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NU’s Faustin gets extension through 2018 season

Niagara University women’s basketball coach Kendra Faustin has received a contract extension through the 2017-18 season, the school announced on Tuesday.

Faustin, now in her seventh season, is currently 5-12 overall and 3-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. For her career at Niagara, she’s 58-144 overall, 37-80 in conference.

Last season, the Purple Eagles finished 15-16 overall, 9-9 in the MAAC, and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. It marked the first time in the program’s history that the Purple Eagles made back-to-back appearances in the league semifinals. The 15 wins also were the most for the program since the 2004-05 season and the most under Faustin.

She has recruited and coached seven All-MAAC selections, one MAAC Sixth Player of the Year, one MAAC Rookie of the Year and three All-MAAC Rookie Team players during her tenure.

“I am thrilled to be at Niagara University and for the opportunity to lead our women’s basketball program towards success on the court and in the classroom,” Faustin said in a statement released by the school. “I would like to thank our outstanding leadership, Fr. Jim Maher, Dr. Bonnie Rose, Mike Jaszka and Steve Butler for their support of me and our women’s basketball program. I greatly appreciate their confidence in me and the vision I have leading our program forward.”

Elsewhere the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team (14-6, 3-2 Atlantic 10) hits the road for a 7 p.m. game tonight at Rhode Island, while the Bona men (11-7, 1-3) host La Salle (11-6, 3-0) at 9 p.m. (CBS College Sports Network).

The Bona women are coming off back-to-back victories over La Salle and Saint Louis while the men have dropped their last three to Massachusetts, Saint Louis and last Saturday at home to George Washington.