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Victoria Rampado leads MAAC tournament charge for Niagara women

Victoria Rampado isn't just the leading scorer in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season.

She's now the all-time leading scorer at Niagara University.

The senior broke the program's scoring record on Feb. 18, passing Eva Cunningham's mark of 1,753 points. Rampado finished the regular season with 1,791 career points and was a unanimous pick for the All-MAAC First Team.

She scored in double figures in every game this season and netted 20-plus on 15 occasions – and she had 14 double-doubles for good measure.

Rampado will look to continue her dominant performances when the Purple Eagles open the MAAC women's basketball tournament on Thursday in Albany's Times Union Center.

Niagara enters the tournament as the No. 6 seed after a 9-9 conference mark. It will face last-place Saint Peter's (1-17, 4-25) in a first-round matchup at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Purple Eagles have a good shot at getting to the quarterfinals. They swept Saint Peter's in the regular season. Should they win their opening round game, they will face No. 3 Siena at noon on Saturday.

Niagara swept Siena in the regular season as well. And Rampado had a game for the ages against Siena on Jan. 7, scoring 41 points – the second-most single game points in program history and the seventh most in MAAC history.

It's a tougher road for Canisius as the Griffs enter the tournament as the No. 8 seed playing No. 9 Monmouth in the tournament opener at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Griffs are 10-19 overall and swept Monmouth in the regular season. But should they win the first-round game, top-seeded Quinnipiac waits for them in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Friday. The Bobcats went 18-0 in the regular season and are 24-5 overall.

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