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Canisius, Bona women both lose in Ohio

Ohio State University has not been a welcoming host to Big 4 women’s basketball teams lately.

The Buckeyes defeated the University at Buffalo last March in the first round of the NCAA tournament. On Sunday, Canisius took its turn to visit to Columbus. The Golden Griffins fell to the Buckeyes, 89-56, at the Value City Arena.

Ohio State needed a few minutes to break away in the first period. But the Buckeyes put on a spurt to take a 31-18 lead after a quarter. The margin grew to 50-35 at halftime, and expanded during the second half.

Part of the problem was Ohio State’s edge around the basket. The Buckeyes scored 52 points in the paint during the game, while holding Canisius to 16. Ohio State also had a 45-34 edge in rebounds.

“I thought we did some really nice things for a while on offense,” Golden Griffins coach Terry Zeh said. “The ball was moving and we were getting some nice looks. Then we stopped passing and moving and we didn’t get great shots. We needed to do a better job of handling their full court pressure. I thought our effort and compete level on the backboards was good considering the size difference we were facing.”

Four Canisius players finished in double figures in scoring, led by Sara Hinriksdottir’s 14 points. Kelsey Mitchell had 19 points for OSU.

Canisius (2-7) heads to Morehead State (Ky.) for its next game on Dec. 19.

The St. Bonaventure women’s team didn’t fare any better in Ohio. The Bonnies lost to a strong Toledo team by the score of 74-50.

Bona ran into a very good Rockets team, that improved to 8-1 this season. They have defeated four Atlantic 10 opponents, and their only loss came to No. 9 UCLA by two points. They used a 17-2 run in the first half to pull away from the Bonnies.

Toledo earned its fourth victory of the season over an Atlantic 10 opponent, already having defeated Dayton, Davidson and Rhode Island. The Rockets improve to 8-1 on the season with their only defeat coming by two points last month to No. 9 UCLA.

Jalisha Terry led Bona with 12 points, while Mariella Santucci had 13 for Toledo. St. Bonaventure (4-6)hosts Albany on Sunday.

Monday’s game

The Canisius men’s team hopes to make it two wins in a row when it hosts Albany at the Koessler Athletic Center on Monday night (7 p.m., Radio 1230 AM).

The Golden Griffins improved to 5-5 on the season with a win on Saturday against St. Francis. Canisius has won four of its last five games.

The Great Danes won at Colgate on Saturday to improve to 6-4 on the season. They have won their last two games. Joe Cremo is averaging 17 points per game for Albany.

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