It was close but no cigar for the University at Buffalo women's basketball team Wednesday.
UB, led by Kourtney Brown's 30 points and 14 rebounds, took 25th-ranked Bowling Green to overtime before falling, 89-82, at Alumni Arena.
The teams combined for 39 points in the overtime, which set an NCAA record, according to UB. Maine and Stetson held the previous mark with 36 points on Dec. 30, 1989.
"I am pleased in the way we fought tonight against one of the top teams in the nation," UB coach Linda Hill-MacDonald said. "I thought we executed our game plan well, but you have to give them credit, they hit some big shots when they needed to."
Regulation featured streaks and runs but ultimately ended in a 66-66 tie. But the regulation was just a warm-up for the overtime.
The Bulls (5-21, 1-12 Mid-American Conference) hit their first six shots, including two huge three-pointers from Jamie Schiebner (18 ppg.) But each time, Bowling Green had an answer, hitting seven of its first eight field goals, including five straight threes by Tracy Pontius. The fifth three broke an 82-82 tie, then the Falcons (24-2, 13-0) made four free throws to seal the victory.
Bowling Green shot 24 of 24 from the free-throw line and had four players in double figures. Pontius scored 27, including 17 in overtime, Niki McCoy had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Lauren Prochaska added 15 points and seven rebounds. UB's Brown also had 14 rebounds, two blocks and a steal and was forced to play the final eight minutes of the game with four fouls.
After Brown's 30, Schiebner added 18, including four three-pointers, and eight rebounds.
In Atlantic 10 action, Saint Louis built a 14-point lead in the second half with 6:50 left and then held on to beat St. Bonaventure, 64-57. It was the third straight loss for the Bonnies.
The Billikens (12-16, 6-7 Atlantic 10) got solid performances from four players to pull the upset over the Bonnies (19-9, 8-5).
Led by Amanda Kemezys with 13 points, including two field goals, an assist and a steal in the pivotal part of the second half, the Billikens took charge. Theresa Lisch added 12 points, and Alisha Goodwin and Lauren Woods had 11 each.
St. Bonaventure got 17 points from Dana Mitchell.