Both the Niagara and Canisius women’s basketball teams will head into the Christmas break with losses after suffering defeats on Thursday.
In New York, Niagara lost to Fordham, 92-69, in Rose Hill Gym. It was the final nonconference game of the season for the Purple Eagles.
This was a close game for most of the first half. Niagara (4-7) was only down by a basket, 22-20, after a period. The Eagles were still within striking distance a few minutes later.
But the Rams (9-4) then went on a 10-0 spurt to close out the half. That made the score 48-33 for Fordham after 20 minutes. Niagara never threatened to win the game from that point.
For the Purple Eagles, Kaylee Stroemple had 17 points while Victoria Rampado - who was picked as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s player of the week on Monday - supplied 16 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
G’mrice Davis put on quite a show for the Rams. She was 10 for 15 from the field on her way to a 23-point day. Davis also added a team-leading nine rebounds in only 26 minutes of playing time.
Five other Rams scored in double digits. Hannah Missry had 16 points, Danielle Burns scored 12, Kate Kreslina added 11, and Lauren Holden and Danielle Padovano scored 10 each.
Next up for Niagara is a conference game at Saint Peter’s on Friday, Dec. 30.
In other action, Canisius never could generate much offense and dropped a 60-43 decision at Cornell.
The Golden Griffins (2-9) only led once in the game at 4-2. The Big Red (7-3) slowly pulled away to a comfortable lead during the course of the contest. Cornell outscored Canisius in all four quarters. That included a 20-12 burst in the fourth quarter that put the Big Red firmly in control.
Shooting percentage was in Cornell’s favor. The home team shot 38 percent from the field, while Canisius only hit on 29 percent of its attempts. The Griffins also were 4 for 21 from three-point range.
The offensive problems for Canisius were shared equally, as no one had more than six points. Margret Halfdanardottir and Maria Welch reached that number. Eleven different Golden Griffins got on the scoresheet.
Megan Leduc had 17 points for Cornell to pace all scorers. Kerri Moran added 12 points and four assists.
The loss was the fourth straight by Canisius. The Golden Griffins have one more game in 2016, as they return to conference play on Friday, Dec. 30 with a game at Iona. Canisius is 1-1 in Metro Atlantic play.