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UB women go cold, suffer first loss to Hofstra

The first loss for the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team came in on the ugly side.

The Bulls dropped a 79-36 decision to Hofstra at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead, N.Y., Thursday night. The loss snapped the Bulls’ winning streak at six games.

Hofstra took an 8-0 to start the game and dominated play for 40 minutes. Krystal Luciano led Hofstra (6-1) with 20 points including going 4 of 6 from three-point range. The Pride went 10 for 22 from three-point range and sunk 17 free throws.

Buffalo (6-1) failed to get a player in double figures, led by Joanna Smith’s nine points. The Bulls committed 21 turnovers and shot just 23 percent (15 of 64) from the field.

Buffalo hosts Duquesne at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Friday’s Games

Both Niagara and Canisius women open their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference slate on the road.

Niagara (1-4) plays at Manhattan and the Purple Eagles have the reigning MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week in senior center Sam Lapszynski. She set her career high with, and notched her first career double-double, with 24 ponts and 11 rebounds in a 73-72 win against Cleveland State. She reset her career high with 27 points in an 80-75 loss at Detroit. Victoria Rampado leads Niagara, averaging 13.3 points, as four players are averaging double digits for the Purple Eagles.

The Jaspers (2-4) are led by Amani Tatum who is averaging 12.8 points and 2.3 steals a game.

Canisius (3-2) is led by sophomore guard Margret Halfdanardottir, averaging 12.0 points with a 58.3 field goal percentage while hitting 65.0 percent from three-point range. Defensively the Griffs have held opponents to 53.0 points per game.

Saint Peter’s is 1-5 and struggling offensively, averaging 44.5 points a game led by Sajanna Bethea and Hala Mostafa, each averaging 7.8 points a game.