Junior guard Cierra Dillard, a transfer from the University of Massachusetts, scored a career-high 25 points Thursday in leading the University at Buffalo to an 82-72 women’s basketball victory over Nebraska in the San Juan Shootout in Dayton Beach, Fla.
Dillard also had six steals, three assists and three rebounds. It was the first ever win over a Big Ten opponent for UB (3-0) in women’s basketball.
The Bulls outscored the Cornhuskers, 27-16, in the fourth quarter and was helped by their best free-throw shooting game of the season, 22 of 27, while the Cornhuskers were only 10 for 22.
Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) had 14 points for the Bulls while Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O’Hara) had 11 points off the bench.
UB will play Clemson tonight in the Ocean Center (Radio 1520, 6:30 p.m.).
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure all will be in action today against first-time opponents. The Golden Griffins (1-3) will face Texas State (2-2) in the first of its three games in the Men Against Breast Cancer event at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. (Radio 1230, 11:30 p.m.) The Griffs will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday and host Pacific on Sunday.
Niagara (1-3) will play its first home game against Alabama A&M (0-4) at the Gallagher Center (Radio 1400, 4 p.m.).
St. Bonaventure (2-1) has the toughest task, facing Maryland (5-0) in the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla. It’s not certain whether star Bona guard Jaylen Adams will play after missing three games with a sprained left ankle.
MEN’S HOCKEY: Canisius (6-4-1, 6-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) will play first-place Army (6-5-2 AHC) at West Point. Niagara (6-4-1, 5-1-1 AHC) opens a series against AIC (4-8-2, 3-5-1 AHC) in Springfield. Mass., (Radio 1340, 2 p.m.). Niagara is fifth with 11 points in the AHC, but has games in hand on all the teams above it including Canisius, which is tied for third place with 12.