The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team trailed by 15 points at halftime in an eventual 87-77 loss to Tulsa in the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
Tulsa rode solid shooting in the first half to a 46-31 advantage at the break. The Golden Hurricane’s 46 points were their most in a half this season. Tulsa shot 64 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range.
Buffalo outscored Tulsa, 22-12, to start the second half and pulled to within five points (58-53) at the 12:49 mark, and came within three points (62-49) at 10:08. Tulsa then put together a 17-4 run for a 79-63 advantage and a game-high 16-point lead, and finished with the victory.
Alexus Malone paced the Bulls with her third double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) of her sophomore season. Sophomore Rachael Gregory also had 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting from the floor. UB had a 40-35 lead in rebounds, a 5-2 advantage in blocks and a 14-7 lead in steals, while Tulsa had a 20-17 advantage in assists.
UB (2-3) plays again today in the tournament when it takes on Illinois State (0-5) at 3 p.m. The Redbirds lost a 95-44 decision to the host Hurricanes in their first-round game.
• Niagara (1-3), coming off of its first win, looks to make it two in a row tonight when it hosts Detroit at 6 p.m.
The Purple Eagles beat Binghamton, 63-52, in their last start. Four Niagara players scored in double figures as sophomore Victoria Rampado led the way with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Meghan McGuinness also added 15 points while Taylor McKay and Kaylee Stroemple combined for 21 points.
Detroit, also 1-3, looks to break a two-game skid, the last loss coming to St. Bonaventure, 68-56. The Titans are led by sophomore Rosanna Reynolds and freshman Darianne Seward. They both average 12.8 points per game.