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First-place Hilbert women roll past Medaille

Hilbert's women's basketball team  (13-5, 11-1 AMCC) limited Medaille to 26.7 shooting (8 of 30) on the way to a 20-point halftime lead and routed the Mavericks, 73-41, Wednesday night at the Sullivan Center to stay in first place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Kelsi Ebert (Frontier) had 25 points in leading the Hawks to their second decisive win over Medaille this season. Emily Gawlak (Mount Mercy) had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.

In the men’s game that opened the doubleheader between the schools, junior guard Meghale Ford made the first of two free throws with 4 seconds left and it turned out to be the winning point in Medaille's 95-94 victory. Hunter Martineau of the Hawks hit a three-pointer at the final buzzer to establish the final one-point margin.

Medaille avenged an 84-80 loss at Hilbert last month and moved ahead of the Hawks into fourth place in the AMCC standings. Medaille is 8-3 in conference play. Hilbert dropped to 8-4.

Jalen Smith led Medaille with 23 points. Justice Fagan had 17. Ford finished with 14. Martineau had 21 for Hilbert. Nicholas Parucki (West Seneca East) scored 20 off the bench for the Hawks.

Tonight’s game

St. Bonaventure women at Fordham: It’s the start of a challenging week for the Bonnies. After tonight’s game against the Rams at the Rose Hill Gymn in the Bronx, they will play at second-place Duquesne on Sunday afternoon. The Fordham women are 6-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference games, the lone loss to first-place Dayton, 63-62.

Bona comes in after a home loss Davidson, 75-68. The Bonnies still are shorthanded because on injuries to three regulars. They have used only six players in each of their recent games.

Senior Mariah Ruff has carried a major offensive load in the absence of Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) and the others. She leads the conference with a 21.0 ppg average for seven A-10 games, even after a nine-point outlasting Davidsion. For all games she ranks eighth in the conference in scoring (15.7), second in assists (4.6) and fourth in three-point baskets.

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