Buchanan, A.J. Johnson and Miracle Woods finished with eight points each. Johnson also totaled three rebounds, three steals and three assists. Woods added six rebounds and three blocks. Aurielle Anderson dished out five of the team's 11 assists.
Western Michigan's win over the Falcons was its third in the last six meetings against BGSU, and the second straight at home, also defeating Bowling Green the last time the two met in Kalamazoo in 2011.
Toledo is the only MAC team to have more success against BGSU in the recent stretch, winning four of the last six meetings.
Western Michigan held the Falcons to just 17.9 percent shooting in the first half and led by as many as 14 in the first period. The Broncos carried a 26-20 lead into halftime and fended off BGSU's best attempt at a comeback in the second.
The Broncos led by two heading into the final minute, 53-51. A three-pointer by BG'S Chrissy Steffen went off the mark and Alexis Rogers came up with an offensive rebound for the Falcons. The ball got kicked out to Jillian Halfhill on the right wing and she knocked down a three with 19.7 seconds remaining to put Bowling Green up, 54-53. The Broncos brought the ball across midcourt and called a timeout with 15.9 seconds remaining to set up the winning shot.
Buchanan drove the right side of the lane and kissed the game-winner off the glass over BG defender Danielle Havel. Steffen had a final half-court heave for Bowling Green that didn't draw iron.
The win was WMU's second consecutive, after defeating Kent State on the road Thursday, 58-40, and improved the Broncos' record to 8-15 overall and 4-6 in the MAC. Bowling Green slipped to 15-8, 6-4 MAC.
Western Michigan shot 50 percent from the field in the game, its best clip during conference play. Bowling Green shot 38.7 percent in the second half and 27.1 percent for the afternoon.
Three players reached double figures for the Falcons. Deborah Hoekstra had a team-high 11 points. Steffen and Rogers (eight rebounds) each scored 10 points.
The Broncos travel to Ohio Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip-off with the Bobcats, which will be broadcasted on Sport Time Ohio. Ohio (5-17, 0-10 MAC) enters the game winless in conference play.