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Griffs, NU women both fall

It was a frustrating day for the Canisius and Niagara women's basketball teams as both lost conference games at home. The Griffs' upset bid against Marist fell short, while Siena blew out the Purple Eagles by 40 points.

Canisius (5-11, 1-4 MAAC) only trailed by five at halftime against the Red Foxes (14-2, 5-0) before losing, 59-40. Pounded on the glass, the Griffs couldn't keep up offensively. Marist outrebounded the home team, 48-30.

"Today's game came down to rebounding and Marist was able to take advantage of that aspect of the game," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "It's always a great atmosphere on Kids' Day, being able to play in front of a packed home."

The Griffs' defense played well in the first half, holding Marist to only 23 percent from the field. When freshman Jen Morabito converted a layup, the Griffs actually led, 17-16. Canisius was still in striking range, down 25-20 at halftime.

But while Marist's offense picked up, Canisius remained stagnant. The Red Foxes went on a 15-3 run to start the second half, led by a big effort from Erica Allenspach (18 points). The closest Canisius could get was 52-40. Freshman Jamie Ruttle led the Griffs with 10 points.

Of course, things could be worse.

Niagara (1-15, 0-5) suffered its worst loss ever in 62 games to Siena (7-8, 5-0). Also playing on Kids' Day, with 1,900 children in attendance, NU fell, 77-37. Siena drained seven three-pointers in the first half to take a commanding 36-15 lead that only grew. Siena began the second half on a 24-0 run. With 23 turnovers and only four assists, the Purple Eagles lost big again.

Saturday marked the fourth time in its last six games that Niagara scored in the 30s.

Liz Flooks led the Purple Eagles with 12 points.

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