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Hot-shooting days for Canisius women, UB’s Sharkey

Sunday was a very prolific offensive day for the women’s basketball teams at the University at Buffalo and Canisius as both won conference games on the road.

In Muncie, Ind., junior Kristen Sharkey scored 36 points – tying the UB’s third-highest single-game point total – to help lead the Bulls (11-7, 4-3) to their fourth straight Mid-American Conference victory, 73-69, over Ball State (8-10, 3-4) before 575 at Worthen Arena.

The 6-1 Sharkey, who had 10 rebounds, was 11 of 17 from the field and 13 of 14 at the free-throw line to finish three points off UB’s single-game record of 39 by Brittany Hedderson against Oakland in 2011. Sharkey equaled the 2001 output of Tiffany Bell (who also owns second place with 37 in 1999) and the 1994 total of Brenna Doty.

Senior Margeaux Gupilan had a career-high 11 assists for UB (11-7, 4-3), which got off to a 17-1 start then held off a Ball State rally at the free throw line in the second half; Sharkey went 10 for 11 while the Bulls hit 10 of 14 in the final three minutes.

Canisius posted its highest field goal percentage in 20 years – 57.4 percent – and it closed the game with a 25-9 run for a come-from-behind, 75-66 victory over Siena (6-13, 1-9 MAAC) before 520 at the Alumni Recreation Center in Loudonville.

Junior Kayla Hoohuli matched her career high with 19 points, including eight straight in the final 90 seconds, as the Golden Griffins (8-12, 4-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) recorded their seventh-best Division I shooting day and highest since Jan. 12, 1993. Canisius hit 9 of 14 three-pointers for a season-high 64.3 percent.