Cold shooting at the start doomed the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team Thursday night in its final Mid-American Conference road game of the season.

The Bulls (9-18, 7-7 MAC) dropped a 56-43 decision to Bowling Green (18-9, 9-5) at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

UB managed just seven points in the first 12-plus minutes of the first half, and finished the game 17 of 56 (30 percent) from the field. Mackenzie Loesing had a game-high 15 points in the loss for UB, while Margeaux Gupilan chipped in 10. The Bulls got to the free-throw line just four times (making three), compared to 22 attempts (17 makes) by the Falcons.

Senior guard Chrissy Steffen had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Bowling Green.

Today’s game

Host Niagara (14-13, 9-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) will go for a season sweep of rival Canisius (10-17, 7-9) at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. The Purple Eagles won the first meeting, 62-49, Jan. 27 in Buffalo. Over Niagara’s last fve wins, both center Lauren Gatto and guard Meghan McGuinness have averaged 14.2 points per game.