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February 21, 2013


Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results
Toledo 72, Northern Illinois 40
Ohio 61, Kent State 55
Central Michigan 77, Western Michigan 53
Bowling Green 74, Akron 61
Miami 69, Buffalo 56
Ball State 56, Eastern Michigan 34
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Toledo 72, Northern Illinois 40
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo registered a 72-40 triumph over Northern Illinois on Wednesday morning in Savage Arena. The Mid-American Conference West Division showdown was played before a rambunctious 5,009 fans.
The Rockets' (23-2, 10-1) victory was their 11th in a row, tied for the sixth-longest unbeaten stretch in school history.
UT broke open a close contest with a game-changing 23-2 run over the course of both halves to sweep the regular-season series from the Huskies (7-18, 2-10 MAC) for a second-consecutive season.
With the score tied 17-17 with 7:19 remaining in the first half, senior Naama Shafir took the game over and poured in 15 of the 23 points to help the home team build an insurmountable cushion. Shafir was credited with eight points over the final seven-plus minutes in the opening stanza to give Toledo a 29-19 lead at the break.
The Hoshaya, Israel native stayed aggressive to begin the second period and contributed seven of the squad's first 11 points to extend the margin to 40-19 with 16:40 left in regulation. The Huskies never made a serious run in the second half, only managing to cut the margin to 16 points.
Shafir paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with a season-tying best 25 points, four steals, three assists and three boards. The three-time All-MAC honoree shot an efficient 7-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe to tally at least 20 points for a third time this season and 20th occasion in her UT career.
Senior Yolanda Richardson added 10 points with four caroms, junior Andola Dortch had seven points with four thefts and senior Kyle Baumgarnter contributed a game-high seven rebounds to push Toledo's record to 11-1 at home this season. The Rockets' average margin of victory in Savage Arena is 19.0 ppg (66.5-47.5) in 2012-13.
As a team, UT connected on 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from the floor, including 37.5 percent from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (18-of-27) from the free throw line to claim its fifth-consecutive victory over its division rival. The Rockets also finished with a 35-33 edge on the boards and had more assists (19) than turnovers (12) for the 13th time this season.
NIU was limited to a season-low 27.7 percent (13-of-47) from the field and equaled its season-low scoring output. The Huskies were also guilty of 23 turnovers, which Toledo translated into a season-high 29 points. Natecia Augusta led the visitors with 12 points.
The Rockets will return to the hardwood on Sunday, Feb. 24 when they travel to MAC West Division rival Central Michigan. The matchup between the top two teams in the division will tipoff at 2:00 p.m. in McGuirk Arena and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio.
Ohio 61, Kent State 55
Kent, Ohio – Ashley Evans posted career numbers and Kent State (3-22, 1-11) posted season-bests, but they could not overcome Ohio (6-18, 1-11) Wednesday night at the M.A.C. Center.
Evans made a career high three three-pointers and grabbed a personal best six rebounds in the game.  She also tied her career-high with seven assists.  The Golden Flashes had a season low 12 turnovers and tied a season-high with 17 assists.
In a back-and-forth beginning, Kent State led or was tied with Ohio through most of the opening half.  However, the Flashes missed five layups in the closing four minutes to give the Bobcats a three point lead heading into halftime.
Ohio took advantage of the momentum and came out strong for the last twenty minutes.  They increased their lead to as much as 13 points and were able to hold off the Flashes to earn their first conference victory of the season.
Tamzin Barroilhet continued to lead the way in scoring, finishing with 15 points while grabbing five rebounds and four assists.  Evans added 11 points to her career night.  Leslie Schaefer ended the night with 12 points, six rebounds and tied a career-high with three steals.
Erin Bailes had a big night for the Bobcats, netting 24 points, including a 5-for-8 performance from beyond the arc.  Symone Lyles and Shavon Robinson also contributed, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Golden Flashes now prepare to take a stab at the Wagon Wheel, as they host Akron on Saturday (Feb. 23) at noon.  The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio and ESPN3.  It is also senior night for Barroilhet, Schaefer, Diamon Beckford and Trisha Krewson.  The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free mini hoops set.
Central Michigan 77, Western Michigan 53
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Central Michigan limited rival Western Michigan to just 18 second-half points en route to a 77-53 win at University Arena Wednesday night.
The Chippewas (16-9) improved to 10-2 in the Mid-American Conference with the win, setting up a show down for first place versus Toledo this Sunday inside McGuirk Arena. The Rockets enter with an 11-1 mark in conference play as their only loss came against CMU earlier this season.
Some work had to be done first to set up the Sunday's contest and the Maroon and Gold took care of business by holding the Broncos (9-16, 5-7 MAC) to just 29.2 percent (7-for-24) shooting in the final 20 minutes to run away with things.
After leading by just three at the break, 38-35, the Chippewas came out of the locker room and went on a quick 7-0 run capped on a three-point play by sophomore Crystal Bradford to grab a 10-point lead, 45-35.
The Broncos were able to chip their way back into the game, coming as close four, 49-45, on a layup by Miracle Woods, but were held without a field goal for a stretch of 5:58 allowing CMU to push their lead to 63-48. CMU would eventually push its lead to as much as 22 on a layup by sophomore Jas'Mine Bracey and a pair of free throws from junior Taylor Johnson, 72-50.
Each team came out firing in the first half, but the Chippewas were able to grab the lead behind the play of Bradford and fellow sophomore Jessica Green. The two players combined for 21 of the Chippewas 38 first-half points as the team went to halftime with a 38-35 advantage.
Green finished the game with 16 points in 22 minutes, while Bradford scored 21 and pulled down 10 rebounds for her third-straight double-double. Bradford also came away with four of the Chippewas' 10 steals in the game.
