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Canisius, UB women open with victories

All of the Big 4 women’s basketball teams took to the court on the opening night of the season.

The tally at the end of the night: two wins, two losses.

Canisius and University at Buffalo picked up the wins.

The Golden Griffins stopped Detroit, 77-67, at the Koessler Center.

Canisius trailed, 10-6, after a little more than four minutes had elapsed, but the team rattled off a 26-6 lead later in the first half to take the lead for good.

Jamie Ruttle led the Golden Griffins with 19 points in 25 minutes. The forward was 6 for 11 from the field and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. Jen Morabito chipped in with 13 points, and Lauren D’Hont added 12.

Ellisha Crosby had 15 points for Detroit, but she earned them. Crosby missed all eight of her shots from three-point range, sinking nine free throws. The guard did have 11 rebounds.

Elsewhere, Buffalo returned home from Binghamton with a victory. The Bulls captured a 65-47 win over the Bearcats.

This one was over relatively quickly. UB had a 36-19 lead at halftime, holding the Bearcats to only 19 percent shooting from the field, and then was content to trade baskets the rest of the way. Margeaux Gupilan finished with 15 points, while Sloane Walton (Nichols) added 10.

Sherae Swinson led Binghamton with 10 points and 12 rebounds, but she was held to 5-of-16 shooting.

St. Bonaventure didn’t do as well on its road trip. The Bonnies lost at North Carolina State, 70-47.

The highlight for Bona was the performance of redshirt freshman Gabby Richmond. She led the Bonnies with 18 points and nine rebounds in her debut. But no other starter had more than seven points; Chelsea Bowker came off the bench to score nine points.

The Wolfpack attack couldn’t have been any more balanced. Three players tied for game-high scoring honors with 11 points each – M. Goodwin-Coleman, Miah Spencer and Kody Burke.

North Carolina State had an edge of 26 extra shots from the field, and made 10 of them. The Wolfpack also had a 12-1 edge in three-pointers, as the Bonnies only converted on 1-of-11 shots from downtown.

At the Gallagher Center in Lewiston, Niagara dropped a 93-73 decision to visiting Lehigh.

Meghan McGuinness led the Purple Eagles with a career-high 25 points. Victoria Rampado had 15 points. Kerry Kniek, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, led Lehigh with 21 points, and Katie O’Reilly had 14 points for the Mountain Hawks.

In men’s basketball, Niagara and St. Bonaventure both open their seasons tonight. The Purple Eagles have drawn the more difficult assignment.

Niagara travels to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. to play Seton Hall in an opening round match in the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (6 p.m. Radio 550 AM).

For Niagara, tonight’s game marks the official debut of new head coach Chris Casey. He replaces Joe Mihalich.

Meanwhile, St. Bonaventure will stay at its home, the Reilly Center, to play South Dakota (7 p.m., Radio 1450 AM).

Bona has gone 44-3 in home openers at the Reilly Center since 1967.

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