The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team put quite a scare into visiting Xavier on Sunday afternoon before the Musketeers, ranked 12th in the nation, survived with a 93-82 Atlantic 10 Conference win before 582 at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies (7-20, 3-13 in A-10) battled Xavier (25-2, 15-1) to a 70-70 standoff with 6:49 remaining in the game. The Musketeers reeled off the next seven points to take control. Bona did cut the lead to three after that, before Xavier pulled away again.
"I would hope this game gives us confidence heading into the Atlantic 10 Tournament," Bona coach Jim Crowley said. "This is the most confident we've been on the offensive end all season. We played a very good team today . . . their seniors made the big plays down the stretch."
Xavier ran its winning streak to 15 games going into the A-10 Tournament in Philadelphia next weekend. Bona opens tourney play at 4 p.m. Friday against Duquesne (14-13, 7-9).
In the final home game of her career, senior Melissa Fazio led the way for St. Bonaventure with 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Courtney Mattingly added 16 points, Angela Scott chipped in with 14 and senior forward Gellaine Clarke added 12.
Taru Tuukkanen and Jennifer Phillips led Xavier with 25 and 24 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, Shauna Geronzin turned up the heat in the second half, scoring 22 of her game-high 24 points after the intermission, in leading visiting Canisius to a 76-64 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win over Rider.
The Golden Griffins (8-18, 5-13) also got 12 points from Tricia Breznitsky and 10 from Jessica Butler, along with 10 rebounds from Alohndra Brown. Katie Kearon scored 12 for Rider (5-22, 3-15).
In what Niagara hopes was not a MAAC Tournament preview, Loyola beat the Purple Eagles, 81-65, in Baltimore. The same two teams will meet in the tourney's first round at 2:30 p.m. Friday at HSBC Arena.
Loyola (18-9, 12-6) led by five at halftime before going on a 14-2 run to open the second half.
Senior Amy Getman led NU (10-17, 7-11) with 26 points and eight rebounds. Jessica Kemp also had eight boards. Laura Slater led Loyola with 18 points.
A running layup by Tricia Peter with one second left gave D'Youville a 70-69 win over Cazenovia in the championship game of the Upstate Athletic Alliance tournament. Peter finished with 12 points while the winners (13-12) were led by MVP Carrie Stevens with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Mary Legnard, who scored 14, also made the all-tourney team.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Winning two in a row against the No. 1 team in the country proved to be too much to ask of the Niagara Purple Eagles.
Motivated by its 3-2 loss to Niagara on Saturday, Dartmouth (21-3-1, 18-3-1 in ECAC) shut down NU, outshooting the Eagles (17-13-4, 9-11-4) by 38-23. Amy Ferguson got the shutout.
Buffalo State finished its season at 11-4-1 with a 2-0 win over visiting North Country CC as Melissa Spry made 24 saves to record the shutout. Mary Keddie (Williamsville) and Emma Wadsworth had the Bengals' goals.
INDOOR TRACK: Markus Allen won the 200 meters (22.67 seconds) and Eric Lunser (Springville) was second in the 55-meter hurdles (7.72 seconds) as the Buffalo State men finished ninth among 14 teams in the New York State Championships at Fredonia State. They teamed with Jamil Windbush and Aaron Kinard to finish second in the 4x200 relay.
BOWLING: Erie CC's men's and women's teams both finished first in the NJCAA Region III Championships in Utica. They advanced to the National Championships March 10-11 in Buffalo.
ECC also crowned both individual champs as T.J. Ruggerio won the men's title and Leanne Lewis took the women's.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Ed Hill and Mike Tyszka (West Seneca East) scored 27 points apiece and Dathan Madding (Timon/St. Jude) added 16 rebounds as Hilbert (16-9) won its third straight Upstate Athletic Alliance tourney title with a 74-62 win over Cazenovia.