Buffalo sends Kent packing to advance to the MAC Tournament final

The Buffalo Bulls downed Kent State 78-61 to advance to the MAC Tournament finals. The Buffalo effort was spearheaded by the scoring efforts of Jeremy Harris. He tallied 22 points and 7 rebounds for the Bulls. He was most notably a threat in transition, where his speed and finishing ability really flourished.
The Flashes failed to mount any sort of serious come back in the game. The usually explosive offense contributions from Jaelen Avery and Jaylin Walker were not present at the Q. Avery finished as the top scorer for Kent with 16. Kent also struggled finding a way to stop Buffalo on transition. Typically a formidable body roaming the paint, De La Rosa of Kent was out-muscled by Buffalo big man Perkins. Kent State struggled in transition offense as well on a night that did not do justice by them.
The MAC Tournament Finals will be Friday March 9 between the Buffalo Bulls and the Toledo Rockets.

Bulls Blast Broncos for Berth in Championship Game

The Buffalo Bulls squared off against the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday, March 9, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for the MAC Women’s Quarterfinal. Buffalo got off to a hot start thanks to the lightning fast speed of Stephanie Reid, the senior guard from Australia. Cassie Ousler also contributed with two fadeaway jumpers. But the Broncos would not let the Bulls run away with it that early as Jordan Walker and Breanna Mobley battled back and went up 9-8 in the first quarter. The Bulls would then go on an unstoppable 12-0 run to end the first quarter and make the score 20-9 after one. The second quarter started off all Western Michigan as Breanna Mobley scored 6 unanswered points. But just as the Broncos started to find their groove, Buffalo came back and took the lead. Summer Hemphill stepped up big for the Bulls and Autumn Jones contributed off the bench.

The score at halftime would end up being Buffalo 32, Broncos 24.

The second half would be much like the first. The broncos would hit a shit and then the Bulls would answer back right away. It was not until mid way through the third quarter that Buffalo went on an amazing run thanks to Autumn Jones’ 4 point play which she then followed up with another 3 the next possession. The score at the end of the third would be 59-36, all Buffalo. Western Michigan’s struggles seem to come from their inability to shoot from beyond the arch, 20% from three, and defensive breakdowns against the Bulls’ quickness and physicality. Breanna Mobley was the Broncos only bright spot as she would finish the game with 21 points. For the Bulls their top scorers were Cierra Dillard with 17 points and Stephanie Reid with 12 points. The final result would be Buffalo 85, Western Michigan 53. Buffalo will play on Saturday in the MAC Championship Game against Central Michigan University.

 

Central Michigan squeaks past Miami in MAC quarterfinal game

Cleveland, OH — The Central Michigan Chippewas women’s basketball team defeated the Miami RedHawks with a score of 61-58 after a tough fought game by both teams in the MAC quarterfinals. Miami’s star player Lauren Dickerson struggled in the first half as she shot three for 14. Micaela Kelly thrived for the Chippewas in the first half and kept up the intensity as she led her team in scoring with nine points.

Kelly was the leading scorer for the Chippewas as she had 16 points on six of nine shooting, along with three rebounds and three assists. Dickerson led all scorers in the game with 21 points and she was the only player to play all 40 minutes of the game.

Collective team ball was the theme for the Chippewas, as it has been throughout the entire season. The Chippewas’ five starters all averaged double digit scoring throughout the season, and Miamis’ Dickerson was the only player to average double digit scoring, with 19.8 points per game.

Dickerson took command of her team but it wasn’t enough with her low field goal percentage and the strong offense presented by the Chippewas. Presley Hudson came on strong for the Chippewas in the second half and scored a total of  points in the game. The leading scorers Reyna Frost and Kelly dominated while both shooting over 50 percent in the game.

The Chippewas will play the winner of the Buffalo Bulls verses Western Michigan game and they will have a chance to win the women’s MAC Championship game on Saturday.

 

 

 

Heartbreak in Cleveland

The Akron Zips dominated almost the entire game, but couldn’t finish the job. Akron’s season ends in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament to Eastern Michigan, 67-58.

Post game Coach Groce took to the microphone to talk about the toughness his players showed. Akron started the game as well as they had all season, “I think this is maybe as good as we’ve played all year” Groce said addressing the media.

Coach Groce also elaborated on the two games the team endured this week. He commented saying “Obviously two different games, one where we’re down by 23 and come back and win, and this one we’re up 19 and not quite able to finish them off”.

Leading the way for the Zips was sophomore forward, Daniel Utomi who put in a 14 point effort. Malcolm Duvivier, playing in his final collegiate game, and Eric Parrish both chipped in 13 points, respectfully.

The Zips started off hot and got out to a 10-0 start. They showed no signs of being affected by Eastern Michigan’s 2-3 zone. Akron got the ball where they wanted, when they wanted and hit threes in the process.

Eastern Michigan was held to 32% shooting from the field in the first half, as junior forward, James Thompson IV was in foul trouble and only had 2 points entering halftime. The Zips continued to pull away and lead 31-22.

The second half was much more of the same in the beginning. The Zips were leading by 19 points with a little over 5 minutes left remaining in the game, but that is when things began to fall apart.

The game was chippy from start to finish including technical fouls being called on Coach Groce, James Thompson IV, and Tim Bond. The biggest technical was on Jimond Ivey, who received it by slamming the ball in front of the ref.

Ivey received the technical at the 8 minute mark in the second half, as the Zips lead by 11. From that point on, the Eagles went on a 22-5 run to end the game, and in the process finishing the Zips season.

The Eagles were paced by Elijah Minnie. The third team all-MAC selection had 21 points and 3 blocks. Eastern Michigan also got a combined 30 points from Tim Bond and Paul Jackson.

Eastern Michigan will move onto the semi-finals against Toledo, while Akron will be looking forward to the off-season.

Akron finishes the season 14-18 on the season, and 6-12 in conference play. The record will not show the growth the team has shown over the last month.

So ends the first season in the Coach Groce era. Akron will look to bounce back with a mostly returning roster. The season did not reach the same success as years prior, but it does give an insight into a young team with a bright future.

Toledo narrowly defeat Miami to advance in the MAC Tournament.

The Toledo Rockets downed the Miami RedHawks at Quicken Loans Arena to advance to the Semi-finals of the MAC Tournament. The final score was 71-69. Jaelan Sanford lead scoring with 21 points.
Nike Subande and Darrian Ringo of Miami fought hard to keep the game close, scoring 20 and 19 respectively. The rest of the starting five for Miami turned in a disappointing 13 points, which is likely to blame for the team coming up just a bucket short. The Redhawks also shot significantly better from beyond the arc, further adding to the question marks surrounding their defeat. Their performance was not enough to silence the lights out shooting of Sanford.
Toledo will play the winner of the game between Akron and Eastern Michigan in the semi-finals. Stay tuned to WZIP.fm for more updates regarding results and game times.