Turnovers were key for the Chippewas as they turned 23 Broncos' turnovers into 26 points. More importantly, CMU took care of the ball by committing just eight turnovers in the contest. Central also held a distinct advantage in the paint, outscoring the Broncos 46-26.
Bowling Green 74, Akron 61
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications) - Junior Jillian Halfhill hits a layup in the second half of Wednesday's win over Akron
Redshirt junior Alexis Rogers had a double-double in the second half alone, helping the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team to a 74-61 win over the University of Akron Wednesday night (Feb. 20).  The Mid-American Conference game was held at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Falcons move into a tie with the Zips for first place in the MAC's East Division.  Both teams are now 17-8 overall and 8-4 in conference play.
Rogers had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds on the night.  She had 14 points and 10 boards after halftime, as the Falcons held a 25-17 second-half rebounding advantage.
Senior Chrissy Steffen led all players with 17 points, and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.  Fifth-year senior Danielle Havel scored 13 points to round out BGSU's double-digit scorers.
Havel went 3-for-5 from three-point land, matching her career high for three-pointers made.  She had set that record in BG's last game, at Northern Illinois on Saturday (Feb. 16).
The Falcons now lead Akron, 49-3, in the all-time series, and BGSU is a perfect 26-0 in home games vs. the Zips.  One of BG's three series losses, however, came three weeks ago (Jan. 31, 2013) at UA's Rhodes Arena.  A loss to the Zips on Wednesday night would have put the Falcons two games behind Akron in the East Division race, with UA holding the tiebreaker.
Sina King had a double-double for the Zips on Wednesday, with 15 points and 10 boards, while Rachel Tecca had 13 points.  UA held a 42-41 advantage on the boards for the game.
BGSU now prepares for a weekend trip to Oxford, Ohio, as the Falcons take on Miami University on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23). Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at MU's Millett Hall.
Miami 69, Buffalo 56
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was outscored 41-33 in the second half and fell in its return to Alumni Arena, 69-56, to the visiting Miami (OH) RedHawks.  The Bulls shot it well in the second half, but recorded 12 turnovers, which Miami took advantage of.  The loss evens UB's MAC record at 6-6.
The Bulls got off to a hot start to the game as they took an early six point lead just five minutes into the contest, going on a 9-0 run, which was capped off on a three pointer from freshman Mackenzie Loesing.  The RedHawks, however, responded with a 12-0 run to take a six-point lead of their own.  Miami (OH) led by as many as eight in the opening half, but a three pointer from freshman Karin Moss pulled the Bulls within three.  Buffalo would end up heading into the break down five, 28-23.
The Bulls opened the second half on a 7-2 run, tying the game up at 30-30 on a layup from Margeaux Gupilan, but the RedHawks responded with four straight points.  The second three pointer of the night from Moss cut the Miami (OH) lead to one at 40-39, but the RedHawks responded with a 12-2 lead taking their first double-digit lead at 11.  The Bulls continued to fight back though and pulled to within five on a fastbreak layup from Loesing, but Miami (OH) hit its shots late including seven of its last eight free throws, most of those coming from Courtney Osborn.
Redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton led the way for Buffalo with 13 points, but did so on 5-of-17 shooting.  Loesing had 12 points doing most of her damage from the free throw line where she was 7-of-9.  She added five rebounds and two steals.  Gupilan added nine points and a game-high five steals.
A trio of UB players finished with six points, including Moss and senior Nicki Hopkins, who each did so with two three pointers.  For Hopkins, she now has 119 in her career, seventh most in school history.  Moss went 2-for-3 from behind the arc, while adding a game-high five steals.  Sophomore Christa Baccas had six points, a game-high nine rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots and two steals.  Her three blocks give her 91 for her career, putting her in 10th place in school history despite being just a sophomore.
The RedHawks were led by 19 points from Osborn, with 16 of those coming after the break.  Kirsten Olowinski added 14 points and seven rebounds and Haley Robertson had 15 points.
The Bulls head back to the road on Saturday when they face the Ohio Bobcats in Athens.  Tip off is scheduled for 2:00 pm.
Ball State 56, Eastern Michigan 34
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's basketball team (12-13, 9-3 MAC) tallied a 56-34 victory over Eastern Michigan (6-19, 4-8 MAC) in a Mid-American Conference contest Wednesday evening in Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals had four players in double figures with freshman guard Nathalie Fontaine leading the way with a double-double after scoring 16 points while pulling down 12 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Shelbie Justice chipped in 11 points while teammates junior forward Katie Murphy and junior guard Brandy Woody each had 10 apiece.  Murphy also brought down a career-high 15 rebounds in the victory.  As a team Ball State out-rebounded Eastern Michigan 56-to-34.
 In a game that Eastern Michigan led 15-13 at the half, the Cardinals outscored the Eagles 43-19 in the second stanza to seal the victory.
Ball State's second half surge which started at the 11:37 mark after a jumper from Brittany Carter that tied the game 28-28 gave the Cardinals the momentum they needed to win the ball game.
After that, Ball State orchestrated a 16-2 run with baskets from Murphy, Justice and Lyzz Smith giving the Cardinals a 41-30 advantage over the Eagles with 7:52 left in the contest.  The Cardinals continued to shoot well the remainder of the half, Woody nailed a three pointer to make it 48-34 with 1:32 remaining.  The Eagles were unable to overcome their second half deficit while the Cardinals made their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
Poor shooting and turnovers plagued both teams in the first half.  The score was tied a total of four times with two lead changes but Eastern Michigan would end the half up 15-13 over Ball State. 
The Ball State women's basketball team continues MAC action at home Saturday when it hosts Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. in Worthen Arena.   The game against the Huskies will be the Cardinals "Think Pink" game for breast cancer awareness. 

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