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UB women take control in second half, top Niagara

Rachael Gregory and Mackenzie Loesing each connected on 10 of 12 free throws and Alexis Malone snared 17 rebounds as the University at Buffalo used a big advantage at the foul line and on the boards to put away Niagara, 73-64, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.

UB trailed by nine at the half and by five with 6:43 remaining as a Val McQuade jumper gave Niagara a 57-52 advantage.

UB (2-1) grabbed the lead for good at 58-57 when Loesing hit a three-pointer with 4:14 left. She was only 2 for 17 from the field before sinking the go-ahead shot. The Bulls scored their final 15 points from the foul line, from where they were 29 of 39 to Niagara’s 9 of 15.

Loesing finished with 18 points, Malone 15 and Gregory 12. Meghan McGuinness scored a game-high 22 for Niagara (0-3), playing its first game since its 24-plus hour ordeal when stranded on the Thruway returning from Monday’s game at Pitt. Sylvia Maxwell chipped in with 16 and McQuade 11.

UB had a robust 60-45 edge on the backboards.

In Detroit, redshirt sophomore Gabby Richmond scored a team-high 12 points as visiting St. Bonaventure rode a balanced attack and a 16-2 first-half burst to a 68-56 nonconference victory over Detroit.

Ashley Zahn nailed a trio of three-point shots to score 11 of Bona’s 16 points in the big run that sent the Bonnies (3-2) to their highest-scoring half (38 points) since last February. Hannah Little added 10 points and nine rebounds for Bona, which won for the first time on a four-game road trip that concludes Tuesday at Penn State.

Volleyball

Canisius topped Niagara in four sets in the fifth-place match at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Senior libero Emily Litwin (Sacred Heart) recorded a career-high 37 digs and set the program record with 638 digs in a season.