Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Buffalo 72, Youngstown State 65
Eastern Michigan 81, Butler 76
YOUNGSTOWN, OH - The Buffalo women's basketball team used a strong effort from the freshman class and a team-high 22 points from Mackenzie Loesing to rally from a halftime deficit and win at Youngstown State, 72-65. With 29 fouls called on the Bulls, the load was shouldered by a UB bench that provided 32 points (19 in the second half).
The win moves UB's record to 2-0 this season, while the Penguins drop to 0-2. The Bulls have won back-to-back road games to start a season for the first time since 1983.
The Penguins were in control for much of the first half, grabbing its biggest lead of the game with 11 minutes left in the first half with a 21-11 advantage. The Bulls would use a slow but sure gameplan to chip away, and would get within two before settling for the 32-29 halftime score. Loesing would score 11 points in the half, and Margeaux Gupilan would score three points while passing out five assists.
A three pointer from Youngstown in the second half's first possession would be a turning point for UB, who would respond with a 13-0 run over a four minute stretch that would give it a lead it would never relinquish. Sloane Walton capped the run off with a bang, hitting a three pointer in transition that forced a time out from the home side. After the run, the game became mired in fouls, with Buffalo whistled for 17 fouls and Youngstown with 14 in the second half alone. That would lead to 43 combined free throws, and the Penguins would use it to stay in the game.
With many of the normal rotation players in deep foul trouble, the Bulls turned to its four-member freshman class for a lift. They would get it in spades, headed up by Camera Miley. With Gupilan forced to play just four minutes in the second half, Miley spearheaded the offense and posted eight points with three rebounds, four assists and two steals in the final half alone. Nia Roberts, playing in her first collegiate game, would score four points that was highlighted by an acrobatic basket and a foul. Alexus Malone and Joanna Smith would combine for eight points in important minutes.
Spurred on by the freshmen, the UB bench outscored Youngstown State's reserves 32-8.
"They (the freshmen) understood that our backs were against the wall and we had to do everything we could to play with a little more energy and emotion," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Sometimes when you put freshmen on the floor they fly around and dont know what to do. I really loved what Camera brought to the team today. She was poised, she came focused, and even though she didn't know a lot of the offense she used every opportunity to help us score."
Loesing and Kristin Sharkey were also critical in the offense's success in the final 20 minutes. After struggling to get her 11 points on 12 shots in the first half, she would score 11 points on just eight shots in the second to come just shy of matching her career high. Sharkey, who was plagued with quick fouls throughout the game, made the most of her 15 minutes of playing time, scoring nine points with three rebounds in the second half.
After allowing 50 percent shooting in the first half to the Penguins, the defensive vice was clamped down and YSU would hit just 7-29 shots the rest of the way. Of the home team's 33 points in the second half, 17 would come from the charity stripe.
The team will return home to Alumni Arena for the 2013-14 home opener on Saturday, hosting Cornell in another critical non-conference game. As part of a doubleheader with the men, Saturday's game will tip off at 12:30 pm.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team kept an unblemished record as the Eagles defeated Butler in thrilling fashion with an 81-76 overtime victory at the Convocation Center Wednesday night, Nov. 13. With the win EMU improves to 2-0 overall on the season, while Butler falls to 1-1 overall.
The Green and White were led by freshman Janay Morton (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) who netted a career-high 23 points, while Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northeview) tied a career-best with 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games. Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) had 12 points on the night, while Jamaica Bucknor (New Haven, Conn.-Weaver (ASA College)) contributed nine points and six rebounds for the EMU offense.
Eastern came away with the win despite shooting at a worse percentage than the Bulldogs. EMU shot 27-of-76 from the floor for a 35.5 percent clip while Butler made 40 percent of its shots (28-of-70). While BU doubled up the Eagles' points in the paint, 48-24, Eastern's bench out-scored the bench of Butler, 21-5.
