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Iona storms back at Niagara

The woes continued Friday afternoon for the Niagara women's team. Despite taking a 33-30 lead into intermission, the Purple Eagles collapsed in the second half and dropped their 24th straight game, a 73-52 loss to Iona before 238 at the Gallagher Center.

Led by six points from Liz Flooks, Niagara (1-26, 0-16 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) went on a 13-0 run at the end of the first half and shot 44.4 percent (12 for 27) in the period.

But NU went cold in the second half as the Gaels (16-11, 9-7) started with a 25-7 run in the first 10 minutes while the Purple Eagles made just 1 of 9 field goal attempts during that span.

Erika Harris led Niagara with 16 points and six rebounds. Flooks finished with 11 points and Rachele Folino chipped in 10.

Thazina Cook led Iona with a game-high 20 points and Anda Ivkovic had 16.

Niagara's final home game will be a Senior Day contest against Loyola at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Today's games

*The Canisius men (8-18) travel to Bowling Green (13-10) for a BracketBuster clash (2 p.m., Radio 710 AM). Canisius ended a six-game losing streak with Monday's 69-67 win over Loyola. Bowling Green, which beat the University at Buffalo, 59-48, on Wednesday, has won seven of its last eight games. Junior guard Frank Turner leads the Golden Griffins in scoring with a 15.5 points per game average.

*St. Bonaventure's women's team (19-7, 8-3 Atlantic 10) goes on the road for a crucial conference game at George Washington (16-10, 8-3) in a 2 p.m. battle between two of the three teams (with Temple) tied for third place. Bona is coming off a 70-68 overtime loss to Duquesne on Wednesday.

Dana Mitchell (15.1 ppg) and Katelyn Murray (11.0 ppg) lead the Bona attack.

Although Bona beat GW at the Reilly Center last season, the Colonials hold a 31-2 all-time edge in the series.

*The UB women (5-19, 1-10 Mid-American Conference) visit Ohio (9-15, 4-7) in an attempt to snap a four-game losing streak (2 p.m., Radio 1340 AM).

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