In their toughest road trip of the season, UB Women’s Basketball came back to Amherst 0-2 against the best two teams in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls’ defense was not up to par in either of those games and the trip back home meant they’d have to face another strong MAC program. After tonight’s matchup to Toledo, it’s clear that the Bulls are in a bit of a slump.
For the second time in the last three outings, the Bulls’ offense did not come out strong. The first quarter saw 10 Buffalo turnovers—four of them coming in the first three minutes of the game. Toledo capitalized on those early turnovers and to hang onto a slim 10-7 lead. From there, UB’s early ineptitude on offense continued to plague the Bulls. The Rockets soon pulled out an 18-9 lead in the first quarter, putting the Bulls in catchup mode for the rest of the game.
This game felt eerily similar to UB’s loss to Central Michigan in how the Bulls’ opponent was able to open up a ten point gap and run with it. UB’s offense continued to struggle through much of the game but UB’s ability to draw fouls was enough to stay in the game.
Despite losing the game with a single digit 73-64 margin, too many things were in the way of Buffalo to have a chance at winning this game. With 19 turnovers on the night, the Bulls now have allowed 18 or more in six of the last eight games. One of UB’s biggest strengths was minimized when they managed to only pull in an equal amount of rebounds. Finally, besides freshman Theresa Onwuka stepping up once again, the Bulls shot poorly 36%.
But the worst news is that Buffalo is can’t stop their opponents on offense. After 88 and 83 point showings from CMU and Ohio, the Bulls didn’t give up much to Toledo, but the Rockets still managed to shoot 48% on the day. UB’s matchup zone has looked messy and the man defense — although better at this moment — isn’t getting the job done.
The Bulls were lead by 16 points from JoAnna Smith and 13 from Theresa Onwuka. Despite not shooting the ball well, Stephanie Reid was still able to compile a double-double with her 11 points and 10 assists.
UB is back in action when they play Miami (OH) on the road this Saturday. The game will tip at 1:00PM and will be broadcasted on ESPN3.