The Purple Eagles kept it close for awhile, but it was only a matter of time until nationally-ranked Maryland pulled away.
Niagara’s women’s basketball team held a 14-13 lead in the first quarter and were down at half, 42-36, before the No. 15-ranked Terps ran away with a 92-65 win.
NU senior Victoria Rampado shared the game’s top scoring honors with 21 points, while Jamie Sherburne added 10. Maryland had five players score in double figures, led by Stephanie Jones (21 points, nine rebounds). The Terps forced 20 turnovers, 12 in the second half.
Niagara (0-3) next plays Oakland Sunday at 7 p.m. in Rochester, Mich.
Bulls season comes to end
The University at Buffalo women’s volleyball team was upset in the first round of the MAC Tournament at Miami (Ohio) on Thursday when the fifth-seeded Bulls lost to No. 8 Eastern Michigan in four sets (25-20, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18).
UB sophomore Polina Prokudina led all players with 23 kills, and she also added 14 digs. Freshman Andrea Mitrovic also had a double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs.
The Bulls finished the year with a 15-13 record and at .500 in conference play for the first time since joining the league.
Ice Griffs host Bentley
Coming off a split at Atlantic Hockey foe Mercyhurst last weekend, the Canisius (4-4-1, 4-4) hockey team returns home to host Bentley (1-5-3, 1-4-3) tonight at 7:35 p.m. Saturday’s puck drop is at 4:35 p.m.
Junior Dylan McLaughlin, the reigning Player of the Week in the conference, continues to lead Canisius in scoring with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). Senior Ryan Schmelzer isn’t far behind with 12 points, including a team-high eight assists.
Bentley’s lone win came against Mercyhurst, 4-3, on Oct. 27. It tied and lost a 4-3 game at Niagara on Oct. 3 and 4, respectively.
Bengals going bowling
Buffalo State’s football team is playing in its third ECAC Bowl game in four seasons when the Bengals (6-4) play the United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-4) Friday at Delaware Stadium at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Chapman Bowl.
The Bengals won their last two games of the season against Hartwick and St. John Fisher to set up the first-ever meeting between the two programs.