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Big 4 Hoops: UB women win at Bowling Green

Apparently, the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team has some of its mojo back after beginning Mid-American Conference play with three straight losses earlier this month.

Tuesday night, the Bulls (13-4, 3-3 MAC) led virtually all the way in a 61-50 victory at Bowling Green. It turned out to be a fairly routine victory for UB which had a comfortable lead most of the way despite making only 4 of 22 three-point attempts (18.2 percent). It helped that the Falcons (5-13, 1-5) hit only 2 of 13 from outside the arc (15.4).

Senior guard Joanna Smith led UB with 18 points. Stephanie Reid had 14 points and freshman Theresa Onwuka had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

UB led 18-14 after the opening quarter, but expanded the lead to 33-18 at the halftime break. The lad grew to as manay as 18 points, 51-33, early in the fourth quarter.

Only one Bowling Green player hit double figures. Sydney Lambert had 10 points for the Falcons.

UB will return home for a noon game on Saturday against Central Michigan, which pinned an 88-71 loss on the Bulls on Jan. 7 in their first meeting.

Thursday's game

About 2,000 school children are expected to be in the stands in the Mullins Center in Amherst Mass. at 11 a.m. Thursday  when St. Bonaventure and Massachusetts meet in an Atlantic 10 Conference women's basketball game.  It's Field Trip Day at the UMass facility.

The Bonnies (6-12, 1-5 A-10) will be looking for their first road win of the season. They are 0-8 away from the Reilly Center and have lost their last five games. UMass (9-10, 3-3 A-10) won conference games at Davidson on a buzzer beater by freshman guard Hailey Leidel and at home over Duquesne. Leidel leads UMass in scoring at 17.3 points per game.

Junior Mariah Ruff leads the Bonnies with a 13.0 average followed by graduate student Gabby Richmond, who is scoring at 11.9 point. Richmond also leads the squad in rebounding with 7.0 boards per outing.



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