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Griffs, Eagles lose on road

It was a rough end to the weekend for Canisius and Niagara as both suffered road losses in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball Sunday afternoon.

In New Rochelle, Iona jumped out to a 19-0 lead and held off a pesky Canisius team for a 73-58 win.

The Golden Griffins (6-13, 2-6 MAAC) made an impressive push in the second half, outscoring the Gaels, 36-33, while hitting 7 of 11 from three-point range. But the initial deficit was too great for a successful comeback.

"It's almost impossible to come back from that type of early deficit," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "We knew the pressure was coming, but I didn't have the team prepared. We weren't aggressive enough early. We were thinking too much and had hesitant turnovers."

The Griffs committed 11 turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game.

Jamie Ruttle had 10 points for Canisius, while Jen Morabito scored nine points -- all from three-point range.

In Fairfield, Conn., both Niagara and Fairfield had poor second-half performances, but the Stags endured the cold patches to earn a 48-37 win.

The teams combined to go 8 for 41 from the field in the second half.

Liz Flooks had 11 points for Niagara (1-18, 0-8 MAAC), which shot just 24.4 percent (10 of 41) for the game and had just two assists on 10 baskets.

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