Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Toledo 59, Cal State Fullerton 58
Duke 97, Central Michigan 64
Auburn 67, Ball State 51
New Mexico St. 77, Northern Illinois 73
Illinois-Chicago 76, Ohio 67
Toledo 59, Cal State Fullerton 58
MORAGA, CA – Toledo secured a hard-fought 59-58 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday in the opening game of the SMC Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic in McKeon Pavilion. With the win, UT improves to 3-2 on the season.
Junior Inma Zanoguera and senior Brianna Jones paced the Rockets with 15 and career-high 14 points, respectively, helping the Midnight Blue & Gold win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Jones added a collegiate-best 11 rebounds to post her first double-double, while Zanoguera contributed seven caroms, tied for the second-best total on the squad.
Joining Zanoguera and Jones in double figures for the four-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champions was senior Janelle Reed-Lewis with 10 points.
Zanoguera has now led UT in scoring in four games this season, but none of her points were bigger than a jumper with 24.4 seconds left to give the home team on the scoreboard a one-point advantage.
The Titans (1-4) had two attempts in the final 20-plus seconds to claim the neutral-court triumph, but the Rockets forced a pair of misses to secure the win. With the one-point triumph, Toledo improves to 29-17 all-time in games decided by five points or less under sixth-year head coach Tricia Cullop.
CSUF’s first attempt in the waning seconds was a missed layup by Chante Miles with approximately 10 seconds left, but UT was unable to corral the rebound and the Titans retained possession. Following a Toledo foul, Cal State Fullerton had one final chance but Samantha Logan’s deep three-point field goal attempt came up short and the Rockets held on for the victory.
Miles led the Titans with 15 points and a game-high eight assists, supported by Logan’s 14 points and 11 boards off the bench.
The Rockets shot 34.8 percent (24-of-69) from the field, including 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from beyond the arc, and a stellar 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the charity stripe to win the first matchup between the schools.
Toledo also did a good job of taking care of the basketball and finished with 14 helpers, compared to only 10 turnovers.
After spotting the Titans an early 8-5 advantage, UT received back-to-back baskets from Zanoguera to take a 9-8 lead at 15:09 mark in the first half.
The Rockets then took advantage of the first collegiate points from freshman Elena de Alfredo to extend their margin to 18-13 at 11:05. The Madrid, Spain native, who missed the first four games with an elbow injury, knocked down a triple and a jumper in the lane to give UT the five-point cushion.
After the Titans knotted the score at 22-22, Toledo put together a mini 7-2 burst to open up a 29-22 lead with 2:48 left in the period. Jones sparked the run with three-straight field goals to make it a three-possession game.
The Rockets would not score for the remainder of the opening stanza, while CSUF received a pair of layups from Kathleen Iwuoha to make it a 29-26 Toledo lead at the intermission.
UT extended its margin to 38-30 in the opening stages of the second half on the strength of a pair of jumpers by Zanoguera and a three-point play from Reed-Lewis. The Rockets hit four of their first six shots from the field in the opening three minutes to help them increase the margin to eight points.
Cal State Fullerton then countered with a 20-6 run to take a 50-44 lead with 6:35 remaining in regulation, forcing UT into a timeout. The Titans buried three straight triples to turn an eight-point deficit into a six-point lead. Logan ignited the burst with a pair of threes and eight total points during this stretch, while Natalie Williams and Miles also buried treys.
The Rockets responded from the stoppage of play and scored nine of the next 11 points to reclaim the advantage, 53-52, with 2:10 remaining. Jones started the run with the first four points, before Reed-Lewis finished it off with the final five.
Cal State Fullerton retaliated with a layup by Miles and another triple in the corner from Logan before UT received a layup from Zanoguera and pair of charity tosses by freshman Janice Monakana to set the stage for the dramatic closing seconds of regulation.
The Rockets will now play host Saint Mary’s (CA) tomorrow in their other contest in the two-game tourney. The opening tip against the Gaels will be 2:30 p.m. (PT).
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands — The Central Michigan women’s basketball program came out red hot in its attempt to upset No. 2 Duke Friday afternoon, but the Chippewas were unable to keep up the hot shooting in a lopsided 97-64 loss.
After quickly falling behind 8-0 in the first 1:26 of play, the Chippewas (1-4) found the hot hand of senior guard Niki DiGuilio. The senior knocked down a pair of triples and converted two-of-three at the line to go on a personal 8-0 run and tie the game at the 17:09 mark.
A three by junior Crystal Bradford evened the game at 12 apiece and DiGuilio knocked down her third three of the half with 15:12 to play to give CMU a three-point lead, 15-12. The Maroon and Gold extended their lead to four, 18-14, on another triple by Bradford, grabbing their largest lead of the game.
