What happened in UB sports over winter break
Men’s Basketball (16-6, 8-1 MAC)
The Bulls have looked like killers in the MAC so far this season. Despite a recent close loss to Kent State (12-10, 6-3 MAC), the Bulls have won nine of their last 10 games. Seven of those wins were by 10 points or more. The team started the season with some impressive individual performances, but now the Bulls have been playing on a more consistent level.
Junior guard Jeremy Harris and sophomore guard Davonta Jordan have both improved on the offensive side of the ball in recent games. The Bulls will need to continue to play at the same high level to continue their success in the MAC.
The Bulls play their next game on Friday at Alumni Arena against the Western Michigan Broncos (13-9, 5-4 MAC).
Women’s Basketball (16-3, 7-1 MAC)
The women’s basketball team has looked outstanding this season and picked up wins from big conference teams before winter break. The Bulls entered conference play this break off a 73-72 win over St. John’s (12-10, 5-6 MAC). Since then, the Bulls have won all their conference games except for a road overtime loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies (10-10, 2-7 MAC).
Junior guard Cierra Dillard has looked superb shooting, averaging 20.7 points in the month of January. Despite some inconsistent shooting, senior guard Stephanie Reid has remained an asset with assist. Senior center Cassie Oursler has also had some impressive double-double performances.
The Bulls’ next game is on the road Saturday against the Toledo Rockets (14-7, 5-4 MAC).
Track and Field
The track and field team competed in three events over the break. At the Great Dane invite, sophomore Ray Anikwue came in first in the men’s 60 meter dash. Sophomore Stephanie Ward also came in first in the women’s 3,000 meter.
The Bulls followed that trip with the Upstate challenge. There sophomore Sydney March, senior Jess Dhaliwall, and junior Selina Von Jackowski all took first in their respected events. Later that month Von Jackowski would also take first in the women’s long jump at the Penn State Invitational.
The Bulls’ next event will be the Akron Invite and the start of MAC invitationals.
Wrestling (5-8, 2-3 MAC)
The Bulls spent most of the break on the road having only one meet at home in the last six. It was not a successful run for the team as they went 2-4 during that stretch. Now the MAC conference is firmly underway and the Bulls will look to improve coming off a recent 22-17 loss to Hofstra.
Their next meet will be on the road against the Eastern Michigan Eagles in another conference meet on Friday. Their next home meet will be on February 11 against the Northern Illinois Huskies in another MAC meeting.
Swimming and Diving (7-0, 4-0 MAC)
The swimming and diving team had a very successful winter break, winning all four of the invites they were scheduled for. They are currently coming off a 212-88 win over Ball State. Junior Catherine Schultheis won both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly events.
The Bulls have one more invite this month against the Cleveland State Vikings this Saturday. The Bulls will be in the MAC Championship in Athens, Ohio starting February 21.
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