The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team allowed just nine points in the opening half, its fewest since joining the Mid-American Conference, and scored a season-high 81 points as it led wire-to-wire in defeating Kent State, 81-45, Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Alumni Arena.
In Olean, St. Bonaventure (10-19, 3-11 Atlantic 10) completed its women’s season with a 71-58 victory over La Salle (8-21, 4-10 A-10) in the Reilly Center.
The win moved UB (10-18, 8-7 MAC) past its overall victory total from last season and doubled its number of conference victories. Also, the Bulls locked up the No. 7 seed in the MAC playoffs and guaranteed themselves a home game next Sunday against an opponent to be determined.
The Bulls opened the game on a 17-0 run as the Golden Flashes did not score until the 11:54 mark of the first half. Senior Nicki Hopkins recorded three of her career-high seven assists during the opening burst. UB took a 31-9 lead into the break.
The Bulls did a lot of their damage from behind the arc as they shot 7 of 11 from three-point range in the second half.
“We were really talking and communicating out there defensively and that is where it all starts, on the defensive end of the floor,” said UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
The Bulls finished with a balanced scoring effort with four players in double figures. Freshman Mackenzie Loesing led all scorers with 17 points in just 20 minutes.
Starter Margeaux Gupilan joined a pair of players off the bench — Karin Moss and Cherridy Thornton — with 11 points.
Kent State (3-25, 1-14 MAC) shot just 25.5 percent (14-55) from the floor while UB shot 49.2 (29-59). The Bulls will conclude the regular season Wednesday night when they host MAC East champion Akron at 7 p.m.
Alaina Walker and Doris Ortega each netted 18 points in St. Bonaventure’s victory. In her final game, Walker also registered the 600th rebound of her career.