After thrashing Akron 81-51, Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball has just four opportunities to get wins left in conference play. The Bulls really need to take advantage with what’s left so that a home MAC Tournament campus round game doesn’t leave their grasps.
Tonight, the Bulls face the Ohio Bobcats for the second time this season. Like Buffalo, Ohio hasn’t had a memorable conference season after tearing through their non-conference slate. Ohio currently finds themselves with a 9-5 MAC mark. They’r also on a two game losing streak after dropping contests with Kent State and Central Michigan.
UB last met the Bobcats in early January and it didn’t go well. Buffalo saw their matchup zone get torn to pieces as Ohio shot 54% from the floor in general and beyond the arc. Ohio’s Quiera Lampkins was a force as usual but the Bobcats also benefited from big minutes from Yamonie Jenkins and Taylor Agler.
Lampkins still leads all Ohio scorers with 19.5 points per game while also carrying in an impressive 6.7 rebounds a contest as well. No other Ohio player averages in double figures and that’s why it’ll be crucial for Buffalo to not only cautiously guard Lampkins, but to also prevent the surprise scorer of the night.
UB will obviously need to limit Ohio’s star junior, but they must continue to keep the focus of 40 minutes of defense will win the game no matter how good or bad the offense is. Holding the Bobcats under the 60 mark should ensure a win.
Since their last meeting with the Bobcats, Buffalo has seen multiple players step up as Courtney Wilkins and Theresa Onwuka continue to put in stronger performances than earlier this year. If the Bulls can manage to get this win, then it’s much safer to say that they’re a championship contender and can blow punches to not only the Bobcats, but to the dominant MAC West.
Tonight’s game will be a home contest for the Bulls in Alumni Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:00PM and the game will air on ESPN3. A radio feed with Matt Mattia on the call can be found here.