Three Bulls Earn All-MAC Second Team Honors

Published on: Mar 08 2018
Author: FDBA
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BUFFALO, NY – Three University at Buffalo women’s basketball players were named to the Second Team All-MAC on Tuesday morning, as announced by the conference office. Stephanie ReidCassie Oursler and Cierra Dillard each notched the second team nod for the first time in their careers while Reid also earned All-Defensive team honors for the third straight year.

After earning the third team nod a season ago, point guard Stephanie Reid was placed on the second team this year for the first time in her illustrious Buffalo career. The Bulls all-time leader in assists (648 career helpers), has taken her play to another level this season as she is averaging 31.4 minutes, 11.2 points, 7.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals while notching a career-best four double-doubles on the year. The senior captain has six games with 10+ assists this season while also going over the 20-point plateau three times. So far this season, Reid has shown major improvement in her three point shooting as she has connected on a career-high 24 triples while ranking fifth in MAC games shooting 41.7% from behind the arc.

Reid also was placed on the All-Defensive team for the third straight season as she is respected as the best on-ball defender in the conference. The pesky guard has notched 63 steals so far this season, two shy of a career-high, while ranking second in conference games averaging 2.6 steals/game. The Bulls vocal leader has also led the Bulls in charges forced while locking down the opponent’s best scoring threat all season long.

Oursler earns second team honors for the first time in her Buffalo career after putting together her best season since joining the Bulls three seasons ago. The 6-3 center has turned into one of the most dominant post players in the conference this season as she is averaging career-highs in minutes (25.3), points (13.7), rebounds (7.2) and blocks (2.0) while making 50.0% of her field goal attempts and 82.2% of her free throws, ranking fifth in the MAC. The Grand Island, NY native has produced a team-high 24 double digit scoring efforts while also leading the Bulls with eight double-doubles on the year. She currently ranks sixth in UB history in field goal percentage in a career (48.8%) and fifth in career blocks (140).

Junior Cierra Dillard netted second team honors in her first season as a Bull. The Rochester, NY native became a fan favorite for UB fans as she mesmerized the Buffalo faithful with her flashy passing and scoring touch. The junior finished the regular season averaging a team-best 14.5 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals while netting 21 double digit scoring efforts and a team-best seven 20-point games, all UB wins. Dillard earned MAC East Player of the Week honors three times on the year while also going over the 1,000 career point plateau, between UMass and Buffalo, earlier this season. She finished the season with 27 games with at least three assists while also recording at least one steal in all but two games. Her 61 three pointers made this season lead the team and rank ninth in program history for three pointers made in a season.

The Bulls will open up their 2018 MAC Tournament on Wednesday around 5:00 pm as they will take on #10 Kent State in the quarterfinals inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. The Bulls are 2-0 against the Golden Flashes this season, beating them by an average of 34.0 points/game.

MAC Player of the Year (First Place Votes – Total Points)
Tinara Moore, Central Michigan (32-184)
Presley Hudson, Central Michigan (8-95)
Lauren Dickerson, Miami (OH) (2-49)
Courtney Woods, Northern Illinois (4-44)
Moriah Monaco, Ball State (2-26)

MAC Coach of the Year
Sue Guevara, Central Michigan (23-173)

Megan Duffy, Miami (OH) (18-129)
Felisha Legette-Jack, Buffalo (7-105)

MAC Freshman of the Year
Cierra Hooks, Ohio (21-159)

Courtnie Lewis, Eastern Michigan (21-156)
Micaela Kelly, Central Michigan (4-65)
Oshlynn Brown, Ball State (2-41)

MAC Women’s Basketball Sixth Player of the Year
Oshlynn Brown, Ball State

MAC Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year
Tinara Moore, Central Michigan

All-MAC First Team
Presley Hudson, Central Michigan
Tinara Moore, Central Michigan
Jordan Korinek, Kent State
Lauren Dickerson, Miami (OH)
Courtney Woods, Northern Illinois

All-MAC Second Team
Moriah Monaco, Ball State
Cierra Dillard, Buffalo
Stephanie Reid, Buffalo
Cassie Oursler Buffalo

Reyna Frost, Central Michigan

All-MAC Third Team
Carmen Grande, Ball State
Danielle Minott, Eastern Michigan
Cierra Hooks, Ohio
Kaayla McIntyre, Toledo
Mikaela Boyd, Toledo

All-MAC Honorable Mention
Courtnie Lewis, Eastern Michigan
Kendall McCoy, Miami (OH)
Kelly Smith, Northern Illinois
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, Toledo
Breanna Mobley, Western Michigan

MAC All-Defensive Team
Carmen Grande, Ball State
Stephanie Reid, Buffalo
Tinara Moore, Central Michigan
Cierra Hooks, Ohio
Mikaela Boyd, Toledo

MAC All-Freshman Team
Oshlynn Brown, Ball State
Micaela Kelly, Central Michigan
Courtnie Lewis, Eastern Michigan
Cierra Hooks, Ohio
Gabby Burris, Ohio