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Central Michigan women's basketball finally solved the Savage Puzzle. Their first win at Toledo since 2006 was most impressive in that the lead changed 11 times with nine ties, and in a hostile crowd of 4,000 fans, CMU stayed composed and won this one like a veteran team should.
This is why the Chippewas played a tough but winnable schedule. To beat teams like Toledo. And clearly it worked.
True to their identity, CMU was consistently hitting baskets all night, making over 50 percent of their shots from the floor in each half. Crystal Bradford was the real breadwinner with 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Jessica Green, Jessica Schroll and Niki DiGuilio all had double-figure points.
It's not like UT played all that bad. Inma Zanoguera had a wonderful night of 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. I'd call that a career night. Lecretia Smith, Yolanda Richardon and Naama Shafir all had respectable numbers, but CMU played just a bit better. By six points, in fact. And as a result, it's just their second loss of the season. CMU may be 7-7 but they played like the ones with just a single loss.
This was simply a night of upsets, and this certainly counts as one on paper. Buffalo earned just their third win of the year thanks to a barrage of free throws: they made 25 of 34 compared to Northern Illinois who could only muster 13 total attempts, making eight.
UB freshman Mackenzie Loesing had 20 points, her second career 20-point game, and Kristen Sharkey contributed 17 points and seven rebounds. For NIU, Amanda Corral was their lone double-figure scorer with 18 points.
When Eastern Michigan lacked the services of Miranda Tate and Olivia Fouty, they need somebody, anybody on their team to give them a big game. And they got it from a name I don't think many would've guessed: Bianca Cage.
The freshman reserve had scored a total of 11 points in four games and 40 minutes of playing time. Against Western Michigan she played 20 minutes, scoring 25 points on 16 shots - quite an increase. She also added three steals, and with nobody else on the team scoring with regularity, she was no doubt the difference in the win.
Marquisha Harris and Aurielle Anderson both scored 12 points for WMU in the loss.
What a good win by Ball State to start things off, but at the same time what a setback by Miami. It was a close game all night, but the puzzler here is that Ball State won this game thanks to second chance points (20 offensive rebounds) and they're one of the worst rebounding teams in the country, let alone the MAC. It's not like it's a weak spot for Miami, although now we have to wonder.
Ball State freshman Nathalie Fontaine a tremendous game: 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Brittany Carter used a bombardment of threes to score 15 points. Katie Murphy had a total of SEVEN offensive rebounds.
Miami got a nice game from Kirsten Olowinski (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Haley Robinson (15 points), and Courtney Osborn had a mixed night, scoring 17 points on 5-19 shooting. But losing to a three-win team is not what they had in mind.
Ohio's not awful, but the fact that Akron handled them like this is rather impressive. Hanna Luburgh scored 21 points, Rachel Tecca had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Sina King had 14 points and six rebounds. That's 53 total points … nearly Ohio's total. Tina Fisher had nine points and nine rebounds in the losing effort. The Zips were up 46-22 by halftime, so the game was well in hand.
This is also a very long time:
I didn't expect a score like this, but the part about BGSU dominating made a whole lot of sense. With a halftime score of 35-14, the Falcons put in their reserves and everybody had swell nights. Allison Papenfuss had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks.
It was also BGSU's fewest points allowed since January 3, 2007 when they held Akron to 32.
This is also a thing:
With Hoekstra & Salinas scoring 12 points each tonight, all 11 #BGSU players who have played this year have hit double digits at least once.— Mike Cihon (@MikeCihon) January 11, 2013
All games are on at 7 p.m. and watchable on the MAC Digital Network:
Central Michigan (6-7) at Toledo (12-1) (STO/ESPN3)
CMU's record is a red herring. They beat Texas and lost close ones to Marquette and Florida.They DID beat the vaunted Green Bay. Sue Guevara's team has a high-tempo attack which is always fun to watch, but they have struggled recently against the sound Rockets defense, whose lone loss is that 3-point heartbreaker at Dayton.
Miami (8-5) at Ball State (3-10)
The RedHawks played a tough, varied schedule but still look like a team playing like a division favorite. Kirsten Olowinski and Courtney Osborn may be the best duo in the MAC. Ball State has struggled, mostly by virtue of playing a rigid seven-man rotation, but may be able to create enough turnovers to make it close.
Akron (9-4) at Ohio (5-7)
About Olowinski and Osborn ... Rachel Tecca and Hanna Luburgh might have a case to make for best tandem as well. The Zips certainly qualify as a MAC East dark horse. Meanwhile, Ohio has a couple of impressive wins, even if their record isn't. They're a true example of a team-effort - nobody particularly stands out statistically, but they'll need someone to make shots.
Kent State (2-11) at Bowling Green (9-4)
A bit teed off from losing to UCF, BGSU is in no mood to play around with lesser opponents, and that describes Kent State. A victory for the Flashes would be if they scored 50 points in this game.
Northern Illinois (5-8) at Buffalo (2-11)
Two teams that are expected to dwell in the bottom of the divisions, it may at least be a competitive affair.
