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UB women fall to Toledo in MAC tournament

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 17:50:09-05

The UB Women's basketball team's bid to repeat as Mid-American Conference Tournament champions fell short with a 72-65 loss to Toledo in the semifinals on Friday.

It's the third time this season the Rockets have bested the Bulls. They'll now face off against Northern Illinois for a chance to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Bulls struggled to find a shooting rhythm early, found it late, but couldn't come up with a stop in the final few minutes.

UB erased a 12 point deficit and pulled within four in the fourth quarter.

Joanna Smith, the lone senior on the team,  finished with 17 points but went 6-for-21 from the floor and connected on only two of 10 3-pointers.

Courtney Wilkins finished with 11 in the loss, while both Cassie Oursler and Stephanie Reid added 10 for Buffalo.

Toledo's Mariella Santucci, who led the Rockets with 21 points, helped seize momentum in the second quarter, beating the buzzer to give Toledo a 34-27 lead at half.