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Niagara retiring Cunningham's number

Eva Cunningham will be the first Niagara female to have her number retired today when she is honored at halftime of the Purple Eagles' game with Rider at 11 a.m.

The Gallagher Center will be full of local grammar school students for the annual Kids Day game as the Purple Eagles (6-14, 3-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) take on Rider (10-9, 2-6).

Cunningham, an East Aurora native who starred at Iroquois High, was a two-time first team All-MAAC selection and is Niagara's all-time leader in points (1,753) and assists (552). She wore No. 32.

Cunningham will also be honored at tonight's 7 p.m. men's game vs. Loyola, which will be attended by men's great Calvin Murphy, whose No. 23 currently hangs from the Gallagher Center rafters.

The Purple Eagle men (9-12, 4-5) will shoot for their second win over the Greyhounds (14-5, 7-2), who are tied for first in the MAAC. Niagara, which is looking for its third straight home win and has won three of its last four, won at Loyola, 66-61, on Jan. 2.

Canisius hosts a traditional doubleheader tonight in the Koessler Center as the Golden Griffin women (8-11, 2-6) take on Loyola at 5 p.m. followed by the men (4-15, 1-8) meeting Manhattan (14-7, 7-2) at 7:15.

Both MAAC schools will host a pair of games Sunday. Niagara hosts the Loyola women (noon) and Manhattan men (4 p.m.) while Canisius hosts the Rider women (noon) and Loyola men (2:15) on its Hall of Fame Day.