Alaina Walker scored 16 points and took down nine rebounds, Katie Healy (Lancaster) added 14 points and seven boards, and the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team clamped down on defense for a 48-28 Atlantic 10 victory over Rhode Island on Wednesday before 367 at the Reilly Center.
The 28 points is the fewest allowed by the Bonnies (9-10, 2-2 Atlantic 10) in their Division I history, bettering the 32 they allowed URI in a 26-point victory last season. SBU has now won its last two games while the Rams (5-14, 0-4) have lost eight straight.
Before 1,133 in Alumni Arena, Ball State junior guard Brandy Woody scored a career-high 29 points to lift the Cardinals to a 69-55 victory over the University at Buffalo. Ball State improved to 7-11 overall and 4-1 in the Mid-American Conference while Buffalo fell to 5-12 overall and 3-2 in league action.
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing led UB with 18 points while sophomore Kristen Sharkey had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Ball State ended the half with a 32-18 advantage. UB started the second half with a 9-2 run to cut Ball State’s lead, and with 13:53 remaining the Bulls had made it a 37-35 game, but the Cardinals answered quickly with a 17-5 run.
Ball State shot only 29.6 percent for the game but made 79.5 percent (31 of 39) from the foul line. The Cardinals forced 20 UB turnovers, which they converted to 18 points. It included 15 steals from the error-prone Bulls.
The Canisius and Niagara women’s teams are on the road today facing Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents.
The Golden Griffins will have an early wakeup for their 11 a.m. Kids’ Day game against the Loyola Greyhounds at Reitz Arena in Baltimore. Canisius is 2-0 in Kids’ Day games, winning over Siena at home, 65-62, on Jan. 4 and winning, 51-50 at Rider on Jan. 10.
After a 10-point loss to conference leader Marist, the Griffs bounced back with a 75-68 victory over Rider.
Niagara (8-9, 3-3) will play at Iona (9-8, 4-2) in a 7 p.m. game at the Hynes Center in New Rochelle. The Purple Eagles took a 71-51 loss to Marist on Sunday. Center Lauren Gatto (14.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg) has led Niagara in scoring in 11 of 15 games so far. Bench points have been important for NU in recent games. In their last three MAAC wins, the Niagara bench has outscored the opponents’ subs, 93-18.