The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team (7-5, 0-1 MAC) quickly jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes against Bowling Green but lost to the Falcons, 62-50, in their Mid-American Conference opener Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Margeaux Gupilan matched a season high with 15 points for the Bulls while freshman Joanna Smith had a career-best 10 in the loss.
Mackenzie Loesing helped the Bulls to their early lead but suffered a leg injury with 15:02 left in the first half after scoring eight of her team’s first 12 points.
Bowling Green put together runs of 8-0 and 7-0 and built a 27-17 lead. The Falcons led, 31-25, at halftime.
A bright spot in the loss for UB was the defensive performance. The Bulls forced 17 turnovers and held Bowling Green to 33.9 shooting. But the Falcons had a 51-35 rebounding advantage.
UB stays on the road, moving on to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face Western Michigan on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Both Canisius and Niagara will play home games today in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Niagara will try and carry over the momentum from Friday’s 78-46 rout of Saint Peter’s in a 2 p.m. game against Iona in the Gallagher Center.
The Purple Eagles (3-9, 1-2 MAAC) dominated from start to finish against Saint Peter’s, especially in the turnover department where ball pressure forced 19 turnovers (while NU only committed only 11) and the defense collected 12 steals which led to 22 of the team’s 78 points.
The Gaels (10-2, 3-0 MAAC) and first-year head coach Billi Godsey are on a nine-game winning streak which includes a perfect 3-0 start in the MAAC, including a 69-57 win at Canisius on Friday.
Damika Martinez of the Gaels is second in the conference in scoring (26.7) and teammate Joy Adams is fourth (17.7).
Chanel Johnson of Niagara is averaging 16.7 points and is shooting at a 58.1 percent pace in conference games.
Canisius (4-9, 0-4) will be at home against Saint Peter’s (2-10, 1-2) at 2 p.m. in the Koessler Center.
Jen Morabito of the Griffs returned to action with nine points Friday after missing two games with a hand injury. Aziza May of the Peahens scored 29 against the Griffs at Koessler last season.