There's not much you can do to overcome an 11-point half, no matter what else goes right. In last season's game against St. Bonaventure, UB Women's Basketball was able to overcome a slow start to beat the Bonnies, but tonight trailed throughout in a 59-32 loss.
Buffalo hasn't been a particularly strong offensive team at all this season, but until recently did enough in combination with a very strong defense to win. Lately, as the defense faces tougher tests, there's less room for error, and tonight the offense was as bad as any game in program history.
Stephanie Reid led the Bulls in scoring with 10 points, but the UB offense could not even top 20% shooting, while Bonaventure was above 40% for much of the game. Though it's hard to accumulate assists when no one can hit a shot, Reid also finished with 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Mirte Scheper had a career-high 7 boards for UB, but the Bulls were just as ineffective on the glass, outrebounded 52-30. They did, at least, force 22 Bonnies turnovers to only 14 of their own.
UB was last held under 40 points on November 26, 2011 against #2 Connecticut, when they lost 90-34. This game is the lowest output for the Bulls since a 76-29 loss to Tulane on December 28, 2001.
UB now has 12 needed days off to figure out their offense before their final Big Four rivalry of the year, a road game against Niagara on Monday, 21 December.