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UB women face tall order against Duke

University at Buffalo women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack was an assistant coach under Joanne P. McCallie at Michigan State.

That led to Duke scheduling a home game against UB tonight at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The No. 7 ranked Blue Devils, coached by McCallie, loom as the toughest opponent on UB’s schedule.

Duke, 3-0 after an 83-51 rout of Marquette in its home opener on Sunday, is talented and tall.

The Blue Devils are led by 6-foot-3 Elizabeth Williams, a preseason Associated Press All-America selection. Williams averages 19.5 ppg.

The Blue Devils list seven players 6-3 or taller on their 12-women roster. UB’s tallest is 6-2 senior Christa Baccas.

UB forward Alexus Malone was named the inaugural Big 4 women’s basketball Player of the Week after helping the Bulls to a pair of wins.

She recorded back-to-back double-doubles, pulling down a career-best 17 rebounds in a 73-64 win over Niagara on Saturday to go with 15 points. At Saint Francis (Pa.), Malone scored 10 points and had 13 rebounds.

The St. Bonaventure women (3-2) are also on the road for a 5:30 p.m. game at Penn State.

The Bonnies are coming off a 68-56 road victory at Detroit.

The Bona men will be home to Jackson State (1-3) in a 7 p.m. game at the Reilly Center. The visitors from the Southwestern Athletic Conference lost to UAB in Birmingham, Ala., 58-50, on Sunday.

The Bonnies defeated Canisius, 59-53, last Saturday as Big 4 Player of the Week Marcus Posley scored 20 points.

Jackson State’s only win was at Jacksonville, 66-57, with losses to North Carolina State and South Florida on the road.

The Tigers’ home opener will be Friday against coach Joe Mihalich’s Hofstra team.

The UB men will face Grand Canyon in Phoenix (9 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Grand Canyon, new to NCAA Division I as a member of the Western Athletics Conference, may not be well-known locally but the Antelopes’ coach should be. He’s former NBA guard Dan Majerle, who has a 17-17 record in two seasons at the school.

Grand Canyon (2-2) has one thing in common with UB: Each has lost to No. 1 ranked Kentucky. UB fell to the Wildcats, 71-52, on Nov. 16, two days after Grand Canyon lost, 85-45.