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The Canisius women’s basketball team plays its first game in Califormia since 2005 when it faces host Long Beach State in the third annual Beach Classic in California tonight.

The game will be the first between the Griffins (2-6) and the 49ers (4-5).

Albany and Sam Houston play in the other game with the championship and consolation games scheduled for Friday.

Canisius has lost three in a row and Long Beach State three of its last four. The 49ers have victories over Washington and Arizona but have lost to Iona of the MAAC

Griff senior forward Ashley Wilkes is coming off a 16-point performance in a loss at Bona.

ECC hockey ranked

The Erie Community College hockey team remained in fifth in the NJCAA poll released Wednesday. The Kats (7-5) are off until Jan. 13 when they play at Mohawk Valley CC.