It wasn't just a season-opening win for the Niagara women's basketball team.
It was a season-opening blowout.
The Purple Eagles earned a 78-39 win over Colgate in Hamilton Saturday afternoon. It was the first win for new head coach Kendra Faustin.
Niagara (1-0) got after it on the defensive end, converting 31 Colgate turnovers into 35 points.
"I'm happy with how hard we played and that for 40 minutes we didn't let up," Faustin said. "We played intense, in-your-face defense and it allowed us to make a statement early in the season."
Kristina Walton led all scorers with 14 points and nine rebounds while freshman Liz Flooks netted 12. Sophomore Jennifer McNamee added 11, going 3 for 8 from three-point range.
On tap today
The University at Buffalo opens its women's basketball season with a 2 p.m. game against Youngstown State in Alumni Arena. The Bulls are looking to win their first season opener since the 2002-03 season when they won at St. John's, 63-56.
St. Bonaventure will hope to start the season 2-0 when it plays at Kent State at 2 p.m. The Bonnies won their opener, 61-55, against Bucknell Friday night. It is the season opener for the Golden Flashes.