CLEVELAND — 4:39 p.m.-Buffalo cruises to quarterfinal win over Kent State
The fourth-seeded Buffalo Bulls are moving on in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Bulls (21-9) earned their way to the semifinals with a dominant 85-52 victory over the No. 5 seed in the tournament, the Kent State Golden Flashes (19-12), at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon.
Senior guard Cierra Dillard led the Bulls with 22 points, but she had plenty of help, as sophomore guard Hanna Hall (16) and forwards Summer Hemphill (13) and Brittany Morrison (13) scored in double figures in the victory.
Along with her 13 points, Hemphill corralled nine rebounds, handed out three assists, blocked two shots and committed only one turnover in 29 minutes of play.
Kent State redshirt junior guard Megan Carter scored a team-high 19 points, while freshman forward Lindsey Thall added 12 in the loss.
With the win over the Golden Flashes, the Bulls advanced to Friday afternoon’s semifinal against the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Central Michigan Chippewas. Central Michigan survived a scare in the quarterfinals, holding on for an 88-80 overtime victory over ninth-seeded Eastern Michigan.
4:10 p.m.-Buffalo leads Kent State by 26 after three quarters
The Buffalo Bulls outscored the Kent State Golden Flashes by six points and took a 62-36 lead into the fourth quarter of their quarterfinal matchup in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon.
In the third quarter, Buffalo knocked down five of its 11 looks, including a three-for-four showing from three-point range, while Kent State knocked down only six of its 17 attempts. However, Kent State matched Buffalo in made three-pointers with three triples out of the halftime break.
Senior guard Cierra Dillard and sophomore guard Hanna Hall led the way for the Bulls with 16 points each after the third quarter, while sophomore forward Summer Hemphill added 13 to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.
Redshirt junior guard Megan Carter led Kent State with 13 points after the third quarter.
3:31 p.m.-Buffalo extends lead out to 20 points
The Buffalo Bulls nearly doubled their 11-point lead with a stout second-quarter effort against the Kent State Golden Flashes in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Women’s Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The Bulls outpaced the Golden Flashes, 21-12, in the second quarter and took a 41-21 lead into the halftime break.
Senior guard Cierra Dillard led the way with 14 points, while Summer Hemphill, Hanna Hall and Theresa Onwuka added seven each.
Junior guard Megan Carter led Kent State in scoring with nine points.
3:07 p.m.-Kent State trails Buffalo after first quarter
The Buffalo Bulls started their MAC Tournament quarterfinal against Kent State on an 11-point run and used that early momentum to build a 20-9 lead over the fifth-seeded Golden Flashes after the first quarter of play at Quicken Loans Arena.
Buffalo senior Cierra Dillard led the way with eight points on three-of-six shooting, including a two-for-three showing from three-point range in the first quarter, while four other Bulls players combined for 12 markers.
Redshirt junior Megan Carter led Kent State in scoring with seven points on three-of-eight shooting from the field.
2:10 p.m.-Kent State looks to advance in MAC Women’s Tournament
The fifth-seeded Kent State Golden Flashes are looking to pull off their second win over the University of Buffalo in the last week, but this has time around, there is more at stake, as they meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Women’s Championship Tournament.
The Golden Flashes (19-11) take on the Bulls (20-9) at Quicken Loans Arena with a spot in Friday’s semifinals on the line.
When the two teams met in Kent on March 9, the Golden Flashes posted a 62-53 victory, which was a bounce-back win in the series after they suffered a 75-66 loss to the Bulls in Buffalo on February 9.
The Golden Flashes are on a three-game winning streak and have won four of their last five outings.