11/5/19

<img alt="DYAISHA FAIR" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/5/FAIR_20191105wbb_0956web.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>BUFFALO, NY</strong> – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team defeated Central Connecticut State 61-56 in the 2019-20 season-opener at Alumni Arena on Tuesday night.<br /> <br /> The Bulls were led by freshman Dyaisha Fair who recorded a double-double in her first game as a Bull as she scored a game-high 24 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and dished out three assists. Senior Theresa Onwuka recorded a new career-high with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe to go along with five rebounds, five steals and three assists.<br /> <br /> With the win, the Bulls are now a perfect 40-0 over the last three plus seasons when holding opponents to under 60 points.<br /> <br /> Central Connecticut got off to a quick start, converting an and-one to start the game and scored again a couple possessions later to take an early 5-3 lead. The Bulls would respond with an 8-0 run, all courtesy of Onwuka, to take a 11-5 lead at first media timeout. The two teams would trade baskets the rest of the quarter and Buffalo would take a 17-11 after one quarter of play.<br /> <br /> Offense would be at a premium to start the second quarter as the Bulls maintained a 20-13 lead at the media timeout. The Blue Devils would use a 6-3 run to cut the lead to four with 2:22 to play in the first half but the Bulls responded with an 8-3 run of their own, sparked by a Fair triple and a great look from Marissa Hamilton to Onwuka, to give UB the 31-22 lead at the break.<br /> <br /> Both teams struggled in the opening half as the teams were just a combined 3-for-33 from beyond the arc, with UB shooting 9-for-30 from the floor and 2-for-19 from beyond the arc.<br /> <br /> Fair would have a hot start to the third quarter as she converted on a driving layup and three pointer to put UB up 36-26 at the 8:33 mark. Sophomore Keowa Walters would get in on the action with back-to-back layups to put UB up 40-26 with 7:31 remaining in the quarter. A Central Connecticut 6-2 run cut the lead to 42-32 at the media timeout and the Blue Devils would continue on a 7-0 run out of the media timeout to cut the lead to 42-39 at the 3:28 mark. Fair would answer with a big and-one on the other end to stop the run and the Bulls would close the quarter on an 8-4 run to take a 50-43 lead after three quarters of play.<br /> <br /> A quick 4-0 CCSU run cut the UB lead to 50-47 at the 8:11 mark but Onwuka and Fair responded with a 5-0 run to put the Bulls back up 55-47 at the media timeout. The Blue Devils would trim the lead to four points twice in the remaining minutes but that would be as close as they would get as the Bulls sealed the game from the charity stripe to secure the win.<br /> <br /> The Bulls scored 26 points in the paint while recording 14 second chance points, 14 points off turnovers and converted 20 CCSU turnovers into 13 fastbreak points.<br /> <br /> &#34;Give credit to Central Connecticut, they are a veteran team and we are still young and finding our way,&#34; said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. &#34;Our goal is always to hold teams under 59 points and we did that tonight. You are never going to see this team quit. We are going to fight, we are going to claw, we're going to find a way and we're going to continue to adjust.&#34;<br /> <br /> The Bulls return to action on Saturday, November 9, as they travel to Big 4 rival Niagara for a 4pm tip off against the Purple Eagles.<br />

11/5/19

<img alt="Chibueze Onwuka" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/9/21/ONWUKA_20190921fb_1504web.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>BUFFALO, NY</strong> – University at Buffalo defensive tackle Chibueze Onwuka has been named a nominee for the 2019 Burlsworth Trophy. The award is given out each year to college football's best player who began as a walk-on.<br /> <br /> A junior for the Bulls, Onwuka is enjoying the best season of his career. He ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 33 and has added six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He has been an anchor on an defensive line that ranks sixth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 85 yards per game. Following the Bulls' win at Eastern Michigan, Onwuka was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week.<br /> <br /> Onwuka's journey to Buffalo began at Niagara County Community College where he originally embarked on a wrestling career. His love for football won out and he decided to walk on to the UB football team prior to the 2017 season. Over his three-year career, Onwuka has played in 32 games, has 58 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks.<br /> <br /> Onwuka is one of 83 players nominated from Division 1 (FBS) schools from across the country for the 2019 Burlsworth Trophy. In the award's tenth year, the Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas Walk-On and All-American offensive lineman. <strong>Burlsworth's life is also the subject of a major motion picture, </strong><a href="http://greaterthemovie.com/"><strong>"GREATER",</strong></a><strong> which was released in 2016. </strong> The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in American who began his career as a Walk-On and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with FBS (D1) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university's athletic department.<br /> <br /> The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, in conjunction with Springdale Rotary Club, will host an awards ceremony on December 9, 2019 in Springdale, AR to honor the three finalists and to announce the 2019 winner.<br />  <br />

