KENT, OH – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team (24-4, 15-2 MAC) broke their school record for wins in a season on Wednesday night on the road at Kent State as they downed the Golden Flashes, 81-51. With the win, the Bulls broke the previous school record of 23 wins that was set back in 1991-1992 and tied in 1995-96.
The win also gave UB a 10-4 road mark this season as they tied the school record for road victories that was set back in 1999-00. The 15 MAC wins are also a school record for the Bulls as their previous record was 11. UB also scored 80+ points for the 14th time this season, tying the program record for 80+ point games in a season.
The Golden Flashes were able to get out to the quick 6-2 lead on Wednesday but Autumn Jones, making her first career start, decided to take the game over and get UB back in the game. After hitting her first triple of the quarter, Jones earned a steal and a fast break layup to give UB their first lead of the games, 7-6. Stephanie Reid was able to drill a triple to tie the game, 10-10, but Jones was then able to bury back-to-back three pointers to give the Bulls their biggest lead of the quarter, 18-12. Summer Hemphill finished off the quarter with a layup and free throw to give the Bulls the 21-13 lead through 10 minutes.
The Bulls were able to push their lead out to 10, 25-15, early on in the second quarter as Cierra Dillard made a pair of free throws and Reid finished off a fancy layup. Oursler was then able to make back-to-back buckets but the Flashes came right back and drilled a triple to cut the UB lead to six, 29-23, midway through the second. Theresa Onwuka and Mariah Suchan finished off the scoring for the Bulls in the quarter with a pair of jumpers but the Flashes were able to net a layup at the buzzer to send things to half with UB leading 36-28.
Buffalo took control of the game in the third quarter and never looked back as they outscored the Flashes 26-8 in the quarter. After Kent State hit a three to make it 40-33 in favor of the Bulls, Buffalo closed out the quarter on a 22-3 run as Dillard was the catalyst, netting 11 points including back-to-back triples to end the run. Reid was also able to help the Bulls gain the big lead and never look back as she scored a fast break layup after a great assist from Jones. UB held the 62-36 lead heading into the final quarter.
UB was able to get their bench involved in the final quarter as Marissa Hamilton opened the quarter with a triple and Brittany Morrison nailed a jumper to give the Bulls the dominant 67-36 lead. Morrison drilled another jumper and Hamilton sank a three to give UB their biggest lead of the game, 72-40, with three minutes left. Ayoleka Sodade and Liisa Ups were able to finish out the scoring for UB as they earned the 81-51 road win.
Dillard was able to lead the UB charge offensively as she scored a team-high 17 points, four steals and three assists on 6-for-12 from the floor across 18 minutes of work. In her first career start, Jones went for 11 points, four assists and two steals across 17 minutes while Oursler finished with 11 points and six boards in 12 minutes and Reid finished with 11 points, four assists and four rebounds in the win.
As a team, the Bulls were able to shoot a season-high 54.4% from the floor while holding the Flashes to just 34.5% from the floor and just 11.1% from behind the arc. UB forced 18 Kent State turnovers and turned those into 24 points while the Bulls also owned the 38-18 edge in scoring in the paint. Buffalo also improved to 22-2 on the year when winning the fast break scoring category as they owned the Flashes, 14-2 in the open court. UB also recorded 22 assists on 31 made field goals as seven players recorded at least two helpers.
The UB defense was able to hold Kent State to 51 points as they are now 10-0 on the year when holding their opponent under 60 points scored.
The Bulls will return home on Saturday afternoon for their regular season finale as they welcome MAC east foe Bowling Green for a 2:00 pm tip. Saturday's game will be Senior Day for the Bulls as after the game against the Falcons UB will honor their five seniors, Stephanie Reid, Cassie Oursler, Katherine Ups, Liisa Ups and Mariah Suchan.