ESPN+ With Bake and Carol Smith. Women in Sports Day celebration. This is a chance to see the 3rd or 4th ( UB says 3rd, MU says 4th) leading scorer in the nation. A couple of weeks ago she scored 37 in a home win over BG and 46 in a loss at Toledo ( and Toledo’s guards are great on defense and 1st team all MAC players). Her name is Chellia Watkins and she is listed as a 5th year 5-8 SR, In 2019-20 she played for UC. She did not play the next year. In 2021-22 she averaged 15.7 for South Carolina Upstate. Once again she did not play last year. So this is her 5th year but only her third season of actually playing. She take an amazing 36.7% of her teams shots, and also leads the team in rebounds and assists. She averages 21 shots per game. She has been the MAC POTW the last two weeks and 4 times this season.
Just as last year, Coach Becky Burke relies on her 5 starters and gives just a few minutes to a couple of girls off the bench. Buffalo is12-8 (6-4) and on a two game winning streak and is in 4th place in the MAC. The other usual starters are 5-10 FR Kirsten Williams-Lewis 12/6, 6-0 FR Alexis Davis 7.6/5.6, 6-2 SOPH Hattie Ogden 7.8/4.9 she is used as a 3 point shooter when Watson gets double teamed, 5-3 SR Rana Elhusseini 8.7/4.9/ shoots a lot of 3’s.
Buffalo had a long winning streak vs us, but we won a late season game up there last season. Something else I might mention about UB. Daisha Fair was just as good/better as Watson, easily the best player in the MAC, but when Coach Felicia- Legett Jack took the Syracuse job, she took Fair with her, also Georgia Woolley, who had been the MAC FOY. Those two start for Syracuse and they have been ranked in the top 20 all year. Fair has continued her remarkable career, scoring her 3,000th career point earlier this season. She is now #6 on the all time list:
- Plum Washington 3527
- Clark Iowa 3462
- Mitchell Ohio State 3402
- Stiles Missouri State 3393
- Griner Baylor 3283
- Fair Buffalo/Syracuse 3167
We wlll see what Coach Box and his staff can come up with to slow down Watkins. Amber Tretter has had 3 straight double doubles and has become our star late in her freshman season. A very hard worker according to the staff and a very smart player and a vocal leader from what I have seen. We still need Jayden Scott to start shooting the ball like she did for most of the season, hope we can continue what we showed Saturday vs Akron.