Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Bowling Green 63, Michigan 52
Akron 98, FAU 69
Buffalo 65, Binghamton 47
Western Michigan 66, UMASS 58
Eastern Michigan 101, Madonna 52
E. Kentucky 59, Miami 55
UW-Green Bay 78, Northern Illinois 44
Bowling Green 63, Michigan 52
NEW ROCHELLE NY - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team got the season started on a successful note, downing the University of Michigan by a 63-52 count on Friday afternoon (Nov. 8). The non-conference game, the season opener, was held at the Hynes Athletics Center on the campus of Iona College.
The game was also the opener of the Iona Tip-Off Tournament. The Falcons will face the host Gaels on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 9), with tipoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. IC defeated the University of Arizona, 82-75 in overtime, in Friday's second game.
Senior Jillian Halfhill led the way for the Brown and Orange, with game-high totals of 18 points and five assists against the Wolverines. Halfhill went 4-of-8 from three-point range as the Falcons hit nine total shots from beyond the arc.
In her first game as a Falcon, redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan scored 15 points. Seniors Alexis Rogers and Jill Stein had seven points apiece in the win, with Stein pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. The Falcons had a 35-30 advantage on the glass.
Sophomore Miriam Justinger had six points, as did junior Jasmine Matthews. Matthews, who was limited to just 13 games played a year ago, played 13 minutes on Friday and hit a pair of three-pointers.
Freshman Rachel Konieczki scored four points in the first game of her collegiate career.
AKRON, Ohio – Rachel Tecca, Hanna Luburgh and Carly Young each registered a double-double to pace Akron's high-octane offense in its 98-69 season-opening victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Akron (1-0) fielded five players in double figures offensively as it cruised to its seventh-straight win on its home floor dating back to last season.
Tecca poured in a career-high 36 points to go with 12 rebounds, fueled by an 11-of-14 performance from the free throw line in just 27 minutes of action.
Luburgh contributed 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds of her own, while Young picked up 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Hannah Plybon netted three triples as well and made the most of her trip to the charity stripe to finish the night with 11 points, all in the first half, and Anita Brown rounded out the double-digit scoring attack with 10 points.
Kacie Cassell captained the offense with a game-high seven assists.
UA took a few minutes to find its footing to start the game as it trailed FAU (0-1) 15-11 nearly six minutes into the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Luburgh evened the score at 17-all at the 12:58 mark and lit a spark for the Zips.
Akron started to pull away near the end of the opening period, holding the Owls to just one field goal over the last 3:41 to build a 12-point lead heading into the break.
Tecca set the tone for Akron right off the bat in the second half, scoring the team's first five points and draining the first 3-pointer of her career at the 18:45 mark to give the Zips a 52-39 lead.
UA maintained separation for the remainder of the contest, due in large part to its composure at the free throw line. The Zips' aggressive offense earned them 39 free throw attempts to Florida Atlantic's five. Akron connected on more free throws (29) than FAU's total number of made field goals (28).
The Zips handily won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Owls by a whopping 52-28 margin and allowing for 24 second-chance points.
Akron returns to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when it plays host to Tennessee Tech at a special tip-off time of 10:30 a.m. The contest will also serve as UA's Education Day, as the Zips will welcome over 430 elementary school students from the Akron area to the JAR.
VESTAL, NY - Coming into a season with six new players and a new offensive identity, it was a tried and true effort on the defensive end that helped the UB women's basketball team lead from start to finish in a 65-47 win over Binghamton Friday night. The Buffalo defense forced 17 turnovers and held the Bearcats to 17 percent field goal shooting in the first half to build its lead in what was the season opener for both teams. Mackenzie Loesing led all scorers with 16 points in 18 minutes.
With all 12 active players seeing at least seven minutes, the Bulls' defensive intensity came at Binghamton in waves. The defense held the Bearcats to zero points in the first three minutes of the game, and at the 10-minute mark in the half, the Bulls had streaked to a 23-6 lead. A three pointer from Binghamton's Morgan Murphy would make it 23-9, and that would be the closest the host squad would manage the rest of the way.
