Over the course of this season, low-scoring defensive battles have generally broken UB Women's Basketball's way. All the better when you take one of those games at half and throw a 23-8 Buffalo advantage in the third quarter on top of it.
The Bulls avoided foul trouble, Brittany Morrison was effective in her first career start, and Karin Moss did a little bit of everything in UB's 58-39 win.
Joanna Smith and Cassie Oursler led Buffalo, combining for 35 points, but it was Morrison (7 points, 9 rebounds) and Moss (7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) who stepped up for the secondary production UB has so badly needed this season. Stephanie Reid had 6 assists running the point.
Neither team shot well from the floor, distance, or the line, but UB's huge advantage was built on a massive third quarter when they did shoot 48%, and thanks to a significant advantage in secondary stats that tamped down RedHawk shot totals; UB took twenty five more shots from the floor than the visitors. Buffalo had a +6 turnover and a +12 rebounding advantage, including 21 on the offensive glass. Seven Bulls (the five starters, Moss, and Gabi Bade) pulled down four or more rebounds.
15 of Smith's 19 points came in the second half, and Oursler's 16 is a UB career high (She had 17 for Robert Morris on 2/3/14 as a freshman). It was the second time this season Buffalo has held an opponent to under 40 points.
UB remains at home for a Wednesday tip against Bowling Green.