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Mills nets 20 as Canisius women top Rider

Canisius closed on a 12-0 run to secure a 73-64 victory over Rider on Sunday in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women’s basketball in Lawrenceville, N.J. It was the fourth straight win for the Griffs (5-2, 2-0 MAAC).

Senior guard Tiahana Mills had a season-high 20 points to lead the Griffs. Margret Halfdanaradottir had 15, including seven free throws.

Canisius led 35-39 at halftime and 51-49 after three quarters, before the host Broncos took a 52-51 lead. Rider’s biggest lead was 64-61 before the closing burst by the Griffs.

Niagara’s women’s team (1-6, 0-2 MAAC) lost to Monmouth (2-4, 0-2 MAAC), 83-60, in West Long Branch, N.J.

Kaylee Stroemple led the Purple Eagles with a career-high 20 points. She also added eight rebounds. Sam Lapszynski recorded the second double-double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lapszynski also had a career-best five blocks.

“Sam and Kaylee are stepping up at a very high level right now,” said coach Jada Pierce. “Now, it’s our job as a coaching staff to continue to develop our guard game.”

After starting the season with six straight wins, the University at Buffalo women have lost two in a row after Sunday’s 79-62 setback to Duquesne in Alumni Arena.

The Bulls led, 37-33, at the half but were outscored by 21 in the final two quarters.

“We didn’t compete like we needed to in the second half and I’m very disappointed in our camaraderie and our fight,” said UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack.

Duquesne raced to a 29-point third quarter, taking a 15-point advantage into the final period.

The Dukes outscored UB, 38-11, in the paint and had a 43-32 advantage in rebounds.

Monday’s games

Not as difficult perhaps as facing defending national champion Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night, but the University at Buffalo men’s team faces a serious challenge Monday night against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State is 6-0 under first year coach Steve Prohm, who succeeded Fred Hoiberg, now coach of the Chicago Bulls.

The Cyclones were the 2015 Big 12 Tournament champions, defeating regular season champion Kansas, 70-66, in the final. Georges Niang, a 6-foot-8, 230 pound senior forward, was the tournament MVP. Niang is back and is a preseason All-America selection and the only active player with 1,600 career points, 500 rebounds and 325 assists.

Iowa State had won its last 30 games at home against nonconference opponents.

UB and Iowa State met in 1992. The Cyclones won, 106-36, with Hoiberg leading the scoring with 18 points.

In Big 4 women’s basketball, James Madison (5-1), winner of its last three games, will play at St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. The Bonnies (5-2) take a four-game win streak into the game after defeating Georgetown, 69-54, on Saturday. James Madison is led by senior guard Angela Mickens, who scored a career-high 20 in a 74-45 rout of American U. on Saturday.