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St. Bona women top UMass for 13th straight win

St. Bonaventure’s women’s basketball team ran its winning streak to 13 games Sunday, rolling to a 66-41 victory over Massachusetts (6-9, 0-3 Atlantic 10 Conference) on Sunday in the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies (14-2, 3-0 A-10) share first place in the conference with Duquesne (15-1 overall) and George Washington (13-3). Bona will play at Duquesne on Jan. 23 and has home games against GW and the Dukes in February.

The Bonnies, who went 8-0 in December and are 3-0 in January, have not lost since a 58-46 setback at Drexel on Nov. 21 in Philadelphia.

Mariah Ruff (20 points), Miranda Drummond (18 points) and Lancaster’s Katie Healy (12 points, 7 rebounds) led the victory.

Bona shot 43.1 for the game, 40 percent from three-point range and held the visitors to single digits in both the first and second quarters in building a 33-13 halftime lead.

Meanwhile, Niagara (5-10, 3-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) extended its win streak to three games with a 67-57 victory over Rider (3-12, 0-6) in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Sam Lapszynski led the Purple Eagles with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season. She also had four blocked shots. Kaylee Stroemple added 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Purple Eagles. Taylor McKay had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

“We got off to a really good start, which I think helped us set the tone for the rest of the game,” said Niagara coach Jada Pierce.

Niagara led 35-28 at the half and owned a 51-39 advantage entering the fourth quarter. The Purple Eagles will face Quinnipiac at 11 a.m. on Friday in their annual kids’ day game at the Gallagher Center.

Canisius (7-8, 2-4 MAAC) shot only 30.5 percent from the field and fell to Iona, 79-56, at the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle. First place Iona is 6-0 in MAAC play and 10-7 overall.

The Golden Griffs did get a career-high 15-point performance from sophomore Sarah Cooley, who made 5 of 8 three-point shots, and Sara Hinriksdottir had 11 points. Cooley also had eight rebounds. Alexis Lewis led Iona with 17 points.

The Griffs will return home for two MAAC games next weekend, the annual Kids Day game at 11 a.m. on Friday against Saint Peter’s and a 2 p.m. game on Sunday against Quinnipiac.