New Britain, CT - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team won its third straight game away from Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon with an 82-69 win at Central Connecticut State. The win improved the Bulls to 5-1 on the season.
"Well thank goodness Brittany (Morrison) played well, she just really understood from the beginning that these kind of games can be trap games," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "We've been on the road for a long time. Another five-hour bus trip - and of course we watched our UB football game last night - we had to get out there and get ourselves up, so I just really love the way Brittany brought the energy and focus."
Morrison was deserving of the praise, as she attained a hard fought double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in an effort that saw the Bulls out-rebound the Blue Devils 46-27.
Buffalo came out of the gate sluggish and trailed 21-18 after the first quarter. It was over the next 10 minutes, however, that the Bulls asserted their defensive dominance and held the Blue Devils to just 5 points in the second quarter.
Cierra Dillard set the tone in the second half, as the senior from Rochester opened things up with seven straight points that gave UB a 14-point lead.
CCSU did not go down without a fight, though, as Buffalo saw its lead cut to eight with a little over three minutes left in the game. It was then that Coach Jack went back to her key players to close things out, as Autumn Jones was recalled from the bench and hit consecutive three-balls to open the lead back up.
Dillard converted on four late free throws to secure Buffalo's third consecutive win, finishing with a game-high 27 points. Jones scored 16 on the afternoon, and junior Theresa Onwuka added 11 points and five boards.
Saturday was UB's fourth consecutive game on the road, a stretch in which the Bulls have gone 3-1.
"We just want to play where people will see us." said Legette-Jack. "The fans make us excited while we're on the road, and I love what we're doing at home. We don't come home a lot so if we could get 3,000 people to come watch us play - that's our hope."
The Bulls return to Buffalo on Tuesday, December 4th, but will head across town to take on Big 4 rival Canisius. Action from the Koehler Athletic Center is slated to start at 7:00 p.m.