With solid free-throw shooting and good defense, the University at Buffalo women snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night with an 85-72 win over Kent State in Alumni Arena.
The Bulls took a 71-70 lead with 4:53 left to play, then went on a 12-0 run to seal the win. During the run, Buffalo went 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.
Both teams shot well from the field. The Bulls shot 56 percent (35 of 63) and hit 7 of 12 from three-point range.
The Golden Flashes hit 54 percent (29 of 54) from the field and 7 of 18 from three-point range.
The difference came in ball possession. Kent State (5-19, 4-10 Mid-American Conference) committed 21 turnovers to Buffalo's 12.
Brittany Hedderson scored 24 points for the Bulls while Teresa Semalulu added 21.
The Bulls (8-20, 3-11 MAC) will close out their home season at noon Saturday against Ohio.
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The St. Bonaventure women could clinch first place in the Atlantic 10 with a win against Fordham tonight in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies (25-2, 12-0 A-10) were ranked 19th in the latest Associated Press poll and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Jessica Jenkins is tied for third in the conference in scoring (14.7 ppg) and first in three-pointers made (90 over 27 games). Fordham (11-16, 2-10) is on a five-game losing skid and fighting for the final spot in the A-10 tournament field.
The Bona men, meanwhile, play at Fordham (9-16, 2-10). The Bonnies (14-10, 7-5) are locked in a three-way tie for fifth place in the A-10. When these two teams met earlier this season in the Reilly Center, Bona cruised to a 95-51 win -- its largest margin of victory ever over a conference opponent.
In the Mid-American Conference, the University at Buffalo hosts Ohio (21-6, 8-4) at 7 in Alumni Arena (Radio 1230). Buffalo is 16-8 overall, 9-3 in the MAC, and coming off an 86-65 loss at South Dakota State. The Bulls are looking to avoid a three-game losing skid for the first time this season. The Bulls rank third nationally with 41.3 rebounds a game.