CLEVELAND - The University at Buffalo pulled off a remarkable third upset of the season over top-ranked Ohio University in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Wednesday.
The Bulls defeated Ohio, 72-60, to advance to a women’s basketball semifinal game at noon Friday.
Ohio’s only two losses in rolling to the MAC regular-season title were to UB. The Bobcats finished 16-2 in conference. Ohio won 17 of its last 20 games – with the only losses against UB.
UB was able to make it a three-peat thanks to another superb defensive effort. Ohio was the highest scoring team in the MAC, averaging 75.9 points a game in conference. The Bobcats ranked fifth in the nation in three pointers per game with an average of 11. UB held Ohio to just five three-pointers and 32 percent shooting from behind the arc.
Junior guard Joanna Smith led UB with 19 points. Sophomore guard Stephanie Reid had 16.
UB improved to 18-13 overall. Ohio, ranked No. 42 in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index, dropped to 24-6.
Regular season: UB won the first meeting at home with Ohio, 51-43, and held the Bobcats to 27.8 percent shooting. In the second game at Athens, Ohio, UB scored a 70-58 victory, again holding Ohio to just 27.8 percent shooting.
In the house: There were about 600 in Quicken Loans Arena.
Up next: The next opponent for the winner is the survivor of Wednesday afternoon’s game between fifth-seeded Akron and fourth-seeded Toledo.