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Niagara women win, Canisius and Bona lose

It was Senior Day for three women’s college basketball teams on Saturday, and the results were mixed. Niagara picked up a win to delight a Senior Day crowd, while Canisius fell to Siena and St. Bonaventure lost to Virginia Commonwealth.

At the Gallagher Center, the Purple Eagles finished up the home schedule with a 71-63 win over Saint Peter’s before 332. Niagara improved to 8-19 overall, 5-13 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Peacocks fell to 3-24, 2-16 MAAC.

After a close first half, Niagara gained a little momentum in the third quarter. Jamie Sherburne had four points for the Purple Eagles as they went on a 9-4 run to take a 52-47 lead after three periods. Niagara scored seven straight points in the middle of the fourth quarter to go up by 13, the biggest lead of the game. Saint Peter’s never really recovered from that last burst.

Victoria Rampado led Niagara with 15 points, while Kharysma Bryant finished with 14.

Niagara takes to the road to finish the regular season. It will play at Rider on Friday night, and then move on to Monmouth on Sunday afternoon.

At the Koessler Athletic Center, Canisius couldn’t hang on to a small lead in the fourth quarter and dropped a 77-67 decision to Siena. The Golden Griffins are 9-18 for the season, 8-10 in the MAAC. Siena is 12-15, 11-7 MAAC.

The statistics tell the story of the fourth quarter and the game for Canisius. The Griffins were 2 for 11 from the field in the final 10 minutes, going 0 for 6 in three-pointers. Meanwhile, the Saints were 9 of 12 from the field in the period, with a 3 for 4 showing on three-pointers. That led to a 31-point outburst.

“We beat ourselves, we had 15 of the 20 turnovers in the starting lineup,” Canisius head coach Terry Zeh said. “We’re not going to win the game turning over the ball like that. We just failed to defend down the stretch. I don’t know what it is but we can play three quarters with the best of them, but we have yet to figure out how to close out a basketball game. We just let them do whatever they wanted and we didn’t challenge very much of it.”

Sara Hinriksdottir had a big afternoon for Canisius. She finished with 26 points – three away from the best total of her career. Hinriksdottir also finished with nine rebounds. Margret Halfdanardottir had 15 points with a pair of three-pointers.

The Golden Griffins go on their last road trip of the season next week. Canisius plays at Fairfield on Thursday and at Quinnipiac on Saturday.

VCU picked up a 77-60 win over St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center, and a strong second quarter was partly responsible.

The Rams ran off 11 straight points in that period to take control, and took a 34-16 lead into halftime. The Bonnies never got the lead under double digits the rest of the way.

“I’m disappointed with the roller coaster we’ve been this season,” Bona coach Jesse Fleming said. “We haven’t been able to get consistent minutes across the board this season and today was another indication of that.”

Jalisha Terry’s 13 points led the way for St. Bonaventure (9-17, 4-10 Atlantic 10), while four others had 12 points.

St. Bonaventure will play at Duquesne on Tuesday night.

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