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WNY College Hoops: Canisius women end losing streak

Margret Halfdanardottir scored on a three-point play to give Canisius the lead, then converted two free throws with 6 seconds left in a 53-49 women's basketball victory over Iona on Tuesday night in New Rochelle. Iona was held to two points in the fourth quarter.

The victory ended a ended a nine-game Canisius losing streak that began on Nov. 22. It was the 13th straight loss for winless Iona, which is 0-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Saliah Serrette had 11 points and Maria Welch 10 to lead the Canisius scoring.

Halfdanardottir finished with seven points for Canisius (3-10, 1-1).

Toyosi Abiola had 21 points for the losing Gaels.

Niagara's women (4-9, 1-1 MAAC) saw their three-game win streak ended in overtime at Fairfield, 59-53. The Purple Eagles lead 32-23 at the half and were on top 43-36 after three quarters, but the Stags rallied in the final period and took a 49-48 lead with four minutes left in regulation.

The Purple Eagles turned the ball over on their last two possessions in overtime and scored only two points on a basket by Kaylee Stroemple in the extra period.

Victoria Rampado led Niagara with 15 points and had 15 rebounds. Stroemple had 14 points and Jai Moore 10 for NU.

Khadidiatou Diouf and Casey Foley each scored 14 and Samantha Cooper had 13 for Fairfield  (5-8, 2--0 MAAC).

Bona seeks 9th in row

If St. Bonaventure can extend its current winning streak to nine games, it will be its longest since the Bob Lanier era. To do it, though, the Bonnies will have to win where they've seldom won -- the University of Dayton Arena against the host Flyers.

Bona is 2-11 all-time in the Dayton facility, but won there as recently as two seasons ago, 79-76. Last season the Bonnies lost there, 76-72 despite a 35-point performance by Jaylen Adams. Last time the Bonnies won nine or more was in a 13-game streak from Jan. 31 to March 14 in Lanier's senior season (1969-70).

Dayton is playing its first season under Anthony Grant, who had one losing season in his nine seasons as head coach at VCU and Alabama. He succeeded Archie Miller, who moved on to Indiana. Grant's assistant is former Bona head coach Anthony Solomon (2003-07). Solomon was an assistant at Georgetown last season.

While the men are on the road, the Bona women (5-9, 0-1 A-10) will face Saint Joseph's (6-7, 1-0 A-10) in their Atlantic-10 home opener at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies women have lost their last four games.

UB women home to  Western Michigan

The University at Buffalo women (10-2, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) will face Western Michigan (8-5, 1-0) in Alumni Arena (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.). UB, which has won six of its last seven and its last three games, defeated the Broncos, 62-47, in Kalamazoo, Mich. in their only meeting last season.

UB opened conference play with an 89-66 rout at Akron on Saturday.

Senior Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) leads the Bulls in scoring at 13.6 ppg. Cierra Dillard, a junior transfer from UMass, is averaging 11.8 while senior Stephanie Reid is averaging 6.6 assists a game.


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