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Canisius, Niagara inductees named for MAAC Basketball Honor Roll

Sister Maria Pares and Phil Seymore of Canisius along with Marshall Wingate and Katheryn Rafter of Niagara will be enshrined into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Honor Roll at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Oct. 17.

The four, along with a male and female representative from the other MAA institutions, were selected by their school for induction.

Pares coach at Canisius from 1981-86, compiling a 108-39 record and stringing together winning streaks of 22 and 15 games. Her .735 career winning percentage continues to rank first in program history. Pares was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Seymour, a Brooklyn native, averaged 16.8 points and 4.6 assists in his two seasons (1980-82) with the Griffs and remains the school’s all-time leader in steals. Currently the head coach at Fredonia, Seymour was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Wingate played at Niagara from 1968-72 and became the face of the program after the Calvin Murphy era. He averaged 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds for his career and ranks 13th in career scoring with 1,456 points. He was inducted into the Niagara Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984.

Rafter is celebrated for helping to launched women’s basketball at Niagara before it became a scholarship sport. Rafter and teammates played their first three seasons in uniforms that had been worn by previous men’s teams before, in 1974-75, the team was given its own uniforms, a travel budget and an official coach. Rafter is credited with the push toward equality after she became a member of Niagara’s Athletics Advisory Council in 1972.

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