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Losing streaks go on for Bona, Niagara women

February may be the shortest month of the calendar year, but it must feel like the longest to the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team.

The Bonnies dropped their sixth straight decision, 66-55, to Massachusetts on Sunday in an Atlantic 10 game at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.

UMass won on the strength of a 19-9 closing run in the final 6:44 after Audrey Latendresse's jumper pulled the Bonnies (8-17, 2-12) within 47-46.

Katie Nelson's 14 points led UMass (10-15, 7-7).

Bona last won a game Jan. 29 over Saint Louis, 71-59.

St. Bonaventure's Stefanie Collins (15 points) drained five three-pointers in the first half but missed her only two field-goal tries in the final 20 minutes. With two games left in the regular season, Collins now has 282 career treys -- nine shy of the Bona record held by Suzy Dailer. St. Bonaventure's next game is its home finale on Friday against Richmond.

Latendresse had 11 points, while Ashley Edwards grabbed eight rebounds for Bona.

In the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, St. Peter's used a 16-3 blitz midway through the second half to pull away from Niagara, 64-46, before 315 at the Gallagher Center. It was the Purple Eagles' seventh straight loss.

Tyonna Vance scored a game-high 16 points, including four of the final 10 during the run that gave the Peahens (11-14, 7-9) a 49-34 lead with 8:34 left.

Freshman Erika Harris led Niagara with 11 points, while junior guard Chantelle Wilson scored 10, including the Purple Eagles' first seven points of the game. WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Amanda Uschold scored twice in the final 3:50 for Buffalo State (5-14, 1-9 ECAC West), which won its home finale, 2-0, over Cortland. Rachel Bennett made 19 saves for her first shutout.


SOFTBALL: Canisius opened the season with a split at Norfolk State. The Golden Griffins won the nightcap, 6-0, as Angela Turrey drove in two runs while going 2 for 4. Lindsay Garbacz scattered four hits. Jess Martin's three-run homer highlighted a four-run sixth that allowed Canisius to rally in the opener from a 4-0 deficit before losing, 6-4.


BASEBALL: Mike Folli's one-out single in the top of the eighth broke a 2-2 tie and helped UB split its season-opening doubleheader at Appalachian State, 4-2. Freshman Dan Francis (Clarence) earned the win by throwing two perfect innings of relief and James Kingsley (Medina) went 3 for 5 with one RBI. UB lost the opener, 12-6.


MEN'S TENNIS: Marc Dickinson and Steve Kopf (Grand Island) won at third doubles for Niagara (4-1) in a 5-2 loss to host Colgate. Colgate also beat UB, 6-1, as Matt Kennedy earned the point for the Bulls.

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