Eastern Michigan (2-11) at Western Michigan (4-9)
Another couple of struggling teams looking for something to build on. EMU has had, shall we say, a serious of unfortunate events, from injuries to dismissal of top players. WMU is just in a rebuilding mode.
Huge win for the RedHawks. Duquesne entered the game 11-2 with victories over West Virginia, Delaware, Liberty and Pittsburgh. Miami controlled the second half and registered a huge road win to give them momentum into conference play. Kirsten Olowinski (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Courtney Osborn (13 points, 10 rebounds) both had double-doubles, while Kelsey Simon controlled the interior with 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Miami improves to 8-5 and starts MAC play at Ball State.
Xavier is a decent Atlantic 10 team; they have a win over Cincinnati, but it's still a marquee win for OHIO, perhaps their best of the year. Freshman Kiyanna Black led all players with 23 points on 18 shots, and Erin Bailes helped out with 20 points.
After starting 1-5 the Bobcats have since won four of six games and are heading into MAC play in good shape. They'll have a tough test out of the gate against Akron.
Another good defensive showing out of the Huskies, but they couldn't score much on their own. Valpo kept a short lead for most of the game, so at least they kept up. Satavia Taylor led NIU with 16 points.
Gotta hand this to NIU; they don't lose games in bunches. They're only 5-8 but their longest losing streak is just two games. They'll have a good chance of getting back in the win column when they open up at Buffalo on Thursday.
This has not been a good week for EMU basketball. First, leading scorer Miranda Tate was dismissed from the team for violation of team rules, and it was finally announced leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Olivia Fouty, who has missed the last month, would be out for the year after knee surgery.
Against the Ramblers it was a scoring by committee effort, and they rebounded tremendously, but a defensive breakdown allowed Loyola to shoot 46 percent from the field, 41 percent from three. Desyree Thomas guided the offense with four points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Sara Stone led the Eagles with 15 points and eight rebounds; Taylor Bird and India Hairston both contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
EMU stumbles down to 2-11, not what they had in mind entering the season, and Tory Verdi's ladies will open MAC play next Thursday at WMU.
Cornell rolled to a 38-15 halftime lead and shot 54 percent of the field, compared to UB's 23 percent. Kristen Sharkey led the Bulls with 13 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks before fouling out.
Buffalo falls to 2-11 and will open up MAC play against NIU on Thursday.
Well, this was painful. BGSU was well in control, leading by double digits with eight minutes left, but it's those damned finishes. Until five seconds to play, the Falcons were held scoreless for the last five minutes, and UCF just kept pecking away at the lead.
Alexis Rogers scored 11 points on 10 shots to go with seven rebounds and four steals. Chrissy Steffen had 10 points and nine rebounds. That snaps their six-game winning streak, but given how they've been voting in the Mid-Major poll, maybe this'll improve their standing. They sit at 9-4 and open their MAC play next Thursday against Kent State.
This is the story of a basketball game that began with Akron winning 28-1. Again, the score at one point was 28-1. TWENTY EIGHT TO ONE. Their halftime lead was 41-9, where two specific players (Sina King and Rachel Tecca) both outscored the entire opposition.
Chicago State shot 3-for-30 from the floor and 3-for-4 on free throws. They had nine points and 11 turnovers.
In all the games Chicago State has played this year (they're 1-13 and winless against D1) they're averaging a 74-46 loss per contest. But I'm guessing that a 28-1 deficit to start a game isn't something they've yet to experience, nor is it a wound I'm really interested in opening. But you'll be happy to know that CSU scored 36 points in the second half, 400 percent more than the first 20 minutes and - like any team that does the little things - made 72 percent of their free throws.
Akron moves to 9-4 and will kick off MAC play next week on Thursday against Ohio.
Well ... this is surprising. This team's been incredible for years and it's still a stunning result. BGSU trademarks themselves on their defense, but not only beating a ranked/unbeaten team, but holding them to under HALF their season scoring average? And their previous season low was 60 points vs. Michigan State? That's beyond yeomanlike. Dayton shot just 25 percent from the floor, including a mere four field goals, 10 turnovers and 15 points in the second half.
Alexis Rogers had another tremendous game for BGSU on both sides: 20 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Jillian Halfhil netted 15 points and nine rebounds and Chrissy Steffen joined the 1000-point club with her 16 points and seven rebounds.
Through all this, Curt Miller tweeted a couple of platitudes for his former team, remembering the 69-38 plastering that Dayton gave the Falcons in last year's season opener. Pretty cool to see that he still cares about the program.
Bowling Green is now 9-3 on the year, winners of six straight, and finish their OOC season on Friday against UCF.
Well, CMU didn't win the Maggie Dixon Surf 'n Slam Classic thanks to their loss to host team San Diego, but they did win the consolation by knocking off a ranked (soon to be unranked) Texas Longhorns team. Pretty darn good consolation, I'd say. UT jumped out to an eight-point lead early, but CMU took the lead for good with 7:00 left in the first half thanks to some huge bench play. CMU was able to create some turnovers by virtue of 11 steals, winning the turnover battle 23-12, and slowed down the game by getting to the line and sinking 21-of-26 free throws.
