Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Buffalo 87, St. Francis (Pa.) 77
Miami 70, Youngstown St. 67
Kent State 69, Niagara 46
Eastern Michigan 82, Loyola 64
IUPUI 79, Western Michigan 64
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo women's basketball team won its third game in a row, beating St. Francis (PA) 87-77. Facing an opponent that came into Wednesday night averaging just under 80 points per game, the UB (5-2) offense needed to find a way to match that firepower. It would do just that, with Mackenzie Loesing setting a new career high with 29 points and Alexus Malone posting career highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
For the second straight game, the team would lead wire-to-wire, and came out hot with a 19-3 run from the opening tip. That stretch saw the UB defense limit the Red Flash (2-4) to just one made basket in 18 attempts that would go until the 11:42 mark in the first half. It wouldn't just be missed shots forced by Buffalo's defense, but it would also make six steals and force eight total turnovers in the same period.
St. Francis would slowly come back in the opening half, and would pull within six before two UB baskets in the final 24 seconds gave the Bulls a 41-31 lead at the break. Both Malone and Loesing had 12 points in the half, and Malone would join with Christa Baccas to lead the rebounding effort with seven each. While St. Francis would hit almost half of its shots from three, making five in 21 attempts, the Bulls would score all 41 points from inside the three point line, with 28 coming in the paint and nine on free throws.
The Red Flash would open the second half with a basket, but Buffalo would respond with a 10-0 run that featured five points from Loesing alone. Facing a full-court press defense from the very start of the game, it was feast or famine for the Bulls, who found numerous easy baskets off press breaks that were balanced by costly turnovers. Without senior point guard Margeaux Gupilan for the second half, the Bulls would turn to Malone, Loesing, and Karin Moss to counter an aggressive press.
Leading 62-50 with 9:33 to go in the game, the Bulls allowed the Flash to cut the lead to four points thanks to second-chance opportunities, with three straight baskets coming thanks to offensive rebounds. The game would be played in the single digits until the final two minutes, but despite the evaporated lead, Buffalo was not phased and would use the opposition's aggressive defense to its advantage. Loesing scored 10 of her career-best 29 points from the 5:35 mark to the final minute, single-handedly keeping the St. Francis offense at an arm's length.
The lead would fall to four points, 75-71, with 3:29 left in regulation, but two quick baskets from Loesing and Baccas would put the game out of reach. After struggling at the free throw line in Sunday's win over Pittsburgh, the Bulls rallied to have one of its best games of the season at the charity stripe, hitting 23-33 that included five free throws in the final two minutes.
"We had to match their press with our poise, and today I thought we did a tremendous job of beating a really scrappy team that was hungry for success on the road," head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "In the last two days we have come together and holding each other accountable and accepting responsibility for their mistakes and that's been a challenge for us in the past."
Baccas would just miss out on a double-double, recording 11 points with nine rebounds. She was as disruptive as ever on defense, with five blocks and two steals while joining with Kristen Sharkey to hold St. Francis star forward Alli Williams to just 6-23 from the field. For the game, the Bulls would score 48 points in the paint with just two three pointers made.
The 5-2 start to the season is the best since 2002-03, when that squad opened with a 7-1 record.
With the team taking advantage of its lone home game in the month of December, it will now look to extend its win streak Saturday at Siena. Tip off against the Saints is scheduled for 2 pm.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team went on a 9-0 run in the final two minutes of its game on Wednesday, punctuated by a layup from senior guard Hannah Robertson to give Miami the lead, as it went on to defeat Youngstown State, 70-67. The RedHawks improve to 2-5 on the season, while the Penguins fall to 1-5.
A pair of free throws gave YSU a 67-61 lead with 2:09 to go. The comeback began when Hannah Robertson hit a jumper at the 1:30 mark. On the ensuing possession, she stole the ball and found junior guard Kindsay Brandt. Brandt drove to the basket and was fouled to cut the deficit to 67-65 with 1:11 remaining.
The Penguins turned the ball over in their backcourt, giving Miami a chance to tie. After a timeout, freshman forward Nicole Anderson hit the layup to tie the score at 67 with 52 seconds remaining. On Youngstown State’s next possession, senior forward Erica Almady stood tough and took the charge, giving Miami the ball with 25 seconds to go.
Taking the ball down the court Brandt found Hannah Robertson for a backdoor layup to give the RedHawks a 69-67 advantage. Miami forced YSU into a missed jump shot, and Anderson sealed the game by making one free throw with 1.8 seconds to go to give the Red and White a 70-67 win.
Robertson led Miami with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 6-for-13 shooting.
It was back-and-forth early on. A three-pointer from Haley Robertson put the RedHawks up 7-6 at the 16:25 mark. After the teams traded the lead two more times, sophomore guard Maddie McCallie drained a deep three-pointer to give Miami a 12-10 advantage. She added another three-pointer, while sophomore forward Hannah McCue and sophomore forward Jessica Rupright each added layups as the ‘Hawks built their largest lead of the period at 20-12 with 10:55 to go.
