Canisius will host the second annual Western New York Women's Classic Nov. 20 at the Koessler Center, one of the highlights of the nonleague portion of the 1999-2000 women's basketball schedule announced by the school.
Canisius will play St. Bonaventure at 4 p.m, following a matchup between UB and Niagara at 2. Canisius lost to UB while Bona beat Niagara in last year's inaugural Classic at UB's Alumni Arena.
The other highlight of the Griffs' nonleague schedule is a trip to the St. Mary's Classic in Moraga, Calif., on Dec. 20-21. Canisius will play St. Mary's, a first-round loser to Notre Dame in last year's NCAA Tournament. Alabama, which finished last season ranked 22nd in the country, and Missouri-Kansas City also are entered.
The Griffs play 18 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games, culminating in the MAAC Tournament March 2-6 in Albany.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Senior Michelle Crawley's goal 26 minutes into overtime lifted visiting Niagara to a 2-1 victory over Canisius in the teams' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.
Niagara (2-5) rebounded to win its second straight game after Canisius (1-5) opened the scoring on freshman Molly Gronski's goal in the 47th minute. Niagara tied the game six minutes later on a goal by Molly Bagley (Mt. St. Mary).
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: UB (6-6, 0-1) blew a two-game lead in dropping its Mid-American Conference opener to visiting Eastern Michigan, 6-15, 12-15, 15-5, 15-8, 15-9. Senior setter Somer Deschambault had 40 assists and a career-high 29 digs for the Bulls. . . . Buffalo State dropped a five-set match to Penn State-Behrend despite 14 digs from Amber Kehr (Sweet Home).
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Erin Harvey (Kenmore West) posted a 6-2, 7-5 win in singles as Buffalo State dumped Fredonia State, 7-2.