Win-loss record aside, Clemson is an ACC program who can recruit better size and athleticism than UB. Win-loss record aside, Buffalo hasn't yet found a consistent offense. Toss in more turnovers than usual, and the Bulls were caught in a dogfight with the Tigers before strong second-half offense propelled them to a 61-51 win and a 6-0 season record.
Joanna Smith committed 4 turnovers in her first 8 minutes, but finished with a game- and career-high 26 points, including 14 in the third quarter. Brittany Morrison was strong in an overall sluggish first half, and finished with 6 points and 8 rebounds, while Katherine Ups threatened a second consecutive double double, finishing with 13 and 8.
Each team enjoyed stretches of strong, energetic defense that swung momentum, but UB's big third quarter was enough to hold off Clemson energy in the fourth, and the Tigers couldn't find any rhythm on offense, committing as many shot clock violations as assists. Clemson's size did allow them to dominate inside the paint offensively but didn't help them from the free throw line (6-11), while UB shot 14-18 from the line and racked up 14 assists.
The win is Buffalo's second over the ACC in three years after a 2013 road win over Pittsburgh, and puts the Bulls to 6-0 for the first time since 2000. They remain on the road this week, taking on Hofstra Thursday evening at 7:00.