Bulls Fall at Kent State, 62-53, in Regular Season Finale

Theresa Onwuka

KENT, OH – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team fell to Kent State 62-53 in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. With the loss the Bulls fall to 20-9 on the year, 12-6 in league play.

Cierra Dillard and Theresa Onwuka each had a game-high 18 points for the Bulls. Onwuka converted on a career-high ten free throws to go along with seven rebounds on the day.

The Bulls shot just 13-of-50 (26.0%) from the field for the game, including 3-of-16 (18.8%) from beyond the arc. The 13 made field goals and 53 points scored were both season-lows for Buffalo.

Kent State came out hot, opening the game on a 10-3 run and would lead 22-14 at the end of one. The Golden Flashes shot a blistering 57.1% from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, in the opening quarter while the Bulls converted on just 2-of-6 from the charity stripe and committed six early turnovers.

The Buffalo offense woke up to start the second as the Bulls opened the quarter on a 9-3 run to cut it to a one possession game at the 6:33 mark but the Golden Flashes responded with a 4-0 run of their own to take a 29-23 lead at the media timeout. The two teams would trade baskets the rest of the quarter as Kent State maintained a 33-27 lead at the break.

Kent State picked up where they left off, starting the third quarter on 4-0 run to take an early 10 point lead. Buffalo responded with 6-0 run, all from free throw line, to cut it to a two possession game, 37-33, but Kent State answered with back-to-back baskets to take a 41-33 lead at the media timeout. The Bulls would get their first field goal of the quarter on a Brittany Morrison offensive rebound putback and two free throws by Marissa Hamilton would cut the lead to 43-38 at the 3:11 mark but the Golden Flashes would withstand the charge and take a 45-39 lead at the end of the third.

After a back and forth start to the fourth quarter, Dillard drained a deep triple to cut the lead to 49-46 with 6:36 remaining, but the senior would pick up her fifth foul on the next possession so the Bulls were without their leading scorer for the final six minutes of the game. Finess Dickson provided a spark, converting an and-one to make it a one possession game with 4:26 remaining but Buffalo was held without a point over the final three minutes as Kent State secured the nine point victory.

Up next, the Bulls travel to Cleveland for the MAC Tournament quarterfinals, which will begin next Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena. UB is the #4 seed and will play in the second quarterfinal game of the day. Buffalo will face the winner of #5 Kent State and #12 Bowling Green, which will be played on Monday night.