Women’s basketball (18-8, 12-4 MAC) defeated the Miami (OH) RedHawks (8-17, 4-12 MAC), 83-71, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
Junior guard Dyaisha Fair and freshman guard Georgia Woolley impressed with a combined 56 points. Fair scored a game-high 36 points with four assists and four steals while Woolley notched 20 points, three assists and three steals.
Both the Bulls and RedHawks started off slow, before three back-to-back fastbreak layups brought UB into the heat of play, giving them a 10-6 lead by the first media timeout.
After the two teams traded baskets, graduate forward Summer Hemphill put the Bulls up by seven in the final seconds of the half, with a perfectly assisted layup by Fair.
But with five seconds to spare, Miami freshman guard Ivy Wolf made a three-point jumper to bring the score to 39-34.
Woolley started off the offensive assault right out of the gate with a pair of threes to give UB the 46-39 lead at the start of the second half.
The two teams traded baskets until Miami finally tied the game at 65 at the 8:04 mark in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls answered with a 7-0 run of their own, with a triple from Fair and offensive rebound putback by junior forward Loren Christie, for a 72-65 UB lead.
The final minutes saw Fair dominate with seven straight points, while senior forward Adebola Adeyeye knocked down a mid-range jumper to round off the 18-6 UB run that sealed the victory.
Christie saw her third double-double of the season, and tied her career-high with 14 points.
The Bulls will return to action against the Ohio Bobcats (13-10, 7-7 MAC) for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Alumni Arena Wednesday.
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Sophie McNally is an assistant sports editor at The Spectrum. She is a history major studying abroad for a year from Newcastle University in the UK. In her spare time, she can be found blasting The 1975 or Taylor Swift and rowing on a random river at 5 a.m.