Kayla Stroman continued her recent success against Rider with a team-high 14 points to go with six assists and four rebounds to lead Niagara University to a 62-58 win over the Broncs on Friday night before 216 at the Gallagher Center.
The Purple Eagles (8-8, 3-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) led 61-58 with nine seconds left when Megan McGuinness hit a free throw. Rider’s Sironda Chambers missed a three-pointer with four seconds left that was rebounded by Niagara’s Lauren Gatto to ice the win.
Kelly Van Leeuwen added 12 points and Shy Britton 11 for Niagara. Stroman averaged 17 points in two games against Rider last season.
Elsewhere, Canisius College was outscored 25-9 in the first half against first-place Marist (10-6, 5-0), which went on to defeat the Golden Griffins, 51-41, Friday in front of 574 at the Koessler Center.
Ashley Durham was the lone Canisius player in double figures with 16 points.
The Golden Griffins had won four of their last five games as Friday was the start of a three-out-of-four-game stretch in the Koessler Center. Canisius (6-10, 3-2) started MAAC play with a 3-1 record for the fourth time under ninth-year coach Terry Zeh.
Today, the University at Buffalo hopes to continue its strong play in the Mid-American Conference, when it plays at Toledo at 2 (Radio 1340 AM).
The Bulls picked up their third consecutive win, defeating Kent State on the road, 69-54, on Wednesday. The victory improved the Bulls to 3-0 in the MAC for the first time since joining the conference in 1998-99.
St. Bonaventure (7-10, 0-2 Atlantic 10) tries for its first conference win at 1 today against Massachusetts (3-14, 1-1) at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies have dropped their last four games.
UMass was picked to finish 15th of 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll by the coaches.
UMass has struggled this season, losing nine of its last 10 games.