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Big 4 Roundup: Niagara women have really bad night at Iona

It was one of those nights for the Niagara women’s basketball team, one to forget as Iona trounced the Purple Eagles, 73-46, Thursday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest at Hynes Center in New Rochelle.

The 27-point margin of defeat is Niagara’s second worst of the season. The Purple Eagles (6-12, 4-5) dropped their season opener at Big 12 member Texas Tech, 79-45.

A crowd of 676 watched as the host Gaels limited Niagara to just 11 first-half points, including four in the second quarter as they coasted into the locker room ahead, 41-11.

The Purple Eagles made just 5 of 26 first-half shots and missed all five of their three-point attempts during the 20-minute nightmare.

Alexis Lewis made 6 of 8 shots during a 14-point first half for Iona (11-9, 7-2). She took game-scoring honors with 21, while Aaliyah Robinson added 16.

The Gaels led by as much as 42 during a third-quarter stretch. Niagara scored 12 points in that period, but still trailed 62-23.

Taylor McKay led the Purple Eagles with 14 points, while Tiffany Corselli added 11.

Niagara, which had won four of its last five games entering Thursday, returns to action at 7 p.m. Saturday night against Marist in Poughkeepsie.

Bona-VCU pushed back

St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball game at Virginia Commonwealth has been shifted from Saturday to Sunday to account for the impact of the pending winter storm across the East Coast.

Tipoff will be 3 p.m. at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. The game still will be televised on the NBC Sports Network and on Bona’s flagship radio station, 95.7 FM.

Bona stands 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. VCU is 14-5 and 6-0.

Big 4 Friday

The Canisius women look to even their record at .500 for the season when they take on MAAC foe Siena at 7 p.m. Friday at Alumni Recreation Center in Loudonville.

The Golden Griffins (8-9, 3-5) dropped an 80-68 decision to Quinnipiac in their last start on Sunday, but the good news for Canisius is it enters the contest as the only conference team shooting more than 40 percent from the floor (40.9).

The Griffs also lead the conference in assists per game (14.7) as they find ways to score, but have struggled protecting the ball, committing nearly 17 turnovers per game and forcing turnovers.

Crystal Porter leads Canisius is scoring per game (8.6) and ranks second in rebounds per game (4.8) and total assists (50).

This is part of a two-game road weekend for the Griffs, who continue the trip by visiting Fairfield on Sunday afternoon. They host rival Niagara next Thursday at 7 p.m.