at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena
UB (16-14, 8-8) vs. Central Michigan (19-9, 11-5)
UB won regular-season meeting, 92-89, at Central Michigan.
FINAL: CENTRAL MICHIGAN 90 , UB 69. Loss ends the careers of Kourtney Brown, Ashley Zuber, Bridgette Kendricks and Jessica Fortman. Bulls facing a major challenge next season with coach Linda Hill-MacDonald going into the final year of her contract.
CMU 55, UB 42, 14:45: One thing's apparent. The Chips won't be running clock trying to protect lead. It's been a tennis match the first 5 minutes of second half. But this time CMU is getting it done on the inside.
CMU 61, UB 45, 12:28: UB calls time with Chips having scored six of last eight. Long up to 23 and she just threaded a sweet 25-foot pass to Kaihla Szunko for a layup. Brown has just one second-half basket as Chips continue to collapse and challenge UB to operate without the services of the league's premier player.
CMU 75, UB 53, 7:59: Long has matched her career high of 30. Clock ticking down on career of POY Brown.
CMU 85, UB 63, 3:45: Long takes a seat, at least for now, with a career-high 37 points. Dazzling performance. UB's had no answers with Chips collapsing on Brown, who still has nearly equalled her average with 21.
CMU 5, UB 4, 15:34: Chippewas scored game's first five points before UB responded with two baskets by MAC Player of the Year Kourtney Brown, one a 15-footer the other a layup off an Ashley Zuber feed. This is going to be end to end. Chippewas' approach is to take first available shot. UB very happy to oblige them in a transition game.
UB 14, CMU 8, 11:37: A Kristen Sharkey three has Bulls in front by six. Scoring spread out for Bulls: five for Zuber, four for Brown.
UB 19, CMU 16, 7:56: CMU rallied from 16-10 to tie it 16-all before Nicki Hopkins hit a three for UB. Bulls trying to persevere with point guard Zuber on bench with two fouls.
CMU 32, UB 23, 3:56: Chips are raining threes and threatening to run off. Guard Shonda Long has 14 for CMU. UB's Brown finding mark again. She's up to eight points after a string of misses. Four of CMU's last five baskets are threes.
HALFTIME: CMU 47, UB 31:There was no stopping the Chips once they began to heat up. Guards Niki DiGuilio and Shonda Long each have 17 at the half to put CMU in firm control. The Chips missed their first six treys of the game. Have they missed since? Barely. DiGuilio has four in five attempts, Long three on seven tries and Chips are 7-15 from beyond the arc overall (7 of last 9). Brown's had a tough go for UB, with 11 points on 5 of 12 shooting as CMU's done a nice job contesting. UB is 12-38 from the field, Central 15 of 39.
-- Bob DiCesare
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