Bulls Entertain Bowling Green On Senior Day At Alumni Arena On Saturday

Bulls Entertain Bowling Green On Senior Day At Alumni Arena On Saturday

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BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team (24-4, 15-2 MAC) will welcome the Bowling Green Falcons to Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon for Senior Day for five UB student-athletes. Following the game on Saturday, the Bulls will honor Stephanie Reid, Cassie Oursler, Mariah Suchan, Katherine Ups and Liisa Ups for their contributions to the program over their careers. Tip is set for 2:00 pm as the game and post game festivities will air live on ESPN3 with Paul Peck and Amy Audibert on the call.

Saturday's regular season finale can also be listened to on ESPN1520 AM or on the tunein app as Matt Mattia will get you started for action starting at 1:30 pm with the UB Women's Basketball pregame show.

STORYLINES

  • UB will look to close out their regular season slate on a nine game winning streak as they welcome Bowling Green to Alumni Arena on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Following Saturday's finale, the Bulls will celebrate their five player senior class, Stephanie Reid, Cassie Oursler, Katherine Ups, Liisa Ups and Mariah Suchan, as part of Senior Day.
  • This marks the 39th meeting of all-time between the two programs with the Falcons holding the 26-12 edge over the Bulls. UB has been dominant of late, winning eight of the last nine meetings including earlier this season on the road by the score of 88-67.
  • With their win over Kent State on Wednesday, the Bulls set a school record for wins in a season with their 24th victory of the season. The Bulls also were able to tie the program record for road wins with their 10th victory away from Alumni Arena.
  • The Bulls received some national media attention on Monday morning as they earned two votes in the latest Associated Press Top-25 Poll, marking the latest in a season the Bulls have ever received votes in the AP poll.
  • Buffalo currently sits at #15 in the latest RPI poll, marking the highest ranking the Bulls have ever received this late in the season. UB is also the highest ranked mid-major program in the country.
  • Junior Autumn Jones earned her first career start on Wednesday and produced 11 first quarter points in the win at Kent State.
  • The 15 MAC wins so far this season for the Bulls are the most in program history. UB has now notched at least 10 MAC victories in four of the last five seasons under Coach Jack. Prior to Coach Jack taking over, the Bulls only produced one season with 10 MAC wins, 2000-01.

BULLS WELCOME BG ON SENIOR DAY AT ALUMNI ARENA
After setting the program record for wins in a season with their 24th win on Wednesday night, the Bulls will return to Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon for their regular season finale and senior day. The Bulls will welcome Bowling Green for a 2:00 pm tip as the two teams met a couple weeks ago in Bowling Green and the Bulls earned the 88-67 win. Buffalo enters the game with a 24-4 overall record and a 15-2 MAC mark while the Falcons enter with a 11-17 overall record and a 3-14 MAC mark. Saturday's game will air live on ESPN3 at 2:00 pm. Th Senior Day festivities will also air live on ESPN3 following the conclusion of the game on Saturday. You can also listen in on the radio on ESPN1520 with Matt Mattia on the call starting at 1:30 pm with the UB women's basketball pregame show.

BULLS RUN PAST KENT STATE ON WEDNESDAY
Holding only an eight point halftime lead, the Bulls came out strong in the second half and put away the Kent State Golden Flashes on Wednesday night on the road to set the program record for wins and earn their eighth straight victory. The Bulls were able to shoot a season-high 54.4% from the floor while holding the Flashes to just 34.5% shooting. The stingy Buffalo defense held their 10th opponent under 60 points scored while forcing 18 Kent State turnovers which they turned into 24 points. The Bulls were led offensively by Cierra Dillard who netted 17 points, four steals and three assists while Autumn Jones made her first career start and finished with 11 points and a career-high five assists in the win. The Bulls collected 23 assists for the game as seven players notched at least two helpers in the win.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Bulls will return to Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon looking to improve on their 11-0 home mark as they welcome Bowling Green for their regular season finale. The 11-0 start is a program best start to a home season and UB will be in search of their first undefeated home regular season in division I history. The Bulls are averaging 80.3 points/game while shooting 43.0% from the floor so far this season at home while limiting opponents to just 62.4 points/game and 36.3% shooting. UB is outscoring their opponents by an average of 17.9 points/game at home this season while also forcing an average of 20.9 turnovers/game on their home court. Alumni Arena has been nice to the Bulls over the past five seasons as UB owns a 50-17 record in front of their home fans. UB is 13-4 against MAC opponents on their home court over the last two seasons. The Bulls wrapped up their 2016-17 home campaign with a 13-4 record at home, a program record for wins since joining the MAC in 1998-99. Over the past four seasons, UB is averaging 74.1 points/game while limiting their opponents to just 56.0 points/game at Alumni Arena.

