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MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal Preview: Buffalo vs Toledo

Toledo and Buffalo battle for a spot in the championship game

The 6th and the 7th seeds will face off tomorrow for a place in the championship game. Toledo knocked off Buffalo twice in the regular season.

Game Details

When: Friday, March 10th, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Watch: BCSN/ESPN3 or stream via WatchESPN

Scouting the Rockets

The Rockets have won 6 in a row, and 9 out of ten.

A big reason why is their MAC leading defense.

They also have capable scorers, with 4 in double figures.

Scouting the Bulls

The Bulls also have a great defense, only giving up 1 tenth of a point more than the Rockets per game.

The bulk of their scoring comes from the two starting guards and center, but their youngsters on the wing have been scoring more and more.

Players to Watch

JoAnna Smith, Buffalo: Smith is a feisty guard that can be sitting 1-8 from the floor and end up with 25.

Stephanie Reid, Buffalo: Smith’s back court mate is an excellent defender.

Janice Monakana, Toledo: The 6 foot forward from London, England, is averaging 12.8 points and 6 rebounds per contest.

Mikaela Boyd, Toledo: A presence inside, she averages 11.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Keys to the Contest

All games come down to who scores the most points. In this particular contest, it’s amplified, because of how well both teams play on defense.

Protecting the ball with be at a premium, and both teams do a good job of that, with a +1 assist to turnover ratio.


Anything can happen in this game, with how well they play defense and how streaky they are on offense. I am going to go with Toledo, because I think they are a little more consistent on offense, 65-64.