University at Buffalo Women's Basketball

Bulls Drop MAC Opener to Bowling Green

Freshman Stephanie Bennett has team-high 13 points in 70-45 loss

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Stephanie Bennett
BUFFALO, NY - The visiting Bowling Green Falcons shot 55.6 percent from the floor and hit eight three-pointers in the first half en route to a 70-45 win over the University at Buffalo women's basketball team in the Mid-American Conference opener for both squads. The loss drops Buffalo's record to 2-10 overall and 0-1 in the MAC while Bowling Green improved to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

The first half started out slow with the Bulls making just one of their first six shots and the Falcons going just 2-for-8 from the floor in the first five minutes of the game. A three-pointer by freshman Stephanie Bennett (Springfield, OH/Kenton Ridge) at the 14:29 mark tied the score at 5-5, but Bowling Green then embarked on a 10-0 run to take a 15-5 lead with 11:39 on the clock. The run coincided with Buffalo's offense going cold, as the Bulls went 0-for-11 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the free throw line over the next 11:52 after Bennett's three-pointer until she hit another one with 2:37 on the clock to cut the Falcons' lead to 19, 33-14. While the Bulls' shooting struggled, Bowling Green caught fire to break the game open. Following their 10-0 run, the Falcons made nine of their next 11 shots from the floor, including six three-pointers, to take their biggest lead of the half, 41-18, with 1:03 remaining. Bennett's third three-pointer of the half and two free throws by BGSU's Kate Achter sent the Falcons to the lockerroom with a 43-21 lead at the break. The Falcons finished the half 15-for-27 from the floor and 8-for-17 from three-point range (47.1 percent) while the Bulls shot just 5-for-22 (22.7 percent) and 3-for-7 from three-point range (42.9 percent).

Bowling Green led by as many as 30 points in the second half, 61-31 at the 7:04 mark and 65-35 at the 4:05 mark, before settling for the 25-point victory. The Falcons had three players finish in double figures in scoring, led by a game-high 14 points from Liz Honegger. Carin Horne and Ali Mann added 13 points apiece, and Mann also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. The Falcons outrebounded the Bulls by a 41-31 margin, and they finished the game with a 43.5 shooting percentage (27-for-62), including 30.0 percent from three-point range (9-for-30).

Stephanie Bennett led the Bulls with a season-high 13 points, 11 in the first half. Senior Allison Bennett (Springfield, OH/Kenton Ridge) added 10 points, while freshman Heather Turner (West Seneca, NY/Mount Mercy Academy) scored six points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. The Bulls shot 32.0 percent from the floor (16-for-50) in the game.

"We played better in the second half, but it was too little too late," said UB head coach Cheryl Dozier. "We didn't play our game in the first half and they shot the ball extremely well against our zone. I thought Stephanie Bennett had a nice game for us and Flynn Pyykkonen (Clarkston, MI/Birmingham Marian) gave us some good minutes off the bench. It's not going to get any easier, but we have a week to prepare for Miami, so we have to put this behind us and move on to the next opponent."

The Bulls are off this weekend before returning to the court to host Miami (OH) at 7 pm next Wednesday, January 12 in Alumni Arena.

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