Sophomore Heather Turner's sixth double-double of the season wasn't enough to prevent the University at Buffalo women's basketball team from a 58-50 loss to Central Michigan Wednesday night before 881 at Alumni Arena in Amherst.
Turner (Mount Mercy) had 20 points and 14 rebounds (nine offensive) for the Bulls (7-14 overall, 2-7 MAC). The Mid-American Conference leader in field goal percentage at 63.5 going into the game, Turner made 7 of 13 against the Hurons (13-8, 4-6).
UB outrebounded Central, 35-29, but shot only 36 percent (3 of 15 from three-point range) to Central's 44.2 overall shooting (7 of 12 from beyond the arc).
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Medaille gained a sweep of its season series with Nazareth, defeating the visitors in four games. Senior outside hitter Erik Hartman (Hamburg) led the Mavericks (5-8) with 15 kills. Medaille swept Nazareth, 3-0, in Rochester on. Jan. 28.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: St. Bonaventure and Fordham played two overtimes on Jan. 21 in the Bronx before the Rams prevailed, 79-72, in the first game this season between the Atlantic 10 Conference rivals. They meet again tonight at the Reilly Center (7 p.m., Radio 1300, Adelphia Cable). The Bonnies (6-14 overall), losers of their last 10, are winless in nine conference games while Fordham (10-11, 5-3) has won three of its last four to move into fourth place in the conference. Fans attending the game are asked to donate baseball and softball equipment to be shipped to Little Leagues in the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi. It's part of the BonaResponds effort to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Hilbert athletic department is inviting area youth to attend the Hawks' basketball doubleheader against Frostburg State at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hafner Recreation Center as part of the NCAA Basketball's 11th annual "Take A Kid to the Game Day" celebration. Eight-graders and younger will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
SWIMMING: Three defending individual champions from the Buffalo area will try to help Geneseo capture an eighth consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference men's swimming championship.
The SUNYAC meet starts today and runs through Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m. at the Erie Community College Flickinger Aquatic Center.
Mike Wiese (Kenmore West) is back to defend his 1,650-yard freestyle title. Phil Szrama (Orchard Park) and Charlie Hake (Akron) are other returning champions for Geneseo. Szrama won the 100 backstroke and Hake the 50 freestyle last year.
On the women's side, Fredonia State's Kelly Sponholz, a freshman from Alden, is unbeaten off the 1- and 3-meter boards this season and already has qualified for the NCAA Division III meet.
Buffalo State's best chances for medals rest with Eric Hastings, Derek Stoklosa (West Seneca West) and Dave Papke (St. Francis), Richard Gaczewski (North Tonawanda) and Kevin Buisman among the men and Sara Weinert, Kelly Stoklosa (West Seneca West) and diver Amanda Dory (Sweet Home) among the women.
In addition to Sponholz, Fredonia has high hopes for freshman Rob Rumsey (Grand Island) and Nathan Peterson (Frewsburg) in the men's distance events and freestyler Lexie Chapman (Lockport) among the women. Also, sophomore Teresa MacInnes (Kenmore East) finished fourth in both diving events in last year's meet.
Oswego won the women's championship for the first time ever last year, ending a 15-year Geneseo run. Buffalo State finished sixth in both the men's and women's meets while Fredonia was fifth in the women's scoring and eighth in the men's.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Buffalo State forward Sean Burke was named SUNYAC Player of the Week after his eight-point weekend in victories at Geneseo and Brockport. Teammate Sean Sheehan was Goalie of the Week after stopping 73 shots in the two games.