11/4/19

<img alt="T-Mobile" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/4/tmobile_release_pic.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>BUFFALO, NY</strong> – Mobile communications company T-Mobile has signed on to be the official wireless sponsor of University at Buffalo athletics, the school announced on Monday. T-Mobile will now be a Team UB partner – UB athletics' premier partnership category.<br /> <br /> &#34;We're excited to have T-Mobile on board as a new Team UB partner,&#34; UB Athletic Director Mark Alnutt said. &#34;We appreciate their commitment to UB Athletics and look forward to working with them as our official wireless sponsor.&#34;<br /> <br /> The deal will include brand presence in UB Stadium and Alumni Arena, exposure through UB Athletics digital and social platforms as well as have use of the Bulls' spirit mark. T-Mobile will receive on-site activation for fan engagement at football, basketball and select olympic sports events. T-Mobile will also serve as the presenting sponsor of the UB Football pregame show.<br /> <br /> &#34;I've seen firsthand how passionate Bulls fans are, and we're so proud to be joining Team UB,&#34; said Terry Hayes, SVP, Northeast Retail, T-Mobile. &#34;T-Mobile is dedicated to the communities we serve, and as the official wireless sponsor of University at Buffalo Athletics, we're all in!&#34;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.learfield.com/partner/buffalo-bulls/">Bulls Sports Properties</a>, the university's athletics multimedia rights holder and locally based Learfield IMG College team, manages the T-Mobile relationship on behalf of UB Athletics.

