Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Knee injury sidelines Toledo guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher for MAC title game

Knee injury sidelines Toledo guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher for MAC title game

Buffalo entered the tournament ranked No. 19 nationally in RPI, and the prevalent feeling all weekend at the Q was that both UB and CMU deserved an at-large spot - whatever the tournament result.

But the tourney-tested Bulls, led by Clark a Missouri transfer who was academically ineligible last season, went on a 9-0 run, highlighted by the beefy 6-foot-8 Perkins drilling his line-drive 3-pointer.

"I'm confident, always", she said.

"We're going after the MAC championship", Legette-Jack said. 12-0 at home. We beat every team we played in big conferences.

Guevara offered up more testimony for the Bulls making the NCAA Tournament field. "Right now we're very, very, very happy because we know we're not done playing". "They're one of the top 64 teams in this country".

"Obviously, we want somebody in the NCAA Tournament to win some games", he said. The conference's last NCAA win came in 2009. "We deserve it. We deserve to play in the NIT".

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Avery and Kevin Zabo scored 16 apiece for the Flashes, who split their two games with Buffalo during the regular season.

"I don't want to do the two-step; one step in, one step out", she said. "We want to go and show people that the MAC conference is a very, very good conference and we have good coaches in this league".

The tournament title was a fitting conclusion to arguably the best season in program history as the Chippewas won the regular-season title outright by going 17-1 in MAC regular-season play.

Buffalo ranks 122nd in steals per game (6.3) while Toledo ranks 255th (3.7). Cecil Williams had 21 points to lead the Chippewas. "They focused on the process and getting better than they were previous year". Kelly logged 26 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The MAC All-Tournament Team consisted of Buffalo guard Stephanie Reid, Buffalo guard Cierra Dillard, CMU forward Tinara Moore, CMU guard Micaela Kelly and CMU forward Reyna Frost.

"Cassie Breen finished with 10 points and Moore - the MAC" s Player of the Year - had 17 points and 14 rebounds despite not scoring a single point until the middle of the third quarter. We just stuck to the grind. "When they adjusted for that, we started getting inside".

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The Bulls shot at a 41-percent clip from the field on 30-of-74.

Wes Clark, who combined for just 14 points in the Bulls' quarterfinal and semifinal wins, erupted for 26 points.

The Buffalo women's basketball team has made it back to the Mid-American Conference championship game for the second time in three seasons, but this time the circumstances are much different. She tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds and two assists Saturday. Summer Hemphill and Autumn Jones each added 13 points.

Toledo had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 10 at one point.

Fans also can purchase tickets from 10 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ticket Central in the John G. Kulhavi Events Center or by calling 989-774-3045. He came back after receiving a technical foul and hit a 3-pointer that put UB up 70-62 with 2:50 remaining. CMU had a 43-40 lead at halftime.

These Bulls may not get that far, but with depth, toughness and a shoot-now-ask-questions-later offense, they're a handful for anyone. But CMU hit four of eight free throws over the final 30 seconds to seal it. Dillard and Reid made the all-tournament team. But that reality leeched none of the exhilaration from the win for CMU.

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