OXFORD, OH – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team won its second straight game, defeating Miami (OH) 66-59 on Saturday afternoon. With the win the Bulls improve to 10-4 on the year, 2-1 in Mid-American Conference Play.
Cierra Dillard led all scorers with 26 points, including 10-12 from the charity stripe, narrowly missing out on a triple-double, dishing out 10 assists, pulling down five rebounds and adding three steals. Theresa Onwuka added a double-double of her own with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Courtney Wilkins chipped in 12 points, going 4-8 from beyond the arc.
"I like what we're doing, we're getting better every day," head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "It was a long road trip but these kids don't see anything but what is the next plan of attack."
Buffalo got off to a slow start, going 3-15 from the field for just six points, the fewest points scored by the Bulls in a quarter this season. UB improved slightly on the offensive end in the second quarter, connecting on 6-15 (40%) shots from the field and 2-7 from beyond the arc, but the Bulls found themselves down 30-22 at the break. The 22 points in the first half were the fewest scored by Buffalo in a half since the Stanford game on Dec. 21.
The Bulls offense would come alive in the third quarter however, as UB shot 10-18 (55.6%) from the field and 3-5 (60%) from the three point line to explode for 26 points in the quarter. A Dillard fast break layup capped a 14-1 UB run and a few plays later, back-to-back baskets by Dillard and Onwuka gave Buffalo its first lead since the opening minutes, 42-40. The Bulls closed the quarter on a Wilkins three-pointer from the corner to take a 48-45 lead.
Dillard continued to pace the UB offense in the fourth, connecting on a floater in the lane to give the Bulls the lead 58-56 with 4:19 to play. Following a timeout, Onwuka finished an offensive put back and Summer Hemphill got three the hard way on an and one to give UB its largest lead of the game, 63-59. Dillard closed the game at the free throw line to secure the victory for the Bulls.
The Bulls outshot the RedHawks from the field and from beyond the arc, finishing at 41.4% and 26.3%, respectively, and turned it over just 15 times but were outrebounded 44-37. Additionally, UB won the points in the paint battle 30-28 and the Buffalo bench outscored Miami's bench 22-10.
Buffalo returns home to Alumni Arena to host Ball State on Wednesday, January 16 at 7 p.m.