It's been referenced in plenty of places the increasing comfort that the Womens Hoops team has with their second-year coach Felisha Legette-Jack. After a dismal out of conference slate last year, the Bulls surprised everyone by putting together an 8-8 record in MAC play. While the book it out on much of the coaching turnover under Danny White's oversight, the Syracuse alum and former Indiana coach certainly seems to be an upgrade over her predecessor Linda Hill-MacDonald.
Through four games this season, UB has come out to a 2-2 mark. Unfortunately, without knowing the quality of their opponents so far, the team has been trending in the wrong direction. After a double-digit road win against Binghamton, and a seven point victory at Youngstown State, the women have dropped a seven point home loss to Cornell and today lost by double digits in Pittsburgh to Duquesne.
The standout performers so far are pretty much who you'd expect:
Mackenzie Loesing 16 points; Margeaux Gupilan 15 points
Mackenzie Loesing 22 points; Margeaux Gupilan 6 assists
Kristen Sharkey 25 points, 14 rebounds; Mackenzie Loesing 20 points, 10 rebounds
Kristen Sharkey 16 points, Christa Baccas 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks
As a team through four games, the Bulls are only shooting 36% from the field, 58% from the line, and averaging more turnovers than assists. With Ashley Zuber in the coaching fold, fans should hope that the turnover numbers start to decrease before conference play. On the plus side, the women have outrebounded their opponents by a margin of nearly 5/game, and are forcing just as many turnovers as they give up.
One Bull in particular is finding success off the court, as well:
Buffalo next travels to crosstown rival Canisius on Wednesday, and then has three games the first week of December at Pittsburgh and at Siena, with a home match against St. Francis (PA) in between.