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UB women set record with 24th win

The University at Buffalo won its 24th game of the season, a record for women's basketball at the school, routing Kent State, 81-51, in Ohio on Wednesday night.

UB Coach Felisha Legette-Jack substituted liberally in the one-sided win over the Golden Flashes. Eleven of the 13 players she used scored and the most any starter played was 27 minutes.

Cierra Dillard led UB with 17 points. Autumn Jones had 11, all in the first half. Stephanie Reid and Cassie Oursler also had 11 each. Summer Hemphill had six rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Reid added four assists to her UB record total.

UB shot 54.4 percent on 31 of 57 while holding Kent State to 34.5 percent, 19 of 55.

The Bulls (24-4, 15-2 MAC), who will be the No. 2 seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament next week, will close the regular season against Bowling Green at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Alumni Arena.

Roberts Wesleyan 76, Daemen 64: The loss in Rochester eliminated the No. 6 seeded Wildcats from the East Coast Conference tournament. After trailing by as many as 19 points, Daemen (12-17) rallied in the second half and closed to 67-62 with 58 seconds left. Roberts, the No. 3 seed, closed it out by making nine of 10 free throws in the final minute.

Sydney Jones led Daemen with 18 points. Sara Saba (Lancaster) had 15 and Carina Pringle 10.

Niagara CCC 88, ECC 72: Coach Nate Beutel's Thunder Wolves (18-10, 10-5 WNY) defeated the Kats (8-17, 4-10)for the third time this season. Neraelyn Trueheart (Sweet Home) led NCCC with 15 points. Shilah Parker (Cardinal O'Hara) had 20 while Diamond Fendrick (Southwestern) had 16 points and Kendra Lawson (Southwestern) had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Shabazz (Cardinal O'Hara) led ECC with 28 points. Shamecca Minor (McKinley led ECC with 25 points.

Men's basketball

Daemen 75, Roberts Wesleyan 69: The Wildcats advanced to the ECC semifinals against No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday in Rochester. Daemen led, 35-34, at the half and never trailed after the break, nursing a narrow lead the rest of the way against the No. 6 seeded Redhawks. Jay Sarkis led Daemen with 18 points. Breon Harris (Niagara Falls) had 16.

Niagara CCC 87, ECC 83: The Thunder Wolves (20-9) went on a 10-0 run in a snap of nearly five minutes to take an 77-70 lead and went on to prevent the Kats from sweeping their three regular-season meetings. Donel Cathcart (Cardinal O'Hara) had six of his game-high 30 points during the NCCC run. Dytanja Mixson had 21 points for the winners. Kyle Harris had 29 for ECC (16-9).

MAAC women's tournament

Canisius (10-19, 8-10 MAAC) vs. Monmouth (9-20, 7-11 MAAC): The Golden Griffins will need to have their alarm clocks set for their 9:30 a.m. start which will get the competition under way in the Times Union Center in Albany.

The Griffs swept the season series against the Hawks and have a 6-5 edge in the all-time rivalry. Canisius won its only MAAC championship in 2005 and advanced to the final in 2004 and 2009 before losing.

Canisius defeated Niagara in the first round last year, then was eliminated by eventual winners Quinnipiac.

Niagara (12-17, 9-9 MAAC) vs. Saint Peter's (4-25, 1-17 MAAC): Saint Peter's once was a MAAC women's basketball power. The Peahens won seven championships and went to the title game three more times but that was between 1982 and 2002. Marist was won seven titles and was runner-up twice since.

Niagara forward Victoria Rampado, the Purple Eagles' all-time career scoring leader, was a first team All-MAAC selection. Senior forward was third team all-conference. Senior point guard Jamie Sherburne is another senior stalward for coach Jada Pierce's team. Junior Kharysma Bryant has been a recent standout.

uffalo State scoring leader Mike Henry was named second team All-SUNYAC in men's basketball. Henry, who was also a second-team selection last year, ranked third in the conference at 18.3 points per game. He also was fifth in rebounding *(7.9) and second with 41 steals. His .631 field-goal percentage led the conference. The Bengals' Sheldon Adams, a freshman from Bishop Kearney High in Rochester, was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year. He led all SUNYAC rookies in scoring at 14.5 points per game and had a team-high 63 three-pointers.




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