Sophomore Lindsay Stoddard (Allegany-Limestone) scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead top-ranked Daemen College (26-7) to a 73-62 victory over third-seeded Lindenwood University-Belleville in the championship game of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament at Penn State-Fayette in Uniontown, Pa. Daemen rode 53-percent shooting (16-30) in the second half to the title.
Seniors Ellie Allen (Sweet Home) scored 20 points and Chelsea Andorka added 12 for Daemen.
Another senior, Monica Kosior of the Wildcats, was named tournament Most Valuable Player while Stoddard and Allen made all-tournament.
Daemen’s men’s team lost to Rochester (Minn.) College, 70-67, in that championship final. Gerald Beverly was high scorer for Daemen with 19 points. He also had 11 rebounds. Casey Sheehan and Beverly of Daemen made the all-tournament team.
Freshman guard Devon Elliott scored a career-high 33 points to lead ECC to a 97-94 win over Niagara County CC in the Region III men’s semifinals in Rochester. The Kats will play No. 5 Monroe CC in today’s 1 p.m. championship game.
NCCC took a 91-87 lead on a three-point basket with 3:27 remaining, but the Kats used a 6-0 run that included a conventional three-point play by Rayshawn Sumlin with 2:15 left.
Sophomore forward Alexis Gray (West Seneca East) had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead ECC over Jamestown CC, 72-50, in the women’s Region III semifinals at the Flickinger Center.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Brittney Kuras of the University at Buffalo captured her second Mid-American Conference individual title Saturday, winning the 100 freestyle in a meet record 48.89 seconds in the conference championships at Alumni Arena.
Kuras, a senior, also anchored UB’s 400-yard freestyle relay, which won in 3:20.24, a UB pool record. Mallory Morrell, Marissa Murphy and Early Moore also swam the UB relay.
Kuras swam a 48.75 split to bring the Bulls home in front of second place Miami (Ohio) by 1.86 seconds.
Miami won the team title with 621 points. UB had 421 for fourth.
BOWLING: Erie Community College won its eighth NJCAA women’s bowling team championship at AMF Thruway Lanes on Saturday. ECC topped runner-up Iowa Central CC by 469 pins. ECC’s Liz Szpara (Orchard Park) and Morgan Anderson (Tapestry Charter) finished second and seventh in All-Events to qualify for All-America status.