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The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team returns from its holiday break with another tough non-conference game on the schedule — Pittsburgh.

The Bulls host the Panthers at 2 p.m. in Alumni Arena as the Big 4 teams return to action this weekend.

Buffalo (2-7) is coming off an impressive 65-51 win over Niagara, a game which saw four Bulls scoring in double figures. Freshman forward Rachel Gregory continues to leads the Bulls, netting 12.2 points a game and grabbing 6.9 rebounds.

It will be the first meeting between Buffalo and Pittsburgh. The Panthers are 7-4 overall, coming off a 67-49 win over Mount St. Mary’s. Pitt had a five-game winning streak in November and since then has split its last four games.

Pittsburgh is led by 10th year head coach Agnus Berenato.

Also on the Panthers is redshirt junior Abby Dowd, who played her freshman season at Buffalo where she was an All-Mid-American Conference Freshman Team selection.

Dowd has played in all 11 games for Pitt and is averaging 3.0 points a game.

At the Koessler Center, Canisius looks to end its five-game losing streak when it hosts Vermont at 2 p.m.

The Golden Griffins (2-8) are coming off a pair of losses at the Long Beach (Calif.) Classic. Vermont, meanwhile, is 3-9 overall and winless in eight road games.

Niagara has the most difficult task this afternoon as the Purple Eagles are on the road to face Michigan. Niagara is 5-5, coming off a disappointing showing in the loss to Buffalo. Michigan is 10-2 overall.

Hockey

Both Canisius and Niagara return to action tonight with the Golden Griffins hosting Army in an Atlantic Hockey meeting while No. 17 Niagara travels to Bowling Green for a non-conference matchup.

The Purple Eagles are 10-2-4 overall, 9-0-1 in league, and coming off a 2-2 tie to RIT.

Bowling Green, of the CCHA, is 3-10-4 overall.

The Griffs host Army tonight and Sunday at 7:05 at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. The Griffs are 4-3-2 in AH play, 5-7-4 overall, while the Black Knights are 5-2-2, 5-7-2 overall.

Canisius junior goalie Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation’s fifth-ranked defense with a 1.90 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.