Joanna Smith and Gabi Bade sparked a big first half comeback and Women's Basketball has a winning streak going after a matinee victory over Kent State, 77-66.
The Bulls prevailed behind 25 points on 7-10 shooting from distance from Smith and 8 points and 8 rebounds from Bade despite committing 13 turnovers in the first half and at one point trailing 21-5.
Nine turnovers in the first quarter and a stubborn refusal to guard Kent sharpshooter Larissa Lurken dug the Bulls a substantial hole but UB used an extended run and more than five minutes of scoreless defense to surprisingly lead at the break on a Bade three pointer.
Buffalo's momentum in the second half built even as fouls sent Kent into the bonus in under four minutes and UB couldn't pull away. Cassie Oursler, Brittany Morrison, and Buffalo's apparent rebounding advantage were completely neutralized by fouls throughout, but the Bulls scored 19 in the third alone and only got better in the fourth to extend the lead.
Stephanie Reid had 19 points, 17 in the second half, and 8 assists for UB, who won the rebounding battle 40-32 despite minimal minutes from any forward. The Bulls also shot 43% from the floor, 50% from three, and scored 70 for the first time this season.
UB will stay on the road this Wednesday to face Ball State and their star scorer Nathalie Fontaine.