The Canisius women’s basketball team bounced back from a road loss with its bets shooting performance of the season in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory Sunday afternoon at Rider. Meanwhile, Niagara suffered a big loss on the road and the University at Buffalo fell to one of the Mid-American Conference’s top teams.
All 10 Canisius players scored and played at least 10 minutes as the Golden Griffins built a 10-point lead in the second half on their way to a 76-72 over Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J. Junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp had a season-high 14 points while senior Jamie Ruttle and junior Kayla Hoohuli each added 12 as Canisius rebounded from its 64-56 loss at Monmouth on Friday night.
Rider (7-8, 3-3 MAAC) came within three in the final minutes, but sophomore Tiahana Mills made seven free throws in the final three minutes to help seal the win for the Griffs (6-10, 2-5 MAAC), who shot a season-high 47.2 percent from the field.
Canisius hosts Monmouth on Friday in an 11 a.m. tipoff on Kid’s Day.
Niagara lost at Saint Peter’s in Jersey City, N.J., by 12 (67-55) just nine days after beating the Peacocks by 32 (78-46) in Lewiston. St. Peter’s (3-12, 2-4 MAAC) closed the game with an 18-6 run to drop the Purple Eagles to 4-11 and 2-4 in MAAC play.
Junior Meghan McGuinness had 21 points and was 5 of 8 from three-point range for Niagara, which returns home at 11 a.m. Friday to play Marist in its annual Kid’s Day Game.
Defending MAC champion Central Michigan defeated UB, 82-68, as the Bulls suffered their third straight loss – all in conference play – to fall to .500 on the season (7-7) and 0-3 in the MAC.
A crowd of 1,531 at Alumni Arena saw junior guard Crystal Bradford record a triple-double (19 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists) as the Chippewas (7-8, 3-0 MAC) built a 41-30 halftime lead and led by as may as 23 points in the second half.
Junior forward Kristen Sharkey had 20 points and 14 rebounds for UB, which hosts Toledo at 7 p.m. Wednesday.