As the first half concluded, the stats showed off UB's defensive game plan, with Binghamton hitting just 5-29 attempts, and scoring almost half of its 19 points at the free throw line. Loesing, Sloane Walton and Margeaux Gupilan would shoulder the offensive load for the Bulls in the half, combining for 24 points. Gupilan would hit a trio of three pointers to lead all scorers in the half, setting the tone from deep that would see Buffalo making 6-15 attempts after struggling in the exhibition season.
The teams would trade baskets in the second half, with the Bulls using a quick run late in the game to take its biggest lead of the day. Leading 51-36, a 12-2 run capped off by a Walton three pointer gave Buffalo a 63-38 lead. Despite shooting just 28 percent as a team in the final half, Buffalo still outscored Binghamton 29-28 in the half and would force nine turnovers in the final 20 minutes alone.
Despite a close margin of turnovers (17 for Binghamton, 15 for Buffalo), the Bulls were able to take advantage of its defense, scoring 27 points off turnovers while limiting Binghamton to just 13 points on turnovers. Loesing, Walton and Gupilan would all score in double figures, with the senior Gupilan having a solid all-around game. Aside from her scoring, she would pull down three rebounds, make three steals and pass out two assists. For head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, Gupilan brought more than just stats to the team in the opener.
"I liked the fact that we're 12 strong, all 12 of us played and all 12 are going to play. I think that we all bring something different," Jack said. "I think Margeaux did a great job organizing us, commanding us to where we need to be and I think as she continues to grow as a point guard we're going to keep getting better."
The Bulls take the season opener for the fourth time in the past five seasons, and are now 10-2 under coach Jack when allowing 59 points or less in a game. Next up will be a game at Youngstown State this coming Wednesday. Tip time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
AMHERST, Mass.- Sophomore Miracle Woods tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Michelle O'Brien hauled in a career-high 17 rebounds to lead Western Michigan to a 66-58 win in the Broncos’ season-opener at UMass Friday. O’Brien was just shy of a double-double with nine points.
“I love the fact that Michelle judges her game based on how well she rebounds, because that is an effort stat. And that tells you all you need to know about her. She had some gaudy rebounding numbers in the exhibition games, but to do that against an athletic Division I opponent is impressive,” said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell.
“Miracle did a good job as well, picking up a double-double and leading us with 19 points. If it wasn’t for her start in the first half, the game could have been a lot different. She was very dominant and I think they had to change their game plan to contain her.”
Woods gave Western Michigan a boost from the get-go, scoring eight of her team’s first 12 points. She had 14 points at the half, helping WMU build a 35-26 halftime advantage.
After shooting 50% in the first half, the Broncos cooled off from the field in the second half, going just 5-for-19 (26.3%) from the floor. Western Michigan made up the difference at the free throw line, scoring 21 points at the charity stripe. The Broncos made 22 free throws in the game and 21 of those were in the second half.
Western Michigan held a 12-point lead with 7:19 left in the game and had to hold off pressure from the Minutewomen down the stretch, as UMass worked the deficit to five with 2:20 remaining. The Broncos scored their final seven points at the free-throw line.
“It was an ugly win, but we will take an ugly win any time,” Clipfell said. “To me, we made it closer than it should have been. We didn’t shoot the ball well from the arc and because of that UMass was able to plug the gaps a little bit. I don’t think there will be many nights we will shoot as poorly as we did at the three-point line. Once we make a few more of those shots, things will open up.”
WMU shot 41.2 % for the game, but connected on just 2-for-20 from the three-point line.
Jazmine Windham made one of the Broncos’ two three-pointers and finished with 13 points, while Alex Morton had the other and finished with eight points.
Freshman Meredith Shipman started at point guard and had five assists, two points and two steals. A.J. Johnson also had five assists and added seven points.
Freshman Larissa Graham and transfer Jenna Bachrouche made their first appearances as Broncos as well and both scored in the game.
