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NU lets Marist escape

Niagara twice had the upset of the season in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball and let it get away.

The Purple Eagles took first-place Marist to double overtime Sunday before falling to the MAAC's defending champion and first-place team, 79-77, in the Gallagher Center.

"I would say that this weekend we have played our best basketball and I think that is good timing for us," Niagara coach Kendra Faustin said.

Niagara had the last possession in a tie game at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime but came away letting the Red Foxes off the hook. Casey Dulin's two free throws with 2:00 left provided the decisive points for Marist, which clinched the No. 1 seed for the MAAC Tournament.

The Purple Eagles relied heavily on the three-point shot, hitting 10 of 18 in the game with Meghan McGuinness going 4 for 5 and Kayla Stroman 5 of 9. Niagara also made all 13 of its free throws in the game and outrebounded Marist, 42-33.

Stroman led Niagara with a career-high 24 points.

At the Koessler Athletic Center, Fairfield shot 51.2 percent, including 63.2 percent in the first half, in defeating the Canisius women's team, 63-51. The Golden Griffins fell to 12-15 overall and 6-10 in the MAAC.

Sophomore Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with 16 points, including 4-for-6 shooting on three-pointers. Sophomore Jen Lennox had 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench while junior Ashley Wilkes had 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting.

"I felt our defensive intensity and attention to detail weren't what they needed to be," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said.

After Fairfield (20-7, 13-3 MAAC) built a double-digit lead in the second half, Canisius could get no closer than seven.