HEMPHILL SETS DIVISION I REBOUNDING RECORD
Sophomore forward Summer Hemphill had one of the best rebounding games in MAC history on Saturday in the win over Ohio as she was able to grab 23 rebounds. The 23-rebound effort by Hemphill set a Buffalo division I record for rebounds in a game, breaking the old record of 22 that was set in 2009 by UB great Kourtney Brown. The 23 boards were also the 2nd most ever grabbed in a game in MAC history as Joelyn Shoup (1985) and Marvetta Froe (1990) were able to grab 24 boards, respectively. The Bulls all-time school record for rebounds in a game is 26 by Janet Lilley in 1979-80.

BUFFALO EARNS VOTES IN AP AND COACHES POLLS
For the first time this season, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team has received two votes in the Associated Press Top-25 poll. This marks the latest in a season the Bulls have received votes in the AP poll in program history. UB also earned a program-best seven votes in the USA Today Coaches' Top-25 poll, marking the sixth straight week UB has earned votes in the poll, longest streak in program history.

MAC-ETOLOGY
After the win over Kent State on Wednesday, the Bulls will either be the #1 or #2 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament for the first time in school history. Prior to this season, the highest MAC Tournament seed the Bulls had received was fourth, on three occasions. In order to be the #1 seed, the Bulls will need to collect a win over Bowling Green and have Central Michigan lose on the road to Toledo. If the Bulls win and Chippewas lose, UB and CMU will be Co-Regular Season MAC Champions and UB would earn the #1 seed due to holding the tiebreaker. Buffalo also received some national attention on Monday morning as they were picked as a #9 seed for the NCAA Tournament in the latest Bracketology released by ESPN. The #9 seed for the Bulls would be an at large bid and they were matched up against #8 California in the Starkeville, MS bracket.

BULLS SET PROGRAM WINS RECORD ON WEDNESDAY
With their decisive victory over the Kent State Flashes on Wednesday, the Bulls were able to set the program record for wins in a season with their 24th victory. The Bulls are currently 24-4 overall and 15-2 in MAC play as they have now set the record for most wins and most MAC wins in a season. The previous school record of 23 wins was set during the 1995-96 campaign when the Bulls were part of the Mid-Continent Conference (now the Summit League) and during the 1991-92 season when the Bulls were in the East Coast Conference. UB was also able to tie another program record on Wednesday as they collected their 10th road victory of the season, tying the school record which was set in 1999-00. UB is now 10-4 on the road this season.

THREE STRAIGHT 20+ WIN SEASONS
The wins continue to pile up for the Bulls of late as Buffalo has secured their third straight season with 20+ wins for just the second time in program history as they also did so from 1994-97, their first three seasons in division I. Buffalo has also now posted five straight 17+ win seasons under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, marking the first time this has happened in program history. Prior to Legette-Jack taking over the UB program, Buffalo saw just seven seasons with 17+ victories with their last one coming in 2002-03 season when they won 18 games. The Bulls and Ball State are the only MAC teams who currently have recorded five straight seasons with 17+ wins. The Bulls are currently the only MAC team to win 19+ games in four straight seasons, including this season. Ohio has done so in three straight but currently own a 15-13 overall record.

MOST #MACTION WINS IN PROGRAM HISTORY
With their win over Kent State on Wednesday, the Bulls continue to add to their program record for MAC victories as they have now secured 15 conference wins for the first time in program history. Prior to this season, the most MAC wins the Bulls ever produced in a season was 11 which they recorded in 2014-15. UB has now notched four seasons with at least 10 MAC victories under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. Prior to Coach Jack taking over the Bulls, Buffalo saw just one season with 10 MAC victories, 2000-01. UB is a perfect 9-0 against MAC East foes this season while beating them by an average of 17.9 points/game. Overall in MAC games this season, Buffalo ranks 2nd in points/game (80.4 PPG).

