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WNY College hoops: Oursler, Hemphill star in OT win by UB women

Western New York products Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) and Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O'Hara) stood out Saturday afternoon in the University of Buffalo's record-setting 97-92 overtime women's basketball victory over Eastern Michigan before 1,630 at Alumni Arena.

Despite picking up her fourth personal foul with 3:05 left in the game, Oursler played 42 of the 45 minutes and had 25 points and a career-best 13 rebounds. She also blocked four shots. In the overtime she had six of the Bulls' 17 points, three rebounds and an assist. She made all nine of her free throws in the game.
Hemphill, a freshman, had 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks, although she was limited to 30 minutes because of foul trouble>
With her final free throw in overtime, senior Stephanie Reid became the 24th member of the Bulls' 1,000-point club. She had a season-high 23 points, nine assists and six steals in playing all but one of the 45 minutes.

The Bulls needed all that production because Eastern Michigan's Danielle Minott scored 44 points in 44 minutes. She was 8 for 17 from three-point range. The 5-foot-8 junior from Miami who transferred to EMU from Syracuse scored five of the points in Eagles' 7-0 run in the last 1:05 of regulation to tie the game.
The 97 points was the most UB ever scored in a Mid-American Conference women's game and the most scored by the Bulls in any game since 1996 against Chicago State in the Mid-Continent Conference.

It was the fifth straight win for UB (16-3, 7-1 MAC). Eastern is (9-11, 5-4 MAC).

Fredonia State at Buffalo State: The Fredonia (8-11, 6-6 SUNYAC) women ran off 23 points in less than sixminutes in the fourth quarter, erasing a 13-point deficit, and defeated Buffalo State, 78-67, at the Bengals Sports Arena. Emily Lasher (Wilson) had 21 points and Jacque Law (Pioneer) 20 for the Blud Devils. Anna Chiacchia (Hamburg) had 14 and Jenna Einink (Chautauqua Lake) 12 with 10 rebounds for the winners. Katie Villarini (Hamburg) paced the Bengals (8-10, 5-7 SUNYAC) with 24.

Fredonia's men (3-15, 1-11 SUNYAC) dominated the rebounding, 49-33, and made it a clean sweep of the doubleheader, 81-72, behind 28 points by Ian Helps and 16 by Dante Williams (Hutch-Tech). Mike Henry had 20 for Buffalo Sate (6-12, 2-10 SUNYAC).

Today's games
Quinnipiac at Niagara: After an 84-55 win at Canisius on Friday, the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Bobcats move on to face the Purple Eagles (8-12, 5-4) at 2 p.m.. Quinnipiac (16-5, 10-0) beat Niagara, 77-61 in Hamden, Conn. on Jan. 4

Marist at Canisius: The visitors bring an 11-10 record, 7-2 in the MAAC) to the Koessler Center for a 2 p.m. game. The Griffs are 6-14, 4-5 MAAC after Friday's loss to Quinnipiac. Marist has won nine of the last against the Golden Griffins including three in a row since the Griffs won in 2016.

St. Bonaventure at Duquesne: After a 72-48 rout at Fordham on Thursday, the Bonnies may be in for more trouble against the Dukes, who are undefeated in seven Atlantic 10 Conference games. Duquesne and Dayton (9-0) are the only unbeaten teams in the conference. Mckenna Maycock returned to the Bona lineup at Fordham and did not score in 14 minutes. Because of a leg injury, the junior from Randolph had not played since a Dec. 9 victory over Penn State. Bona was 2-8 in the 10 games she missed. Maycock  averaged 13.6 ppg and 8.4 rebounds in 10 games before the injury. That included four 20-plus points performances.

Men’s basketball

George Washington at St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies (13-6, 3-4) will try to even their Atlantic-10 record against the Colonials in a noon game at the Reilly Center. Bona edged Saint Joseph’s, 70-67, on Wednesday night after losing of four of its previous five in conference play.

GW lost some of its scoring leaders from the team that defeated the Bonnies, 76-70, in Washington, D.C. last season. Leading scorer (14.7) is Yuta Watanabe, a 6-foot-9 senior who played for the Japanese national team in the 2016 Olympic qualifying games.


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