A three-pointer by Kelsea Newman began a 14-2 Youngstown State run over the next six minutes that put it in front, 26-22. A layup from Haley Robertson stopped the bleeding, but the Penguins eventually pushed the advantage to six at 32-26 with 3:10 to go. Rupright and Hannah Robertson hit back-to-back shots to cut the lead to two at 32-30, but YSU scored the final three points to go into the break in front, 35-30.
Youngstown State hit 48.1 percent (13-for-27) of its shots in the first half, including 40.0 percent (6-for-15) of its three-pointers. Miami shot 35.7 percent (10-for-28) during the period, and 23.1 percent (3-for-13) from behind the arc. The RedHawks outrebounded the Penguins, 20-15, and were led in scoring by McCallie and Haley Robertson with six points each.
After an early free throw by the Penguins to open the second half, Miami went on a 9-0 run. Hannah Robertson hit a three-pointer, while senior forward Kelsey Simon hit a pair shots during that stretch. McCallie got hot again, hitting another pair of three-point baskets to help extend the advantage to 45-40 with 15:54 to go.
Youngstown State answered with a 13-3 run to take a 53-48 lead at the 11:11 mark. A three-pointer by Haley Robertson cut the lead to two, but the Penguins had an 8-2 run to take their biggest lead at 61-53 with 7:04 to go.
Two free throws by Hannah Robertson, McCue and Brandt were part of 6-0 run that pulled Miami to within two at 61-59. YSU followed with its own 6-2 run to build a 67-61 advantage at the 2:09 mark and set the stage for the RedHawks comeback.
In addition to Hannah Robertson’s 15 points, McCallie finished with 12, while Haley Robertson, McCue and Brandt each had nine. Miami shot 43.5 percent (24-for-55) for the game, while holding the Penguins to 41.4 percent (24-for-58) shooting. That included keeping Youngstown State to 35.5 percent (11-for-31) shooting in the second half.
Brandt led the RedHawks with five assists, as the team had 16 assists to only 14 turnovers. Miami outrebounded Youngstown State, 38-35. The Penguins were led by Liz Hornberger with 16 points.
Miami continues its road trip on Saturday when it travels to Northern Kentucky for a 7 p.m. game. Bill Douglas has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
KENT, Ohio - A 28-4 run to end the first half solidified a big 69-46 victory for Kent State (3-5) to start off their home stand Wednesday night (Dec. 4) against Niagara (1-5).
The win is the first back-to-back victory for the Golden Flashes since January of the 2011-12 season and is the biggest win margin since December 1, 2010. It also is the third notch in the victory column this season, already matching last year's win total; last season, the team's first win did not come until December 6.
Kent State's defense stifled Niagara in the first half and the Flashes' two senior guards, Ashley Evans and Amber Dunlap, stepped up their game to take a dominating 40-15 lead into the intermission, each supplying ten points. The Purple Eagles were held to just 28% shooting from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Kent State also handled the ball and the boards, committing just four turnovers and grabbing 27 rebounds in the first half alone.
Niagara adjusted some after the break, but could only bring their deficit to 14 points with 10:35 remaining as Kent State then went on a 9-0 run to finish off the Purple Eagles for good.
The Golden Flashes continued to find success in the paint, scoring 30 from close-range compared to just 16 points from the Purple Eagles. They also had a great contribution from the reserves with a total of 29 bench points.
Perhaps the biggest areas of improvement came for the Golden Flashes in rebounding and turnovers. They grabbed a season-high 46 rebounds and committed a season-low nine turnovers, 12 less than their season average. 23 of their points in the game came off of Niagara turnovers. The team also reached a season-high in assists with 13.
Evans ended the game with a team-high 15 points, her biggest offensive output this season. Montia Johnson posted her fourth double-double this year with 11 points and ten boards. CiCi Shannon led the team with a career-high 11 rebounds. Cheylene Harper also netted her highest point total as a Golden Flash with ten points in 13 minutes on the floor. Dunlap also finished with ten points on the night with four assists.
Kent State will look to continue their winning ways this Sunday (Dec. 8) as they host Georgia State at noon in the M.A.C. Center. Tickets for the game and the rest of the home season are available at kentstatesports.com or by calling the ticket office at 330-672-2244.
CHICAGO, Ill (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team took down Loyola, 82-64, to pick up its second road victory and fifth win of the season.
EMU improves to 5-0 overall on the season for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign, while Loyola falls to 2-6 overall.
The Eagles used a 39.3 shooting percentage, including a 47.2 field goal percentage in the second half to give the Green and White its fifth victory of the season as Oliva Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) had her 11th career double-double and her third of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead EMU. Senior Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) had her first double-double of the season as she had 15 points and dished out 11 assists on the night, while Cha Sweeney (Toledo, Ohio-Rogers) had a team-high 17 points and Janay Morton (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) contributed 15 for EMU.
