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Canisius women lose close game to Siena, 61-57

With the Canisius and Niagara’s men’s basketball teams playing each other Friday night, most of the other Big 4 teams took the night off to give that rivalry the spotlight.

The exception came in the form of the Canisius women’s team, which played at Siena. The Golden Griffins dropped a 61-57 decision to the Saints.

Canisius fell to 8-9 overall, 3-5 in Metro Atlantic play. Siena moved up to 10-8, with an impressive 7-1 ledger in the conference.

This was a game that went back and forth. The Golden Griffins took a three-point lead at the end of the first half, but Siena came back to tie the contest, 28-28, at halftime.

The Saints then scored 20 points in the third quarter, their best offensive period of the game. It was good to take a 48-42 lead.

Siena led the game, 60-54, with three minutes to play. The offenses both quieted after that, and the Golden Griffins got it to a three-point deficit on a three-point play by Tamara Miskovic with 1:12 left. Canisius had a three-pointer with a few seconds left that could have tied the game, but couldn’t convert on it. A last-second foul allowed Symone Kelly of Siena to sink a free throw to account for the final margin.

Margret Halfdanardottir led Canisius with 13 points. Kollyns Scarbrough of Siena led all scorers with 18 points.

Saturday’s games

• The University at Buffalo men’s team finishes a road trip with a contest at Western Michigan (4:30 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The Bulls are coming off a win over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday night. Winning in Kalamazoo has been difficult lately for UB. The Bulls haven’t won there since the 2010-11 season. Thomas Wilder leads the Broncos with a scoring average of 17.4 points per game.

• A reminder: The St. Bonaventure men’s game at Virginia Commonwealth was pushed back from Saturday to Sunday (3 p.m., NBCSN) because of the winter storm along the East Coast.

• The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team has a great matchup Saturday afternoon. The Bonnies, who have won 16 straight games, play at Duquesne (2 p.m., Radio 105.9 FM). The two teams have only lost one game since Thanksgiving, as the Dukes had won 15 in a row before losing last week to George Washington. The Bonnies are 6-0 in Atlantic 10 play, while Duquesne is 4-1.

• The UB women’s team could use a win after dropping three straight and four out of its last six. Perhaps a visit to Oxford, Ohio, to play Miami will help (2 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The Bulls are 10-7 but only 2-4 in the MAC. However, the RedHawks have struggled in conference play. They are 1-5 in the MAC and 7-10 overall.

• The Niagara women’s basketball team is off to the Hudson Valley to take on perennial conference power Marist. The Purple Eagles are coming off a one-sided loss to Iona on Thursday, which dropped their record to 6-12, 4-5 MAAC. The Red Foxes are 7-11 overall, but a strong 6-2 in MAAC play. Niagara will get a good look at Tori Jarosz in the game. She is first in the MAAC in scoring with 313 total points and an average of 17.4 points per game, and first in the MAAC in blocked shots with 54 total.