The Niagara women’s basketball team still has a chance at finishing above .500 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time since 2004-05, but the Purple Eagles have some work to do first.
Niagara plays three of its final four games at home, beginning with tonight’s clash against Fairfield at the Gallagher Center, looking to end a two-game losing streak.
The Purple Eagles (12-13, 7-7) have won four of their last five games at home with the lone loss coming to conference-leading Marist.
Niagara last had a winning record in the MAAC when it went 11-7 under Bill Agronin nine seasons ago during a 17-12 campaign.
Lauren Gatto leads Niagara with 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Stags (16-9, 10-4) have won three in a row and four of their last six.
Meanwhile, Canisius’ women play their final two home games of the season this weekend, beginning with tonight’s clash with Manhattan (6-19, 3-11) at the Koessler Center. Fairfield visits at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Golden Griffins (9-16, 6-8) have lost two in a row and six of their last seven games.
Senior Ashley Durham leads Canisius in scoring (12.0 ppg.) and has scored eight or more points in 15 straight games, the longest streak since Marie Warner had eight or more points in 18 straight games during the 2008-09 season.