DiGuilio knocked down a step-back jumper with 9:37 to play in the first half and the Chippewas reclaimed the lead, 22-21, but it was short lived as the Blue Devils (7-0) quickly showed why they are the second-ranked team in the country.
The Blue Devils scored the next 15 points over 3:17 of play to take a 35-22 lead before junior Jas'Mine Bracey broke the run on a lay up on an assist from junior Jessica Green.
The run continued for the Blue Devils however as they closed the half on a 28-8 run to take a 49-30 lead into halftime.
CMU was held without a field goal for the first 3:04 of the second half until senior Taylor Johnson scored a pair of her season-high 12 points, allowing the Blue Devils to push their lead to 59-32.
The Chippewas were unable to find the hot touch in the second half, shooting just 11-of-37 (29.7 percent) from the field.
Duke’s size down low also proved to cause the Chippewas trouble all afternoon as the Blue Devils finished with a 53-33 edge on the boards.
DiGuilio led CMU with 17 points, while Bradford had 13 points and seven rebounds. Six Blue Devils notched double figures in the contest, led by Tricia Liston’s game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The Chippewas will close the Paradise Jam tomorrow afternoon versus Xavier at 1:15 ET. The game can be followed through live stats at www.Paradisejamstats.com or through a live web stream via YouTube Live. The stream can be found on the schedule page of www.CMUChippewas.com or www.facebook.com/ParadiseJam1.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Nathalie Fontaine scored 21 points for the Ball State women's basketball team (1-4) in the Cardinals 67-51 setback to Auburn (4-2) Friday afternoon at the South Point Shootout.
After trailing 37-19 at intermission, Ball State started the second half with a 13-8 run that ended with a fast break layup from freshman guard Jill Morrison off of the assist from junior guard Shelbie Justice. Ball State’s scoring surge would make it an 11-point contest (43-32) with 10 minutes remaining.
Auburn then took back the momentum and went on a 23-13 run which was sparked by a trey from Auburn's Brandy Montgomery, building its largest lead of the ball game, 66-45, with 1:40 left on the clock. The Cardinals brought the Tigers lead back down to 16 (67-51) after junior guard Brittany Carter ended the game with a layup.
For the second straight contest, Morrison scored 15 points which included three three-point baskets. Carter finished the game with nine points and four rebounds. Fontaine added six rebounds for Ball State in 34 minutes of action.
The Ball State women's basketball team will continue action at the South Point Shootout Saturday when it faces Tennessee Tech at 3 p.m. (ET). The Cardinals return home after a four-game road stretch when Ball State hosts Western Kentucky, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – In a game that saw 13 lead changes in the contest with both teams running a fast paced offense, the Northern Illinois women’s basketball team fell to New Mexico State, 77-72, in the opening game of the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. The Huskies fall to 2-3 on the year while the Aggies even their record to 3-3 this season.
“Offensively we had some good looks. We didn’t make a lot of shots that we needed to, but I’m disappointed because I thought we were ready for this game,” said Head Coach Kathi Bennett, “we have to get back to playing defense and we have to do that together as a team. We can miss shots if we play defense the way we’re supposed to play it.”
NIU and New Mexico State ran up and down the floor trading baskets for most of the game. Down the stretch, the Aggies held a two possession lead in the game with 2:37 remaining in the game. It was around that time that Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone) solidified her third double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
As NMSU worked fast to score, the Huskies worked patiently for the right shots and found themselves at the free throw line or taking an uncontested layup. Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) led NIU at the line, going 5-of-6 in the game to finish with 15 points. With 17 seconds left and the Huskies trailing 73-71, Corral made a remarkable steal underneath the NIU basket but with two defenders around her, she was unable to convert a layup to tie the contest.
The 3,900 foot elevation in Las Cruces did not affect the Huskies as their lungs were primed for the altitude as the two teams traded baskets and exchanged the lead 10 times in the first 20 minutes of action. The final lead change of the half resulted on a three point shot by sophomore Alexis Lindstrom (Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove) with 35 seconds left in the stanza to give the Huskies a 35-33 lead at the end of the half.
Junior Danny Pulliam (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) jump started the Huskies in the game as she made Northern Illinois’ first three baskets of the game, including a three pointer with the first shot of the game. She would finish the half with nine points as NIU’s leading scorer. Not only was Pulliam a dangerous shooter, she also created for NIU on the pass, dishing four helpers in the half.
While the Huskies took their share of the leads, they also found themselves trailing by three at the final three media timeouts. NIU’s fortunes turned after the final timeout as the team outshot the Aggies, 3-1, including Lindstrom’s final three point basket.
The Huskies sunk more shots than the Aggies in the contest, 30-29, but the perimeter game of New Mexico State proved strong as it pulled up anywhere it felt was a good shot, outshooting Northern Illinois, 8-4.
