The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team opened a stretch in which it plays six of eight games on the road with a thrilling 78-70 victory over Mid-American Conference host Miami (Ohio) before 1,128 at Millett Hall in Oxford.
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing overcame an early knee injury and scored a game-high 19 points, including seven during the final 3:18, to lead four Bulls in double figures. Six players scored at least eight points for UB (7-13, 5-2), winners of two in a row.
With the game tied 67-67, the Bulls closed out the RedHawks with an 11-3 run over the final 3:18. Loesing canned a pair of jumpers to start the run, her first giving UB the lead for good.
The Bulls overcame a 13-point first-half deficit and trailed by just two (36-34) at the break. Sloane Walton (Nichols) scored nine of her 15 points from beyond the arc during the first half to help fuel the rally.
Margeaux Gupilan scored 13 points for UB, while Kristen Sharkey added 11. Christa Baccas had 10 rebounds to go with eight points.
UB visits Akron at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Niagara loses in OT at Loyola
Niagara came oh, so close to leaving Baltimore with a win, only to lose in overtime to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference host Loyola (Md.).
Alyssa Sutherland’s jumper with eight seconds left tied the game at 61, and the Greyhounds held on in overtime to take a 71-68 decision from the Purple Eagles before 257 at Reitz Arena.
Katie Sheahin’s layup broke a 63-63 tie with 3:44 left in OT and gave Loyola the lead for good. The hosts stretched the advantage to six before Kelly Van Leeuwen’s three with three seconds left gave Niagara slight hope, but the Greyhounds (8-12, 3-6) ran out the clock.
Sheahin finished with 21 points for the winners. Lauren Gatto scored a game-high 25 points and had eight rebounds for the Purple Eagles (9-11, 4-5), who visit Rider on Saturday.
Canisius visits Marist tonight
The Canisius-Marist rivalry has gone from being quite intense earlier this century to becoming a little one-sided in recent years. The Golden Griffins will try to do something they haven’t done in three years tonight and beat the seven-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions when they resume pleasantries at McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie.
Canisius (8-11, 5-3) has three wins over Marist (13-6, 8-0) since 2004-05, the most recent coming in 2009 when the Griffs were the last MAAC team to win in McCann Arena. The three wins over that period of time are the most by any MAAC team against Marist.
Still, Canisius trails the all-time series 26-13, although it is the last team in the conference to beat Marist in a MAAC title game (2005).
The Red Foxes have won the last nine games against the Griffs, including the first meeting of this season, 51-41, at Koessler Center on Jan. 18.
Canisius senior Ashley Durham ranks second in the MAAC, scoring 17.1 points per game and has scored at least 11 points in nine straight games. Durham, who ranks sixth nationally in free-throw percentage (93.1), has made 53 of her last 55 free throws and ranks first in program history in free-throw percentage (83.9).