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Hemphill gets key basket in win for UB women

Summer Hemphill scored the go-ahead basket with 48 seconds to go and Stephanie Reid clinched it with two clutch free throws in the University at Buffalo’s 67-63 victory over Ohio U. Wednesday night in the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.

Cierra Dillard led the Bulls with 20 points but Hemphill, a freshman from Cardinal O’Hara, had one of her most productive games for the Bulls. She had 19 points and 10 rebounds at UB improved to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference.

Amani Burke had 20 for Ohio (9-8, 3-3 MAC).

After Hemphill’s go-ahead basket, Taylor Agler of the Bobcats missed a three and Dillard rebounded with 33 seconds left. After Reid made her two free throws with 14 seconds left, the Bobcats missed two shots before Reid came away with the final

St. Bonaventure 81, Rhode Island 70: Four St. Bonaventure players scored in double-figures in an 81-70 Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball victory over Rhode Island at the Reilly Center.

Senior Mariah Ruff had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Emily Calabrese also scored 19 while Danielle Migliore had 13 and Arielle Harvey 12 for the Bonnies (7-12, 2-4 A-10). Rhode Island is 2-16 and winless in six conference games.

Bona built a 41-25 halftime lead with 51.7 first half shooting and led by as many as 28 in the third quarter.

Mavs' Reinwald has 24 boards

Senior Dani Reinwald (Clymer), took down a career-high 23 points for Medaille in a 74-63 victory over D'Youville in the second game of a men-women Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader at the Sullivan Center. Reinwald also had 16 points for the Mavericks (8-8, 5-4 AMCC). Morgan Kennedy scored 20 for the winners while Monica June led D'Youville with 21.

In the men's game, Jalen Smith scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half of Medaille’s 88-72 victory. Sophomore Jonathan Smith had 14 points for the winning Mavericks (9-7, 6-3 AMCC), who trailed, 37-35, at the half. Simeon Heard of D’Youville had 24 points while Brian Nwaekeke had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Juan Miguel Rosales 16 points for the Spartans (5-9, 2-6 AMCC).

Today’s games

Both the Niagara men’s and women’s basketball teams will have winning streaks on the line tonight in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road games.

The Purple Eagles women (7-10, 4-2 MAAC) will be looking for their fourth win in a row when they face Rider at 11 a.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J. Victoria Rampado of Niagara leads the MAAC in scoring with a 20.8 average and is second in rebounds (9.7). Rider is (6-11, 3-3 MAAC).

The Niagara men (11-8, 4-2 MAAC) put their four-game conference win streak on the line at Quinnipiac (6-12, 3-3 MAAC) in Hamden, Conn. The host Bobcats defeated Niagara twice in the regular season last year, but lost, 88-69, in the MAAC tournament. Quinnipiac has won six of nine games this season decided by 1 or two points.

Niagara’s Matt Scott (21.8) and Kahlil Dukes (20.8) stand 1-2 in the MAAC in scoring. Quinnipiac senior guard Cameron Young leads the team in scoring in conference games only (22.0).

Canisius will open a two-game New Jersey road trip with a 5 p.m. MAAC game at Saint Peter’s. The Griffs are coming off their second conference win, 75-67 at Siena, in which they received a 17-point performance from freshman Danielle Sanderlin.

UB is tennis favorite

Both the University at Buffalo men’s and women’s tennis team were picked to repeat at Mid-American Conference tournament champions in a preseason
coaches’ poll announced Wednesday.

Although, the Bulls were picked at tournament champions they were picked to finish second in the regular season behind Western Michigan.

Among the returns is first team All-MAC selection Hao Sheng Koah, a native of Malaysia. Also back is junior Ethan Nittolo, the MAC tournament MVP.

The UB women were picked as co-favorites with Miami (Ohio) to win the conference tournament. UB edged Miami in the voting as the favorite to win the regular season.

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