THE CLIMB IS REAL
After winning eight straight games, the UB women's basketball team checks in at #15 in the latest RPI poll released by the NCAA on Friday. This marks the highest ranking ever by UB this late in the season and is also the highest ranking of any mid-major program. UB also garnered some national attention as they received a program-record seven votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll, marking a program record sixth straight week UB has earned a vote, and two votes in the AP poll. UB has posted 13 wins over teams currently ranked inside the top-125 in the latest RPI rankings as they downed Central Michigan (#22), Ball State (#38), Nebraska (#61), Toledo (twice) (#69), St. John's (#71), Miami (OH) (twice) (#83), UNLV (#84), Ohio twice (#89), Delaware (#121) and Western Michigan (#122). The Bulls average margin of victory over the 11 teams they defeated in the top-100 of the RPI poll is 10.6 points/game.

RUN EM' OFF THE LINE
A focus of this Buffalo team has been defending the three-point shot and the Bulls have taken that to heart through 28 games this season. The Bulls rank 1st in the MAC and 12th in the NCAA in three-point field goal defense as they are allowing their opponents to shoot just 27.1% from behind the arc. UB is allowing just 5.4 made three-pointers made/game on 20.0 attempts/game. The Bulls have held 12 opponents to less that five three pointers made in a game this season including four of their last eight. The Bulls have held 26 of their 28 opponents to under 40% from behind the arc this season. UB has held its last five opponents to 31-for-140 from behind the arc (22.1%). UB also leads the conference in three point defense across 17 conference games as they are holding their opponents to just 26.6% shooting from deep. Earlier this season, Buffalo held Clemson to no three pointers, marking the first time that has happened since November 14, 2015 when they held LIU Brooklyn to 0-for-14 from deep.

PAINTING A NEW PICTURE
The Bulls are beginning to dominate the paint as of late and that is making head coach Felisha Legette-Jack very happy as UB has won or tied the scoring in the paint category in 24 of their last 25 games overall. Last time out, Buffalo was able to claim the 38-18 edge in scoring in the paint as they earned the win over Kent State. In the Bulls road win at Toledo earlier this year, UB was able to set a new program record as they scored 66 points in the paint, scoring 33 of their 36 field goals inside the painted area. The Bulls are now 21-3 this season when winning the battle inside as they are averaging 37.4 points/game in the paint while holding their opponents to an average of 25.1 points/game down low.

LETS GET OFFENSIVE
The Buffalo offense underwent a change this offseason to become a quicker, more effective unit and that has produced some strong offensive efforts during the Bulls 24-4 start. The Bulls have now produced 14 games, eight of their last 11, of 80+ points this season, marking the most 80+ point games in a season since joining the MAC in 1998-99. The 14 games with 80+ points are the most in a season overall as they tied the program record set by the 1996-97 squad when UB was in the Mid-Continent Conference (Now called the Summit League). UB has also scored at least 70 points in 22 of their 28 games this season including 15 of 17 MAC games, most in program history. Earlier this season against EMU, the UB offense netted 97 points which are the most in a game since January 13, 1996 when UB posted 99 points in a win over Chicago State. The UB offense ranks 2nd in MAC contests in scoring as they are averaging 80.4 points/game.

CLEANING THE GLASS
One of the keys to the Bulls success this season has been their ability to rebound the basketball. The Bulls currently rank 1st in the MAC and 12th in the NCAA in rebounds/game as they are averaging 43.3/game. The Bulls are also limiting their opponents to just 39.1 rebounds/game. Buffalo is 17-0 this season when winning the rebounding battle and just 5-3 when they are outrebounded by their opponents. UB has won the rebounding battle in seven of their last eight games as they were outrebounded by two last time out. In conference games, UB leads the MAC as they are grabbing an average 44.8 rebounds/game. Buffalo currently has two players ranked inside the top-5 in the MAC in rebounds in conference games as Cassie Oursler is averaging 8.9/game and Summer Hemphill is averaging 8.7/game.

