Viorica Badinici's baseline jump shot with five seconds to go capped a late rally that gave the University at Buffalo a 62-61 women's basketball victory over Miami (Ohio) before 547 in Alumni Arena on Tuesday night.
The Bulls trailed 34-28 at halftime and were still behind by six points, 59-53, with 4:12 left. UB's 7-0 run then forged a 60-59 lead on a layup by Heather Turner, a three-pointer by Badinici and a jumper by Brooke Meunier.
Miami went up, 61-60, on a jump shot by Jenna Schone with 2:04 left. The teams traded misses before an errant pass gave UB the ball with 27 seconds left. The Bulls ran their offense to set up Badinici, who nailed the game-winner from about 8 feet. A desperation three-pointer by Miami was no good.
Turner led all scorers with 18 points. Meunier, who netted her 1,000th career point on her first basket, had 17 points. Badinici scored 10 off the bench. Stephanie Bennett had 10 assists for UB.
The teams entered the game with identical records. UB improved to 8-15, 3-9 Mid-American Conference. Miami is 7-16, 2-10.
Elsewhere, Christine Halter scored 15 points and Jonisha Scott (Traditional) added 11 as D'Youville (14-9, 12-2) clinched the North Eastern Athletic Conference title with a 64-55 win over Keuka. . . . Germany Jackson (Traditional) scored 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead Daemen to a 79-57 win over Houghton. Sarah Bogardus (Fredonia) had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Timyra Hudson (Sweet Home) netted 14 points for Daemen (18-10, 13-3 American Mideast Conference). . . . Erie Community College lost to Alfred State, 71-48, despite 19 points from Deneen Flores (Seneca). . . . Medaille's Amanda Baker was named female Player of the Week by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Baker led the Lady Mavs (21-1, 15-1) to their first AMCC regular-season championship with wins over Pitt-Bradford, Frostburg State and Pitt-Greensburg, posting a pair of double-doubles.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Senior Therreon Blackwell (McKinley) scored his 1,000th career point as he poured in 26 points in Daemen's 88-75 victory over Houghton. Joe Olsen got 24 points and Ron Wright collected 16 points and 10 rebounds as Daemen improved to 19-9, 9-3 AMC. . . . Kyle Ward led D'Youville with 16 points in a 62-47 loss to Keuka. . . . Marcus Henderson (Niagara Falls) topped ECC with 15 points in a 78-71 win over Alfred State. . . . Hilbert forward Corey Vandersluis was named male Player of the Week by the AMCC. Vandersluis averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds in three Hilbert wins in conference games last week.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Canisius goalie Dan Giffin earned Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week honors for his play in two games against Holy Cross last weekend. Martin stopped 68 shots against the Crusaders. . . . Cortland freshman Nick Catanzaro, formerly of the Buffalo Lightning, was named SUNYAC men's hockey rookie of the week after scoring three goals and two assists in two games.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Marykate Oakley (Nichols) was named ECAC Player of the Week. The Princeton center had three goals and an assist last weekend in victories over Harvard and Dartmouth. . . . Melanie Mills of Niagara was named College Hockey America offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals and an assist in two games.