The University at Buffalo broke away to a 16-point lead in the first quarter went from there to a 80-42 victory over Kent State in a Mid-American Conference women's basketball on Wednesday night at Alumni Arena.
It was the ninth win in 11 MAC games for Coach Felisha Legette-Jacks team which boasts the second-best record in the conference and is drawing some attention in national polls.
UB led, 41-23 at halftime on its way to victory over the Golden Flashes (11-13, 4-8 MAC). The Bulls limited Kent State to 13 field goals in 61 attempts and just 1 for 16 (6.3 percent) on three-point tries.
Senior center Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) had 19 points and took in a career-high 14 rebounds. Sophomore Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O'Hara) had 12 points and six rebounds, Cierra Dillard had 10 points and six assists and Stephanie Reid dished out eight assists.
Jordan Korinek had 22 points for Kent.
Hilbert 61, D'Youville 42: The Hawks (17-5 overall strengthened their hold on first place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, taking a 35-16 lead and rolling to their 14th win in 15 conference games. Emily Gawlak led Hilbert with 16 points and nine rebounds. Katelyn Proy has 12 points. Monica June had 12 for the losing Spartans (5-17, 4-11).
Niagara CCC 71, ECC 59: The Thunder Wolves (14-8, 6-3 WNY Conference0) outscored ECC, 24-6, in the fourth quarter to pull out the vicory. Diamond Fedrick (Southwestern) had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Shilah Parker (Cardinal O'Hara had 17 points, 15 rebounds and six assists while Neraelyn Trueheart (Sweet Home) contributed 14 points and eight steals.
Niagara (9-14, 6-6) at Manhattan (8-14, 5-6): Last Saturday's win Saint Peter's snapped a three-game conference losing streak for the Purple Eagles, who are tied for fifth in the conference, a half ame in front of Manhattan. Niagara edged the Jaspers, 65-64, in their first meeting on Jan.13. Niagara is led by senior Victoria Rampado, the MAAC scoring leader (20.7) and was named conference Player of the Week for the fourth time last week. She made all 14 o her free throws last week to raise her season's percentage to 82.9 (107 of 129).
Hilbert 100, D'Youville 75: The Hawks (14-8, 10-5 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) made 13 of their 21 three-point attempts and shot 52.9 percent overall in the victory. Antonio Alvarez had 34 points and Masia Phillips 23 with 10 rebounds for Hilbert. Hunter Martineau had 11 assists. Jeremy VanDuluit led D'Youville (5-16, 2-13 AMCC) with 15 points.
Siena (7-7, 3-8 MAAC) at Canisius (5-9, 9-2): Aside from a home loss to Niagara, the only blot on the Golden Griffins' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record is a 65-62 loss to Siena in Albany on Jan. 7. Tonight is the return game at the Koessler Center and the Griffs will need a win to keep stay with first-place Rider (10-2) in the conference standings. Rider will be home to Manhattan tonight while third-place Iona (9-3) will entertain Monmouth.
The surprise team of the MAAC, Canisius has refused to fold in the second half of the conference season with home games against Quinnipiac and Fairfield immediately ahead before a New Jersey trip next weekend to face Monmouth and Rider.
Siena comes in off a 78-65 loss on Monday night on the road to Fairfield. Khalil Richard led the Saints with 16 points in the loss. The Stags Tyler Nelson burned Siena for 27 points.
Quinnipiac (9-15, 6-6 MAAC) at Niagara (15-10, 8-4 MAAC): The Purple Eagles defeated the Bobcats on the road, 81-73, on Jan. 18, but Quinnipiac is showing signs of improvement later in coach Baker Dunleavy's first season. The Bobcats won three in a row before taking Iona to overtime in a loss last week then falling at home to first place Rider. Cameron Young a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Los Angeles is averaging 18.0 ppg for the Bobcats. Niagara is fourth in the standings. If the Purple Eagles, who have only two road games in their six remaining MAAC schedule, can maintain their standing they will get one of the five byes into the second round of the conference tournament.
Niagara (9-14, 6-6) at Manhattan (8-14, 5-6): Last Saturday's win Saint Peter's snapped a three-game conference losing streak for the Purple Eagles, who are tied for fifth in the conference, a half ame in front of Manhattan. Niagara edged the Jaspers, 65-64, in their first meeting on Jan.13. Niagara is led by senior Victoria Rampado, the MAAC scoring leader (20.7) and was named conference Player of the WEek for the fourth time last week. She made all 14 o her free throws last week to raise her season's percentage to 82.9 (107 of 129).