After a tough outing at Ohio, UB women’s basketball continued their toughest road trip of the season with a trip to Mt. Pleasant to take on Central Michigan. The Bulls struggled all day with getting defensive stops and foul trouble. As a result, they’re left with their second straight loss as they drop this game 88-71.
With a new starting lineup of Reid-Smith-Onwuka-Hemphill-Oursler in the fold, the Bulls found themselves in an uptempo affair with the Chippewas. Central Michigan’s Presley Hudson and Tinara Moore each gave the Bulls plenty of trouble—giving CMU 9 points a piece before the quarter had ended. Worse news for the Bulls came when Cassie Oursler quickly picked up a second foul, which left her forced to sit the rest of the half.
More bad news came along with fouls as UB’s floor general Stephanie Reid also picked up her second personal. With Reid on the bench, the Bulls subbed in Bade to run the point. Although UB saw some good defense early on from that point, the offense became stagnant and struggled as CMU piled on a ten point gap to end the first half. With a 42-32 deficit in front of them, UB would have to find some defense in the second half.
UB found hold of the offense they needed in the third quarter but CMU evenly matched them in the same regard. Late in the quarter, the Bulls found themselves in another 15 point hole. But, thanks to a big game from freshman Theresa Onwuka, the Bulls were able to go into the fourth with slightly smaller 67-57 deficit.
UB’s struggles from throughout the day showed their true colors in the fourth quarter as the Bulls just couldn’t find a way to get back into the game. UB continued to commit fouls — and wouldn’t adjust to it — as the refs called a tight game the entire day. With those fouls, CMU would ultimately pull away from the charity stripe. By the end of the game, the Chippewas had shot 40 free throws and made 37 of them on the day. Despite not shooting the ball well from three, the Chips were still able to shoot at a steady 44%.
The Bulls were lead by freshman Theresa Onwuka’s double-double. Her 15 points and 10 rebounds were a career high. UB also saw a strong game from Stephanie Reid, who had 11 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds on the day.
With the loss, UB moves to 1-2 in MAC play and 11-3 overall. UB is back on action on Wednesday when they face Toledo in Alumni Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:00PM and the game will air on Time Warner Cable Sports Network.