Sunday's MAC Women's Basketball Results

Updated 11/18/2012


Sunday's MAC Results
Northern Illinois 76, Morehead State 46
Akron 73, St. Francis (Pa.) 74
Western Michigan 54, Albany 68
Eastern Michigan 54, Detroit 61
Buffalo 51, Wright State 66
Ohio 51, UNLV 60
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Northern Illinois 76, Morehead State 46
MOREHEAD, Ky. – Continuity in its defense and hot shooting led Northern Illinois (2-1) over host Morehead State (1-2), as the Huskies defeated the Eagles in their final game of the WNIT, 76-46. 10 different Huskies scored in the contest and the team accumulated 19 assists on 27 field goals.
“We played really focused and some really good team basketball tonight,” said Head Coach Kathi Bennett after the game, “Our assist numbers were the best they had been in a long time and I just felt like we did a really good job against a defense that we hadn’t seen much of. (Morehead State) is a very athletic team and I thought we did a good job of handling that with the way that we played.”
The Huskies blazed a trail to a 13-1 lead in the first four minutes of action, led by a pair of three point field goals by Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook) and another by Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind.), the first shot of the game following the tipoff. The Huskies opened the game with a 9-0 run and allowed the Eagles first point on a free throw by Allie Turner at the 16:55 mark. Corral and Jada Buggs (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) added layups before the Eagles called a timeout to collect themselves at 16:12.
The Eagles began to regain some footing offensively following the first media timeout. Off the bench, Terrice Robinson and Kailee Howe were the Huskies biggest threats as they combined for 17 points in the first half, nine of which came from Howe.
After the first 20 minutes of play, NIU held a 37-22 advantage over MSU. Natecia Augusta (Peoria/Limestone) and Shaakira Haywood (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) scored four and three points, respectively, in the first half to give the Huskies their only points off the bench. The starting lineup scored the rest of the 30, with Taylor leading the way in the half with nine.
Taylor continued to be a nightmare for the Morehead State defense, as she slithered her way to the open corners behind the arc. She finished the game with high of 18 points and was 6-for-6 behind the three-point line.
“We put a lot of time into our shooting and I always know that it’s going to be payoff because we do think we have offensive weapons. (Satavia) hit her threes brilliantly and she just played her tail off tonight. We’re very proud of her and she has that ability and everyone contributed to that lead tonight.”
As strong as they started, the Huskies finished, increasing their largest lead of the night as the clock began to countdown to zero in the second half. Northern Illinois built its lead to as high as 31 points, thanks in part to an Alexis Lindstromm (Howards Grove, Wis.) layup at the 2:45 mark, giving the Huskies a 69-38 advantage.
The Eagles defense tested NIU at times in the first and for most of the second half, masking its standard 2-3 zone with a 1-3-1 defense, and also using that to press at half court. The Huskies countered with a high-passing volume in the game which led to its season-high 19 assists on their 27 shots (70.4 %).
NIU had three players score in the double-digit scorers with Corral and Buggs each contributing 11 points to the team’s effort. It was the second-straight game for Corral in double figure scoring. Buggs also added eight rebounds, two offensive, in the effort. Augusta led the team with nine rebounds in the game and also scored six points with a block.
The Huskies also racked up 31 points in the paint in the contest to the Eagles 14. While NIU stormed the paint like a panzer tank in the game, it also surged flashed like lightning from end-to-end as the team outscored Morehead State on fast break points, 10-2.
Bennett was very pleased with the team’s opening three-game road trip and was complimentary of her team as it headed home. “We’ve conditioned a little bit extra and I could see it (tonight). I felt like we recovered really well in our conditioning level (playing back-to-back nights). We played really well in that aspect.”
The win lifts Northern Illinois to 2-1 this season. The wins over Davidson and Morehead State also carry historic weight as Huskies recorded their most successful weekend ever in the Preseason WNIT, having never won a game in the tournament.
The Huskies will return to the hardwood Wednesday Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. for their home-opener versus South Dakota State, who is coming off of an upset over No. 15 Nebraska.
Akron 73, St. Francis (Pa.) 74
LORETTO, Pa. – Hanna Luburgh exploded for a career-high 30 points but Akron was unable to complete its comeback down the stretch in a 74-73 loss at St. Francis (Pa.) Sunday.
Down by one point with eight seconds remaining and the ball, Akron was caught with no timeouts and failed to find a good look at a last second shot.
