BUFFALO, NY – For the second straight week and third time this season, junior shooting guard Cierra Dillard was named Mid-American Conference East division Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office. Dillard is the only three-time Player of the Week in the conference this season.
The junior helped lead Buffalo to a perfect 2-0 week as they were able to collect a road win over Ohio and a home victory over the defending MAC champion Toledo Rockets. With the two victories, the Bulls were able to add to their program best start as they are now 15-3 on the season and 6-1 in MAC play. UB also earned some national recognition for their strong play as they received votes in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
Dillard was exceptional for the Bulls in the two wins as she was able to average 25.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals while shooting 54.2% from the floor in the process. She has now poured in 20+ points in three straight games for the first time in her career.
In Wednesday's road win over Ohio, Dillard played a season-high 39 minutes and finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal as she sealed the game at the line, going 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.
The Rochester native then put the team on her back on Saturday afternoon in the 87-69 victory over Toledo as she netted a career-best 30 points, a career-high seven steals, five rebounds and four assists. Dillard was efficient as ever from the floor, going 9-for-14 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the free throw line across 34 minutes of work. She became the first UB player since JoAnna Smith last season to net 30 points in a game.
So far in conference play, Dillard is averaging a team-best 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.9 steals while shooting 48.4% from the floor and 43.5% from behind the arc.
Buffalo has off until Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Eastern Michigan Eagles to Alumni Arena for a 2:00 pm game. Saturday's game will air live on ESPN3 with Paul Peck and Amy Audibert on the call.