Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball took home a season-opening win on Sunday night when they defeated Maryland Eastern Shore, 69-63, at the Hytche Athletic Center.
The win did not come in the smoothest of fashions. Buffalo handed over 19 turnovers in the game and could only scrounge up nine assists as their offense struggled to build momentum. Luckily for Buffalo, Maryland Eastern Shore also had some early-season rust to shake off and compiled a whopping 23 turnovers.
Cierra Dillard was unsurprisingly the star for Buffalo, leading all players with 23 points in a full 40 minutes played. She did a fantastic job at drawing fouls and getting to the line for easy points. It’s looking like the Bulls will need her to put in big performances like these to stay in a lot
Courtney Wilkins is the only other Bull that broke double figures in the game. In a 5-9 shooting effort, she finished the night with 15 points.
This game was reminiscent of a UB team from three years ago, where JoAnna Smith carried a heavy load of scoring and either Cassie Oursler or Stephanie Reid wouldn’t be that far behind. Buffalo will need a third person to step up on offense this year to be in good shape.
On the bright side, however, the Bulls’ season is still young. There’s plenty of time to correct mistakes and grow this very young team into a MAC contender. Adebola Adeyeye and Finess Dickson look very promising as freshmen.
The Bulls return home to Alumni Arena on Wednesday to face Niagara. Coverage of the game will be on ESPN+ at 7:00 p.m.