Buffalo defeats Falcons

Zach Baker and Zach Baker

Women’s basketball coach Curt Miller said that the score was misleading in his team’s 72-60 loss in Buffalo Wednesday night. The Falcons led, 29-28 at halftime, and Miller said that they were dominating the game at that point.

“We clearly had them out of sync, and we were playing better than them,” Miller said. “We played well enough to be up by double digits, but just didn’t shoot well enough to do that.”

In the second half, Buffalo’s front court presence gave them the advantage. Miller said that the matchup was a complete clash in styles, and that up front, the Bulls were just too strong. “They are the most physical team in the league,” Miller said. “The second half became a half-court game, which clearly favored them.

One of Buffalo’s post threats was forward Jessica Kochendorfer, who led all scorers with 25 points. Miller said Kochendorfer, a preseason All Mid-American Conference player, was difficult to defend against.

“[She] gave us a lot of matchup problems inside, and is just a physical presence down there,” Miller said. “We didn’t do as good of a job as I had hoped on her, and really lost some focus on some defensive assignments to negate her.”

The Falcons were led on offense by Francine Miller, who had 21 points and eight rebounds. Miller said that both Francine and Kochendorf had strong games, but the Bulls had a stronger team game overall.

“Francine’s put together a couple of good offensive games in a row,” Miller said. “At this point in the season, it’s not uncommon to see that Buffalo’s best player steps up and carries them, and our best player steps up and carries us. Fortunately for them, they had the better supporting cast.”

The loss dropped BG to 3-7 in the MAC. The Falcons next game is tomorrow, when they take on Miami at 4:30 p.m. at Anderson Arena. The game will follow after the conclusion of the men’s game.

The Redhawks are 10-10 overall and 4-5 in the conference. They are coming off a one point loss to Kent State last Saturday. Despite their record, Miller said that Miami has the talent to go on a run in the MAC tournament.

“Their record is a little deceiving,” Miller said. “They are very talented and certainly capable…of being the representative for the MAC in the NCAA tournament.”

Miller said it is important for the Falcons to start strong.

“If you get off to a good start, and you have some confidence at home and you get the crowd behind you,” Miller said. “They’re a team you can hope to play with.”