11/4/19

<img alt="Team Huddle vs. Mercyhurst" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/4/JACK_HUDDLE_20191101wbb_1267web.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>Buffalo (0-0, 0-0 MAC) vs. Central Connecticut State (0-0, 0-0 NEC)</strong><br /> <strong>November 5, 2019</strong><br /> <strong>Alumni Arena – 7 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Bulls on the Air </strong><br /> <strong>Radio</strong> – ESPN 1520-AM WWKB/TuneIn App<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&#34;Calibri&#34;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br /> Television</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&#34;Calibri&#34;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"> – ESPN3</span><br /> <br /> <strong>BUFFALO, NY</strong> - The University at Buffalo women's basketball team will open up their 2019-20 season on Tuesday night as they host Central Connecticut State at Alumni Arena. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Paul Peck (pbp) and Amy Audibert (color) announcing and broadcast on ESPN 1520 WWKB and TuneIn Radio with Matt Mattia announcing.<br />  <br /> <strong>TODAY'S STORYLINES</strong><br /> • This will be the 15th meeting between Buffalo and CCSU with the Bulls owning a 13-1 series edge. UB defeated the Blue Devils 82-69 in New Britain last season. <br /> • The Bulls became the first MAC women's team to win an NCAA Tournament game in back-to-back years since the 1991-1992 seasons.<br /> • Buffalo has produced four straight 20+ win seasons, marking just the second time in program history that the Bulls have accomplished that feat<br /> • Buffalo was picked to finish second in the MAC East by the MAC coaches in the preseason poll and Summer Hemphill earned a spot on the All-MAC East Division Team for the second consecutive season.<br /> • Summer Hemphill was named to the Katrina McClain Award watch list as one of the top-20 power forwards in Division 1 college basketball.<br /> • Hemphill was also a unanimous selection for Big 4 Preseason Player of the Year. Joining Hemphill on the first team is senior Theresa Onwuka and junior Hanna Hall.<br />  <br /> <strong>OPENING TIP SUCCESS</strong><br /> • The Bulls have had success in their regular season openers since joining Division I in 1991-92 as they own a 19-9 record in the first game of the season.<br /> • Since head coach Felisha Legette-Jack took over the program in 2012-13, the Bulls own a 5-2 mark including winning four straight season openers.<br /> • Buffalo defeated Maryland Eastern Shore 69-63 at the Hytche Center last season.<br />  <br /> <strong>PREVIEWING CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE</strong><br /> • Friday's contest is also the regular season opener for the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.<br /> • The Blue Devils finished the 2018-19 season with a 7-21 overall record and went 4-14 in NEC play.<br /> • CCSU lost three of its top five scorers to graduation but will look to junior center Ashley Berube who averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and junior guard Emma McCamus who averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game last season to lead the way.<br /> • The Blue Devils were picked to finish in 10th place in the NEC preseason poll.<br /> • Beryl Piper returns for her 13th season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. Piper is the winningest women's basketball coach of CCSU's Division I era with 149 career victories. She has led CCSU to five Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals and two WNIT post-season appearances in her tenure.<br />  <br /> <strong>EXHIBITION GAME RECAP: MERCYHURST</strong><br /> • The University at Buffalo women's basketball team opened up their 2019-20 campaign on November 1 with an impressive 96-44 victory over Mercyhurst.<br /> • 12 UB players scored in the victory as freshman Dyaisha Fair led the way with 18 points, three assists and five steals.<br /> • As a team, the Bulls shot 55.1% from the floor while holding the Lakers to just 28.8% shooting. The Bulls dominated the paint as they outscored Mercyhurst 58-18 while also outscoring the visitors in the fast break, 33-4.<br />  <br /> <strong>PRESEASON PRAISE</strong><br /> • The Bulls were picked to finish second in the MAC East in the preseason poll as voted on by the conference coaches.<br /> • Buffalo earned 56 total points behind Ohio who notched 12 first place votes and 72 total points.<br /> • The defending MAC champions also earned one vote to win the MAC Tournament Championship, while Ohio earned 10 votes and Northern Illinois garnered one vote.<br /> • The Bulls also placed Summer Hemphill on the preseason All-MAC East Division Team for the second consecutive year.<br />  <br /> <strong>HEMPHILL NAMED BIG 4 PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR</strong><br /> • Senior forward Summer Hemphill was selected by local media and athletic communication offices as the Preseason Big 4 Player of the Year.<br /> • Hemphill was also one of three unanimous First Team All-Big 4 representatives.<br /> • Joining Hemphill on the First Team is senior guard Theresa Onwuka and junior guard Hanna Hall.<br />  <br /> <strong>TRIO OF CAPTAINS NAMED FOR 2019-20 SEASON</strong><br /> • After the graduation of one of the winningest classes in the Bulls division I history, Buffalo will be relying on a new group of captains to lead the squad this season.<br /> • After a team vote, the Bulls named Hanna Hall, Theresa Onwuka and Adebola Adeyeye as team captains.<br /> • The trio have been a part of three straight 20+ win seasons.<br />  <br /> <strong>ANOTHER 20+ WIN SEASON</strong><br /> • The wins continue to pile up for the Bulls under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack as they produced their fourth straight 20+ win campaign in 2018-19.<br /> • This marks the second time in school history the Bulls have won 20+ games in four straight seasons as they previously accomplished that feat from 1993-97.<br /> • Buffalo posted 16 victories last season by double-digits, including four of their last five games and also posted six victories by 20+ points including a season-high 47 point victory, 90-43, over St. Bonaventure on December 23, 2018.<br /> • UB also dominated MAC opponents, defeating conference foes by an average of 17.1 points.<br />  <br /> <strong>SUMMER TIME IN BUFFALO</strong><br /> • Senior forward Summer Hemphill begins her final season in the blue and white tied for 10th on UB's all-time rebounding list with 759 rebounds and is just 81 points away from becoming Buffalo's 26th 1,000 point scorer.<br /> • Hemphill was named Second Team All-MAC last season after averaging 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while recording a team-high 13 double-doubles on the year<br /> • The Buffalo, NY native tied her career-high with 24 points, including a career-high 12 field goals, in a win over Central Michigan in the MAC Tournament semifinals (3/15/19).<br /> • Hemphill set the MAC Tournament record with 21 rebounds in a win over Ohio in the championship game, earning her a spot on the All-Tournament Team.<br /> • Over the past three years, Hemphill has scored in double figures 46 times, while going over the 20+ point mark four times.<br /> • Hemphill was named to the Katrina McClain Award watch list as one of the top 20 power forwards in Division 1 college basketball.<br /> • Hemphill was also named to the Preseason All-MAC East Division Team and was selected as the unanimous Preseason Big 4 Player of the Year.<br />  <br /> <strong>DAILY DOUBLE</strong><br /> • Senior forward Summer Hemphill posted 13 double-doubles last season, including a 16 point, 21 rebound performance in the MAC Championship game.