Western Michigan (6-7, 2-0 MAC) broke away early in the second half and went on to an 82-72 Mid-American Conference women’s basketball victory over the University at Buffalo (7-6, 0-2) Tuesday night in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Broncos were led by 33 points by Marquisha Harris. Senior Jenna Rickan (Kenmore West) led the Bulls with a career-high 15 points, while Kristen Sharkey had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bulls led, 29-28, at the half, but an 8-0 run gave Western a 40-32 lead in the second half and it maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way. UB was hurt by its 22 turnovers to 11 for Western.
Among men’s teams, UB and St. Bonaventure kick off the league portion of their schedules with home games tonight.
UB (6-4) will play its first MAC game under coach Bobby Hurley when Northern Illinois (6-6) visits Alumni Arena (7 p.m., Radio 1270 AM).
St. Bonaventure (10-4) will welcome Richmond (10-5) to the Reilly Center for an Atlantic 10 Conference opener (7 p.m., Radio 1450 AM) after the Bona women (11-5, 0-1 A-10) face Richmond (7-8, 1-1) in the first game of a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m.
The Bulls will be looking for their eighth straight victory over the NIU Huskies and 10th in the last 11 meetings of the schools. Northern Illinois has lost seven in a row in Alumni Arena since its last win here in 2002.
UB senior Javon McCrea is just two rebounds short of the 800 career total. If he gets it he would be only the fourth active player in the country with 1,000 career points and 800 boards.
NIU is coached by former Michigan State assistant Mark Montgomery. It will be missing its outstanding freshman prospect Dontel Highsmith, who has a torn knee ligament.
The St. Bonaventure men and women will be putting three-game win streaks on the line against the Spiders. The Richmond men are led by guard Cedrick Lindsay, averaging 18.6 ppg. Richmond‘s losses have been to strong competition, including North Carolina.