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Canisius women hit break with seventh victory

The Canisius College women’s basketball team enters the holiday break with their best winning percentage in 34 seasons after earning a 68-57 victory against Northeastern in Boston, Mass., on Monday afternoon.

The Griffs improved to 7-3, their best mark at this point in the season since going 10-1 in the 1981-82 season.

Defense continues to key Canisius as the Griffs held Northeastern to shooting 33.3 percent from the field. That marks the ninth time this season the Griffs have held an opponent to below 40 percent.

Junior Lauren D’Hont led Canisius with a career-high 16 points. Tiahana Mills had 15 points, including going 4 for 4 from three-point range, while adding seven assists.

A big third quarter helped open the game up for Canisius, as the Griffs scored 23 points ­­– their best third-quarter output of the season. D’Hont and Maria Welch combined for five three-pointers to drive the run.

Tuesday’s games

In men’s basketball, St. Bonaventure travels to Albany to face Siena in the annual Franciscan Cup at 7 p.m. in Times Union Center. The Bonnies have won their last four games while Siena is on a two-game win streak and is undefeated (4-0) in Times Union Center this season.

Dion Wright and Marcus Posley are leading the Bonnies in their senior seasons. Posley ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (18.1) and has four 20-plus point games this season. Wright leads all A-10 players with double-doubles and ranks second in rebounding (9.1) and 11th in scoring (16.4).

The 7-2 start for the Bonnies mirrors their record at the same point last season and ties the best start under ninth-year coach Mark Schmidt.

Siena is 7-4 overall and has a high-scoring offense averaging 78.4 points a game. Marquis Wright leads the Saints averaging 17.1 points while Brett Bisping averages 13.1 points and 9.2 rebounds.

Siena won last year’s meeting, 73-30, in the Reilly Center.

Canisius will be in Nevada to play the Unviersity of Louisiana–Monroe at 5:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Classic. The Golden Griffins are 4-6 coming off a home win against Boston University. Canisius is averaging 83.9 points a game and continue to be led by senior transfer Malcome McMillan’s 18.6 points per game.

They face a Warhawks team which won its last game, 101-76, over Central Baptist. In that game, Louisiana-Monroe scored 66 points in the second half, including going 21 for 28 from the field and 8 for 9 from three-point range.

The University at Buffalo travels to Richmond to face Virginia Commonwealth University at 7 p.m. The Bulls (6-5) are on a two-game win streak. Their 80-73 win over Montana State was the second straight game where the Bulls have scored 80 or more points.

Sophomore Lamonte Bearden has been named the MAC East Division Player of the Week, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds and four assists in the win over Montana State.

VCU (5-5) is on a three-game losing skid. The Rams rank seventh nationally in steals per game (9.9) and have forced the 16th-most turnovers in the country this season.