The Canisius College women’s basketball team limited Loyola to six points over the final 9:30 and went 9 for 10 from the line in the final 1:30 to win, 48-39, on Saturday in the Koessler Center.
The Griffins completed the season sweep of Loyola, snapping a four-game losing streak to improve to 9-14 overall and 6-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Junior Jamie Ruttle recorded the third double-double of her career, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Ashley Durham had 11 points and matched her career high with eight rebounds. Junior Jen Lennox had seven points and four blocks in 13 minutes off the bench.
• Niagara eased to a 67-55 win over visiting Saint Peter’s to complete the season sweep for the second consecutive season.
The duo of Lauren Gatto and Meghan McGuinness led Niagara (12-11, 7-5) in scoring for the second straight game.
Gatto finished with a team-high 16 points to score in double figures for the 19th time. McGuinness added 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting, including three three-pointers.
Ten Purple Eagles scored, but it was Kayla Stroman who had a huge impact as she tied a career-best with eight assists. She moves ahead of Stacie Kane (’92) for sixth all-time in assists and is three short of fifth.
• The University at Buffalo returns to the road for the first of two straight games in the state of Michigan this afternoon when they face Central Michigan. The Chippewas have dropped two straight and have moved into third place in the MAC West while Buffalo is currently fourth in the MAC East, but are just one game out of a log-jammed first place in the East Division.
Sophomore Kasheema Besley had one of her best games of the season against Bowling Green off the bench as she tied her career-high with six assists.
• St. Bonaventure returns to the court today at 1 p.m. when it hosts VCU. The game will serve as the Bonnies’ Play 4-Kay Pink Day game.
The Bonnies are coming off a 61-33 loss to Duquesne, its fourth straight loss.
Katie Healy (Lancaster) led Bona with 13 points. The 33 points were a season-low. They were shut out from three (0-9) for the third time this season.