Back in the 1990s in the old Mid-Continent Conference, Youngstown State was a nemesis to the University at Buffalo in women’s basketball. Three times the Penguins defeated UB in the conference championship game.
They’re in different leagues now, but Youngstown still holds away over the Bulls.
Despite not allowing a field goal during a 15-3 run in the second half, UB (0-2) lost to the Penguins, 60-50, Tuesday afternoon in their regular season home opener before 1,435 at Alumni Arena.
Youngstown led by 10 at the half and opened an 18-point lead (50-32) with 8:47 left before the UB rally. The Bulls got only as close as 54-48 on a basket by freshman Racheal Gregory with 3:08 left.
“It was a tale of two halves for us today,” said UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “Offensively we started off okay, but we never got it going defensively and they took advantage of our miscues. I thought in the second half we did a much better job communicating and that got us back into the game.”
Gregory led the way for UB with 17 points despite playing only 24 minutes because of foul trouble. Christa Baccas added nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and three steals in 34 minutes. Brandi Brown had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Youngstown State.
The Bulls will begin a stretch of four straight road games at 6:30 Friday night at Oakland.
Meanwhile, Canisius lost to Detroit, 65-54, on the Dick Vitale Court in Calihan Hall in the Motor City. The Griffs (1-1) scored the game’s first basket, but never led after that in a game that was part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
Junior Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with 18 points. Shareta Brown led Detroit with 24 points.