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UB women hit a small milestone with win

Twenty wins is a sign of a good season in college basketball, and the University at Buffalo’s women’s team reached that number on Wednesday night.

The Bulls had no trouble taking the lead early and cruising to a 81-55 win in Akron, Ohio. UB is now 20-8 overall, 10-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo had a 17-10 lead at the end of the first period, and had a 23-9 burst in the next 10 minutes to take a 42-19 lead at halftime.

JoAnna Smith led UB with 31 points, while Stephanie Reid added 20. Hannah Plyborn scored 22 points for the Zips.

UB wraps up the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Kent State.

MAAC event begins

Thursday marks the start of the postseason championships for the Canisius and Niagara basketball teams. The four teams will be involved in three different games in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany.

The women get the day off to a very early start. Canisius and Niagara are matched in the first round at 9:30 a.m. The Golden Griffins are the eighth seed, and they will play the No. 9 Purple Eagles.

Canisius can’t be happy about the way it finished the season. The Griffins lost three straight games down the stretch to fall to 9-20 overall, 8-12 in the MAAC. Sara Hinriksdottir led the team in scoring during the regular season with an average of 15 points her game. Niagara lost its last two regular-season games to finish 8-21, 5-15 MAAC. Junior forward Victoria Rampado leads the conference in scoring at 16.9 points per game.

Canisius beat Niagara in both regular season meetings in 2016-17.

At 5 p.m., the Niagara men swing into action against Quinnipiac. The Purple Eagles are No. 9 in this event as well, while the Bobcats are the eighth seed.

The records are quite similar. Niagara is 9-22, 6-14 MAAC, while Quinnipiac is 10-20, 7-13 MAAC. The difference was the Bobcats’ two wins over the Purple Eagles in the regular season. Matt Scott of Niagara was named to the third team of the All-MAAC selections. Quinnipiac has lost its last six games.

Finally at 7 p.m., Canisius takes on Marist. The No. 7 Golden Griffins (17-14, 10 MAAC) had hopes at one point in the season of missing the opening round game, but they lost three in a row to finish the regular season. Kassius Robertson leads the Griffins in scoring at 16.5 points per game.

Marist, the 10th seed, comes in at 8-23, 5-15 MAAC. Khallid Hart averages 18 points per game for the Red Foxes.

UB game Friday

In Wednesday’s Big 4 roundup, it was incorrectly reported that the Bowling Green at UB men’s game was scheduled for Saturday. It will be played Friday at 7 p.m. at Alumni Arena and be aired on Time Warner Cable Sports Network.

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