The Eagles were a heavy threat on defense as they forced Butler to turn the ball over 21 times, including one 10-second violation in the back court. EMU notched 12 steals on the night as Fouty and Cha Sweeney (Toldeo, Ohio-Rogers) each contributed two to the effort.
Butler scored the first four points of the contest in a quick 30 seconds before the Eagles were able to convert on a pair of points after Fouty drew a foul under the basket and sunk her first free throws for the evening. On EMU's next trip down the court, Fouty was found behind the arc by Thomas to give the Green and White a 5-4 lead.
The Bulldogs were able to use the tall frames of their post players to score a handful of points in the paint, but the Green and White counteracted, utilizing its quickness to sink outside shots as a Morton three-pointer knotted up the contest, 10-10. The matchup continued to be a back-and-forth battle between EMU and Butler before the Bulldogs built a four-point advantage off of back-to-back baskets from Liz Stratman under the hoop with nine minutes remaining in the half.
A Fouty three put the Eagles within two points, still trailing, as the Bulldogs continued to find ways to increase their lead before Sweeney followed up with a triple of her own and Morton landed a free throw to tie the score at 25 points apiece. Fouty sunk her third three pointer to give the Eagles their first lead in five minutes as the score stood at 28-27.
The Green and White were able to force a pair of Bulldog turnovers while Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) scored four-straight points for the squad. A pair of free throws by Morton extended the lead to six, the largest scoring margin for either team in the first half of the contest.
The first half closed out as Daress McClung dropped in an uncontested two-pointer, but the Eagles left the court with an advantage as the squad headed to the locker room with a 36-33 edge. Fouty led on the offensive front with 11 points in the half after shooting 3-of-4 in three-point field goals. She also pulled down three rebounds, tied for a team-high with Sweeney and Watkins. Eastern nabbed six steals from Butler, led by Sweeney with three grabs, while forcing an additional five turnovers. The duo of McClung and Stratman yielded the majority of the points for the Bulldogs as the pair combined for 28 points.
Eastern held a slight advantage until the 10:48 mark of the second half when a three-pointer from Taylor Schippers allowed Butler to take a 50-49 lead over the Eagles. The Green and White would go on a quick eight-point run as Bucknor made a short jumper outside the paint to give the Eagles a one-point advantage. A Haley Moore (Milford, Neb.-Milford) shot from beyond the arc and a Morton fast break layup that turned into a three-point play extended the Eastern lead to seven.
Butler would continue to fight its way back into the game as the Bulldogs would take another one point advantage on a Schippers three pointer, giving Butler the 60-59 lead going into the final media timeout of the contest. Fouty sunk her third three of the contest from deep in the corner with 2:33 left in the second half to knot the score at 64-64, but the tie would not last long as Butler would score on its next trip down the court to take a 67-64 advantage.
The Bulldogs would look to put the game away when Schippers connected on two free throws with 33 seconds left in the contest but after a timeout called by the Eagles, Morton would drain a three from way beyond the arc to knot the score at 69-69. Neither team was able to capitalize on its final second shots, sending the game into overtime.
Morton turned on the offense in the second half of play as she scored a team-high 13 points, while Bucknor added six and Fouty grabbed five rebounds for Eastern.
Much like regulation time, the contest would be a back-and-forth battle between the two squads as the overtime period saw two ties and four lead changes in the first three minutes. With both teams in double bonus, Fouty reached the foul line and knotted the score at 76-76 when she went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe. A Morton fast break layup off a defensive rebound from Fouty allowed the Green and White to take a 78-76 edge with just 27 seconds left to play.
Fouty tied her career-high 20 points when she had a second opportunity at the line to extend the Eagle lead to 79-76 with 19 seconds left. After two missed threes from Butler the Bulldogs were forced to foul with two seconds left of play as Thomas connected on two free throws to allow EMU to take a 81-76 victory.
Eastern Michigan will hit the road for the first time of the 2013-14 season, Sunday, Nov. 17 when it travels to Cleveland State for a 2 p.m. matchup against the Vikings.