It was a great start and a fizzled finish for the University at Buffalo women's basketball team.
While the Bulls opened with strong play and quick scoring, they could not respond to the spurts from Bowling Green, losing to the Falcons, 72-61, in a Mid-American Conference game at Alumni Arena on Tuesday night.
UB held a 23-15 lead with 9:09 left in the first half, but Bowling Green closed out the half on a 23-6 run to take a 38-29 lead at the break.
A layup by Kourtney Brown with 15:02 left in the second half pulled the Bulls to within five points, 45-40, but Bowling Green answered with a 10-0 run to extend its lead to 55-40 with 8:33 to play.
It was a matchup of the two scoring leaders in the MAC as Brown and Lauren Prochaska entered the game ranked first and second, respectively. Prochaska had the better performance in this meeting as the senior had 20 points, including going 4 of 9 from three-point range, for the Falcons (16-2, 4-1 MAC).
Brown had 14 points and 15 rebounds -- including 10 on the offensive end -- for the Bulls (9-9, 2-3 MAC) while Brittany Hedderson added 13 points.
The Falcons hit 20 of 22 free throws while Buffalo managed to go just 6 of 11 from the line.
St. Bonaventure and the University at Buffalo men's teams are at home tonight with the Bonnies facing Xavier (7 p.m.) and the Bulls meeting Kent State (7:30 p.m.).
The Bonnies (9-7, 1-2 Atlantic 10) are coming off a loss at Rhode Island where junior guard Michael Davenport had a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds. Xavier (11-5, 3-0 A-10) has won three straight and has four players averaging double figures.
The Bulls (9-6, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) are most successful when they control the boards, going 7-1 in games in which they outrebound their opponents. Kent State (11-6, 2-1 MAC) is led by Justin Greene, who is averaging 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the St. Bonaventure women travel to Cincinnati to meet No. 7 Xavier (14-2, 3-0 A-10). It will be the third nationally ranked team the Bonnies (12-6, 2-1 A-10) have faced this year.