How much advantage is the home court?
Niagara’s women’s basketball team routed Saint Peter’s by 33 points (73-40) when they met at the Gallagher Center on Dec. 5.
On Thursday, Peahens turned the table on the Purple Eagles, scoring a 65-58 victory at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey Center, N.J. Niagara (8-12, 4-7 MAAC) led by as many seven points and led by 20-17 at the break. Two Saint Peter’s runs in the second half, 8-0 and 10-0, were the difference. The first gave the Peahens a 25-21 lead. The second made it 52-42.
Niagara shot just 26.3 percent (15 of 57) from the floor. The Purple Eagles actually shot better from three-point range (10 of 22 for 45.5 percent).
Meghan McGuinness led Niagara with 19 points, including 4-for-4 on three-pointers in the first half. Victoria Rampado added 16 points. Saint Peter’s (2-17, 2-8) made 18 of 45 shots (40.0 percent).
Three of the Western New York Big 4 men’s basketball teams will be in action at home tonight, including an unusual 10 p.m. start for the University at Buffalo-Kent State Mid-American Conference game at Alumni Arena (ESPNU, Radio 1520 AM).
The Bulls (13-5, 4-3 MAC) are coming off Tuesday night’s 77-71 home victory over defending MAC champion Western Michigan. Kent State comes riding a six-game winning streak, all in the MAC, including a 63-53 home win over Central Michigan. The Golden Flashes held Central to 30 points below its season scoring average after limiting high-flying Toledo to 60 points the week before.
Canisius (11-8, 6-4 MAAC) will face Quinnipiac (11-8, 5-5 MAAC) in the Koessler Athletic Center (7 p.m., Radio 1230 AM). The visiting Bobcats lead the nation in rebounding at 44.9 per game and in rebounding margin at 13.0 and post a difficult matchup problem inside for the Griffs. Quinnipiac is led by senior guard Zaid Hearst, who is averaging 20.1 ppg.
Niagara (3-16, 2-8 MAAC) will attempt to end its eight-game losing streak against Marist (2-18, 1-9 MAAC) at the Gallagher Center (7 p.m., Radio 1400 AM). The Red Foxes ended their own 14-game losing streak with a 73-67 home win over Fairfield on Tuesday night. Marist made 37 of 44 free throws in that win.
Sophomore forward Ramon Snowden leads Niagara in virtually every offensive category including points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played.
The Canisius women (7-12, 5-5 MAAC) will play a noon Kids’ Day game against Monmouth (8-11, 4-6) in West Long Branch, N.J. The Griffs, who split their season series with the Hawks last season, lost to Iona, 80-62, at home in their last start.