The Broncos (1-0) will head to two-time defending America East champion Albany Sunday to complete the two-game road trip. The Great Danes defeated Sienna in their season-opener Friday night, 69-42.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team came out strong in the 2013-14 season opener, claiming a 101-52 victory over the Madonna Crusaders. With the win, the Eagles improves to 1-0, while Madonna falls to to 1-2. The 49-point margin of victory ties for the ninth-largest margin of victory inside the Convocation Center, while the 101-point finish ranks as fifth-most points scored inside Eastern's home court.
Freshman Cha Sweeney (Toledo, Ohio-Rogers) was an offensive sparkplug for the Eagles, going 10-for-17 from the field for a total of 25 points, an average of one point for every minute she was on the court. Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) notched the ninth double-double of her career, posting 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, and also tied for a team-high three steals with Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott), who led the squad in assists with eight. Sara Stone (Plymouth, Mich.-Salem) grabbed 12 shots off the glass for the Green and White.
As a team, EMU shot 41-of-87 from the floor for a .471 clip, including 11-of-25 from beyond the arc. Eastern's bench out-scored the bench of the Crusaders, 42-23. The Green and White forced 19 turnovers that converted into 30 points. Head Coach Tory Verdi's squad pushed the tempo all afternoon, tallying 38 fastbreak points.
Madonna shot 27.5 percent, making 19-of-69 shots. Rachel Melcher led the Crusaders in scoring and rebounding, recording seven points and grabbing six boards.
The Green and White scored in each of their first two possessions of the game, as a Stone jumper and a Fouty layup gave the Eagles an early lead, 4-0. A pair of baskets gave Thomas her first points of the contest, followed by two fastbreaks from Sweeney and Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush). Less than four minutes into the game, each of the starting players had scored for the squad and established a 13-5 lead over the Crusaders.
Following a timeout, Eastern continued to showcase its agility as a pair of steals by Jamaica Bucknor (New Haven, Conn.-Weaver (ASA College)) and Sweeney resulted in two fastbreak pointwinners. Madonna managed to light a fire under its offensive effort, scoring eight points from a series of jump shots, yet still trailing 27-15 to the Eagles.
The Green and White spread the offense out around the court, which proved to be an effective strategy as Fouty and Watkins scored in the paint while Sweeney drilled a shot from beyond the arc to extend the lead to a 34-15 advantage. Not to be one to give up on the battle, Madonna reciprocated with a fastbreak layup followed up by a three-pointer to push the team over the 20-point threshold.
Back-to-back fastbreak plays swung out to Haley Moore (Milford, Neb.-Milford) for a three-point shot and dished under the basket to Phillis Webb (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) put the Eagles up 41-22 as the Crusaders continued to score the majority of their points in the paint. Sweeney remained perfect on her three-point attempts, hitting her second and third of the afternoon, following up with a fastbreak layup and a pair of free throws to score the next 10 points for the Green and White.
Denaya Brazzle (Portland, Ore.-Jefferson (Chipola College)) and Janay Morton (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) broke away to score back-to-back layups, giving the Eagles a solid 57-30 edge heading into the locker room.
Madonna opened up the second half with a layup followed by a three-pointer before Sweeny dropped in consecutive jumpers to end its scoring run. Thomas got a hand on the ball during the Crusader possession, sprinting down court before stopping in for a mid-range fastbreak jump shot to bring the squad up 63-35 in the opening minutes.
The Eagles continued their run as Thomas nailed another shot from the top of the key, and Fouty found Moore on the perimeter for a three-point fastbreak play. Fouty took a break from passing out dimes to score a pair of layups herself, then Moore sunk her third three-pointer for the Green and White to advance the Eagles to 77-36 over the Crusaders.
A pair of shots from the Madonna charity stripe ended the Eagles' 15-0 scoring run, but they quickly started another dominant streak after a well-rounded selection of layups, jump shots, three-pointers, and free throws made their way through the hoop to churn out a 13-0 push for the Green and White.
A fifth successful three-pointer by Moore allowed the Eagles to cruise over the century mark with a minute left to play. EMU closed out its season opener using their relentless scoring efforts to mark a 101-52 victory.
