The Buffalo Bulls knocked off Central Michigan in Saturday’s biggest match-up. Kent State kept up their win streak while extending Toledo’s losing streak. Everything else went pretty much according to plan.
Buffalo Bulls 67, Central Michigan Chippewas 56
When the two teams faced off on January 7th in Mount Pleasant, the Chippewas torched the Bulls for 88 points. All 5 of the CMU starters scored in double figures.
This time out, it looked like the Bulls were determined to impose their will defensively, and they did.
They held the Chippewas to 56 points. Presley Hudson, a MAC player of the year candidate, was held to 9, 11 below her season average, and 21 below what she has been averaging in MAC play. Tenara Moore continued her good play against the Bulls. She scored 21 this time, after scoring 22 last time out.
JoAnna Smith had a monster game for the Bulls, scoring 29. Teresa Onwuka added 14, on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor.
The Bulls moved to 14-4 on the season, and 4-3 in MAC play. They host Ball State (13-6, 6-1) on Wednesday.
The Chippewas lost their first game in the MAC this season, dropping to 14-5 on the season, and 6-1 in the MAC. They head to Toledo to play the Rockets (12-6, 3-4) on Saturday.
The Rockets had a cold shooting night as they dropped their first game to the Flashes since 2010.
The Rockets did get a good night from Janice Monakana, who scored 19, grabbed 7 rebounds and got three steals. Mariella Santucci came off the bench for the first time, and scored 10 while dishing 11 assists. The Rockets shot 33% from the field, 14% from beyond the arc, and 54% from the free throw line.
Jordan Korinek had a monster evening for the Flashes, as she scored 23 and grabbed 10 boards. Larrissa Lurken added 22, slightly below her MAC leading 22.7 per contest.
The Golden Flashes were able to win in spite of being out rebounded 44-35.
Kent State won their 3rd in a row, and moved to 10-9, 4-3 in the MAC. Their winning streak is going to be tested, as they head to DeKalb to take on Northern Illinois on Wednesday.
Toledo drops to 12-6, 3-4 in the MAC. They also have a tough game next, hosting Central Michigan on Saturday.
The Zips kept it close early, before the Broncos closed out the 2nd quarter with a 12-2 run, to lead 21-14. In typical WMU fashion, they then wore the Zips down inside, out rebounding them 41-32. They also outscored them in the paint, 42-22.
For the Zips, Hannah Plybon kept up her high scoring ways, leading both teams with 19 points. Greta Burry added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Megan Sefcik came off the bench to add 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Western Michigan had 4 starters in double figures, led by Breanna Mobley’s 17. Marley Hill scored 16, Meredith Shipman 15 and Deja Wimby 13 for the Broncos. Wimby added 8 rebounds and 10 assists, just missing a triple-double. She also had 7 steals.
The Broncos moved to 14-4, 5-2 in the MAC. They head to Athens to take on the Bobcats on Wednesday.
The Zips drop to 1-6 in conference play, 8-10 overall. They host Western Michigan on Saturday.
Northern Illinois 89, Miami RedHawks 76
The young RedHawks turned the ball over 18 times, which is generally going to spell disaster when you play a team like the Huskies. Add in the monster game from Cassidy Glenn, who scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and you have a game that wasn’t as close as the 13 point margin would indicate.
Courtney Woods added 21 for the Huskies, 15 from Beyond the arc, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Mikayla Voigt added 16 on 5 of 7 shooting, including a perfect 4 for 4 from beyond the arc.
The RedHawks got 26 points from Lauren Dickerson, and 14 points and 10 rebounds from Kendall McCoy. Kayla Brown added 10 points.
Northern Illinois moved to 6-1 in the MAC, 13-5 overall. They host Kent State on Wednesday.
Miami dropped to 7-13 on the season, and 1-6 in the MAC. They host the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday.
Ohio Bobcats 68, Eastern Michigan Eagles 51
The Eagles hung around in the first half, but a slow 3rd quarter finished them off, losing their 7th straight. They only shot 28% from the floor for the game.
Quiera Lampkins continued her strong play, scoring 22 for the Bobcats. Dominique Doseck came off the bench to add 12. Jasmine Weatherspoon scored 8, but added 11 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks in a powerful performance.
Micah Robinson scored 16 to lead the Eagles. Sheyna Deans added 11 points and 9 rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double. Phillis Webb was also close to a double-double, with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles dropped to 0-7 in the MAC, and 5-14 overall. Bowling Green comes to town on Wednesday.
Ohio took the lead in the Eastern division, with a 5-2 record in the MAC. They moved to 14-4 overall. They host Western Michigan on Wednesday.
Bowling Green led 16-12 after one quarter of play, before Ball State upped the tempo and ran away from the Falcons. This high tempo style helped contribute to 17 turnovers for the Falcons.
Renee Bennett scored 22 and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Cardinals. Moriah Monaco chipped in 15 points, while Frannie Frazier came off the bench to add 11.
Sydney Lambert led the Falcons with 15, and Haley Puk added 10. The Falcons shot a terrible 26% from the floor.
Ball State is 6-1 in MAC play, and 13-6 overall. They head to Buffalo on Wednesday.
Bowling Green dropped to 1-6 in the MAC, 5-14 overall. They head to Ypsilanti to take on the Eagles on Wednesday.