HELPING HANDS
Despite missing star point guard Stephanie Reid for four games earlier this season, the Bulls have been able to dish out their fair share of assists during their record 24-4 start to the season. UB currently ranks 2nd in the MAC and ranks 11th in the NCAA in assists/game (18.6) as UB and Oregon are the only two teams in the nation to have a player averaging at least 7.0 APG (Stephanie Reid) and another averaging at least 4.0 APG (Cierra Dillard) this season. Reid leads UB averaging 7.1 helpers which ranks 2nd in the MAC and 8th in the NCAA while Dillard ranks second on the team averaging 5.2 assists/game which ranks 6th in the MAC. . Last time out, Buffalo was able to record 23 assists as seven different players notched at least two helpers in the win over Kent State. So far this season, the Bulls have notched 11 games with at least 20 assists and have recorded at least 15 helpers in 24 of 28 games overall, proving that team work and sharing the ball equate to victories on the court. In a win over UNLV earlier this season, the Bulls were able to set a Division I program record with 28 assists on 29 made field goals (assisting on 97% of FG's).

BULLS RANK 11TH IN NCAA IN STEALS
The Bulls pride themselves on defense and they have turned into one of the best teams in the nation in creating steals. Buffalo currently averages 11.7 steals/game which ranks 2nd in the MAC and ranks 11th in the NCAA. Last time out, Buffalo produced nine steals as Cierra Dillard led the way with four thefts in the win at Kent State. The Bulls currently have six players that average over a steal/game while junior Cierra Dillard leads the Bulls averaging 2.8 steals/game which ranks 2nd in the MAC and 26th in the NCAA. Senior Stephanie Reid currently ranks 4th in the MAC in steals/game in conference games as she is averaging 2.5 thefts and currently ranks 9th in UB history with 203 career steals.

COUGHING IT UP
The pesky Buffalo defense has been able to force an average of 20.5 turnovers/game so far this season as they have only lost the turnover battle six times through 28 games. UB currently ranks 2nd in the MAC and 22nd in the NCAA forcing 20.5 turnovers/game while also forcing 21.6 turnovers/game at home this season. The Bulls have forced 20+ turnovers in 12 of their last 20 games. Last time out, the Bulls were able to force 18 Kent State turnovers and UB turned those into 24 points. UB takes advantage of their opportunities once forcing the turnovers as they have turned 573 total turnovers into 562 points (20.1/game). Over the past two seasons, the Bulls own a 28-6 record when committing less turnovers than their opponents.

CREATING SECOND CHANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Buffalo has improved all season long on the offensive glass and they are proving to be one of the best in the country of late. The Bulls are currently 2nd in the MAC and 28th in the NCAA in offensive rebounds/game as they are averaging 14.9/game on the season. Last time out, UB was only able to grab six offensive rebounds but they turned those into 11 second chance points. In MAC games, UB has turned up the attack on the offensive glass as they are leading the conference, averaging 15.5/game, two offensive rebounds more than 2nd place Eastern Michigan. Buffalo has grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds in 25 of their 28 games this season and have snagged at least 20 on five occassions. Bulls take advantage of their offensive rebounds as they are averaging 13.9 second chance points per game on the year.

REID MOVING UP MAC ALL-TIME ASSISTS LIST
Senior point guard Stephanie Reid continues to rack up assists at a high clip as she currently ranks 2nd in the conference and 8th in the NCAA averaging 7.1 helpers/game. The Senior recently became the Bulls all-time leader in assists and is the first UB player and 13th player in MAC history to go over the 600 assist plateau, as she currently has 641 career helpers and sits in 9th place on the MAC's all-time charts.

ALL-TIME MAC ASSISTS LEADERS
1. Marti Heckman (Ohio) - 810
2. Michelle Burden (KSU) - 798
3. Naama Shafir (UT) - 722
4. Tracy Wells (WMU) - 699
5. Kacie Cassell (Akron) - 688
6. Kate Achter (BG) - 688
7. Carmen Grande (BSU) - 667
8. Dana Drew (UT) - 659
9. Stephanie Reid (UB) - 641
10. Kelly Savage (UT) - 640
11. Heather Smith (UT) - 634
12. Shala Crook (BSU) - 628
13. Maria Jilian (WMU) - 625

SENIOR CLASS
This Buffalo squad is jammed full of experience and it starts with their senior class of five players, Stephanie Reid, Liisa Ups, Katherine Ups, Mariah Suchan and Cassie Oursler. These five seniors have combined to appear in 495 career games while combining to start 317 contests together. This impressive senior class has accumulated 85 victories together and they are now the winningest senior class since the Bulls joined the MAC in 1998-99. This senior class is the first in the Bulls division I history to record three straight 20-win seasons. These seniors have had great success inside Alumni Arena over their great careers as they own a 41-13 (.759) record in front of the home fans. Combined, these five seniors have played in 9,797 career minutes in the blue and white.

