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DAILER GETS HER SHOT IN NATIONAL THREE-POINT EVENT

One last Big Four basketball player remains in competition this weekend.

She is St. Bonaventure star Suzie Dailer, who will participate in the seventh annual College Basketball Slam Dunk and Three-Point Shooting Championship, which is being held tonight in Bellevue, Wash., in conjunction with the men's Final Four.

Dailer is one of eight women who will vie for the women's three-point shooting title (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

"I'm really excited," said Dailer, who ranked fifth in the nation by making 3.2 three-pointers per game this year. "I've been thinking about it all week. My mom and dad are going, and two of my three brothers are making the trip."

If anybody needed "one more shot" this year, it was Dailer. She ended her senior season on the bench, because she fell in practice and suffered a stress fracture in her wrist two days before the Atlantic 10 tournament.

"It was hard to take," said Dailer, whose wrist has healed. "At least I have a little more to go for."

Dailer, from Wheeling, W. Va., ended her career as the most prolific three-point shooter in Bona and A-10 history. She finished with 291, including 84 this year. Only four women have made 300 for their career.

Dick Vitale will do commentary on tonight's show. Dailer will not get tickets to the Final Four games.

"There's a private party for all the participants to watch the games together," she said. "So I won't mind sitting with (Duke's) Cherokee Parks and (Arizona's) Damon Stoudamire (both in the men's three-point event) to watch the games. That'll be kind of cool."

Elsewhere at the Final Four, Niagara coach Jack Armstrong will be among a dozen coaches conducting a youth clinic sponsored by the NCAA.

Shifflet ends great career

Sweet Home graduate Tom Shifflet, a senior at Edinboro (Pa.) State, was named wrestler of the year by both the Eastern Wrestling League and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference after placing third at the NCAA Division I Championships. Shifflet finished his career tied for fourth in victories in Edinboro history, at 113-33-1. He was 31-4 this year.

Shifflet entered the NCAAs rated sixth at 142 pounds and nearly won it. He lost his semifinal match, 2-1, to eventual champion Tom Hughes of Penn State when he was called for a stall with 18 seconds left. Hughes admitted to reporters afterward he thought it was a bad call. "I wasn't doing any more than Tom was doing," he said.

Shifflet won the third-place match over Cleveland State's Dan Carcelli, to whom he had lost twice earlier in the year.

Rosselli in Olympic hunt

Former Edinboro State and Roy-Hart wrestling great Lou Rosselli is a legitimate contender for the '96 U.S. Olympic team.

Rosselli, a '93 Edinboro graduate, won a silver medal last week at the prestigious Medved Tournament in Minsk, Belarus. Rosselli, wrestling at 114 1/2 pounds, won four matches before losing, 4-3, in the final to Namik Abdulayev of Azerbaijan. Abdulayev is ranked second in the world. Rosselli was fourth at the '92 U.S. Olympic trials. Zeke Jones is No. 1 in the United States at 114 1/2 , and Rosselli always has wrestled him tougher than anyone else in the country.

Around & About

Syracuse's Joe Buscaglia, a sophomore from Williamsville South, placed 10th all-around at the Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League championship with a season and career high score of 54.35 points. He also was eighth on floor exercise with an 8.45 in the event finals.

The Canisius softball team, an NCAA Tournament qualifier last year, plays 1 p.m. doubleheaders Saturday (Manhattan) and Sunday (St. Peter's) at Demske Sports Complex. . . . St. Bona's baseball team, runner-up in the Atlantic 10 last season, opens its home season at noon Saturday against George Washington.

The Niagara basketball booster club will hold its awards dinner April 20 at the Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls. Cost is $25. Send check payable to Niagara Booster Club to Pete Barto, 3526 Westwood Drive, Niagara Falls, 14305.

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