Niki DiGuilio led the Chips with 21 points on 5-for-8 3-point shooting and Jessica Schroll added 14 points.
CMU is no secret in the MAC; they've been known for high-tempo, high-scoring games and they did knock off ranked Purdue and snuck out a win at Ole Miss last season. They're at 6-6 in this nonconference season, which has had ups and downs, but this is a strong "up" for them. One more shot at a Pink Line Upset will come on Wednesday when CMU faces Marquette.
If you were maroon and gold, you scored points tonight. There was no other explanation. On a night where the men poured in 92 points, CMU did them six better down in Florida for the Gator Holiday Classic. The past was ridiculously fast (85 estimated possessions) as they took a grand total of 46 free throws. Six CMU players had at least 10 points, led by Brandie Baker who totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jessica Green contributed 12 points, six steals and three assists.
By virtue of the win, CMU will play host team Florida tomorrow night.
This was not a pretty game on either side: Toledo shot only 34 percent from the floor but Evansville only made 28 percent of theirs. UT created just enough turnovers and worked the offensive glass to keep the Aces at bay. Naama Shafir was her vintage self with 12 points and 10 assists and Inma Zanoguera added 12 points as well. Lots of other contributors added points here and there, and resultantly UT won the first match of their Toledo Invite tournament.
They'll play Prairie View A&M tomorrow, who upset Hampton prior to this game.
Sneakily this was one of the more terrific women's basketball matchups, with Akron looking good but YSU has a couple impressive wins of their own, including a 20-point win at Miami and a victory against Pitt.
Akron had trouble keeping the ball on their side of the court, turning it over 21 times compared to the Penguins' eight. Youngstown State led for most of the game despite the Zips shooting 49 percent from the floor. Sina King was great with 14 points on eight shots and brought down 11 rebounds. Hanna Luburgh chipped in with 19 points and six rebounds, and Carly Young added 16 points and eight rebounds.
Akron drops to 8-3 and will have the rest of the year off, getting back in action with a trip to Chicago State on January 3.
WMU is no stranger to close games, having lost a quadruple-overtime game earlier this year. This time they came out on the winning side of a game where the lead changed 13 times overall and four times in the final minute. The golden basket was Aurielle Anderson's coast-to-coast layup with two seconds left. Anderson had 11 points in the game, and Jazmine Windham led the team with 14. Corie Buchanan had 12 points and five assists.
In all, nice gutty win for the Broncos. They're up to 4-7 and will play UIC next Friday.
It wasn't the most furious of comebacks, but it was a nail-biter to the end. The Minutewomen were clinging to a one-point lead in the final minute, but didn't score for the final 1:56 as BGSU's last five points were all free throws by Alexis Rogers. She actually scored the team's final seven points and in all had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Chrissy Steffen had 18 as well to go along with six rebounds and three steals.
It's not one of their grander winning streaks in recent history, but the Falcons now have five in a row and are getting into a little groove. But next up for them is a rightly difficult contest: they host nationally ranked and unbeaten Dayton on Sunday, December 30.
Defensive struggle is one way to put this. NIU led just 22-17 at halftime, and even though the pace was slow, neither team was particularly dazzling shooting from the ifeld. Amanda Corral led the way with 10 points and eight rebounds. It's just the second time in NIU history that they held somebody to under 40 points. The other time was against Central Michigan on March 3, 2001, when they prevailed 57-35.
It should be noted that head coach Kathi Bennett did not coach this game as she was serving a one-game suspension for "violation of athletic department policy." With that defense, maybe she should be suspended more often.
NIU improves to 4-5, and them and Bennett will head to UIC on Saturday.
Tough shooting night for the Bobcats — just 26 percent from the floor. Symone Lyles had 11 points before fouling out and Kiyanna Black added 10 points. Manhattan is not a terrific team, so this one's gotta hurt a little.
Ohio is 3-7 and continues their Big Apple trip with a game at Long Island on Friday.
This was not your typical defensive showing by BGSU. Both teams made a ton of three-point buckets and ultimately the Falcons got it done by rebounding and getting to the free throw line. Alexis Rogers hit the 20-point mark for the second straight game. Chrissy Steffen led with 21 points, and Danielle Havel netted a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
BGSU is now 7-3, winners of four straight games, and heads to UMass on Wednesday.
That seven-person rotation again had trouble keeping up with a stronger team. Brandy Woody had a nice game with 18 points and six rebounds. Nathalie Fontaine added 14 points and nine rebounds. But after being down 15 points at halftime, at least they didn't lose any ground in the second half.
BSU falls to 3-8 and draws Wyoming on Tuesday.
Yes, good defense by the RedHawks, but CSU is kind of an offensively-challenged team who has failed to score more than 42 points in their let five - now six - games, and hasn't beaten a D1 team yet. So it worked out. Kelsey Simon had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Kirsten Olowinski and Jessica Rupright both had 12 points.
Miami is 6-4 and next plays Creighton on Friday.