KATHERINE UPS NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-REGION
Senior guard Katherine Ups received some academic recognition for the first time in her UB career on last week as she was named to the CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Region squad. Ups, a biomedical sciences major with a 3.92 GPA, becomes the first UB player since 2000-01 to earn First Team All-Region honors. She is one of just five MAC student-athletes to be honored with the recognition. On the court, Ups is having her best offensive season as she is averaging 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists while starting 27 of 28 games for the Bulls as they own a 24-4 overall record on the season.

RUNNING WITH THE BULLS
Buffalo turned into one of the best teams in the country out in transition a season ago and with the athleticism on the roster this year, UB is near the top of the nation in fast break scoring once again. Through 28 games this season, the Bulls seem poised to dominate this category all season long as they own a 310-105 edge in fast break scoring. Last time out, Buffalo was able to dominate in the open court as they outscored Kent State 14-2. The Bulls have now held six opponents without a fast break bucket and 14 opponents to two points or less in the fast break on the season. Buffalo has won the fast break scoring category in 24 of 28 games overall this season and have won or tied the category in 12 straight games. UB improved to 22-2 when winning this category on Wednesday. UB has scored in double figures in the fast break category 15 times. Over the past two seasons, UB has won or tied the fast break category in 53 of their 59 games including in 43 of their 46 victories.

SHOOTING FOR THE STARS   
One of the keys to success for the Bulls over the past couple of seasons under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has been shooting a better percentage from the floor than their opponents. Buffalo had their best shooting performance of the season at Kent State and it resulted in a win as they outshot the Flashes 54.4% to 34.5%. When the Bulls shoot a higher percentage from the floor than their opponent, they own a 52-2 record over the past three seasons and are a perfect 19-0 this season when doing so.

70 AND UNDER
The Bulls have been known for their defense since head coach Felisha Legette-Jack took over the program six seasons ago which has helped UB produce three straight 20+ win seasons. Legette-Jack's goal for the team is to keep their opponent under 60 points as UB is 27-0 when doing so across the past two seasons. Buffalo has held a total of seven opponents under 50 points and 16 opponents under 70 points on the year. After leading the MAC a season ago in points allowed/game, the Buffalo defense has once again locked down opposing offenses as they rank 1st in the MAC in field goal percentage defense (36.9%) and 1st in scoring defense (64.9 PPG). The stingy Buffalo defense has forced an average of 20.5 turnovers/game. Over the last three seasons, UB is 61-8 when holding their opponents to under 70 points and 27-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less. The Bulls are a perfect 16-0 this season when holding opponents under 70 points scored.

LOPSIDED VICTORIES
The Bulls have posted 16 victories this season by double digits including a 30-point victory over Kent State last time out. The Bulls earned their most lopsided victory since December 13, 2009 earlier this season as they defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes by 38, 80-42. The Bulls also have won nine games this season by at least 20 points as they are outscoring opponents by an average of 11.7 points/game overall this season. Buffalo has also scored at least 80 points in 12 of their 24 wins this season, more than the last three years combined, and have scored at least 70 points in 13 of their 15 MAC wins. In the Bulls 15 MAC victories, they are outscoring their opponents by an average of 15.4 points/game.

REID 'EM AND WEEP
Senior point guard Stephanie Reid has turned into one of the best floor generals in country over her impressive four-year UB career and is the midst of her best basketball right now. The senior has been great this season as she is averaging 31.8 minutes, 11.4 points, 7.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals on the season while appearing in 24 games. Reid currently ranks 8th in the NCAA in assists/game (7.1) and 17th in assist/turnover margin (2.8). Buffalo owns a 21-3 record this season with their floor general in the starting lineup. Last time out, Reid went for 11 points, four assists and four rebounds in the win over Kent State as she only played about half the game. The senior keeps adding to her program record for career assists as she currently sits at 641 helpers, ranking 6th amongst active players for career assists as she became the 13th player in MAC history to record her 600th assist. She has recorded a program record 14 double digit assist efforts in her career and six this season while becoming the first player in UB history and just one of three current players in the NCAA to notch over 1,100 points, 600 assists, 300 rebounds and 200 steals in her career.

