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Big 4 Women's Hoops: Smith scores career-high 31 in UB victory

University at Buffalo senior JoAnna Smith followed perhaps the worst shooting game of her college career by equaling her career-high of 31 points Saturday in a 77-62 victory over Kent State before a 1,889 at Alumni Arena.

Smith, who made 1 of 17 shots and was 0 for 11 from three-point range in Wednesday night's loss at Toledo, made 13 of 21 shots including 3 of 8 from  behind the three-point line in Saturday's victory.  Right from the start, Smith left little doubt that things would be different this time. She contributed eight points to a 10-0 UB run to start the game. The Bulls led it all the way.

UB (16-6, 6-5 Mid-American Conference) literally ran past the Golden Flashes (12-11, 6-5) collecting a season-high 21 fast-break points. The Bulls' bench contributed 22 points to the victory including 13 by junior Courtney Wilkins who made 5 of 7 shots ( 3 of 5 threes) in a 13 point game.Stephanie Reid had 12 points and five assists in the victory to Reid move past assistant coach Ashley Zuber into fifth place on UB's all-time assists charts. She now has 393.

Overall, Ub shot 47.5 percent (29 of 61) and had 21 assists on those baskets. The Bulls made 7 of 19 threes while Kent State was only 2 for 16.

Jordan Korinek had 23 points for the Golden Flashes and Larissa LUrken had 21.

Niagara's women (6-7, 3-11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 58-45 rout of Manhattan (7-16, 3-11) at the Gallagher Center. When the Purple Eagles win, they usually win big. Five of their six victories this season have been by 13 points or more. The exception was a 62-59 win at Manhattan on Jan. 15, the last time they came out on top.  Niagara's 23-point winning margin was its largest of the season.

Kaylee Stroemple led the Purple Eagles with 17 points and eight rebounds while Victoria Rampado had 16 points and eight boards. Stroemple made eight of her field goal attempts.

Niagara broke the game open with a 26-point second quarter (a 104-point pace for an entire game) to take a 45-19 halftime lead.
The Purple Eagles shot  NU made 15 of 19 free-throw attempts to only 3 of 8 by the Jaspers.

Defending MAAC champion Iona continued its stretch run, defeating Canisius, 58-45, at the Koessler Athletic Center for its sixth win in a row.

The Golden Griffs played the Gaels even, 11-11, in the first quarter after once owning a five-point lead in the period. Then the Gaels turned it on to take a 26-18 lead at the half. Canisius closed to 35-31 after three quarters but could not catch up. Marina Lizarazu led Iona with 23 points. Margret Halfdandottir had 14 points and Sara Hinriksdottir had 10 for the Griffs, who made only 2 of 19 three-point shots and were outrebounded 31-22.




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