Courtesy of Western Michigan Athletic Communications
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Junior Marquisha Harris totaled a career-high 33 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Western Michigan to an 82-72 victory over Buffalo Tuesday at University Arena.
With the win, the Broncos improved to 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference and 6-7 overall. WMU downed Miami on the road in its MAC opener Saturday, 88-78, and has now won its last three games.
Harris had just five points and two rebounds at halftime before going off for 28 points and collecting 11 rebounds in the second half against the Bulls. Buffalo led Western Michigan by one going into the break, 29-28.
Harris scored the first bucket of the second half and the Broncos did not trail again in the game. With 10:13 remaining and stretching over the next eight minutes, the smooth-handed southpaw scored 16 of her team's next 21 points. Harris ended the night shooting 12-for-18 (67%) from the floor and 9-of-15 from the free throw line. She added three assists and one steal.
Harris' double-double was her second in as many games and eighth of her career. The 33 points was the most scored by a Bronco since All-American Carrie Moore dropped 34 against Miami in the MAC Tournament in 2007.
Sophomore Miracle Woods met her season scoring average with 17 points. She and Jazmine Windham each had seven rebounds. All nine Broncos that played scored. Point guards Alex Morton (six assists) and Meredith Shipman contributed seven points apiece.
Western Michigan held its largest lead of 14 after A.J. Johnson buried a three-pointer with 3:24 left to give WMU a 70-56 advantage. The Broncos had to hold off a late Buffalo run as UB cut the deficit to seven, 73-66, with 1:50 remaining. Morton hit a floater from the right baseline to push the lead to nine and WMU hit seven of its eight free throws down the stretch, including a 4-for-4 performance at the stripe by Shipman.
Tying a season low with 12 turnovers, Western Michigan kept its miscues under 15 for the fifth straight game.
WMU shot 41.8 percent overall, just a shade behind Buffalo at 45.3 percent.
Jenna Rickman led the Bulls (7-6, 0-2 MAC) with 15 points while Kristen Sharkey had 14. Western Michigan has defeated UB in seven of eight all-time meetings in Kalamazoo.
WMU next travels to Ohio University on Sunday, Jan. 12, to face the Bobcats at 2 p.m.