The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.
1. St. Bonaventure men's basketball: Jaylen Adams scored 23 points and played the entire game as the Bonnies defeated Syracuse, 60-57, in overtime. It was St. Bonaventure's first victory against the Orange since 1981 and its first-ever over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Bonnies received five votes in the lastest AP poll.
2. UB women's basketball: Stephanie Reid hit a layup and a free throw with five seconds remaining to lift the Bulls past St. John's, 73-72, on Thursday. The victory is UB's first over a Big East school since 2002. St. John's, ranked No. 16 in the RPI at the time of the game, is the highest-ranked team UB has ever beaten under coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
3. Shaquana Owens: The Villa Maria women's basketball star recorded two triple-doubles as the Vikings won their tenth and 11th straight home victories against Sheridan. Owens (Tapestry) had 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the first win, 83-71, and 13 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists in the second, 80-60.
4. Villa Maria men's basketball: Like the women, the men's Vikings are also riding a win streak. Villa Maria has won eight straight after defeating Southern State and No. 6 Washington Adventist at the Millenium Hotel Holiday Can-Am Classic, hosted by Villa.
5. Wes Clark: The UB basketball transfer was impactful in his first week of eligibility, notching 15 points and six assists against Syracuse and 17 points and eight assists against Texas A&M.
6. Niagara men's basketball: The Purple Eagles won a pair of games last week, defeating Cleveland State and Cornell to extend their winning streak to three games. Niagara kicks off Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play Friday against Iona.
7. Canisius men's basketball: Four players scored in double-digits, led by Isaiah Reese with 18, in the Golden Griffins' 76-62 victory against Robert Morris. The win was Canisius' first on the road this season and gives the team a two-game win streak heading into the conference opener against Rider on Friday.
8. Niagara women's basketball: The Purple Eagles put on the biggest rout of the week, demolishing Colgate, 81-44. Victoria Rampado scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Kaylee Stroemple scored 14 points. Maggie McIntyre (14 points) and Amherst grad Claire Wanzer (nine points) both set career-highs for scoring.
9. Tiana Pugh: The Canisius women's basketball sophomore had a career day against Middle Tennessee, scoring 19 points and grabbing five rebounds in a 55-45 defeat. Until then, Pugh never had scored in double-digits in her career.
10. The MacDonalds: Daemen men's basketball coach Mike MacDonald, his wife Maura and their sons, former Canisius High basketball players Matt and Patrick, current Crusader Nick and middle schooler Mark were featured in a story in USA Today by Erik Brady this week. Maura has an incredible balancing act in following all the Daemen, Penn, SUNY-Maritime, Canisius and St. Benedict School games.
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Story topics: Canisius men's basketball/ Canisius women's basketball/ Claire Wanzer/ Isaiah Reese/ Jaylen Adams/ Kaylee Stroemple/ Maggie McIntyre/ Mark MacDonald/ Matt MacDonald/ Mike MacDonald/ Niagara men's basketball/ Niagara women's basketball/ Nick MacDonald/ Patrick MacDonald/ Shaquana Owens/ St. Bonaventure men's basketball/ Stephanie Reed/ Tiana Pugh/ UB men's basketball/ UB women's basketball/ Victoria Rampado/ Villa Maria men's basketball/ Villa Maria women's basketball/ Wes Clark