Is ... is this real? Not only did BGSU score a Pink Line Upset in decisive fashion, they did it against a 6-2 Big Ten team and held them to THIRTY SEVEN POINTS. The Falcons are a classic defensive team, but the last time they didn't let someone score 38 was December 30, 2007 against Tennessee-Martin.
Beyond the defense, Alexis Rogers had a tremendous game: 25 points, seven steals and five rebounds. Chrissy Steffen contributed 14 points and six boards. If you're doing the math, yes, Rogers and Steffen combined for more points than the entire Northwestern team.
BG is now 6-3 and will try to again hold a team to 37 points when they play Wyoming on Sunday. (They probably will not hold them to 37 points.)
The Lady Bobcats have been finding themselves in tight games recently, but this one could've broke either way several times. It featured 10 lead changes and nine ties, and of course five extra minutes. Not until the final minute did either team have an eight-point lead. OHIO had a 11-4 advantage in overtime even though the Eagles brought momentum with them by virtue of a game-tying three with 0:06 left.
Lots of great games from individuals for Ohio: freshman Alex'ie Baldwin scored 14 points on five shots to go with nine rebounds and two blocks. Kiyanna Black took the most shots and ended with 19 points. Shavon Robinson went 3-for-3 from three to finish with 17 points. Ashley Fowler ended with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. And on and on.
Ohio is now 3-5, finally winning two in a row, and faces Marshall on Saturday.
A wild game of runs resulted in WKU building a 16-point lead in the first half, Kent State rallying to cut the lead to one at half, then the Hilltoppers keeping a small uncomfortable lead to the very end. Diamon Beckford had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Kent State, and Tamzin Barroilhet helped out with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Western Kentucky is now 7-2, so Kent State may not be putting up any winning streaks but they are clearly playing better. The Flashes' schedule gets a bit easier, starting with next Tuesday when they take a trip to Saint Bonaventure.
The Rockets could hardly do any wrong here. They led 52-25 at halftime and pretty much kept that up in the second half. Naama Shafir led the way with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Inma Zanoguera added 12 points and three steals. Lecretia Smith gave them 11 points and eight rebounds. They had 15 steals as a team compared to 11 turnovers of their own, so they did well on both sides.
They're starting to hit a groove and with six straight wins, Toledo draws a difficult game at Marquette on Saturday.
A tight game throughout, but rebounding proved to be the difference as Binghamton had a 38-28 advantage. Margeaux Guplian led the Bulls with 20 points on just eight shots, adding even steals. Christa Baccas helped out with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Buffalo's hitting a rough losing streak, which now stands at seven, and hosts Niagara on Friday.
Ball State played a close one against Detroit in their last game, and had a shot at tying the game with the final basket, but NKU led for most of the game and earned this surprising win. The six-woman rotation did decently on defense, stealing the ball 12 times, but otherwise was beat on the boards. Shanee' Jackson led the Cardinals with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Brittany Carter finished with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Nathalie Fontaine scored 15 points.
Ball State is now 3-7 and travels to Illinois State next Sunday.
While Miami trailed by double digits quite often, they had little trouble scoring of their own. Courtney Osborn put in 23 points and also doled out nine assists. Kirsten Olowinski contributed 21 points with eight rebounds and three blocks. But Cleveland State was even more efficient on offense in most categories, so the win goes to them.
Miami falls to 5-4 but will play at Chicago State on Sunday.
A surprising loss for a team who had only lost one game until this one. Hanna Luburgh had a giant game: 26 points and nine rebounds, but WSU hung tough as a team and did just a bit better shooting and rebounding. Akron had a chance for the win at the end but Taylor Ruper's 3-pointer danced out of the rim at the end.
So Akron falls to 7-2. They'll try again on Saturday and host Cincinnati.
The game was 45-16 at halftime, and mercy rules don't really exist, much to the dismay of Chicago State, who shot only 25 percent from the floor. For WMU, Marquisha Harris scored 18 points while A.J. Johnson scored 16 points and had seven steals. Miracle Woods gave them 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Western is now 3-6 and gets a toughie and faces Michigan on Saturday.
And there it is. Kent State gets on the board with their first victory for coach Danielle O'Banion and against a rather impressive opponent. Temple had beaten the likes of Seton Hall, Syracuse and BGSU. It was certainly one of the more unlikely victories of the year, when you get right down to it.
But the seniors played their hearts out. Tamzin Barroilhet had a huge game: 17 points, nine assists ad eight rebounds. Trisha Krewson shot 4-for-6 from three to land with 18 points. Diamon Beckford had 13 and Ashley Evans contributed 12 as a strong second half overcame a narrow Owls halftime lead.
Can they keep this going? KSU is now 1-7 and plays a good Western Kentucky team on Sunday evening.
This is the definition of a rally: Ball State had a double-digit lead early in the second half then soon found themselves down eight points with 1:25 remaining in the game. Fortunately they forced OT with six seconds left and cruised from there.
