A little over a half-month ago, Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball squared off with the Toledo Rockets in Alumni Arena and fell after a poor shooting night. Tonight, they matched up with the Rockets for the second and hopefully final time this season as the Bulls fell 85-63 in a game extremely reminiscent of the one a month prior.
UB was on a mission to lock down on defense to start the game and Toledo scored just 13 points. Thanks to Stephanie Reid and Mariah Suchan, the Bulls were able to keep up on pace and enter the second quarter with a small deficit. Little did everyone know that the final time UB would lead the game was in that first quarter.
Toledo went on a 15-3 run to start the second quarter and looked like a much different team that struggled to find any kind of shot that resembled the word “good”. UB was able to get some offense late in the quarter thanks to their swing player Gabi Bade and Theresa Onwuka to make it 39-23 going into the half.
Buffalo’s halftime adjustments looked effective to start the second half. There was more energy for the Bulls on offense and the fight for the rebound tightened. Thanks to the combination of Reid, Oursler and Smith, the Bulls were able to get the game back to within eight, but failed to move any farther than that. Stalling out for the first two minutes, Toledo found their groove again and kept moving along. Although Reid and Suchan had another big quarter, the Rockets were too much for just two UB players to score the ball.
Toledo soon stretched the lead to a size that UB simply couldn’t recover from and the Bulls looked gassed. To top off a night of struggle, head coach Felisha Legette-Jack was ejected from the game for a second technical foul.
In the off night for the Bulls, Stephanie Reid was the only double-figures scorer with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Mariah Suchan — the other strong performance from tonight — had 9 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out.
Hopefully, this isn’t an off-night indicative of a downtrend for the Bulls. They came into today winning four of their last five. Buffalo returns to Alumni on Saturday for a 2:00PM matchup with Kent State. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.