<br />  <br /> <strong>Date                   Opponent                        Total</strong><br /> 12-18-18            Dartmouth                       24 pts, 14 reb<br /> 1-15-19              Ohio                                 14 pts, 10 reb<br /> 1-17-19              Ball State                         12 pts, 10 reb<br /> 1-19-19              Western Michigan          19 pts, 14 reb<br /> 1-23-19              Akron                               10 pts, 12 reb<br /> 1-26-19              Northern Illinois              18 pts, 14 reb<br /> 2-9-19                Kent State                        16 pts, 12 reb<br /> 2-13-19              Bowling Green                13 pts, 11 reb<br /> 2-20-19              Ball State                         24 pts, 10 reb<br /> 2-27-19              Ohio                                 11 pts, 18 reb<br /> 3-2-19                Miami (OH)                     15 pts, 15 reb<br /> 3-6-19                Bowling Green                17 pts, 16 reb<br /> 3-16-19              Ohio                                 16 pts, 21 reb<br />  <br /> <strong>HALL PASS</strong><br /> • Junior Hanna Hall returns for her third year with the Bulls and looks to be a mainstay in the Bulls lineup after earning the start in 27 of the Bulls 34 games last season.<br /> • The Hamilton, ON native averaged 25.3 minutes, 6.4 points, 3.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in 2018-19.<br /> • The junior had the best game of her career at Eastern Michigan on January 9 as she went 6-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc on the night, finishing with a career-high 20 points.<br /> • Hall was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over three games in Cleveland.<br /> • Hall competed at the 2019 Pan American Women's Basketball Games in Lima, Peru as a member of the Canadian National Team.<br />  <br /> <strong>YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS</strong><br /> • With 11 underclassmen on the roster, the Bulls are the youngest team in the MAC and the youngest of any opponent on the schedule this season.<br />  <br /> <strong>UNITED NATIONS</strong><br /> • The Bulls roster features players from five countries including Germany (Gaba, Schiffer), Great Britain (Christie), Nigeria (Onwuka), Canada (Adeyeye, Hall, Kounkou, Walters) and the U.S.<br /> • Elea Gaba took home a gold medal with the German national team at the 2018 U18 European Championships and also competed at the 2019 U18 European Championships and 2019 U19 World Cup.<br /> • Jessika Schiffer won a gold medal with Gaba at the 2018 U18 European Championships and teamed with Gaba at the 2019 World Cup. She also competed at the 2019 U20 Women's European Championship.<br /> • Loren Christie represented Great Britain in two straight years at the U20 European Championships and captained the U16 Great Britain national team at the 2017 European Championship. She also led her high school to a WEABL Championship and earned WEABL first team honors during her senior season.<br /> <br /> <strong>ROC NATION</strong><br /> • Fans will get their first look at highly touted freshman Dyaisha Fair who will begin her career in the blue and white this season. A Rochester, NY native, Fair comes to the Bulls after a successful high school career at Edison Tech High School where she averaged 35 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists during her senior campaign.<br /> • The ultra-talented point guard led Section V in scoring and was named All-Greater Player of the Year, becoming the first Rochester City School District player to win the award since its inauguration in 1993.<br />  <br /> <strong>CLOSING TIME</strong><br /> • The Bulls have been extremely effective closing out games over the last five years, winning 101 of their last 106 games (.948) when leading or tied with five minutes left, including 68 of their last 70.<br />  <br /> <strong>CHARITY WORK</strong><br /> • The Bulls led the MAC and finished third in the nation in free throws made (563) and were ranked seventh nationally in free throw percentage (.777) and 10th nationally in free throws attempted (725) last season.<br />  <br /> <strong>TURNING THEM OVER</strong><br /> • The Buffalo defense forced an average of 18.4 turnovers/game across 34 contests last season.<br /> • As a team, Buffalo was second the MAC and 55th in the NCAA in turnovers.<br /> • The Bulls also averaged 9.6 steals/game last season while netting an average of 19.5 points/game off of opponent's turnovers.<br />  <br /> <strong>RUNNING WITH THE BULLS</strong><br /> • The Bulls excelled in the open court last season, outscoring opponents 455-268 in the fastbreak category.<br /> • Buffalo held opponents to no fast break points four times last season, while recording at least two fast break points in 33 of 34 contests.<br /> • Over the past three seasons, the Bulls have won or tied the fast break category in 84 of 101 games, including 68 of their 75 wins.<br />  <br /> <strong>PAINTING A NEW PICTURE</strong><br /> • The Bulls dominated the paint last season as UB won or tied the scoring in the paint category in 28 of 34 contests.<br /> • UB set a season-high with 56 points in the paint at Ball State on February 20, scoring 32 of their 40 field goals inside the painted area.<br /> • The Bulls were 19-3 last season when winning the battle inside as they averaged 32.9 points/game in the paint while holding their opponents to an average of 25.4 points/game down low.<br />  <br /> <strong>CLEANING THE GLASS</strong><br /> • One of the keys to the Bulls success last season was their ability to rebound the basketball. The Bulls finished the year ranked second in the MAC and 54th in the NCAA in rebounds/game as they averaged 40.5/game.<br /> • The Bulls also limited their opponents to just 36.1 rebounds/game and went 19-4 this season when winning the rebounding battle. UB won the rebounding battle in 24 of 34 games last season, including 14 of 18 MAC contests.<br />  <br /> <strong>CREATING SECOND CHANCE OPPORTUNITIES</strong><br /> • Buffalo excelled all season long on the offensive glass as the Bulls led the MAC and ranked 23rd nationally in offensive rebounding, averaging 14.9/game last season.<br /> • UB grabbed a season-high 26 offensive rebounds against Bowling Green on March 6, turning those into 21 second chance points.<br /> • In MAC games, UB turned up the attack on the offensive glass as they led the conference, averaging 14.9/game, 2.5 offensive rebounds more than 2nd place Kent State.<br /> • Buffalo grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds in 30 of their 34 games this season and snagged 20+ on five occasions. The Bulls took advantage of their offensive rebounds as they are averaged 13.6 second chance points<br /> per game on the year.<br />  <br /> <strong>BOMBS AWAY:</strong><br /> • For the second time in as many seasons, the Bulls broke the single-season record for three pointers with 242 triples, besting the previous mark set of 230 set by the 2017-18 squad. The 2018-19 Bulls also set the single-season record for three point field goals attempted with 765 surpassing the previous mark of 689 attempts set by the 2015-16 team.<br />  <br /> <strong>HOME SWEET HOME</strong><br /> • Since Legette-Jack took over before the 2012-13 season, the Bulls hold a 66-29 (.695) record at home across 95 contests.<br /> • Over the last two seasons, UB is 21-3 at Alumni Arena. The 2017-18 team finished a perfect 12-0 at home overall and 9-0 in conference play.<br /> • On the flip side, Legette-Jack's Bulls are 77-57 (.575) on the road or on neutral ground during her tenure.<br />  <br /> <strong>80 PLUS</strong><br /> • The Bulls have always been known for their defense but over the last few seasons the UB offense has come alive, leading the Bulls to success on the national stage in back-to-back seasons.<br /> • The Bulls are tough to beat when they score 80+ points as they own a 30-4 record over the past two plus years when doing so.<br /> • The Bulls posted 80+ performances on 14 occasions last season, coming away with victories in 12 of those games.<br /> • Buffalo averaged 76.1 points/game which ranked 23rd in the nation.<br />  <br /> <strong>60 OR LESS</strong><br /> • Over the last three seasons, UB is 60-3 when holding their opponents to under 70 points and 39-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.<br /> • The stingy Buffalo defense held a total of 22 opponents under 70 points last season, winning 20 of those contests.<br /> • Buffalo has held a total of ten opponents under 50 points over the last two seasons and they were a perfect 10-0 in those games.<br />  <br />

