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UB women visit Niagara; Canisius on road

The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team is ready to get back to action after a break of almost two weeks for fall exams.

The next order of business is to break a three-game losing streak.

UB will try to do that when it plays at Niagara at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.

The Bulls traditionally have gotten on well against the Purple Eagles, winning the last 10 games in the series between the Western New York rivals.

The last meeting between the teams came about 13 months ago. Buffalo beat Niagara, 73-64, on the Bulls’ home court.

UB would like to pick up a needed win before the conference schedule starts in early January.

Niagara is hoping to get its season going after a 1-7 start. The Purple Eagles’ one win came against Cleveland State in late November.

Niagara dropped a game to Dartmouth in New Hampshire on Friday night. Kaylee Stroemple led the team in scoring with 16 points.

Stroemple has moved into the starting lineup this season after serving as a reserve for most of 2014-15, and has become one of the main offensive threats for the team. Stroemple has scored 102 points this season, tops on the team.

The Purple Eagles will play St. Bonaventure on the road Wednesday. Then it’s on to Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 29 on another road matchup. Conference rival Siena comes to Niagara on Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, Canisius tries to start another winning streak when it plays at Northeastern on Monday afternoon. The Golden Griffins lost at Texas on Wednesday, ending a six-game win streak.

Monday’s game is the last of five straight road games, and another win against the Huskies would move Canisius to an impressive 4-1 in that stretch.

Margret Halfdanardottir is the only Golden Griffin to be averaging double figures in points, as she goes into the game with an 11.1 mark. Three others are above 8 points per game – Crystal Porter at 8.7, Jasmine Mungo at 8.3 and Tiahana Mills at 8.1.

The Griffins will be off for a week after this game. St. Bonaventure pays a visit to the Koessler Center on Dec. 29.