It wasn't a masterpiece performance, but Cierra Dillard went out in glory in perhaps her final game at Alumni Arena for the University at Buffalo.
Dillard scored 27 points and left to a standing ovation with 38 seconds left in UB's 75-61 triumph over Bowling Green Wednesday night in the final regular season women's home game. The win wrapped up a first-round bye for the Bulls in next week's Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Championship.
The senior from Rochester needed a her season-high 30 field goal attempts to get 27 points, slightly over the 25.5 average she brought into the game. She made only 2 of 16 from 3-point range but was a perfect 13-for-13 at the foul line.
Dillard has 695 points for the season and 1,281 in her career at UB with a regular season road game at Kent State ahead on Saturday afternoon, at least one game in the MAC tournament and a possible NCAA tournament game.
The way the Bulls handled the visiting Falcons after a lethargic 10-10 first quarter made it difficult to believe they lost to BG in an upset last month in Ohio. It was 35-24 at halftime and the lead was up to 18 points, 59-41, at the three-quarter mark.
Dillard's possible home finale, barring a home game in a postseason tournament almost overshadowed a strong game by Summer Hemphill. The junior from Cardinal O'Hara had 18 points on 7 for 12 shooting, 16 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Senior Brittany Morrison also turned in a strong performance in her possible finale at the AA. The senior from North Ridgeville, Ohio had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
It was not a good shooting night for the Bulls (25 of 66 for 37.9 percent and 4 of 23 for 17.4 from 3-point range). However, it was a dominant rebounding game for UB. Hemphill and Morrison led an effort off the boards the produced a 52-24 rebound advantage.
The Falcons hurt UB with their 3-point shooting in their previous meeting. This time, Sydney Lambert and Morgan McMillen each hit five 3-pointers as BG hit 12 as a team. However, they had only six 2-point goals while UB was collecting 21.