11/4/19

<img alt="MBB All-Big Four Team" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/4/mbb_allbig4.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>BUFFALO, NY – </strong>Three University at Buffalo men's basketball players were named to the Preseason All-Big 4 team, it was announced on Monday afternoon.  Senior Davonta Jordan and junior Jayvon Graves were named to the first team, while sophomore Jeenathan Williams was named a second-team selection.<br /> <br /> Jordan is back for his fourth season in a UB uniform where he started 35 of the 36 games last season as the team's point guard. He had his finest season as a Bull during his junior campaign where he averaged 7.4 points per game and finished with 130 assists.<br /> <br /> Graves was named to the preseason All-MAC East team last week by the league's head coaches. Graves finished fourth on the team in scoring last season as he averaged 9.7 points per game, while starting 35 of the 36 games for the 32-4 Bulls.  He added 4.2 rebounds per contest and 67 assists.  He scored in double figures 17 times last season, including a career high 26 points against Ohio.  He finished with 17 points in the MAC Championship win against Bowling Green and added 13 points in Buffalo's NCAA Tournament First Round victory over Arizona State.<br /> <br /> Williams is expected to have a breakout season for the Bulls this year after seeing action in all 36 games last year as a freshman. He had a season high 13 points against Ohio, while also recording eight rebounds in that game against the Bobcats.  Overall, he averaged 3.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per contest.<br /> <br /> Joining Graves and Jordan on the first team are Malik Johnson from Canisius and Osun Osunniyi and Kyle Lofton from St. Bonaventure.  Lofton named the preseason Big 4 Player of the Year.<br /> <br /> Joining Williams on the second team are Raheem Soloman and James Towns from Niagara, Scott Hitchon from Canisius and Dominick Welch from St. Bonaventure.<br /> <br /> Buffalo will tip off its 2019-20 season on Friday night when the Bulls host Dartmouth at 7pm.<br />

