The Canisius women’s basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 56-55 win over Vermont in the Koessler Center on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Niagara ran into a powerful Michigan team, losing to the Wolverines, 82-44, in Ann Arbor.
The Golden Griffins used a 10-0 run in the second half to gain the lead. A layup from Brooke Angelos capped the run, giving Canisius a 56-50 lead with 4:27 left to play. Vermont held the Griffs scoreless the rest of the game while the Catamounts (3-10) inched back in. Their final put-back attempt hit the side of the rim, allowing Canisius to hang on for the win.
“It seems like it is never easy to end a losing streak and today was no exception,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “We had a good run to gain control of the game, but our offense slowed down in the final minutes and we need to improve on not getting passive late in the game.”
Ashley Durham led the Griffs (3-8) with 12 points while Jamie Ruttle added 11 points with three blocked shots.
In the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan shot 62.1 percent in the first half to pull away early for the win over Niagara.
The Wolverines (11-2) enjoyed a 45-20 halftime lead. Niagara started the second on an 11-2 run, but Michigan quickly regained control of the game.
“I thought in the second half we did a much better job of being aggressive,” Niagara coach Kendra Faustin said. “I thought defensively we did a much better job of pressuring and did some switching, so I’m certainly proud of that effort. I thought we were really tentative early and they’re so good and so big, it makes it really tough.”
Lauren Gatto led Niagara (5-6) with 12 points and four rebounds.
The St. Bonaventure women will host N.C. State at 1 p.m. today in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies (7-6) have won three of their last four games.
The Wolfpack is 7-5 this season, coming off an ACC loss at Miami on Dec. 20. They are coached by Kellie Harper who was the point guard on three national championship teams at Tennessee.
The Canisius men play at Detroit at 3 p.m. in the final game of the Chevrolet Gotham Classic.
The Griffs (9-3) are coming off a win over Alcorn State on Thursday. The nine wins for the Griffs before Jan. 1 is their most ever and four more than all last season. Detroit (7-5) is the defending Horizon League champion. The Titans are 6-0 at home.