Pulliam tied her career-high scoring mark of 15 points in the game and finished with four assists and two steals. Nine different Huskie players scored in the contest, with only one player being held scoreless in the contest.
NIU will return to the court tomorrow as they take on the Lamar Cardinals in the third game of the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. Tipoff is set for noon Central time.
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (3-2) overcame a 13-point first-half deficit but ultimately fell to the University of Illinois-Chicago (4-2), 76-67, Friday in the opening game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum.
The Flames shot 53.1% from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats, 47-33, to win their fourth straight.
Redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell achieved a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the way for UIC. Senior guard Rachel Story and redshirt senior center Katie Hannemann each tallied 14 points.
"We're a very young team, and, at times, our immaturity shows," said first-year head coach Bob Boldon. "We're not nearly as tough as we need to be. We've got to do a better job of being more disciplined and doing things that we know are required to win basketball games. We didn't do that today from start to finish."
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) knocked down a game-high four treys and tied freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) for the Ohio lead with 18 points, which were a career high for Boesinger. Boesinger also led the Bobcats with five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) set a new career high with a game-high five assists.
"The thing about Hannah is that from the time she's got on campus, she's tried her best," said Boldon of his freshman's performance. "That's the one thing that she can always count on. She's not our fastest player, but she tries the hardest, day in and day out. That's an incredible quality to have, and that's why we brought her here."
After sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) scored the first layup of the contest for Ohio, UIC rattled off 12 unanswered points.
Two treys by Boesinger helped cut it to three at 13-10 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Flames responded with a 16-6 run, though, to take their largest lead of the game at 29-16 with 6:46 to go in the opening stanza.
The Bobcats rallied with a furious run of their own to close the half, outscoring UIC 15-7 over the final six-plus minutes of the half. The Ohio scoring frenzy was highlighted by two layups by Yelle, a layup by Boesinger and a three by Byard, helping the Bobcats head into halftime trailing by just a 36-31 count.
After Hannemann knocked down two free throws to make it 38-31 in favor of UIC with 19:43 to play, Byard nailed three treys in just over a minute to knot the contest at 40-all.
The Flames built their lead back up to eight with just over 10 minutes to play, but another three by Boesinger and one by freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) cut the UIC lead to two a minute later.
That's as close as the Bobcats got, though, as Campbell scored 12 of UIC's final 21 points over the final eight-plus minutes to seal the victory for the Flames.
Ohio closes out its stay at the 2013 San Juan Shootout on Saturday against No. 8 Maryland. Tip time is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The Bobcats will be facing the Terrapins for the first time ever.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The University of Akron women's basketball team started the night off strong but was unable to combat a slow start to the second half as the Zips fell to defending Big West Conference champion Cal Poly, 84-74, Friday night.
The result drops Akron to 3-3 on the season and moves Cal Poly to 3-4 overall.
Rachel Tecca and Hanna Luburgh combined for 52 of the Zips' points. Tecca led all scorers with 28 points, 20 of which came in the first half, to go with nine rebounds. Hanna Luburgh picked up her fourth double-double of the season, posting 24 points and 12 boards.
Carly Young and Anita Brown added eight points apiece for UA.
After shooting 57.1 percent from the field in the first half, Akron was held to a meager 28.9 percent showing in the second period. The Zips were also out-rebounded 53-35, which allowed Cal Poly to finish the night with 22 second-chance points.
Cal Poly placed four players in double figures offensively, led by Molly Schlemer's 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jonae Ervin also had a double-double for the Mustangs with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Akron maintained the early advantage as Tecca scored seven of the team's first nine points, including a triple from the top of the arc. The senior's 20 first half points came on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and a 3-for-3 performance at the free throw line.
The Mustangs trimmed the lead to one on a put-back from Maddison Allen, but the Zips would answer with six-straight points to claim their largest lead of seven at the 13:09 mark.
The lead bounced back and forth between the two teams five times in the last nine minutes of the first half, but ended up in the hands of Cal Poly after a Schlemer layup with 5:37 left in the period. A layup from Tecca would make it a one-point game again with under three minutes to play, but Cal Poly grew its lead to 49-44 by intermission.
UA came out of the locker room to fall victim to an 11-4 run over the first 7:23 that included six unanswered Cal Poly points out of the gate, as Akron missed the mark on its first 11 shots of the half. Tecca ended the Zips' drought with a short jumper in the paint with 15:41 on the clock, but Akron was unable to fully recover from its sluggish start.
Trailing by as many as 13 with nine minutes left in the contest, UA cut Cal Poly's lead to eight when Brown dished to Tecca for a layup at 3:48, but the Mustangs maintained separation in the final minutes to hold on for the victory.
The Zips continue tournament play on Saturday in a neutral contest against UC Davis. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. ET at Mott Gymnasium. UC Davis fell to San Francisco Friday night, 69-67.