Coach Cheryl Dozier's University at Buffalo women's basketball players earned themselves some Florida beach time today.
The Bulls (9-1) routed Florida Atlantic (2-7), 81-53, in the championship game of the Lady Owls' own tournament Wednesday night in Boca Raton, Fla., and made a little history in the process.
A 20-3 run that extended a three-point lead to 20 (34-14) sent UB on to its ninth straight victory, tying a school record for consecutive victories that was first set in the 1991-92 season. UB President William Greiner and his wife were on hand as the Bulls won their first Division I tournament championship ever for UB on the road.
Tournament MVP Sonia Ortega led the victory with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Tiffany Bell had 14 points and also made all-tournament. Freshman Kim Kilpela had a career-high 15 rebounds. UB had 20 of its 26 offensive rebounds in the first half and forced 16 first-half turnovers by the Lady Owls while losing the ball only three times.
"This is a young group but they're very feisty," Dozier said. "I'm proud of them for coming down to Florida and taking care of business."
Elsewhere, Windsor University edged Daemen (7-5), 55-54, in the first of a two-game series between the teams in Windsor, Ont. Carey Robinson led the Lady Warriors with 13 points in defeat. Erin Howarth added 11. The second game is scheduled today.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Daemen reached the championship game of its own Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament with a 103-74 victory over George Brown of Toronto. Tony Jones (Williamsville South) with 18 points and Kevin Lange (Randolph) with 14, led six Warriors who scored in double figures. Daemen (7-6) will meet Mohawk (Ont.) in tonight's championship game at 7:30.