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UB’s Cierra Dillard named to Naismith Watch List, Bulls set to unveil Sweet 16 banner

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CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 10: Buffalo Bulls guard Cierra Dillard (24) with the basketball during the second quarter of the MAC Womens Basketball Tournament Championship game between the Central Michigan Chippewas and Buffalo Bulls on March 10, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Central Michigan defeated Buffalo 96-91 to win the MAC Women’s Basketball Championship and an automatic birth into the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Last year was a banner season for UB women’s hoops.

Tomorrow evening, Coach Felisha Legette-Jack and her Bulls squad will watch one raised into the Alumni Arena rafters.

The Bulls are coming off their first Sweet 16 appearance in program history, finishing 21st in the final Coaches Poll.

UB has even higher goals this season as they enter their home opener Tuesday night versus Niagara receiving votes in the AP Top 25.

On Monday, they received even more good news.

Senior guard Cierra Dillard was one of 50 players across the nation named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List. The award goes to the top player in the country.

The Rochester native was the only mid-major player to appear on the list.

Dillard is coming off a tremendous season in which she averaged 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 steals while connecting on a team high 85 three pointers.

She was even more impressive in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 29 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals as she solidified herself as a legitimate WNBA prospect.

Dillard showed no drop off in the Bulls season opener Sunday, posting 23 points against Maryland Eastern Shore.

The watch list is the first step to selecting the national player of the year. The next cut-down is in February when 20 players will be trimmed from the list.

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