Niagara scored an impressive win and Canisius ended a long drought Sunday in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball.
Niagara shot 67.9 percent in the second half and roared past defending MAAC champion St. Peter's, 85-67, at the Gallagher Center in Lewiston. It ended NU's 14-game losing streak against the Peahens.
Meanwhile, Canisius ended a 10-game losing streak with an 82-45 rout of Marist in Poughkeepsie. It was the first win for coach Mike Decillis' team since a Dec. 11 triumph over Wright State in Marine Midland Arena.
Niagara (9-8 overall, 6-2 in the MAAC) moved into a second-place tie in the conference standings, 1 1/2 games behind Fairfield (8-1), which posted an 83-57 win Sunday over Manhattan. St. Peter's is also 6-2 and Rider (5-2) is a half-game behind coach Bill Agronin's Purple Eagles.
Sheryl Klick sank 10 of her 11 shots in a 23-point performance for Niagara. Meaghan Coleman added 22 and Amy Getman had 19.
LaWanda Greene had 17 for St. Peter's. Center Mercy Aghedo had 14 rebounds for the Peahens, who owned a 38-28 rebounding advantage but turned the ball over 21 times and shot only 34.3 percent (23 of 67). Niagara shot 51.7 percent (31 for 60) and hit 19 of 28 in the second half.
For Canisius, 5-foot-3 sophomore guard Tricia Breznitsky led the Griffs' victory with a triple-double. Breznitsky has 11 points and 10 assists and tied for rebounding honors in the game with 11. She also had four steals and blocked a shot. Maggie Guidry led Canisius with 17 points and Shauna Geronzin had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Griffs built a 35-17 halftime lead. Their biggest lead was 38 points.
Elsewhere, St. Bonaventure snapped a six-game losing streak against Massachusetts with a 76-72 overtime win at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies rode a career-high 25-point performance by sophomore center Angela Scott and also got a strong performance from Melisa Fazio, who had 21 points, eight assists and five steals.
Scott's previous career best was 16 points. She also had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Bona (8-9, 4-3 in the A-10) moved to within one game of UMass (8-10, 5-2) in the battle for second place in the A-10 East.
Medaille (8-6) lost to Lake Erie of Painesville, Ohio, 62-61, despite 28 points by Liz Galanis.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Tania Pinelli made 28 saves for her second straight shutout and fifth of the season and Niagara (15-6-1, 8-6-0) killed off nine Yale power plays in a 5-0 victory over the Bulldogs in an ECAC game at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. It was the seventh time Yale (3-14-0, 1-13-0) has been shut out.
Brooke Bradburn scored the first and final Niagara goals, giving her a team-leading 16 for the season. Julie Forsyth and Candice Ceelen scored power-play goals and Valerie Hall tallied short-handed for the Purple Eagles. Hall and Ceelen each had a pair of assists and Forsyth also picked up an assist.
MEN'S SWIMMING: St. Bonaventure freshman Borut Poje from Slovenia won the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.41), the 500 freestyle (season best 4:45.16) and swam on a winning relay in the Bonnies' 138-105 victory over West Virginia at the Reilly Center pool. Bona is 3-4 on the season. Senior Joe Murphy, swimming in his final home meet, won the 100 free in 48.48, and swam on the winning 400 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: St. Bonaventure (4-3) lost at home to West Virginia, 127-116. Joy Knerr won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.109 and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay for St. Bonaventure (4-3) in a 127-116 home loss to West Virginia.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Michael O'Steen (Seneca) had 16 points in Jamestown CC's 72-52 victory over visiting the Junior College of Albany. The Jayhawks are 13-5.