The team played just seven-deep, with their starting five all going at least 38 minutes and putting up great lines. Nathalie Fontaine and Shanee' Jackson both scored 18 points, with Fontaine adding nine rebounds. Brittany Carter shot 4-for-8 from three to end up with 17 points, four blocks and three assists. Shelbie Justice added 10 points, four assists and four rebounds, and Brandy Woody gave them eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Cardinals improve to 3-6 and will host Northern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.
All in all, excellent win for the Bobcats, who snap a five-game losing streak. EKU has wins over Kent State and Miami and entered the match 5-3, so to keep the turnovers down and make their free throws against a successful opponent was a great sign. Scoring was a team effort: Erin Bailes, Symone Lyles, Shavon Robinson and Kiyanna Black all scored between 12 and 14 points, Lyles being the most efficient with her 12 points coming on six shots and 7-for-8 free throw shooting.
Ohio improves to 2-5 and they'll get Morehead State on Sunday evening.
Five minutes in and this game was decided. MU streaked out to a 13-0 lead and pretty much cruised from there. Kirsten Olowinski scored 12 points and 17 rebounds and Erica Almady also double-doubled: 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Courtney Osborn aloso shot 4-for-9 from the 3-point arc to finish with 16 points.
Miami improved to 5-3 and will bring their winning streak into Cleveland State on Saturday.
Ah, the close ones always sting. This time it was a layup in the waning seconds by the Jackrabbits. EMU had a shot at the end to take the lead back on the buzzer but they missed the layup. If it's not one thing, it's another with this team lately.
Miranda Tate led all scorers with 24 points on 16 shots. Taylor Bird paced the offense with three points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals. On the whole they battled turnover issues, spilling it over 27 times, but SDSU had 21 of their own, so it was messy all around.
There's obviously no need to panic with MAC play yet to begin, but they've lost seven straight after winning their opening game. And next Tuesday's a big one: they host Michigan.
Turnovers! Cursed turnovers. Hurting the comeback was a total of 25 turnovers in the game for NIU. Amanda Corral scored 19 points for the Huskies in the losing effort, including zero turnovers. It was also her second-straight 19-point game.
Next up for the 3-4 Huskies: a breather then a trip to DePaul a week from Saturday.
Defense ruled the day, especially as BGSU kept the Rams to 14 points in the second half. Jillian Halfhill had the performance of the game with 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Freshman Miriam Justinger had a career-best 12 points in just 10 minutes.
BG improves to 4-3 and will host Butler on Wednesday.
Not sure how many teams win with 6-for-14 shooting free throws, but turnovers and weak shooting but SIU-E sure had a say in it. The Lady Rockets had a decisive 41-16 halftime lead and just coasted from there.
Naama Shafir was the lone scorer in double figures with 12 points, and she played but 12 minutes - although that was due to injury, which they're saying is her ankle, so no re-aggravation of her ACL. Andola Dortch had nine points, six assists and six steals.
Toledo moves to 5-1 and plays Saint Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon.
That's ... low scoring. The Minutewomen, our half-sisters, are a mere 2-6 and their 26 percent shooting against MU might be a reason why. But the RedHawks had something to prove after getting drilled at top 10 Kentucky last week, so holding a team to 40's pretty excellent.
Kirsten Olowinski led Miami with 13 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Courtney Larson added 12 points on just three shots (10-for-10 free throws).
Miami is now 4-3 and draws Wright State on Tuesday.
How's this for a turnover ratio: The Zips had just five turnovers while Canisius gave it up 20 times. Kinda hard to keep up with 80-point scoring like that.
Rachel Tecca netted 20 points, Hanna Luburgh had 17, Taylor Ruper shot for 16 and Sina King had 13 points. Akron's looking strong so far as they improve to 6-1.
Their next match will be a Wednesday trip to George Mason.
BSU appeared to be short-handed, playing just seven in the rotation, with every player logging at least 19 minutes. Perhaps that is why they were out-rebounded 37-27. Nathalie Fontaine scored 13 points on just seven shots and Brittany Carter helped out with 14 points and three blocks.
2-6 Ball State next hosts Detroit on Thursday.
Bucknell had as much as a 12-point lead in the second half, but credit to the Bulls for coming back and at least tying the thing on the road with a few minutes left. Karin Moss had 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting threes before fouling out. Rachael Gregory led the Bulls with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Buffalo's next game is Wednesday against St. Bonaventure.
This was a blowout, but remember that Wyoming is a strong team who is now 5-1 on the year. Olivia Fouty had a double-double for the Eagles in Laramie: 13 points, 12 rebounds.
Next up for the 1-6 Eagles is the second spot of their three-game road trip, a Tuesday date at South Dakota State.
Yes, that's four overtimes ... and still just 70 points. It was just 49-49 after regulation, followed by matching overtime frames of 7-7, 6-6 and 2-2. The Golden Grizzlies scored the first five points of the fourth overtime and just held on.
It was a game WMU led for most of the game, including up by nine points with eight minutes to play. In the second OT, Oakland had a chance to win, shooting two free throws down a point with one second left, but made just one of two.
WMU was led by A.J. Johnson's 15 points, all on 3-pointers (5-for-8 shooting). Miracle Woods had 12 points and four blocks.
