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STORRS, Conn. – There is no replacing Cierra Dillard. The University at Buffalo women’s basketball program is not only losing one of the top players in its history to graduation, but one of the top guards in the country. The Rochester native, who considered quitting basketball before transferring from Massachusetts, helped UB win the Mid-American Conference tournamen…

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STORRS, Conn. – Felisha Legette-Jack is an excellent coach. She revived Cierra Dillard’s career, turning a player who nearly chose to stop playing basketball into one of the top guards in the country. She led the University at Buffalo women’s basketball program to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons, guiding last year’s experienced group to the Swee…

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Here is a transcript from Saturday's University at Buffalo women's basketball news conference in Storrs, Conn.: UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack Opening Statement: “It is just an honor. We are having fun, we are young, we are trying to grow buffalo, grow a city, grow it all. To come out and play so well against Rutgers, my heart is so full with this team, I am just e…

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STORRS, Conn. — Cierra Dillard didn’t think about the possibility that she was playing her final game in a University at Buffalo uniform. Not during the game, at least. Not while 10th-seeded UB was battling for an 82-71 victory against No. 7-seeded Rutgers on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Gampel Pavilion. But that doesn’t mean th…

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team beat Rutgers, 82-71, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here is what coach Felisha Legette-Jack and players Cierra Dillard and Summer Hemphill told the media. Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack Opening Statement – “So funny, as we’re coming up the stairs, the gentleman at the bottom of the stairs said, “Yo…

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University at Buffalo women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack and players Cierra Dillard and Summer Hemphill spoke with reporters in Storrs, Conn., on Thursday in advance of Friday's NCAA Tournament first-round game against Rutgers. Here are highlights from what they said: Head Coach: Felisha Legette-Jack On being back in the tournament: “It’s a true honor. We…

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CLEVELAND — The excitement and the anticipation were evident for the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team as they collected the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship trophy and brushed the confetti out of their hair. The relief was obvious. Not so much the relief of earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, but the relief of holding off Ohio …

Bills

After too many years of losing and drudgery, the Buffalo sports scene was marked by two overriding themes in 2018. One was hope. Strangely enough, the other was historic trips to Dallas, a place that broke the city's collective hearts three major times during the 1990s. Cynics might chuckle on the first point. The Bills and Sabres, in particular, have had nothing to …

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was chosen to finish first in the Mid-American Conference East Division in the preseason poll released Wednesday. UB, coming off a Sweet 16 appearance and a school-record 29 victories, earned 62 points and had four first-place votes from coaches and selected media members. That narrowly beat out Miami, which had 61 point…

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The Elons and Belmonts have vanished. Gone are the Mercers and Florida Gulf Coasts and Northern Colorados. The Drakes and North Carolina A&Ts are dial tones. Peruse the NCAA Tournament bracket and mostly you'll find women's seeds you would expect. So much chaff has been whisked away. Yet the University at Buffalo remains among the tall stalks, a Sweet 16 entrant …

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University at Buffalo men's basketball cut down the Alumni Arena nets Tuesday night. On Saturday afternoon, it was the women's turn. Coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the entire UB women's basketball team climbed the ladder after their 74-38 victory against Bowling Green to celebrate the Bulls' first Mid-American Conference East title. It was the final piece in an emoti…

Bucky and Sully

What a wild weekend in Buffalo sports. The hosts of "Sports Talk Sunday" discussed the unexpected return of the University at Buffalo men's team to the NCAA Tournament, while recognizing the monumental accomplishment of Felisha Legette-Jack in taking the Bulls women to their first-ever Big Dance. The Buffalo News Bills beat reporter Tyler Dunne joined the show to give upd…