With a home MAC Tournament game already wrapped up and just a single playing senior, UB Women's Basketball has seen more critical games than this afternoon's Senior Day against Kent State, but you wouldn't know it based on the beginning-to-end dominance over Kent State, a 63-47 win that closes out the regular season on a 5-2 run.
UB finishes the season with a 2-0 season sweep of the Golden Flashes after a win way back on 9 January. Today, Joanna Smith led Buffalo with 14 points, but three other starters scored seven or more. Brittany Morrison continues to shine in a starting role, pulled down 13 rebounds to lead all players, including a staggering seven on the offensive glass, where Bulls grabbed 20 rebounds to Kent's 28 defensive boards.
As a result of that prowess, which has helped the Bulls wear down opponents for a month now, UB took 20 more shots than their visitors and even - rare for this year - earned more free throws. Consider that Kent State also committed 25 turnovers, and it's almost a surprise this one wasn't even more lopsided.
In the two quarters bridging halftime, the hosts outscored Kent 32-14, a run that would ruin almost any team. In that stretch the visitors had separate scoring droughts of five, four, and three minutes as Buffalo's defense once again stepped up vigorously.
The only red flag in this one was that Cassie Oursler committed three second-half fouls in three second-half minutes, but even that didn't slow the Bulls much, as Felisha Legette-Jack was able to empty the bench in the fourth quarter, the lone frame where UB was outscored.
Prior to the game UB honored senior Karin Moss and Mackenzie Loesing, who has not played with the team this year after cutting her career short due to chronic and recurring ankle injuries. Moss has been a heart-and-soul sparkplug of the team ever since a buzzer-beating layup her sophomore season, and Loesing was on pace for multiple spots in the UB record books before her retirement and was named MAC Sixth Woman of the Year in 2015. We'll publish full Senior Salutes Monday before the MAC Tournament.
Western Michigan also won in their final game, which means that UB remains in the eight seed (they lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Broncos) and will host Bowling Green Monday in the first round of the MAC Tournament. The Bulls are 2-0 on the season against the Falcons, owning a dominant advantage on the boards in each game.