11/4/19

<img alt="Summer Hemphill Big 4 Player of the Year" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/4/WBBBig4_1176x784.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>BUFFALO, NY</strong> - University at Buffalo women's basketball senior forward Summer Hemphill headlined the 2019-20 Preseason All-Big 4 basketball teams, which were announced Monday afternoon in advance of the official start of the college basketball season. Hemphill was a unanimous selection for the First Team along with being named Big 4 Player of the Year for the first time in her UB career.<br /> <br /> The Bulls saw three players earn a spot on the All-Big 4 squads that were voted on by media and athletic communications staffs that cover Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure. Joining Hemphill on the First Team is senior Theresa Onwuka and junior Hanna Hall.<br /> <br /> Hemphill enters her senior campaign as the best player in Western New York and she will be looked upon to lead the Bulls to their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season. The Buffalo, NY native, who was also named to the Preseason All-MAC East Division Team last week, was named second-team All-MAC last season after averaging career-highs in minutes (36.6), points (14.5) and rebounds (10.3) while making 58.1% of her field goal attempts and 73.7% of her free throw attempts. She was also selected to the MAC All-Tournament team after setting a MAC Tournament record with 21 rebounds while adding 16 points in the win over Ohio in the championship game. Hemphill is currently tied for 10<sup>th</sup> on the career rebounds list at UB with 759 and is just 81 points away from becoming Buffalo's 26<sup>th</sup> 1,000 point scorer. The senior was also named to the Katrina McClain Award watch list earlier this month as one of the top forwards in Division 1 college basketball.<br /> <br /> Onwuka is coming off a career year during her junior campaign as she averaged career-highs in points (9.4), rebounds (5.3) and minutes (26.1) while finishing with 44 steals, 42 assists and 10 blocks. She scored a career-high 20 points on a career-high nine field goals at Dayton and set a career-high with 13 rebounds against Stanford, while producing 17 double figure scoring efforts on the year.<br /> <br /> Hall had a breakout sophomore campaign, appearing in 34 games while earning 27 starts, averaging 6.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while finishing with 25 steals and 101 assists. The junior earned All-MAC Tournament honors after averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over three games in Cleveland and scored 12 points while recording a career-high eight assists in the Bulls' NCAA Tournament first round win over Rutgers.<br /> <br /> The Bulls will open up their 2019-20 campaign on Tuesday, November 5 as they host Central Connecticut State at Alumni Arena for a 7pm tip.<br /> <br /> <strong><u>2019-20 Preseason All-Big 4 Women's Basketball Teams</u></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><u>First Team</u></strong><br /> <strong>*Summer Hemphill, Buffalo – Preseason Big 4 Player of the Year</strong><br /> <strong>Theresa Onwuka, Buffalo<br /> Hanna Hall, Buffalo</strong><br /> *D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks, Canisius<br /> *Jai Moore, Niagara<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Second Team:</u></strong><br /> Danielle Sanderlin, Canisius<br /> Emeral Ekpiteta, Niagara<br /> Maggie McIntyre, Niagara<br /> Deja Francis, St. Bonaventure<br /> Asianae Johnson, St. Bonaventure<br /> <br /> * denotes unanimous selection<br />

11/4/19

<img alt="Caridi and Covell Named Athletes Of The Week" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/4/aotw_110419.jpg" /><br /><br /><table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><img alt="Taylor Caridi" height="200" legacy-link="/sports/track/2016-17/photos/Villarini-16xctrk-0113.jpg" src="/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_id=27&#38;image_path=/images/2019/8/12/CARIDI_2019wsoc_0055.jpg" style="display: inline-block;" width="150" />          </p> <p>Sophomore Taylor Caridi scored the game-winning goal in the 109<sup>th</sup> minute to lead the Bulls to a 2-1 victory over Akron in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals at UB Stadium on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Bulls advance to the MAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2015.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><img alt="Caleb Covell" height="200" legacy-link="/sports/track/2017-18/photos/Burke-1718-trk-xc-0036.jpg" src="/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_id=27&#38;image_path=/images/2019/6/17/Covell-1718-trk-xc-0129.jpg" style="display: inline-block;" width="150" />              </p> <p>Caleb Covell claimed the silver medal at the Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. He completed the 8k race in 25:26.6. His second place finish is his personal best at the MAC championships, as he had finished in fourth place a year ago. Covell helped his teammates to a third place team finish. Their third place finish ties the UB men's best finish at the MAC Championships since 2016.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

