Looking more and more like a dangerous opponent for late season and Mid-American Conference tournament play, the University at Buffalo women (15-12, 7-9 MAC) will go after fourth straight win when they face Akron (15-12, 9-7) on Wednesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio (7 p.m. Radio 1520, ESPN3).
The Bulls improved their conference record to 7-9 with Saturday’s upset at Ohio U. (70-58), giving them a sweep of the Bobcats. Ohio’s only two MAC losses were to UB, Akron is the only MAC East opponent UB has not defeated this season.
The mood is upbeat around the UB team because of the late-season push by a team with only one senior on the roster. During the current win streak, Coach Felisha-Legette Jack has started a lineup that includes two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman.
“I think we’re an incredible team and we’re really getting better every day,” said sophomore forward Stephanie Reid, who along with Smith has been a scoring standout in recent games. “We’re just going to be one of those teams this postseason teams will have to watch out for.”
Reid had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the win over Ohio. She was name MAC East Player of the Week for her performance in wins over Bowling Green and Ohio.
Junior Joanna Smith leads the team with an 18.3 ppg scoring average. Against MAC competition, Smith is even better, 19.9, which ranks fourth in the conference.
Akron defeated UB, 69-61, at Alumni Arena, but that was seven weeks ago. The Bulls believe they are a better team now.
Senior Anita Brown, who is averaging 21.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, had 26 points and 10 boards for the Zips in the first meeting with UB. Hannah Plybon had 23 points in that game.