Kacie Cassell dished out a career-high 10 assists and Sina King finished the day with her second double-double of the season, putting up 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Held to just two points in the first period due to foul trouble, Rachel Tecca came back with 12 in the second half for 14 overall.
The first half started off in a scoreless drought, with neither team finding its shot for over two minutes into the game. Luburgh finally broke the lid off the basket with an easy layup off an assist from King at 17:35.
Akron (3-1, 0-0) would struggle to find its rhythm for the next several minutes, trailing by as many as nine points with the score at 19-10 in SFU's favor. Luburgh caught fire at the 10:00 mark, hitting back-to-back jumpers to key a 10-0 Akron run, putting the Zips ahead 20-19.
UA built a five point lead with just over three minutes to play in the first half, going ahead 30-25 on a three ball from Luburgh, but the Red Flash answered, making up the difference in less than a minute to tie the score at 30.
A free throw from SFU's dark horse Rebecca Keegan (11 points) and a 3-pointer from its leader Alli Williams (22 points) gave the Red Flash a five point cushion heading into the break.
Trailing at halftime for the first time this season, the Zips overcame a 16-point deficit that stood with 6:35 on the clock. Akron scored another 10 unanswered points to cut SFU's lead in half at 67-59. That run came on the heels of a Luburgh floater off an in-bounds lob pass from Cassell to beat the shot clock and give Akron some momentum.
A 3-pointer from Luburgh with 1:14 left made it a one-point game with SFU leading 72-71. Akron forced a turnover and King was fouled on the ensuing possession, hitting both of her free throws to give the Zips their own one-point lead.
St. Francis (3-0, 0-0) countered with a backside layup to reclaim the advantage that would stand for the last 30 seconds of the game. SFU has now taken the last two meetings with Akron by a combined two points.
Akron stays on the road next week, traveling to Providence on Saturday, Nov. 24 for a 2 p.m. contest, followed by a game at Saint Peter's at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26.
Western Michigan 54, Albany 68
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Albany opened up a tight game in the second half, defeating Western Michigan, 68-54, Sunday at University Arena.
Junior guard Corie Buchanan led WMU with 10 points and sophomore Julia Henson hit three 3-pointers for nine points. Ten different Broncos scored in the game 
Western Michigan led by as many as nine, 22-13, with 10:13 left in the first half. Albany closed out the period with a 14-5 run however to tie the score at halftime, 27-27.
Albany kept its foot on the gas in the second half, outscoring WMU 41-27. The Great Danes built a double-digit lead within the first six minutes.
Bronco sophomore Jazmine Windham scored all eight of her points in the second half and helped WMU pull within seven on a three-pointer with 8:27 remaining. Albany again stretched its lead to double digits and WMU wouldn't get any closer.
The bigger-sized Great Danes outrebounded the Broncos, 38-29, and controlled the points in the paint, 32-16.
Western Michigan was able to improve on its turnover number, committing its lowest in three games with 14.
Albany won the America East last year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Great Danes are off to a 2-1 start this season. The loss drops WMU to 1-2.
The Broncos travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., later this week to take part in a Thanksgiving Tournament at Northern Arizona. WMU takes on the host Lumberjacks Friday at 4:05 ET and will play either Bradley or Tulane Saturday.
Eastern Michigan 54, Detroit 61
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team fought hard, but eventually fell to the University of Detroit Mercy Sunday, 61-54, Nov. 18, at the Convocation Center. The Eagles held just one lead in the game after opening with the first bucket.
The Eagles had three in double-figures for scoring with Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) leading the way with 15 points. Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook-Providence) posted 11 points, while Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) added 10 of her own. On the boards, Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) posted nine rebounds. As a team, the Eagles shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the floor and 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from beyond the arc.
Shareta Brown led all scorers with 34 points, shooting 13-of-21 (61.9 percent). As a team Detroit shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the floor en route to their 61-54 win.
Eastern opened the scoring on an India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) jumper, but could not retain its lead, falling behind after the Titans knocked down a three-ball to take a 3-2 edge just 34 seconds into the game. Detroit continued to build its lead, opening the game with a 14-4 run after the initial Hairston bucket.
The Eagles fought back to within two, 30-28, when they opened a 16-5 run over five minutes of play, but Detroit was able to extend its halftime lead to five, 35-30.
The Titans opened the second half on an 8-2 run, stretching their lead to 11, 43-32. The Eagles responded with an 11-2 run to bring the game within two, 45-43, with 8:58 remaining. Detroit's offense was too strong down the stretch, outscoring EMU, 16-11, for the final 61-54 tally.
