A strong performance by Victoria Rampado helped the Niagara women earn a huge upset over Big 4 rival UB, 75-62, at the Gallagher Center on Monday.
The win snaps UB’s 12-game winning streak over the Purple Eagles. It is the first time Niagara has defeated the Bulls since Dec. 11, 2004.
Rampado tied a career-high with 27 points. It is her second time scoring 27 this season, most recently done on Nov. 26 against Louisiana Tech.
The 6-foot-2 forward from Niagara Falls, Ont. added nine rebounds, going 9-of-19 from the floor. She was also perfect from the free throw line, converting on all eight of her free throws.
Kaylee Stroemple also was a strong presence for the Purple Eagles (2-8) scoring 19 points. Jamie Sherburne added 14 points to go along with tying her career-high for assists with seven. Jai Moore also tied her season-high for points with 10.
UB (8-2) was led offensively by Cassie Oursler (16 points, three rebounds, three blocks) and Summer Hemphill (15 points, nine rebounds, two blocks).
Stephanie Reid had nine points and six assists for the Bulls. Cierra Dillard also had a well-rounded effort for the Bulls with seven points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Each teams shot the ball relatively well, both eclipsing the 40 percent mark. Niagara shot 43.5 percent while UB was 41.3 percent.
Niagara and UB each had turnover issues, turning the ball over a combined 45 times. Each team had 10 steals.
‘Mayhem on the Mainstage’
UB wrestling hosted Cornell in a wrestling match “Mayhem on the Mainstage” at the UB Center for the Arts.
It is the first time UB ever hosted a wrestling match at the venue.
The Big Red, ranked 12th in the nation, won the match, 31-6.
Jake Gunning won his match in the 285-pound class over Jeramy Sweaney by decision, 10-4.
Kyle Akins, the only other UB wrestler to win a match, defeating Mike Russio in the 125-pound class by decision, 3-0.
The Niagara men (5-6), coming off a thrilling road win Saturday, will host Cleveland State (3-6) (1400 AM, 7 p.m.) tonight as the non-conference schedule winds down.
Matt Scott, named the MAAC Player of the Week for the third time this season Monday, hit a game-winning three-pointer to defeat Norfolk State, 85-82, on Saturday.
It was Scott’s ninth consecutive game with at least 20 points. The 6-foot-4 senior guard remains second in the nation in scoring average (24.9).
At the Koessler Athletic Center, the Canisius men (4-7) will host Elon (7-4) (1230 AM, 102.9 FM, 7 p.m.). The Griffs will look to end their three-game losing streak, while Elon has won four of their last five.
Elon is coming off a win at Boston University Sunday, while Canisius lost on the road at Albany on Saturday, 68-65.
UB (7-3) heads to the Carrier Dome to face off with Syracuse (1520 AM, 7 p.m.). It is the first game since 2001 between both schools. Syracuse has won the previous 17 meetings with the Bulls.
UB has not beat the Orange since the 1962-63 season.