UB’s rally falls short in 84-72 loss to #2 UCONN in Round of 32

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Buffalo’s Cierra Dillard, right, chest-bumps Hanna Hall (10) at the buzzer of the team’s win over Rutgers during a first-round game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

The University at Buffalo Women’s basketball team saw their season come to a close against No. 2 seed UConn Sunday night in the NCAA Round of 32. The Huskies defeated the Bulls 87-72.

Connecticut started the game on a 15-0 run after the Bulls turned the ball over six times. UB’s first bucket didn’t come until just under six minutes into the quarter. However, Buffalo used a 9-0 run to close out the quarter, trailing the Huskies 27-15.

UConn swung the momentum back in their favor, opening the quarter on a 11-2 run. Both teams stayed fairly even through the midway point of the second quarter, tallying seven points a piece. At the half, Buffalo cut Connecticut’s lead to just 15 at the half, and would head into the break trailing 52-37.

UConn went on a 15-7 run to start the third quarter. The Bulls would trail Connecticut 73-55 after three quarters. Buffalo would go on a 9-2 run in the opening minutes of the 4th quarter, to pull within 11. 

The Bulls would cut the lead to 8 with 2:36 to play, but UConn would hold their slim lead and ultimately advance to their 26th straight Sweet 16 Appearance. 

Cierra Dillard led the Bulls with 29 points in her final game in a Buffalo uniform. Autumn Jones chipped in with 14.

The Bulls finish the season with a 24-10 overall record.  

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