The Canisius College women’s basketball team won its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season on Sunday with a 48-47 victory over Saint Peter’s (2-11, 1-3) at the Koessler Center.
Elsewhere, Niagara University controlled most of its game against Iona, but fell short, 94-84, at the Gallagher Center.
The Golden Griffins trailed 36-34 with 8:15 remaining, but used a 9-1 run with a pair of baskets each from senior Jen Lennox and junior Kayla Hoohuli, to take the lead for good.
Hoohuli finished with a game-high 15 points, while Lennox added a season-high 14.
The Griffs (5-9, 1-4) started the second half 1 of 6 from behind the arc, but closed making three of their final five, including one by senior Jamie Ruttle that would put the Griffs up four with 1:30 remaining.
“I thought when we weren’t shooting well we got tentative,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “Everyone in the gym knows we’re a good shooting team, so when we’re not making them it gets tense because everyone is hanging on it. But it was nice to see Jamie make one late and Kayla as well because they need to take those.”
The Purple Eagles took a 70-69 lead with five minutes remaining, but the Gaels (11-2, 4-0) outscored Niagara (3-10, 1-3), 17-10, over the next four and half minutes to put the NU away.
Gabby Baldasare set career highs in points (11) and rebounds (11) on the way to her first career double-double. Chanel Johnson led the team in scoring for the third-consecutive game with 19 points while Meghan McGuinness scored 17 points on 7-for-13 from the field. Val McQuade went 4-for-8 from three-point range for 12 points.
In Big 4 men’s basketball, Canisius (9-5, 3-0) faces Marist (4-9, 1-2) at 7 p.m. in Poughkeepsie.
The Griffs have won seven of 10, including Saturday’s wild 67-63 victory over Saint Peter’s in which they nearly coughed up a 24-point lead, only to scramble at the end to secure the win. Canisius runs into a Marist team that has ripped off four straight after losing nine consecutive games to start the season under first-year coach Jeff Bower. The Red Foxes’ leading scorer is junior Chavaughn Lewis (16.5 ppg).