Courtesy of Buffalo Athletic Communications
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo women's basketball team entered 2014 coming off its best shooting performance of the season from three-point range, hitting 8-19 against Niagara. On Wednesday against Roberts Wesleyan, the Bulls (7-4) would be even better, hitting its first eight three pointers to fuel a 93-58 win over the Redhawks (5-6).
The team would finish the game with 12 threes, just two shy of tying the all-time school record for a single game. It's the most for a single game since Feb. 16 of last season against Eastern Michigan. The team also assisted on 24 of the 32 made field goals, the most assists in a single game since Feb. 21 of 2012 against Kent State.
The tone was set early on, with the Bulls running out to a 25-2 lead just under eight minutes into the game. That was highlighted by a 90 second stretch where Mackenzie Loesing hit a trio of threes to balloon the lead from 4-2 to 14-2. There would not be a single miss from three until the 2:46 mark in the first half, when the Bulls were already ahead 43-15. While the offense shined on the scoreboard, the defense was just as impressive, limiting the Redhawks to a 5-29 first half from the field (17 percent). Along with that, the team forced 12 turnovers and had four more defensive rebounds than Roberts Wesleyan had in total.
Carrying a 45-20 lead into halftime, the Bulls were able to give quality minutes to every active player in the second half, with all 12 active players seeing at least 10 minutes of playing time. The Buffalo bench alone almost out scored Roberts Wesleyan, scoring 53 points for a season high, led by Sloane Walton's 16, Cherridy Thornton with 11, and Alexus Malone's 10 points. The team also received a career day from Ayana Bradley, who scored a career-high eight points to go with seven rebounds.
Walton had a season-high performance from three, hitting 4-5 attempts to reach her season high in points. Loesing would ultimately lead all scorers with 17, and hit 4-7 threes.
Christa Baccas had an active day, and just missed her second double-double in as many games. The junior forward had 12 rebounds, eight points, four assists (with no turnovers), and four blocks.
After finishing the 2012-13 non-conference season at 2-10, the Bulls are rolling into the Mid-American Conference season with a 7-4 record and a modest two-game winning streak this season. It will be a big game right off the bat with conference season upon them, with MAC East leader and perennial power Bowling Green coming up on Saturday. The Bulls will visit the Stroh Center for a 2 pm contest.