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The Niagara University women's basketball team, hosting an Atlantic Coast Conference team for the first time in its history, lost to Maryland, 68-53, on Sunday before 484 at the Gallagher Center.

Niagara kept the score close, trailing by just 31-28 at halftime. The Terps used a 17-4 run midway through the second half to distance themselves. NU's Marisa Sirianni (Sacred Heart) had career highs in points (15) and rebounds (11). Jessica Kemp and Eva Cunningham (Iroquois) had nine points each with Cunningham handing out seven assists.

"The difference in the game was our field goal shooting (29.6 percent)," said Niagara coach Bill Agronin. "Our effort was there, but we just failed to make enough shots."

Elsewhere in women's basketball, St. Bonaventure downed Kent State, 67-44, to start the season 2-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. The Bona defense forced 28 turnovers and held the Golden Flashes to 29 percent shooting from the floor. The Bonnies made 10 of 18 three-pointers (56 percent) and dished out 19 assists. Lindsey Maurer led the Bonnies with 17 points and grabbed four rebounds while Courtney Mattingly added 14 and handed out six assists. Junior forward Jade Humble led St. Bonaventure with eight rebounds helping her team to a 44-36 advantage.

Bowdoin (Maine) College, ranked No. 2 in the nation in NCAA Division III, handed Fredonia an 80-40 loss in the finals of the Skidmore College Invitational in Saratoga Springs. Michelle Piede (Dunkirk) had 10 points and Claire Crowley (Mount Mercy) made the all-tournament team.

Angela Tylec (Niagara-Wheatfield) had 19 points and Allison Depp (Lockport) added 14 for Daemen in an 80-74 loss to Wilberforce (Ohio) University in the consolation of the College of Wooster's Nan Nichols Classic.

Monique Hanks had 12 points and Dionne Turnage (Traditional) added seven with 11 rebounds for host Buffalo State in a 65-44 loss to Rutgers-Camden in the title game of the Bengals' Betty Abgott Invitational.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Fourth-ranked Dartmouth erupted for four goals in the third period to hand Niagara (7-5) its third straight loss, 6-1, in Hanover, N.H. Six different players scored for the Big Green. Niagara was outshot, 47-15, but scored first when Candice Moxley tallied at the 5:24 mark in the second. Freshman Katie Weatherston netted her sixth goal this season on a power play at the 15:50 mark to put Dartmouth ahead, 2-1.

Tara Ostempowski (Lancaster) scored for Buffalo State in a 2-1 loss to Neumann College (Pa.).

MEN'S BASKETBALL: James McBryde had 20 points while Emmanuel Amatosero added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Erie Community College in an 88-77 loss to Columbus (Ohio) State in the finals of the Columbus State Turkey Shootout. Greg Flint (Traditional) had 16 points and nine assists for the Kats (4-2). . . . Adam Gioia (West Seneca West) and his brother, Sam, had 21 and 19 points respectively for Hilbert in a 93-55 loss to Hiram in the Penn State-Behrend Tournament.

WRESTLING: The University at Buffalo won eight of 10 matches in a convincing 34-7 win over SUNY Brockport. Mike Trotta and Tom Paladino recorded pins for the Bulls (2-0).

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