It's going to be a long weekend for the Buffalo State women's basketball team. Waiting is the hardest part, especially when your destiny is no longer in your hands.
The Bengals will find out at 2:30 p.m. Monday if they earned an at-large bid to NCAA Division III tournament after losing, 50-41, to Oneonta State in the State University of New York Athletic Conference championship game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena Saturday afternoon.
At 25-3 overall, the Bengals have a good chance to make the field, but dropped the opportunity to earn automatic entry with a combination of missed shots and poor rebounding.
"We had a rough day shooting the ball and we didn't rebound particularly well today and it's tough to win when you don't have both those things going for you," Buffalo State coach Sue Roarke. "We were getting good looks. We just didn't hit the three like we did [in the semifinal win[ and we didn't rebound."
The Bengals jumped out to a 12-4 lead, but Oneonta went on a 10-0 run to take the lead. The Red Dragons never trailed.
Buff State did tie the game, 36-36, on two free throws from Staci McElroy with 10:49 left, but the Bengals failed to capitalize on opportunities to take the lead. The Bengals shot just 21.4 percent (12 of 56) for the game and were just 5 of 28 (17.9 percent) in the second half.
With all those missed shots, there were plenty of rebounds to get, but it was Onenota which nabbed them, holding a 51-35 advantage on the boards.
Bianca Smiley scored 14 points -- 10 of which came from the free-throw line -- with 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile for the second straight year Medaille lost in the championship game of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament. The Mavericks fell, 55-49, to La Roche in Pittsburgh, Pa. Turnovers proved costly for Medaille, as it committed 33 while La Roche had just eight.
Tanisha Travis led the Mavs (22-5) with 18 points and 18 rebounds while Joelle Pollak added 12 points.
Daemen will also be waiting to hear if it will earn an at-large bid to the NAIA national tournament after the Wildcats lost, 60-48, to Point Park in West Mifflin, Pa., in the American Mideast Conference championships. The bracket will be announced on Wednesday.
Point Park, ranked 24th in the country, scored 28 points off 20 Daemen turnovers. Monica Kosior scored 14 points for Daemen (23-7) while Ellie Allen added 13 points.