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MINNEAPOLIS — Cierra Dillard did her best to put on a good face in her WNBA debut. It wasn’t much of a debut. On the bench for all of the first half, the former University at Buffalo guard sported her Minnesota Lynx warmups and her trademark headband. Dillard raised her voice when she didn’t agree with a call by the officials late in the first quarter. She cheered when …

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The Minnesota Lynx announced Saturday morning that Cierra Dillard has been cut from the WNBA team's preseason roster. Dillard, a former University at Buffalo guard, was the first player cut from the Lynx's 19-player preseason roster. Dillard was a second-round pick by the Lynx in the WNBA draft in April, and was one of seven rookies to start training camp with the Lynx.…

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University at Buffalo women's basketball star Cierra Dillard, a day removed from her performance in an NCAA Tournament loss to Connecticut, posted a lengthy heartfelt message on Twitter about her time at UB and in the city. "Buffalo will forever be in my heart and be a home," she wrote with a prayer emoji and two exclamation marks. You can read the full message below…

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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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The University at Buffalo has had a really good year. The Bulls men's and women's basketball teams are heading to the NCAA Tournament. Only 23 schools can say that. Add in that UB's football team went to a bowl game, and only 13 schools can say that their football, and men's and women's basketball teams were in the postseason. UB's football team played Troy in the Do…

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team will face Rutgers at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Storrs, Conn., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here are five things to know about the Scarlet Knights, who enter the game at 22-9: 1. Legendary coach sidelined. C. Vivian Stringer, one of the icons in women's basketball coaching, is on a health-related leave of absen…

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team will face Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Storrs, Conn. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN2. The Bulls (23-9), the Mid-American Conference tournament champions, were seeded No. 10 in the Albany region. The Scarlet Knights (22-9) are seeded seventh. The field for the women's tourna…

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The NCAA women's basketball selection show does not begin until 7 p.m., but Monday afternoon, a number of viewers caught what appears to be the women's field of 64 on ESPNU. However, it seems like the bracket is legit because ESPN has moved the start of the show to 5 p.m. Blake DuDonis of High Post Hoops tweeted several screenshots of the bracket. So if this is th…

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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 …

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University at Buffalo guard Cierra Dillard was named to the All-Mid-American Conference first team and runner-up for the league's Player of the Year. UB's Summer Hemphill was named to the second team. "Congratulations to Cierra and Summer on their individual awards for first team and second team, respectively," coach Felisha Legette-Jack said in a statement. "While this…

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University at Buffalo guard Cierra Dillard has been named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List, the only mid-major player to make the list of 50 players. The watch list is used as the first step toward selecting the national player of the year. The midseason 30 team will be announced on Feb. 11, with the 10 national semifinalists announced March 4. The four finalis…

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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 College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. With the collegiate slate over, we look back at the best from 2017-18. 1. University at Buffalo women's basketball: As the Bulls tore through most of the regular season slate, coach Felisha Legette-Jack echoed the same sentiment: The Mid-American Conference is a multi-bid lea…

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Stephanie Reid is heading home to Australia to begin her professional career. The scrappy Reid, who was the heart and soul of the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team’s run to the Sweet 16, has signed with the Frankston Blues of the South East Australian Basketball League. Reid said she reports May 27 and is expected to make her pro debut June 1. “I was l…