Lady Broncos Halt Buffalo

Saturday afternoon while the Western Michigan University Broncos men's basketball team was in Buffalo extending their season record to 9-1 (3-0 MAC) with an 84-54 win, the women's team hosted Buffalo's women's team. 940 Bronco fans were in attendance to see a dominating performance by the Lady Broncos at University Arena in a 78-53 win over the Bulls.

The Broncos played a stifling defense that allowed the Broncos to go on a 23-0 run that spanned from late in the first half to almost midway through the second half. Buffalo's Brooke Meunier a sophomore guard from Saginaw, MI made sank a basket with 2:02 left in the first half making the score at that time 42-20. The Broncos went into the locker room with a 45-20 lead at the half. Buffalo didn't get another basket until the 12:49 mark of the second half when Belinda Gibb, a freshman from Denmark, Western Australia/Willetton, came off the bench to put the Bulls on the board in the second half to make the score 65-22.

In the first half the Broncos defense was flying all over the place. Senior Lori Crisman laid out twice to steal the ball as she was flying out of bounds. Crisman has made a habit as a Bronco of not worrying about her own personal safety by flying across the floor, over the media table and wherever the ball may go. Chrisman's performance on Saturday netted her 2 steals, one assist, one block and 6 points, hitting everything she shot.

Maria Jillian was also playing some fast moving, stifling defense. Despite committing 7 turnovers, Jillian had 7 steals, 7 assists, one block and 16 points. Jillian was 3-3 from the free throw line and hit 10 out of 16 from the field. Most of Jillian's assists went to teammate Casey Rost.

Rost led all scorers with 28 points. She was 2 three point baskets shy of tying Curleta Harris' record of 6 in one game. After the game Coach Stewart said he really didn't want Casey to break the record just out of respect as a show that he wasn't trying to run up the score. Casey shot 10 of 16 from the floor. She was 6-12 from behind the arc. She also had 6 steals and 3 assists.

Buffalo's Kim Kilpela, a senior from West Bloomfield, Michigan finished with a double-double, the only player in the game to do so. She had a game high 12 rebounds and a team high 14 points. Kilpela's efforts helped the Bulls out rebound the Broncos 35-33.

For the game the Broncos out shot Buffalo from the floor 49.3% to 38.6%. Despite taking fewer free throws the Bulls had the advantage in shooting percentage making 83.3% of their free throws to the Broncos 70.6%. The Bulls also made fewer three point attempts but out shot the Broncos 36.4% to 33.3%.

The Broncos (7-6, 2-0 MAC) now go on a two-game road trip starting on Wednesday with a visit to Huntington, West Virginia to take on Marshall game time is scheduled for 7:00pm. Buffalo (1-9, 0-2 MAC) travel to Cornell on Monday for an out-of-conference contest, game time is 7:00pm.

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