That's an incredibly rough way to lose, playing 60 minutes and just coming up short. They must regroup as they fall to 2-5 and play at IUPUI on Wednesday.
The Golden Flashes remain winless thanks to a second half in which Niagara pulled away with a 47-28 advantage. The shooting woes continue but the Purple Eagles outrebounded them decisively 40-24. Tamzin Barroilhet led KSU with 14 points on 10 shots, seven rebounds and three steals, and Trisha Krewson added 13 points and three steals.
The 0-7 Golden Eagles have another difficult task on Thursday at home against Temple.
Hey, road wins are road wins. Colorado State was picked fifth in the Mountain West.
Nobody went off the charts for the Rockets; everybody contributed, which is how they like it. We'll start with Naama Shafir: 11 points, eight assists and no turnovers. Lecretia Smith and Riley McCormick had 11 points each, and Yolanda Richardson chipped in with seven points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Shooting 11-for-24 from threes helped a bunch as that 5-for-12 on free throws didn't look good.
Presumably the Rockets will spend Thanksgiving out in the Mountains, as their next game is Wednesday night in Reno, Nevada against Santa Clara.
Is it? Could it be? Yes! Ball State's first win under Brady Sallee. (He's been a head coach before, so this is just another one for him.) Katie Murphy led the Cardinals with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Nathalie Fontaine was the high scorer with 15 points.
Their next challenge lies Friday at Bethune-Cookman.
Usually BGSU is a solid candidate to knock off a ranked team, but the Boilermakers defense was just too good and didn't give the Falcons anything. They only trailed 25-18 at halftime but there was never an opportunity or a scoring run to bring them back in it. That's the first time Bowling Green women were held under 50 points in 23 games, dating back to Creighton last year. Danielle Havel led the team with nine points.
Now sitting at 2-1, the Falcons head west to Vegas to play Villanova in the Lady Rebel Roundup. That starts Friday.
That hurt. The Golden Flashes were held to under 30 percent shooting and got beat on the boards, especially in the second half. That KSU was only down three points at halftime was fleeting. Diamon Beckford led the team with 10 points on 8-for-8 shooting free throws.
Still winless, KSU next plays Florida A&M on Friday in Atlanta.
Quite possibly one of the more stunning games of the year. Davidson was picked to win the Southern Conference and NIU is, well, they're not terrible, but you get the idea.
Davidson could've had the final possession as NIU clung to a one-point lead but a turnover was forced with eight seconds left, free throws were made, and that iced the game. Natecia Augusta and Amanda Corral both had 16 points for the Huskies, with Corral adding nine rebounds. Freshman Jenna Thorp scored 10 points and hauled in seven boards. The difference in the game was basically shooting: NIU shot 56 percent to Davidson's 34.
Next up for NIU is South Dakota State on Wednesday at home.
The Lady Herd took a lead as nasty as 33-13 late in the first half, and that was all they wrote for this one. Brandy Wood gave the Cardinals 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in the losing effort.
Ball State next brings in IPFW to try and find their first win.
This looked like a very un-CMU-like game. The pace was slow for them and they didn't shoot particularly well either, especially from three. Rebounding also killed them. Basically everything hurt them.
Taylor Johnson had 12 points and six rebounds and Crystal Bradford added 10 points and six rebounds.
CMU drops to 1-2 and hosts South Dakota State on Friday.
Ohio led 1-0. That was cool. Then things got ugly. The Bobcats were down 60-16 at halftime, and the Golden Gophers pretty much let up and they hopefully had a running clock in the second half.
The high scorer for OU was Symone Lyles, who had eight points and eight rebounds.
Now 1-1, Ohio next plays UNLV in the consolation game of this Subway Classic.
Impressive road win for Felisha Legette-Jack's first win with the Bulls. They led for most of the game, Oakland tied it up in the final minute, and Rachael Gregory laid in the game-winning basket with 1.7 seconds left in the game. Gregory only had four points in the game, so it was an unlikely source.
Kristen Sharkey scored 22 of the team's points to go with six rebounds (five offensive). Christa Baccas, before she fouled out, contributed an imposing game inside: six points, 15 rebounds and six blocks.
The Bulls will try to keep their winning ways in the Rust Belt thanks to a date with Wright State on Saturday night.
The Zips remain perfect with a nice little pounding of the visiting Bulldogs. They had a huge lead at halftime and never let up, powered behind nine fewer turnovers and some cold Bryant shooting. For Akron, Rachel Tecca led them with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Hanna Luburgh added 16 points and 8 rebounds, and Sina King contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. Kacie Cassell did some of everything with three points, seven assists and six steals.
Now at 3-0, Akron next squares off with a trip to Saint Francis (PA).
6:30 p.m. — Buffalo (0-2) at Oakland (2-0)
7:00 p.m. — Bryant (0-2) at Akron (2-0) [MACDN]
A tough road win keeps BGSU perfect on the year. They went to the line 37 times and made 78 percent of them, which turned out to be the difference. Chrissy Steffen loaded up with 28 points and three steals, while Jillian Halfhill managed 14 points, 10-for-12 on free throws.
