BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo women's basketball team hosts a pivotal game Satuday afternoon, welcoming in the Mid-American Conference leader Bowling Green to Alumni Arena. Tip off between the Bulls (15-9, 8-5 MAC) and Falcons (22-3, 12-1 MAC) is scheduled for 2 pm.
In the two team's previous meeting on Jan. 4, the Bulls suffered a big loss early after Mackenzie Loesing went down with a concussion after scoring eight points in five minutes. The offense struggled to recover, and shot just 32.8 percent in the game while allowing BGSU to command a 51-35 rebounding advantage. Buffalo is winners of two straight after erasing a three-point deficit with four minutes remaining on the road at Kent State, thanks to Alexus Malone hitting 10 of her 12 points in that span.
The Falcons are flying high after a big win at home over Central Michigan on Wednesday, shutting down one of the best offenses in the country in a 67-55 win. That moves the team's record to 22-3 overall and 12-1 in the MAC, with the lone conference loss coming in overtime to the Chippewas. The win personified the team's defensive prowess this season, as it leads the conference in scoring defense and is second only to the Bulls in field goal percentage defense.
Offensively, Bowling Green has three players scoring over 13 points per game. Alexis Rogers leads the way with 13.9 points and 8.5 rebounds, while point guard Jillian Halfhill averages 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and three assists per game. Similarly to Buffalo, the Falcons lean heavily on a starting five which accounts for 53 of the team's 70 points per game.
This will be the 29th meeting between the divisional rivals, with Bowling Green holding a commanding 23-5 lead, including 19 straight wins dating back to 2003. In the last three meetings, the Bulls averaged just under 50 points per game.
With the win at Kent State on Wednesday, UB stays in the fourth overall spot in the MAC, with Toledo also at 8-5 but with a loss in the head-to-head matchup. The Rockets also needed to work to keep pace, holding off Eastern Michigan 80-73. The weekend helped to provide some definition to the tournament seeding race, with the top five seeds all at least two games ahead of the potential sixth and seventh seeds. If the season ended today, the Bulls would have a bye to the third round.
Doug Page will have the call on 1270 AM "The Fan" immediately following the conclusion of the men's game at Kent State.