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Big 4 women's hoops: UB, St. Bonaventure open with wins

After a 20-20 tie through one quarter of play, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team outscored Delaware by 17 points over the next 20 minutes en route to an 87-73 opening win over the Blue Hens at Alumni Arena on Friday afternoon.

The difference in the game was UB's ability to get out in transition and prevent Delaware from doing the same. The Bulls held a 17-0 edge in scoring on the fast break. The 87 points was the most by UB since March 11, 2016, when it beat Akron in the MAC semifinals, 88-87.

Four players had at least 14 points for the Bulls, who were led by junior Cierra Dillard's 17 points (four three-pointers), six assists and six steals. The Rochester native sat out last season after transferring from UMass. Courtney Wilkins also knocked down four treys as part of her 16 points.

Point guard Stephanie Reid had a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists. The Bulls assisted on 24 of their 30 field goals. Cassie Oursler (14 points) and Summer Hemphill (six points) each blocked four shots.

The Bulls next host Maryland Eastern Shore at 7 p.m. on Monday. UB is then off until the San Juan Shootout in Dayton Beach, Fla. on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, when it plays against Nebraska and Clemson, respectively.

Bonnies rout Niagara

St. Bonaventure outscored the Purple Eagles, 34-8, in the third quarter to turn a 35-24 halftime deficit into a 58-43 lead, as the Bonnies went on to win its season and home opener, 76-58.

Sophomore Danielle Migliore scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to spark the Bonnies, who shot 63 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes. Bree Paulson added 14 points and Jalisha Terry 13. Mariah Ruff scored nine points and had 14 of the team’s 20 assists.

Victoria Rampado (12 points, 15 rebounds) and Kaylee Stroemple (11 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles for the Purple Eagles.

Next up, Bona visits Siena Sunday at 2 p.m. NU hosts Saint Joseph’s Sunday at noon.

Canisius loses opener

The Golden Griffins got within one, 60-59 with 3:23 left to play, but Colgate pulled away in the closing minutes for a 70-63 win at the Koessler Center.

Canisius used a 22-6 second quarter to go up at half, 38-31. It also led after 30 minutes, 55-54.

Margret Halfdanardottir had a game-high 18 points, while Sara Hinriksdottir (eight rebounds, seven assists) and Maria Welch added 11 and 10, respectively.

The Griffs host St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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