The University at Buffalo women's basketball team limited Maryland Eastern Shore to 22.2 shooting and forced 31 turnovers in a 76-41 triumph over the visiting Hawks on Monday night at Alumni Arena. It was no work of art. UB had 28 turnovers of is own in earning its second victory in two games this season.
Coach Felisha Legette-Jack used all 14 players on the roster and 13 scored. The Bulls built a 41-21 halftime lead after outscoring the Hawks, 21-4, in the opening quarter. Sophomore Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O'Hara) led UB with 13 points, hitting all five of her field goal attempts. Sophomore guard Theresa Onwuka had 11 points and senior center Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) had 10.
UB shot 48.3 percent while limiting UMES (1-1) to 14 baskets in 63 tries.
With the prospect of losing five seniors from this year's squad, Legette-Jack is optimistic about their potential replacements among the athletes who signed national letters of intent with UB earlier on Monday. Adebola Adeyeye, Oceane Kounkou, Alexis Adams, Zena Elias, and Keowa Walters will join the Bulls for the 2018-19 academic year.
"We have raised the bar for our WBB Program and I sincerely believe with this upcoming class we will go even higher," Legette-Jack said.
Adeyeye, a 6-foot-2 forward, comes from Brampton, Ont. She is currently playing at The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., where she averaged 12.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals in her junior season.
Kounkou, from Montreal, is a 5-10 guard at Dawson College in Quebec. She averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season at Dawson.
Adams, of Monmouth Junction, N.J., plays for South Brunswick High. The 6-0 forward averaged 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in her junior season.
Elias is a 6-3 center from Countryside High in Clearwater, Fla. A four-year varsity player, she averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists as a junior.
Walters is from Toronto. Last season, she played at The Rock School in Florida with Adeyeye and averaged 8.2 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals across 31 games. The 6-3 forward is currently playing for Vaughan S.S. in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association.
The five graduating seniors from this year's squad are Stephanie Reid, Liisa Ups, Katherine Ups, Mariah Suchan and Oursler.
Canisius men at Air Force
Canisius and Air Force have met often in hockey but tonight's game at Clune Arena in Colorado will be the first in men's basketball between the schools (Radio 1230, 7 p.m.). Canisius lost its opener to UB on Saturday. Air Force won its opener over Texas State on Saturday. The Falcons return three starters from the team that went only 4-14 in Mountain West Conference play last season.