Women's basketball gets balanced attack to defeat Buffalo, 71-67

Dec. 18, 2007

Box Score

BUFFALO, N.Y. - After shooting lower than the temperature outside in the first five minutes, the Dolphins answered with their most balanced scoring attack of the year as the JU women's basketball team held off a late rally to defeat Buffalo, 71-67, Tuesday evening at Alumni Arena.

JU (8-3), which is off to its best start in program history, scored 24 points off of 26 turnovers by the Bulls, tallied 28 points off the bench and had all 10 players hit a shot in the contest.

Buffalo (6-4) won the rebounding battle (40-32), got 20 second-chance points and connected on 8-of-15 shots from beyond the arc but could not find an answer for the balanced JU attack.

"We haven't played in 10 days so I knew there was a chance we would start off slow," said head coach Jill Dunn. "We started to settle down and used our athleticism to force them into plays they didn't want to make. I was also impressed with our free throw shooting at the end of the game, which we needed to pull out the win."

Leading 63-53 with 53 seconds remaining, UB's Stephanie Bennett connected on a trio of 3-pointers to spark a 12-6 run and cut the Dolphins' lead to 67-65 with 11 seconds left. JU sealed the game as junior guard Regina Omoite and senior forward Ashley Williams nailed a pair of free throws.

Junior guard Virginia Gregoire led the Dolphins with 17 points and four steals coming off the bench. Williams scored 16 points, making her magic number 27 to set the program career scoring record, along with a team-high seven rebounds and four steals. Omoite rounded out the JU double-digit scoring with 12 points while finishing with no turnovers. Freshman forward Lynsay Paschal chipped in with five points, five rebounds and four steals in her first collegiate start.

Bennett led the Bulls with a game-high 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 6-of-8 effort from beyond the arc. Jamie Schiebner tallied 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to go with four assists. Heather Turner also added 11 rebounds to go with eight points and two steals.

In the first half, JU went scoreless through the first five minutes of the game as UB took an early 10-0 lead with a three-point play by Turner at the 15:10 mark. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 15-14 with an 11-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Omoite but the Bulls answered with a 7-0 run to push the advantage back to 22-14 with four minutes remaining. JU got into its stride in the final minutes as the Dolphins took their first lead of the contest, 22-21, on a 3-pointer by Williams with 2:13 left. A late 3-pointer by freshman guard Cameo Kent with two seconds left gave JU a 30-23 advantage at the break.

In the second half, UB evened the contest (39-39) after using a 13-5 run, capped by a jumper by Barbora Homolova at the 12:36 mark. Both teams went through three more ties before the Dolphins used a 12-2 run to take their largest lead of the contest, 63-53, with 53 second left.

The Dolphins will end their two-game road swing through the northeast against Niagara on Thursday at 11 a.m. The contest can be purchased for viewing on the Niagara website.