11/4/19

<img alt="Kyle Vantrease and Chibueze Onwuka" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/4/19_MAC_POTW_frontpage_doubles.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>BUFFALO, NY</strong> – Following Buffalo's 43-14 win at Eastern Michigan on Saturday, a pair of Bulls were honored by the Mid-American Conference for their performances. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease was named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week and defensive tackle Chibueze Onwuka was named the MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced.<br /> <br /> Vantrease threw for a career-high 208 yards and a touchdown and scored two other times on the ground to help lead Buffalo to its first ever win at Rynearson Stadium. Vantrease completed 15-of-23 passes on the day, including 13-of-18 for 185 yards in the first half to help the Bulls build a 29-7 lead at the break. With the Bulls leading 9-7 in the second quarter, Vantrease scored on a 16-yard run to extend the UB lead to 16-7. On UB's next possession, the Ohio native scored on a one-yard run to put the Bulls ahead 22-7. With just nine seconds left in the half, he found Antonio Nunn for a 10-yard touchdown pass.<br /> <br /> Onwuka had a team-high five tackles, a sack and a safety at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The junior defensive tackle anchored a defensive line that only allowed 25 rushing yards and not a single rushing first down on the day. With the Bulls trailing, 7-0, Onwuka, along with Tyrece Woods, Jr. sacked Eastern Michigan quarterback Mike Glass in the endzone for a safety. It was UB's first safety since the 2015 season and sparked 43 straight points for the Bulls.<br /> <br /> It marked the first time either Vantrease or Onwuka have won the award.<br /> <br /> It is the sixth week and fourth straight week a UB player has been named MAC East Player of the Week. Safety Joey Banks has won the award three times, following the Penn State, Temple and Central Michigan games. Taylor Riggins was honored following the Ohio game and Ledarius Mack took home the award after the Akron game.<br /> <br /> The 5-3 Bulls will next play at Kent State on November 14.

11/4/19

<img alt="Nikoleta Antoniou-Karademitrou" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/3/1/Karademitrou-20190202wt-1358web.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – </strong>The University at Buffalo women's tennis team concluded its fall schedule this past weekend, playing opponents from Rutgers, Cleveland State, and Bowling Green in the UB Indoor Invitational at Miller Tennis Center.  The weekend was played as a hidden dual format with the Bulls playing a different opponent each of the three days.<br /> <br /> On Friday, UB played Cleveland State and dominated the singles competition, winning all six matches, while claiming two other contests in doubles as Ambre Amat and Emel Abibula won their match 6-2 as did Pia Schwarz and Azra Deniz Comlek.<br /> <br /> Four of the singles matches were won in straight sets beginning with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 win for Schwarz.  Amat followed that up with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory and Gabriella Akopyan scored a 6-2, 7-6 (0) victory.  Sophomore Hsin-Yuan Shih won 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 and Abibula also won in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.  Sophomore Nikoleta Antoniou-Karademitrou won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Both Abibula's singles performance on Friday, as well as the doubles win from Schwarz and Comlek, came against opponents from Rutgers.<br /> <br /> On Saturday, the rest of the Blue and White met up with the Scarlet Knights. UB claimed three matches in singles.  Schwarz won in a three-set battle at first singles with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.  Akopyan won her match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, while Antoniou-Karademitrou also scored a victory.<br /> <br /> The Bulls closed out the weekend on Sunday playing a familiar opponent in MAC rival Bowling Green. It was another good performance from Buffalo as it again swept singles action.  UB also won three of four matches in doubles.<br /> <br /> Amat and Abibula won their doubles contest 6-4 against the Falcons, while Schwarz and Comlek took their contest 6-2.  The final doubles match was an all UB affair as Lolina Schietekat Sedas and Shih defeated teammates Alexis Tensfeldt and Gabriella Kivovich, 6-1.<br /> <br /> In singles, Schwarz won again in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5.  Amat scored a 6-4, 7-5 (3) win, while Comlek won 2-6, 6-2, 10-3. Akopyan lost just three games in a 6-2, 6-1 victory, while Abibula won her match 6-2, 6-3.  Buffalo finished out the weekend with a 6-2, 6-1 win from Antoniou-Karademitrou, while Shih won her match, 6-0, 6-2.<br /> <br /> &#34;I am thrilled with the way we concluded the fall,&#34; said head coach Kristen Maines. &#34;We made huge strides as a team and I can't wait for the spring season to get underway.&#34;<br /> <br /> The spring campaign gets underway for the Bulls on January 31<sup>st</sup> with matches against St. Bonaventure and Niagara.<br />

