It was Education Day at Eastern Michigan on Friday morning, and the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team received a lesson from the Eagles in the importance of finishing strong.
The Bonnies were outscored, 23-7, in the fourth quarter. That was decisive in their 75-56 loss in Ypsilanti, Mich.
More than 3,500 watched the game, many of them school children from that area. They saw St. Bonaventure jump out to a 19-13 lead after a period. Eastern Michigan put on a burst at the start of the second quarter, and the teams traded the lead until halftime.
The Eagles pulled away a little in the third quarter, and then finished the job in the final period. The Bonnies did a good job on Eastern Michigan’s Sasha Dailey, one of the nation’s top scorers. She was limited to nine points. But Micah Robinson picked up that slack with 21 points.
Gabby Richmond and Mariah Ruff both scored 15 points to lead St. Bonaventure.
The two teams both had 4-5 records after the game. The road trip continues in Toledo on Sunday.
Saturday’s men’s games
• The University at Buffalo gets to play a home game for a change. The Bulls go up against Coppin State at 2 p.m. in Alumni Arena (Radio 1520 AM). UB has been away for six straight games, traveling from Alaska to Pennsylvania in that span. The Bulls have lost their last three games and are 4-5 for the season. Sophomore CJ Massinburg will make his home debut. He missed the first eight games of the season due to mononucleosis, scoring 14 points in 25 minutes against Pittsburgh. Coppin State only has played one home game as well this season. The Eagles come in with an 0-11 record.
• Canisius, which has turned into a bunch of road warriors this season, starts a two-game homestand with a 2 p.m. matchup with St. Francis of N.Y. (Radio 1230 AM). The Golden Griffins are 4-5, and all four of their wins have come on the road. That is tied for the lead nationally in that category. Their latest win was on Wednesday at Boston University. The Terriers haven’t been as successful away from home this season. They are 0-5 on the road, 2-7 overall.
• It’s alumni basketball weekend at Niagara, and the Purple Eagles will play Norfolk State as part of the festivities (3 p.m., Radio 550 AM). It’s Niagara’s only home game in the month of December and third overall. The Eagles are 2-7, and lost their last start. Matt Scott leads the team in scoring at 18.9 points per game; he is second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in that category. The Spartans have lost their last six games.
• St. Bonaventure is celebrating the 50th season in the Reilly Center with a game against UNC-Wilmington at 6 p.m. The Bonnies have won five in a row and are 6-2 overall. The first 1,800 through the doors will receive a poster that marks the milestone year for the team’s home. The team is averaging about 83 points per game this season. UNC-Wilmington is no pushover. The Seahawks have a 7-1 record, and they took part in the NCAA tournament last year.
Saturday’s women’s game
• Niagara faces one of its biggest tests of the season. The Purple Eagles head to Syracuse to play No. 19-ranked Orange. Niagara is 4-4 and is coming off a win on Wednesday against Hartford. Victoria Rampado of the Eagles has scored in double figures in every game this season. Syracuse reached the championship game of the NCAA tournament last year. Alexis Peterson leads the Orange with a 22.4 points per game average.