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Women’s basketball defeats Kent State, 82-64, for commanding win

Dyaisha Fair continues to shine, leads team with 28 points

Junior guard Dyaisha Fair led the way for UB on Saturday with 28 points and two steals.
Junior guard Dyaisha Fair led the way for UB on Saturday with 28 points and two steals.

Dyaisha Fair dropped 28 points, three assists, two steals and three rebounds to lift the Bulls (20-8, 14-4 MAC) to an 82-64 victory over Kent State (17-10, 9-9 MAC) Saturday afternoon. 

Fair, a junior guard from Rochester, is fourth in the nation in scoring, at 23.8 points per game, while UB is second in the Mid-American Conference with just over a week remaining until the MAC tournament.

Redshirt fifth-year forward Summer Hemphill continues to dominate on both sides of the ball, as she dropped 15 points and 18 rebounds to secure her second-consecutive double-double. Junior forward Loren Christie found the basket for 12 points; she also added six boards and three blocks to extend UB’s winning streak to four. 

Back-to-back layups from Christie gave UB a 4-0 advantage within the first minute of the game. A triple by junior guard Dominique Camp gave Buffalo a 7-2 lead with 8:04 in the first quarter. That became a 19-14 advantage at the end of the period thanks to a 6-0 run capped by a jumper from Christie.

Fair opened the second quarter with a fast-break basket with 9:13 to play to snag a seven-point lead. A three from Fair with 20 seconds left before the half gave Buffalo a 44-24 lead.

Kent State came ready to play in the third quarter, jumping out to a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to 11 with 6:07 left to play. A two-minute scoring drought for the Bulls was rained on when Fair tacked on a jumper in the paint with 2:28 to go to grab a 53-40 lead. UB’s offense refused to pump the breaks and went full throttle to clutch a 60-44 advantage entering the final 10 minutes of the game. 

Buffalo opened the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run, which was highlighted by a three-pointer from freshman guard Georgia Woolley to secure a 70-49 advantage with 6:21 left to play. The Bulls snagged a 20-point lead with 4:43 remaining thanks to a pair of baskets at the charity stripe from Fair. UB held a 23-point advantage four times in the fourth quarter as it proceeded to an 82-64 victory. 

UB out-rebounded the Golden Flashes 41-38 and turned 12 turnovers into 15 points. UB dominated in the paint, scoring 42 points compared to Kent State’s 20. Buffalo turned 14 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points while shooting 32-of-63 from the field. The Bulls are 10-0 when they score 80 or more points this season.

The Bulls will return to MACtion on Wednesday as they face the Zips in Akron at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3. 

Kayla Sterner is an assistant sports editor and can be reached at kayla.sterner@ubspectrum.com 


KAYLA STERNER
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Kayla Sterner is an assistant sports editor at The Spectrum. She is studying communications with the hopes of being a sideline reporter. In her spare time, she can be found in the gym, watching football or vibing to Mac Miller. Kayla is on Twitter @kaylasterner. 

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