Saturday turned out to be the fun day for Big 4 women’s basketball teams, as St. Bonaventure and Niagara ended losing streaks, while the University at Buffalo won with relative ease.
Bona snapped a seven-game losing streak by drubbing Massachusetts, 77-57, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. It’s the Bonnies’ first Atlantic 10 win since Jan. 3, when they beat the same UMass team at the Reilly Center.
Nyla Rueter scored a season-high 22 points to lead Bona (12-10, 2-7), while Gabby Richmond notched the first double-double of her career (18 points and 12 rebounds). Katie Healy (Lancaster) added 14 points and six rebounds for Bona, which had nine different players score.
The Bonnies, for at least one game, got back to the stingy defense that enabled them to get off to an 11-3 start as they forced 14 turnovers.
Bona returns to action Thursday night at Fordham in New York City.
Niagara ends skid
Niagara snapped its three-game losing streak and completed a regular-season sweep over Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Manhattan by taking a 53-46 decision from the Jaspers at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale.
Meghan McGuinness was one of three Purple Eagles to score in double figures. She led Niagara (9-12, 5-7) with 17 points. Victoria Rampado and Taylor McKay each finished with 10 points.
“I thought we had some younger players that haven’t had a ton of minutes make some huge impact plays for us,” NU coach Kendra Faustin said.
McGuinness added six rebounds and four assists as NU ran away from Manhattan with an 11-2 run after the Jaspers pulled within 34-33 early in the second half.
Niagara hosts Marist at 7 p.m. Thursday.
UB cruises at EM
The University at Buffalo drained six first-half treys en route to a season-high 44 points in the opening 20 minutes as the Bulls buried host Eastern Michigan, 75-53, at the Convocation Center. It’s UB’s second straight win.
Kristen Sharkey led the Bulls (11-8, 4-4) with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Alexus Malone had 17 points. WMU fell to 10-9, 3-5 in MAC.
• Canisius’ men’s team looks to win for the fifth time in six games as the Golden Griffins (12-8, 7-4) play host to Marist in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tilt at 2 p.m. at the Koessler Center.
• Niagara (3-17, 2-9) will try to end a nine-game losing streak when it faces Quinnipiac (11-9, 5-6) at 2 p.m.
• Canisius’ women (8-12, 6-5) try to finish their MAAC two-game road trip with a win at Rider (6-14, 3-7).