The Eagles continue their 2012-13 campaign with a non-conference tilt Friday, Nov. 23, when they play host to Boston University. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Buffalo 51, Wright State 66
FAIRBORN, OH – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was outscored 34-19 over the opening 20 minutes of play on Sunday afternoon, as the Bulls fell to Wright State, 66-51.  UB played the Raiders even during the second half, but were unable to overcome the early struggles.
Wright State led through out the contest scoring the first eight points of the game.  UB was able to cut the deficit to five at 12-7, but Wright State went on a late run, taking a 17-point lead in the opening half.  The Bulls were able to cut it to 15 at the half.
Wright State extended its lead to 24 in the second half before the Bulls made a late charge using its defense to force the offense.  The Bulls went on a 15-6 run midway through the second half, capped off on a fast break layup from Rachael Gregory.  A three pointer from Nicki Hopkins cut the Wright State lead to 60-46, but the Bulls would get no closer.
"We didn't bring the energy we needed in the first half and we are capable of shooting the ball much better than we did today," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.  "I thought we did a much better job in the second half and we will continue to learn each and every day.  I love this team's fight and passion and we will get better."
Gregory led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Christa Baccas finished with the double-double, recording 11 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.  Baccas played a career-high 39 minutes in the contest.
Hopkins finished with a season-high eight points, while freshman Karin Moss added a career-best six points and four assists.  Junior Margeaux Gupilan finished with six points and seven assists, while Sloane Walton and Mackenzie Loesing each finished with three points.
Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year Kim Demmings finished with a game-high 22 points, while KC Elkins added 18 points and four assists.
The Bulls continue their four-game road trip on Friday night as they face Dayton in the opening game of the Marriot Classic.  Tip off is scheduled for Noon.
Ohio 51, UNLV 60
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Ohio Women's Basketball concluded its participation at the 2012 Subway Classic on Sunday, falling to UNLV by a final score of 60-51. The Bobcats held multiple leads throughout the game but were done in by a 9:25 field goal drought during the middle stages of the second half.
The Bobcats ran into a prolific scoring effort by Alana Cesarz, who scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting. She was followed by Kelli Thompson, who was the other Lady Rebel to score her way into double figures.
Shavon Robinson and Ashley Fowler led the way offensively for the Bobcats, each scoring 10 points. Mariah Byard and Tina Fisher were not far behind these two, scoring nine and eight points, respectively. Lexie Baldwin grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the defeat.
Fowler came just short of tying a career high with six assists in the game while Fisher swatted away three shots to set a career high in blocks.
The Bobcats shot 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) in the first half but cooled off in the second, only connecting on five of 29 attempts to shoot 17.2 percent. Ohio (1-2) shot 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) from three-point distance in the game.
Ohio got off to a strong start defensively, forcing the Rebels into five early turnovers en route to taking a 5-3 lead at the 15:45 mark. The teams combined for a bit of a shaky start, combining to commit 17 turnovers in the first 12 minutes. Both the Bobcats and the Rebels shot at a relatively efficient clip, however, as Ohio connected on 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) early field goals while the Rebels were operating at a rate of 9-of-17 (52.9 percent).
Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) began well for the Green and White, connecting on four of her first five FG attempts, including 2-of-3 from distance, to score 10 points in the first 15 minutes of the game.
The `Cats pushed their lead to six with 1:48 remaining in the first half and would ultimately take a 35-31 advantage into the halftime break. Ohio shot well from the floor in the first 20 minutes, going 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) and 4-of-10 from three-point distance. Ohio spread the ball well in the first half, generating 10 assists on its 14 field goals.
UNLV (2-2) held a 19-17 rebounding advantage but was forced into 13 first-half turnovers because of Ohio's tenacious defensive pressure. The Rebels shot 42.9 percent from the field, connecting on 12 of their 28 field goal attempts. UNLV shot 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from distance during the first 20 minutes.
Trailing 42-40 in the second half, Ohio went cold from the field after Erin Bailes hit a jumper at the 14:12 mark to tie the game. This allowed UNLV to take a 52-46 lead with 7:41 to play. Ohio's field goal drought would ultimately last 9:25 and was broken when Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) hit a layup with 4:47 to play.  
UNLV would go on to outscore Ohio 29-16 in the second half in addition to holding a 29-15 edge in rebounding.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Nov. 25 at home against Duquesne. The Bobcats and Dukes will tip off from The Convocation Center at 2 p.m.