OURSLER KEY TO BUFFALO SUCCESS
Fifth-year senior center Cassie Oursler is being leaned on heavily this season and she is proving that she is more than capable of shouldering the load down low for the Bulls. The Grand Island, NY native is having her best offensive season to date for the Bulls as she has scored in double figures in 23 of 28 games this season. Last time out, Oursler finished with 11 points and five rebounds in just 12 minutes of work as UB had a big lead for most of the second half. She has now recorded four double-doubles in her last seven games for the Bulls, the best stretch of her UB career. Over her last eight games, she is averaging a team-best 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while shooting 60.0% from the floor and 94.4% from the free throw line. On the year, she is averaging a career-best 13.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and a team-best 2.0 blocks while shooting 50.0% from the floor and 81.7% from the charity stripe. The senior currently sits in 6th place on the Bulls all-time field goal percentage charts as she is shooting 48.8% from the floor over her career. Oursler also moved into 5th place on the Bulls all-time blocks list as she has notched 136 career rejections as a Bull as she has notched at least one block in 20 straight games. She has also posted a career-best eight double-doubles and a career-best four 20+ scoring efforts so far this season. Oursler has also been named MAC East division Player of the Week two straight weeks for the Bulls.

DILLY DILLY
Junior guard Cierra Dillard has turned into a fan favorite as her flashy passes and her pure talent have been on display all season long. The Rochester native is averaging 30.7 minutes, a team-high 14.8 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals while making a team-best 60 three-pointers on the year. Last time out against Kent State, Dillard was the Bulls best player as she netted 17 points, four steals and three assists in just 18 minutes of work. Dillard's game doesn't stop at her scoring as she is one of the best facilitators in the conference, averaging 5.2 dimes/game while also ranking 26th in the NCAA in steals/game (2.8). She uses her superior basketball IQ to get into the opposing teams passing lanes and uses her quick hands to force tons of turnovers for the Bulls. On the year, Dillard has recorded at least one steal in 26 of 28 games this season while notching three games with 6+ steals. Her defense has helped the Bulls get out in transition and score, leading to their 24-4 start to the season. Dillard has led UB in scoring a team-best 14 times while also going over the 20-point plateau a team-high seven times this season. When Dillard scores 20+ points, UB is 7-0 this season. She has been named MAC East Player of the Week three times this year, most of any player. Dillard has also been named UB Athlete of the Week six times this season.

HEMPHILL'S CONFIDENCE AT ALL-TIME HIGH
The Bulls have been waiting for sophomore Summer Hemphill to break out and prove she is a dominant post presence and she might be in the midst of that right now. The Buffalo native is becoming a reliable source of scoring and rebounding for the Bulls of late as she has scored in double figures in nine of her last 10 games. Hemphill had a quiet game on Wednesday as she netted five points and six rebounds in the win at Kent State. On Saturday, the sophomore set a Buffalo division I record as she grabbed 23 rebounds in the win over ohio. The athletically gifted post player is averaging a career-high 26.0 minutes, 10.6 points, a team-best 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.6 blocks while shooting a team-best 59.2% from the floor on the year. Hemphill ranks 3rd in the MAC and 20th in the NCAA in field goal percentage on the year. In MAC games, Hemphill has been a beast as she is averaging 12.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals while shooting 59.1% from the floor as UB is off to a program-best 15-2 start in conference games.

JONES PROVIDES SPARK IN FIRST CAREER START
Junior shooting guard Autumn Jones earned her first career start for the Bulls on Wednesday night and didn't disappoint. The Indianapolis, IN native came out firing in the first quarter against Kent State as she netted all 11 of her points in the first 10 minutes. Jones opened the scoring with a triple and then earned a steal and layup before closing out the quarter with back-to-back triples to lift UB to victory. Jones had made a big impact so far this season as she is averaging 6.4 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals across an average of 16.1 minutes/game off the pine. Jones has scored in double figures eight time this season and the Bulls own a 7-1 record when she does so.