Easters saw five players score in double-digits as Phillis Webb (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) contributed 12 points, while Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in the second half for the Green and White.
Eastern finished the night scoring 38 points in the paint and 39 fast break points as the Green and White forced 23 turnovers and had 15 steals. Thomas led the defensive effort for the Eagles as she nabbed seven steals, while Fouty had three and Sweeney grabbed two.
Katie Faught paced the Loyola offense as she went 6-for-11 from beyond the arc to net a team-high 18 points, while Troy Hambric had 17 points for the Ramblers and grabbed nine rebounds.
The quick-paced Eagle offense came out strong against the Ramblers as they got out to a fast 14-point lead using an 11-point run. Three-straight three-pointers from Eastern gave EMU the 15-5 lead as Haley Moore (Milford, Neb.-Milford), Morton and Sweeney knocked down one apiece. The Eagles scored the next four points before Loyola started to change the pace of the contest.
The Ramblers found their rhythm as Faught checked into the game and drained back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to bring Loyola within 10 of Eastern. The scoring continued to go back-and-forth as Eastern maintained a nine-point lead before Faught dropped in back-to-back threes for the second time to bring the Ramblers within eight of EMU.
Loyola continued to come from behind as it came within three of the Eagles with 4:50 left in the first half off an open jump shot from Becca Smith. The Green and White suffered a dry spell in scoring, as it couldn't find a basket in the last four minutes of the half.
The Ramblers closed out the half on an 8-0 run to knot the score at 38-38 heading into the locker room. After shooting just 14 percent in the first seven minutes, Loyola turned it around to close out the half with a 38.9 shooting percentage, led by Faught who went five-for-six from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Eagles ended the first 20 minutes of play with a 33.3 shooting percentage as Morton led the charge with 10 points, while Fouty added eight points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, including six offensive boards.
Eastern brought the momentum back to the court when it came out of the locker room and went on a 15-4 run in the first five minutes of play, scoring six points on Rambler miscues to take the 55-42 lead.
Loyola came out of the first media timeout going on a 7-0 run to come within eight of the Eagles, but EMU did not allow the Ramblers to come back into the game as they went on a 13-0 run with Thomas scoring seven-straight.
The Green and White forced Loyola to call a timeout as a fast break layup from Thomas to Watkins gave the Eagles a 72-52 lead with just six minutes left in the contest.
EMU continued to build on its lead going up as many as 22 three different times in the final five minutes of play with Watkins scoring six of the Eagles final eight points to help Eastern to an 82-64 victory over Loyola.
Eastern's 82 points in the contest marks the fifth time in as many games that the Eagles have notched over 80 points in a game as the Green and White currently average 93 points per game.
The Eagles will host UMKC, Saturday, Dec. 7, but instead of the game taking place at the Convocation Center it will be played at the 1,000-seat Activities Center on the campus of Madonna University. Tip off is slated for noon.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan succumbed to IUPUI in a fast-paced offensive shootout Wednesday evening at University Arena, 79-64.
WMU's Alex Morton scored off the tip, but that would be the Broncos' only lead of the night as IUPUI took went ahead following a free throw and layup. The two engaged in a heavy-weight battle for most of the rest of the first half with the Jaguars staying a step ahead of WMU.
The Broncos trailed by three, 35-32, with 3:46 left before the break, but would be held to just a free throw before the halftime buzzer. IUPUI went on a 9-1 run to enjoy an 11-point lead headed into the locker room.
Western Michigan made a defensive adjustment to switch from man-to-man to zone at the start of the second half and the Broncos quickly got themselves back into the game. WMU scored the first seven points of the half and rattled off a 12-2 run to pull within one, 46-45, with 16:12 left on the clock.
IUPUI stepped up their pressure in response and used run and jump half-court traps to force WMU into turnovers which led to fast break buckets. The Jaguars spent the next four minutes building their lead back into double digits.
The Broncos cut the deficit to seven with 4:33 remaining, but IUPUI closed out the win at the free throw line.
Western Michigan's Jazmine Windham scored a career-high 19 points and had seven rebounds. Marquisha Harris had 14 points and five boards, while A.J. Johnson totaled 13 points and six rebounds.
The Jaguars were led by former Bronco DeAirra Goss's 19 points and had three other players score in double figures. Goss played her first two seasons at WMU before transferring to IUPUI after the 2010-11 season. Akilah Sims was the next highest Jaguar scorer with 17.
The teams were fairly matched when it came to shooting percentage, IUPUI finishing at 50.8 percent and WMU at 46.0 percent, and in rebounding, WMU holding a 31-30 advantage. WMU got outmatched in forced turnovers, 20-12, and in bench scoring, 32-2.
A WNIT participant and 20-win team last year, IUPUI improves to 6-3 this season. Western Michigan slips to 3-5.
The Broncos have a two-week break due to final exams before their next game on Dec. 18, when they host UIC at 7 p.m. The Broncos have three non-conference games remaining in December before Mid-American Conference play commences in January.