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Bona’s Healy thrives against Big 4 opponents

When St. Bonaventure’s Katie Healy plays against a Big 4 opponent, you can almost count on a double-double for her and a Bona victory.

Healy, the former Sacred Heart and Lancaster star, will face a Western New York Big 4 opponent for the final time in her collegiate career Tuesday night when the streaking Bonnies face Canisius in the Koessler Center at 7 p.m.

In the senior center’s career there, Bona is 10-1 against the Griffs (3-0), Niagara (4-0) and the University at Buffalo (3-1).

Healy has 176 points (16.0 ppg) and 92 rebounds (8.4 rpg) in her four seasons against the Big 4, including five double-doubles. She had a career high 17 rebounds against Canisius at the Koessler Center two seasons ago.

The Bonnies have not lost in more than a month, winning nine straight to go 10-2 for the season since a Nov. 21 loss at Drexel.

Canisius got back on track with a win over Northeastern on Dec. 21 after its six-game win streak was ended by top-10 ranked Texas.

UB women (7-3) will play their last nonconference game with a trip to Fairfield, Conn., to take on Sacred Heart. The host Pioneers are 2-8.

Niagara (1-9) is on the road at Mount St. Mary’s (Md.)

In men’s basketball, someone has to move beyond the .500 mark when the University at Buffalo hosts Delaware at Alumni Arena on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).

The Bulls are 6-6 after losing their last game at Virginia Commonwealth.

Tuesday’s game is the last nonconference game for UB.

Sophomore Lamonte Bearden leads the Bulls scoring at 13.3 ppg. CJ Massinburg, Rodell Wigginton and Blake Hamilton are all above 10 points per game.

Delaware (5-5) lost back-to-back games to Boston College and Villanova.

Kory Holden leads the Blue Hens with an 18.3 points per game average. Cazmon Hayes is at 14.3 and Marvin King-Davis is at 12.7.

It’s only the third men’s basketball meeting between the schools and first in 65 years. The series is tied, 1-1. UB won the last on Dec. 15, 1950 in Memorial Auditorium.