Their next challenge will be Monday at nationally-ranked Purdue, a team they lost to by a single point last season.
It was tied 28-28 at halftime and that's when Miami got busy. They had eight fewer turnovers and RMU shot only 34 percent for the game. Courtney Osborn went off for 23 points and six steals.
At 2-1, the RedHawks will next play Charleston the Friday after Thanksgiving.
A halftime tie made it look like maybe EMU could pull off this cool intrastate win in their own arena. But once MSU scored to begin the second half, points over turnovers killed the Eagles and the Spartans never relented with the lead. Miranda Tate led EMU with 18 points. India Hairston accounted for 10 points and nine rebounds and Natachia Watkins scored 11.
What a close, tight game on the road that they ended up losing. That was just the theme for Toledo athletics last night, I guess.
Yolanda Richardson had a great game down low, putting in 19 points on 10 shots, hauling in 11 rebounds and also getting two blocks. Andola Dortch contributed 13 points, six assists, five steals and four boards.
UT falls to 1-1 and goes back on the road with a trip next Tuesday to Colorado State.
WMU got excellent contributions from four players in a very fast-paced game but it wasn't enough. Aurielle Anderson led the way with 26 points, Michelle O'Brien notched 10 points and 10 rebounds, Julia Henson shot 5-for-8 for three to finish with 15 points, and freshman Miracle Woods gained 13 points and 12 boards.
The Broncos will host Albany on Sunday.
Rough game for the Flashes. Nobody scored in double figures and EKU out-rebounded them 48-34. Diamon Beckford scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds for KSU.
Their next chance at a win: Monday at home vs. Cincinnati.
7 p.m. — Kent State (0-1) at Eastern Kentucky (1-0)
Danielle O'Banion seeks her first win as KSU head coach; EKU previously dispatched Miami (OH) by 10 points in their opener.
7 p.m. — Toledo (1-0) at Dayton (2-0)
Someone's gotta lose their first. Dayton won at DePaul then thrashed Mississippi Valley State. Last year Toledo topped the Flyers by 10 points; the year before that, Dayton was victorious by a score of 102-69. Dayton has a freshman guard (Amber Deane) averaging over 20 points a game.
8 p.m. — Western Michigan (1-0) at Milwaukee (1-1) [TV: Horizonleague.org]
Shane Clipfell's women will go for win No. 2; the Panthers lost to Wisconsin but beat up on Chicago State.
The right way to begin the season, I'd say. Not unlike Akron, the Lady Bobcats played only seven women but they slugged this one out despite a sloppy game on both sides (44 combined turnovers). Shavon Robinson was the high Ohio scorer with 15 points and seven rebounds. Mariah Byard netted 13 points, helped out by 3-for-7 shooting threes, and Tina Fisher added 10 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.
1-0 Ohio will go to Minnesota on Saturday.
The Zips played with just seven women on the road, and that was all they needed. It was close until the final five minutes, really.
Rachel Tecca led the way with a huge night: 26 points on 15 shots, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. (That put her over the 1,000-point mark for her career.) Sina King also double-doubled with 10 points and 13 boards. Kacie Cassell scored 13 points to go with nine assists and Taylor Ruper shot 4-for-11 from three to end up with 12 points. Anita Brown chipped in with 10 points ... and so on.
Akron remains perfect at 2-0 and will play host to Bryant on Friday evening.
It was close throughout, at least. Butler led by seven at halftime, but Ball State battled back to tie it with a few minutes remaining. Alas, it was not to be. Brandy Woody led all Cardinals with 17 points and freshman Nathalie Fontaine scored 13 points to go with nine rebounds.
Brady Sallee's Cardinals are still seeking their first win. They're 0-2 and will play Marshall on Saturday.
The Bulls were down 10 points at halftime, so at least they broke even in the second half. Christa Baccas had the best game for UB with inn points on five shots, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals. She did have six turnovers, though. Rachael Gregory paved the scoring way with 17 points.
Buffalo is now 0-2 and will try again for their first win Friday at Oakland.
After dropping a tough one to Eastern Kentucky, the Lady RedHawks tried a different part of the state, only at home, and it worked out much better. If Northern Kentucky sounds new, that's because it is: they're transitioning to Division I starting this year and will become a full member by 2016.
NKU hung around pretty well — they were tied in the second half — which doesn't bode great for the RedHawks purported MAC East dominance heading into this season but they pulled away enough to make it look dominant. Courtney Osborn had 20 points and nine assists, and freshman Maddie McCallie gave them 15 points. Kirsten Olowinski provided 12 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Miami is now 1-1 and will play Robert Morris on Thursday.
Tory Verdi's first game coaching the Eagles turned out OK ... eventually.
With 12 minutes left in the second half, EMU trailed 43-26 and points were not easy for them. But Northeastern would score just one more basket in the game and were shut out in the final five minutes. A balanced attack followed by cold shooting and stingy defense helped EMU finish the game on an improbable 24-4 run.
