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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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Women’s basketball defeats Northern Illinois 65-58

Win over the Huskies marks the second road victory for the Bulls this season.

<p>UB graduate forward Kiara Johnson contests a shot against Canisius on Nov. 6.</p>

UB graduate forward Kiara Johnson contests a shot against Canisius on Nov. 6.

Following last Saturday’s victory against Akron (6-9, 1-4 MAC), UB women’s basketball (9-6, 3-2 MAC) defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies (8-8, 2-3 MAC) in a tight matchup on Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. 

The game was defined by a heavy back-and forth rhythm early on, with both teams exchanging points and trading possessions.  UB held the lead for nearly the entire first half, with the Huskies only securing a lead for 54 seconds. The game was tied at 36 at the halfway point.

The game remained tied at the start of the fourth quarter, but UB pulled away late. The Bulls ultimately managed to come out on top with a seven-point lead after pushing through the Huskies’ full court press and taking advantage of their visits to the free throw line late in the game. 

Redshirt senior guard Chellia Watson — who was recently named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) player of the week for the second time this season — acted as the leading force for Buffalo on the court. She finished the game with her first career double-double and led the game in total points (27) and rebounds (10). She also had the highest usage percentage of the game at 49.17%.

With their second road victory of the season, the Bulls have now won two consecutive games for the first time since November.

Moving forward, the Bulls will look to continue their win streak and keep their momentum when they face Western Michigan at home this Saturday, Jan. 20. at 2 p.m.

The sports desk can be reached at sports@ubspectrum.com

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