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Buffalo Bulls Arena: Alumni Arena, 175 Webster Road, Amherst (6,783 capacity). Tickets: www.ubbulls.com/tickets Coach: Felisha Legette-Jack (143-86, eighth season; 284-249, 18th season overall). Last season’s record: 24-10, 12-6 MAC. Key returnees (last season’s stats): 6-1 Sr. F Summer Hemphill 14.5 ppg., 10.3 rpg., 2.5 apg.; 5-3 Jr. G Hanna Hall 6.4 ppg., 2.…

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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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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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No. 10 Buffalo vs. No. 2 Connecticut Tipoff: 7 p.m., Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TV: ESPN Latest line: UConn (-24 1/2) What's at stake?: This is likely Buffalo star guard Cierra Dillard’s last game in a Bulls uniform. UConn has won 93 consecutive home games dating to 2013 and doesn’t figure to drop this one to Buffalo. UConn (32-2) has advanced to the Final …

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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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STORRS, Conn. — Summer Hemphill missed the season opener. She missed the home opener. She missed trips to face then-No. 3-ranked Oregon and crosstown rival Canisius. But most of all, she missed her teammates. The University at Buffalo junior forward was academically ineligible for the first semester, which caused her to miss the first eight games of the season. Hemph…

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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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The University and Buffalo pulled off the daily double with victories by the men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament. Those games -- much to the chagrin of UB supporters -- were played at the same time Friday, with the men beating Arizona State, 91-74, in Tulsa and the women beating Rutgers, 82-71, in Storrs, Conn. So, what do the TV networks have i…

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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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STORRS, Conn. — Summer Hemphill hadn’t even received the pass and point guard Hanna Hall was already screaming, “Shoot the ball!” So was University at Buffalo women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack, and seemingly the entire bench. “So I’m like,” Hemphill paused, reenacting a sigh. “ 'I’ve got to take this shot.’ So I took it and it went in and I shot it with c…

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No. 10 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Rutgers Tipoff: 4:30 p.m., Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TV: ESPN2 Latest line: Rutgers (-2 1/2) What's at stake?: The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons, but don’t mistake the Bulls for an experienced group. Senior guard Cierra Dillard is the only returning s…

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STORRS, Conn. – When coach Felisha Legette-Jack learned her University at Buffalo women’s basketball team would face Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the first thing she mentioned about the opponent, of course, was her respect for C. Vivian Stringer. The 71-year-old, Hall of Fame coach has been on a health-related leave of absence since Feb. 14, and wi…

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STORRS, Conn. – University at Buffalo sophomore point guard Hanna Hall started every game this season until mid-February, but after a six-point loss at Bowling Green, coach Felisha Legette-Jack had seen enough. Hall had her playing time dialed back considerably. She came off the bench in each of the final seven games of the regular season, with redshirt freshman Finess …

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The game of Spades came to an abrupt halt, and that’s when her family knew this was serious. This was the moment. The decision had been made. Cierra Dillard was coming off a transformative couple of years. After transferring schools and sitting out a season, she had rediscovered her love of the game. She had helped the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team…