11/3/19

<img alt="HUDDLE CELEBRATION" src="https://ubbulls.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_prefix=rp_primary&amp;image_path=/images/2019/11/3/HUDDLE_CELEB_20191103wsoc_2331web.jpg" /><br /><br /><strong>BUFFALO, NY</strong> – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (9-7-3, 5-4-2 MAC) defeated Akron 2-1 in double overtime on a goal by Taylor Caridi in the 109<sup>th</sup> minute in their quarterfinal matchup on Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium. With the win, the Bulls advance to the MAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2015.<br /> <br /> Buffalo would have their first look of the game in the ninth minute as Katherine Camper fed the ball through to Kaitlyn Walsh whose shot sailed just high.<br /> <br /> The Bulls would have another scoring chance in the 16<sup>th</sup> minute as Walsh and Marcy Barberic ripped a pair of shots on net but Zips goalkeeper Libby Harper stood tall to make two great saves.<br /> <br /> UB's best chance of the half came in the 38<sup>th</sup> minute as Leah Wengender broke free and drilled a ball at the top corner of the net but Harper made a leaping save to tip the ball off the crossbar and out of play.<br /> <br /> The Bulls defense held strong as the UB backline allowed just one Akron shot in the opening 45 minutes.<br /> <br /> Buffalo would continue to stay aggressive to start the second half as Walsh drilled a ball on net in the 48<sup>th</sup> minute but Harper made another fantastic save to knock the ball out of play. Later, in the 80<sup>th</sup> minute, Barberic got a great look on goal from inside the box but her shot sailed just high and out of play.<br /> <br /> The Bulls would finally break through in the 84<sup>th</sup> minute as Adrianna VanCuyck took the corner and played a perfect ball into the box that found the head of Walsh who flicked it past Harper to put UB up 1-0.<br /> <br /> The Zips would answer less than a minute later as Ryley Watt played the ball through to Hailey Clere and she flicked it to Abigail Brown who converted the equalizer to send the game to overtime.<br /> <br /> Buffalo had a great chance in the first overtime period as Wengender played a great ball through to Barberic but the junior couldn't convert as her shot slid wide left and the game moved to a second overtime.<br /> <br /> The Zips had a great look in the 106<sup>th</sup> minute as Bailee Bowers ripped a ball on net but Emily Kelly made a phenomenal diving save to knock the ball out of play and keep the game knotted at one.<br /> <br /> And that save would prove to be pivotal as the Bulls scored the game-winning goal on their next possession in the 109<sup>th</sup> minute as VanCuyck found Caridi who headed the ball into the back of the net to secure the victory.<br /> <br /> Buffalo outshot Akron 21-6 on the afternoon, including a 9-5 edge in shots on goal and an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman Jennifer Mandarano and sophomore Tess Ford were named Co-Players of the match by the UB coaching staff for their efforts in the quarterfinal victory.<br /> <br /> In net, Kelly made four saves for UB, while Harper made seven stops for Akron.<br /> <br /> "I think this game was kind of a microcosm for the entire season," said head coach Shawn Burke. "All the ups and downs and the ebbs and flows, but what showed the most was their resiliency. We created chances and when push came to shove we got the result. I'm pleased for the girls and I think they got rewarded for their work."<br /> <br /> The Bulls will travel to Bowling Green on Friday for a rematch of the MAC final from a season ago. #6 Ohio will play #7 Eastern Michigan in the first semifinal matchup while #4 UB will take on the hosts, #1 Bowling Green.<br />

4/27/19

The University at Buffalo women’s tennis team saw their season come to an end on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the MAC Tournament with a 4-0 loss to #2 Akron. UB concludes the season with a 15-8 record.

4/26/19

The University at Buffalo wrestling team placed four Bulls on the National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American Team, the most in program history for a single season. Kyle Akins, Troy Keller, Brett Perry and Derek Spann were all named to the team, it was announced on Thursday. The Bulls’ 3.25 grade point average ranked 19th in the nation and was the second best among Mid-American Conference schools.

4/26/19

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo track & field program readies for another exciting day of action, as they are slated to host their only home meet of the 2019 season, the annual University at Buffalo Invitational at UB Stadium on Saturday. Notable teams set to compete this weekend include Big-4 rivals Niagara, Canisius and St. Bonaventure, as well as cross-town school Daemen. The action is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 AM with the men’s long jump and hammer throw events.

4/26/19

The University at Buffalo women’s tennis team dominated its first round matchup at the 2019 Mid-American Conference Tournament as the sixth-seeded Bulls defeated #3 Western Michigan, 5-0, in the quarterfinals.

4/25/19

The University at Buffalo women’s tennis team placed two on the postseason All-MAC awards, which were announced on Thursday as senior Chantal Martinez Blanco and freshman Pia Schwarz were both named second-team All-MAC selections.

4/25/19

After defeating St. Bonaventure 12-3 in an offensive explosion on Wednesday, the University at Buffalo softball team hosts Kent State in a weekend MAC series at Nan Harvey Field.

4/4/19

The University at Buffalo women’s tennis team continues their road swing through the Mid-American Conference this weekend with league tilts at Ball State on Friday afternoon and Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

4/3/19

Coming off a difficult weekend of competition against some the Ivy League’s best teams, University at Buffalo senior Ethan Nittolo has been named the MAC Singles Player of the Week. It is the second time this year Nittolo has earned singles