The Eagles will host their next game, Nov. 13 versus Butler University. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff inside the Convocation Center.
OXFORD, OH - The Miami University women’s basketball team dropped a 59-55 decision to Eastern Kentucky on Friday afternoon inside Millett Hall. The contest was the first for both teams in 2013-14.
Following a pair of free throws by freshman Nicole Anderson to knot the score at 55-55, Eastern Kentucky’s Marie Carpenter put the Colonels up for good with a three-point basket at the top of the key with just 19 seconds remaining. Carpenter finished the game 12-of-22 shooting for 27 points.
Hannah Robertson’s game tying three came up a bit short with just under two seconds remaining as the RedHawks dropped to 0-1 on the season and EKU moved to 1-0. Robertson and Anderson led the team in scoring with 13 points each. Friday’s game was the first official game of Anderson’s career and the first this season for Robertson (missed the exhibition game versus Seton Hill).
EKU took an 8-2 lead just four minutes into the game, but by the end of 20 minutes Miami trailed by just one, 27-26.
The two teams exchanged buckets for much of the second half before Miami took a 53-51 lead after Anderson converted on a pair from the charity stripe with 2:22 left in the contest. Just 19 seconds later EKU’s Pilar Walker drained a three-pointer to secure a 54-53 advantage. The Colonels would not trail again from that point.
Miami was 19-of-53 (35%) shooting and just 1-of-10 from behind the arc. EKU would finish the game 22-of-47 (47%) shooting and 5-of-14 from three. Eastern Kentucky held a slight 36-32 rebounding edge.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in a road contest at Wright State. The contest is set for 7 p.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team opened its season at Midwest perennial power Green Bay. After opening to a 12-11 lead in the first eight minutes of the contest, the Huskies fell to the Phoenix, 78-44, after strong play in the post and consistent three point shooting ability by Green Bay.
“Defensively, we had spurts where we were really good and it takes a lot of work to play the way we want to play,” said Head Coach Kathi Bennett. “If we get that energy consistently, we’ll be ok. This offense needs all five people playing hard all the time and when we don’t fight to the front and we don’t put ball pressure on, we’re going to get hurt.”
The NIU defense kicked off the season as the Huskies forced a missed three-point field goal in the opening possession of the game, which was followed up by a Northern Illinois three-pointer of its own as sophomore Alexis Lindstrom (Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove) hit the shot to open up the 2013-14 scoring season for NIU.
The teams traded blows through the first 10 minutes of the half, including a 12-11 Northern Illinois lead at the second media timeout with 11:53 left in the first half. Lindstrom hit her second three-pointer of the game just before the break to give the Huskies their lead.
In the remainder of the half, the Phoenix would use their strong outside shooting , 5-for-12 (.417), and post rebounding abilities to regain a lead over the Huskies and build a double-digit lead heading into the half, 43-15. Lindstrom led the NIU scorers with six points, while Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) added five.
Green Bay’s Breannah Ranger made her presence known in the post grabbing eight rebounds, while scoring six points. She finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her third career double-double.
Foul trouble by the Huskies added to the difficulty of closing the gap with the Phoenix as Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone) fouled out with 11:30 left in the game.
Junior transfer Alex Dumoulin (Hampshire, Ill./Elgin CC) stood up off the bench to relieve some of the pressure in the post, adding eight points, including a three point basket, and three rebounds in her 25 minute effort. Dumoulin was cleared to play in the game on Wednesday, after sustaining an injury in the preseason.
“We have to get some consistent post play moving forward,” said Bennett. “In the second half, we tried to establish a presence with Natecia (Augusta), and did, but she’s got to be able to play more than 15 minutes. That just comes from a sense of urgency. We need her to be there for us in the post.”
Corral would reach double-digit scoring for the 39th time in her career on a three point field goal in front of the Huskie bench with 3:46 remaining in the game to lead the Huskies in scoring at 12 points.
Northern Illinois will return to the court Tuesday night at the NIU Convocation Nov. 12 versus Mississippi Valley State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. For tickets, call (815) 753-PACK. Ticket prices start at just $6 per person.