BUFFALO, NY (UB Sports Information) – Senior Cierra Dillard scored 18 of her game-high 25 points in the second half as the Bulls rolled to an 84-66 win at Big 4 rival Canisius on Tuesday night. The Bulls scored 33 points in the third quarter as they improve to 6-1 on the season.
Canisius led after one quarter as the host Griffs hit seven of their first 10 shots, but the Bulls responded in the second quarter by outscoring Canisius, 18-12. The Griffs held Dillard scoreless in the second, but UB got a boost from sophomore point guard Hanna Hall who set a new career high with 16 points, including 14 of those in the first half.
Canisius led the Bulls 30-29 with 2:17 left in the second quarter when the Bulls went on a game-changing 20-0 run over the remaining moments of the second and into the third. Canisius turned the ball over six straight times to open the third quarter before they even got a shot off, helping the Bulls extend their lead. The exclamation point of the run came with 8:04 remaining when Hall found Dillard, who hit a long three and got fouled, completing the four-point play.
Dillard, who entered the night leading the nation in scoring, had over 20 points for the seventh straight game. In addition to her 25 points and 10 assists, Dillard also had six steals and three boards.