The Ohio women’s basketball team kept their perfect record in tact, rallying to beat Buffalo in overtime 74-71 Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena in the Mid-American Conference opener.
With the loss the Bulls fall to 8-4 overall (0-1 MAC).
“We’re going to be better. I wouldn’t want to play Buffalo in March because we’re going to keep getting better,” head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said after the game “We’re going to keep learning lessons, keep fighting and leaving it out there. I’m just really proud that we are resilient enough to keep trying to get better one percent every day.”
“You can take a loss two ways. You can drop your head and not learn from it or you can get after it the next day in practice and I think that’s the good thing about our team,” added Hanna Hall, who finished with 12 points. “After the Stanford loss we got after it and got the next game. I’m honestly worried for the next team to play us because that’s what we’re going to do.”
Four Bulls reached double-figures, including Cierra Dillard who fouled out in overtime with 15 points. Summer Hemphill added 14 and Theresa Onwuka chipped in with 10.
UB took a 30-20 lead into the half and continued to lead heading into the fourth quarter at 47-42 as Courtney Wilkins beat the buzzer to end the quarter.
However the Bobcats, who ranked No. 1 in the league averaging more than 83 points per game, stayed patient and finally broke through taking their first lead of the game on Amani Burke’s layup to give Ohio a 51-50 lead with 6:29 to play.
The two squads would continue to exchange buckets into the final minutes where the drama reached an all-time high.
Trailing 62-59, and already with four fouls, Dillard came up with a huge block to prevent an open layup, went down the court and dished to Hall who splashed home a corner pocket three to tie the game.
Once again down three in the final seconds, Hall came up clutch again, hitting another three pointer to tie the game at 66 and force overtime.
In the extra session, neither the Bulls or Bobcats struggled to find an offensive rhythm, but it was Ohio getting a bucket late in overtime to help secure the win.