Miranda Tate led EMU with 23 points (6-for-13 on threes) and seven rebounds. She was the only Eagle in double figures. They're enjoying this close call now, but on Thursday they turn around and host Michigan State.
One of the most fun women's teams in the MAC lived up to the billing, even if they couldn't keep up with a Big Ten team as they played their second game in Illinois in three days. The Wildcats shot an insane 69 percent in the second half, making it near impossible for CMU to catch up.
Jessica Green hit a career high with 25 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Taylor Johnson added 17 points and Crystal Bradford posted a double-double: 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals. The Chippewas fell to 1-1 and will next play at Green Bay on Saturday.
And Shane Clipfell notches his first victory as head coach for WMU.
After building a 12-point lead in the second half, American stormed back to tie it in the final three minutes. But Corie Buchanan scored the final four points of the game and iced the win. Buchanan had 13 points, as did freshman Jessica Jessing (fun name!) scored 13 points as well, but in just nine bench minutes.
As part of their contractual agreement to play football in the MAC, Massachusetts also gets a win over the MAC in women's hoops. And it wasn't very close; UMass had a 15-point halftime lead and shot 61 percent in the game. For KSU, Diamon Beckford led the team with an impressive 15 points on just 10 shots, adding four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Danielle O'Banion's first win as a head coach must wait.
Havin' a little trouble with a Division II team? It was only a 31-29 Falcons lead at halftime and the Crusaders hung around for a bit of the second half before BGSU rightly pulled away a little. Danielle Havel netted a double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Chrissy Steffen added 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Not unlike EMU-Marygrove College last year, Akron-Hiram women's basketball might be another example of a game that never should've been. Akron began the game on a 23-0 run and Hiram, a Division III school, only scored 24 points in THE ENTIRE GAME. It was 42-11 at halftime.
Rachel Tecca returned from her season-ending injury last year and played 12 minutes, scoring 13 points and getting 6six rebounds and two blocks. Sina King led all Akron players with 15 points.
12:00 p.m. — Hiram College (Division III) at Akron
1:00 p.m. — Madonna (NAIA) at Bowling Green
2:00 p.m. — American at Western Michigan
2:00 p.m. — Kent State at UMass
Look at that Rockets defense getting back to what they do well. They held ASU to 27 percent shooting and also had 15 steals compared to just 13 of their own turnovers. And nobody set the rims on fire but Arkansas State certainly didn't cause a fire hazard in the second half, getting only 12 points after halftime.
Inma Zanoguera led the Rockets with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists. Janelle Reed-Lewis added 13 points on just six shots. And the triumphant return of Naama Shafir! After tearing her ACL, the senior returned to play 32 minutes with 12 points, eight assists, four steals and three assists. Great sign for her.
Another close game at halftime (one point) turned into a second half pullaway. In Brady Sallee's debut game coaching the Cardinals, they kept the turnovers down (relatively speaking, 21 to UE's 30) but didn't shoot well at all (just 28 percent). Nathalie Fontaine, a freshman, led the team with 15 points and Shelbie Justice scored eight points on five shots and had three rebounds, assists and steals.
The Buffalo Bulls women's basketball teams is a squad rife with freshmen and sophomore playing the majority of the minutes. All but 31 minutes were played by underclassmen (underclasswomen?). So this team's gonna hurt, but they at least competed, down only seven at halftime. Sophomore Kristen Sharkey led the Bulls with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rachael Gregory scored 11 points.
No revenge for the Huskies' football loss here. The NIU women fell behind 34-13 at halftime and just couldn't catch up. They hurt themselves with 21 turnovers compared to the Hawkeyes' 10. Satavia Taylor led NIU with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Ouch. A heartbreaker on the road. Miami senior Kirsten Olowinski knocked down a 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go and force overtime, but from there MU went ice-cold, scoring just two points in the extra frame and zero points in the final four minutes.
Lots of great individual efforts here, though: three double-doubles in all. Courtney Osborn led the RedHawks with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Erica Almady posted 16 points and 10 rebounds. Olowinski had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Miami's lead was as high as 20-10 in the first half.
The MAC also gets the pleasure of winning their first women's game of the year. CMU had a narrow 27-26 lead at halftime thanks to some erratic shooting on both sides. But the Chips pulled away with a hot 54.5% percentage in the second half. Crystal Bradford had a huge game: 16 points, 13 rebounds, (eight offensive), four blocks and four assists. Jessica Green added 15 points.
The 2012-13 MAC women's basketball also debuts today with six games:
12:00 p.m. — Central Michigan at Bradley
1:00 p.m. — Northern Illinois at Iowa (Preseason Women's NIT)
7:00 p.m. — Miami (OH) at Eastern Kentucky
7:00 p.m. — Arkansas State at Toledo [MAC Digital Network]
7:00 p.m. — Evansville at Ball State [MAC Digital Network]
7:00 p.m. — Buffalo at Canisius
As far as I know, none of these game are on the Internet anywhere for free. The MACDN did show women's hoops last year, so you may hold out hope like I am doing. (Yes, they are showing the home ones, and I added the links.)
Also, I never got a chance to really preview women's hoops like I had hoped. Sad.
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