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Niagara loses to MAAC power Rider

Niagara’s women’s basketball team ran into a tough Rider squad, and fell, 62-41, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, on Friday night.

The Purple Eagles dropped to 8-20 overall, and 5-14 in the Metro Atlantic. The Broncs improved to 22-6 overall, 16-3 in the MAAC.

It took some time for Rider to break this game open. The teams traded baskets for the first 13 minutes or so, as Niagara had a 17-16 lead. However, the Broncs turned up the offense and defense for the rest of the half. Not only did Niagara not score for the rest of the half, but Rider put up 16 straight points. The lead was 32-17 at halftime. The Broncs pushed their lead up to 48-27 after three periods to wrap up the win.

Victoria Rampado led the Purple Eagles with 12 points. Kaylee Stroemple added 10 points for Niagara, which plays at Monmouth on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday's games

• St. Bonaventure hopes to keep its season alive for another game with a noon contest with La Salle in Philadelphia. It’s the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, with the winner advancing to Richmond to play the winner of the St. Joseph’s/Rhode Island game. The Bonnies are 9-19 overall, 4-12 in the A-10, and seeded 11th in the tournament. The Explorers (16-12, 9-7 A-10) are the No. 6 seed. Bona is on a seven-game losing streak that followed a three-game winning streak.

• It’s Senior Day for the University at Buffalo, as the Bulls host Bowling Green at Alumni Arena (1 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The ceremonial part of the day won’t take long, as UB only has one senior: JoAnna Smith. The veteran has been involved in more wins than any player in school history, as her teams have won at least 19 games for the past three seasons. Smith is the team’s leading scorer. The Bulls come in with a 19-7 record, 9-6 in the Mid-American Conference. A win would help in UB’s quest for a bye in the first round of the MAC tournament.

• Canisius wraps up its regular season with an afternoon game at Quinnipiac. The Golden Griffins come in at 9-19 overall, 8-11 Metro Atlantic. They have been caught in a “win one, lose one” pattern for much of the past few weeks, but a loss to Fairfield on Thursday night was their second in a row.

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