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Rallies by Niagara, Bona women fall short

Both the Niagara and St. Bonaventure women’s basketball teams couldn’t climb out of holes despite fourth-quarter comebacks, and suffered defeats on Sunday afternoon.

Niagara came closer to earning a win. The Purple Eagles outscored Fairfield, 20-11, in the final 10 minutes, but still lost, 66-63, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road game..

Niagara let it get away in the third quarter. The Eagles held a narrow 31-29 lead at the half, but it soon disappeared. The Stags had a 9-0 run in the late stages of the period to complete a 26-12 advantage for the 10-minute span and took a 55-43 lead with a quarter to go.

Niagara slowly cut into the lead, and got the margin down to 65-63 with about a minute left to play. But the Purple Eagles got no closer.

Victoria Rampado had a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds for Niagara (5-16, 2-10 MAAC). Casey Smith and Kelsey Carey had 18 points each for the Stags.

Niagara hosts Iona at the Gallagher Center on Thursday night.

Bona had a tough time with Saint Joseph’s, dropping a 70-53 decision in Philadelphia.

The Bonnies fell behind, 15-8, after 10 minutes and by 36-22 at halftime. The Hawks had a 12-2 spurt along the way. Bona got the deficit down to nine in the fourth quarter, forcing Saint Joseph’s to call timeout with about six minutes left. But a couple of free throws made it a double-digit margin, and the Hawks went on to win.

Mariah Ruff had 18 points to lead the Bonnies (9-13, 4-6 Atlantic 10). Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) finished with 14 points, matching her career high. Alyssa Monaghan had 21 points for Saint Joseph’s.

St. Bonaventure will play at Fordham on Saturday.

Monday’s game

Having ended a three-game losing streak against Manhattan on Saturday, Canisius tries to make it two wins in a row when it plays Rider at the Koessler Athletic Center (7 p.m., ESPN3, Radio 1230 AM). This is the first meeting of the season between the teams.

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