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NCCC women's team completes 29-0 regular season

Niagara County Community College women's basketball completed a 29-0 regular season on saturday with an 85-56 victory over Erie Community College at the Flickinger Athletics Center.

All five starts for coach Nate Beutel's Thunderwolves scored in double figures led by Kenetria Redfern (Cheektowaga) with 19 points. Redford also had 12 rebounds.

Paige Emborsky (Newfane) had 17 points while Cori Dickson and Shilah Parker, both from Cardinal O'Hara had 14 and 12 points respectively. Aubrey Halloran had 10 points for the winners.

Sophomore Janae Brannon (Emerson) had 23 points for ECC.

NCCC won its games by and average 35, scoring at an 89.86 pace and allowing only 54.9 on average. Saturday NCCC was outrebounded, 54-40, but turned the ball over only 12 times while taking it away 26 times.

The Thunderwolves will host the Region III NJCAA Subregional next weekend.

UB upset at Akron

Cierra Dillard and the University at Buffalo women's basketball team suffered through their worst shooting half of the season and never recovered in a 70-59 upset loss to Akron at James A. Rhodes Arena in Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulls made only 6 of 33 field goal attempts for 18.2 percent in the first half. The Zips weren't much better 29.4 percent on 10 for 34 but it was enough for a 25-20 lead. Akron outscored the Bulls in each of the four quarters.

Akron seemed to defend Dillard with the Hack-a-Shaq approach. Dillard had 23 points on 3 for 22 shooting. She was 17 for 17 at the foul line. Two Akron players fouled out attempting to defend her.

Dillard was 0 for 5 from 3-point range for UB which was 2 for 12 as a team.

Haliegh Reinoehl, a 6-2 junior, led the Zips with a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds. Caitlin Vari had 14 rebounds for
Akron.

The loss in the second game of three conference road games in a row was the third straight for UB (17-8, 9-5 MAC) with a Wednesday night game at Ohio U., which already owns a victory over the Bulls, in overtime, 74-71, on Jan. 6.

The losing streak has dropped UB to third place in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference behind Miami (12-2) and Ohio (11-6).

Canisius home to Monmouth

Canisius (7-8) and Monmouth (8-7), two middle-of-the-pack teams in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball will meet Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.

The Golden Griffins have lost their last five games while the Hawks have won four of their last five to climb into contention for fourth place in the conference and gain the last of the four first-round byes in the MAAC tournament next month.

Canisius lost at Monmouth, 67-62, in their first meeting on Jan. 24.
Quinnipiac (16-0) has already clinched a fifth straight MAAC women's basketball regular season title. Rider (11-4) and Marist (11-5) lead for the next two first-round byes.

Key game for Niagara

Niagara (12-15, 8-7 MAAC) is among the cluster of five teams contending for the late bye in the conference tournament. That makes Sunday's 2 p.m. game between the Purple Eagles and Rider at the Gallagher Center a crucial one.

It the only regular season meeting this season between Niagara and the Broncs.

Niagara lost at home to Monmouth, 88-82, on Friday night in Lewiston. It was the second loss in a row for the Purple Eagles and fourth in the last five games after a 5-2 start.

It will be senior day at Niagara and departing Kharysma Bryant and Adila Gathers (Tapestry Charter). Gathers transferred to Niagara after playing her freshman season at Saint Francis (Pa.).

Junior Jai Moore of Niagara is third in the MAAC in scoring with a 16.7 average. She has made 76.9 percent of her free throws. She's scored in double figures in 23 of 27 game with 10 games of 20 or more points. Herhigh this season was 30 against Canisius on Feb. 13.

Bona plays at GW

After winning in dramatic fashion on a layup by Asianae Johnson with 1 second to play on Senior Night at the Reilly Center on Thursday, St. Bonaventure (8-15, 5-8 Atlantic 10) will be on the road against George Washington (9-17, 6-7 A-10) in Washington, D.C.

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