Niagara's women's basketball team had few problems with Colgate at the Gallagher Center on Sunday afternoon, and Sheryl Klick was a major reason why.
Klick had 28 points to lead the Purple Eagles to an 83-57 non-conference win over the Red Raiders. Klick finished 8 of 14 from the field, hitting four three-pointers. She also chipped in with six rebounds and five steals.
Meaghan Coleman of the Eagles had 18 points, while Amy Getman and Katie Murphy added 11 points each.
Hollie Young led Colgate with 16 points (7 of 11 from the field) and nine rebounds.
Niagara (3-5) wasted little time in taking the lead. An early 9-0 spurt put the Eagles up, 11-3, 6:50 into the game. Niagara boosted that lead to 27-12 a few minutes later and had a 35-25 advantage at the half.
The Purple Eagles' only scare came in the second half, when Colgate closed the margin to 37-33 with 17:23 remaining. However, Niagara went on a 12-3 run to take charge again, and soon followed with a 15-2 run to wrap the game up well before the buzzer.
Niagara's defense was solid, forcing 29 turnovers and holding Colgate to 40 percent shooting. The Eagles also had a big edge on free throws: They were 20 of 22 while Colgate was 13 of 35.
The Purple Eagles host Cleveland State on Wednesday night.