Three – Canisius, Niagara, St. Bonaventure – of the Western New York Big 4 women’s basketball teams won Saturday. The University at Buffalo was the lone loser, falling at Siena, 66-60.
Canisius overcame a seven-point deficit, then held on to defeat Bryant (R.I.), 61-59, at the Koessler Center, snapping a three-game losing streak. Kayla Hoohuli of Canisius led all scoring with a career-high 19 points.
Hoohuli scored a layup to put Canisius ahead to stay, 60-59, with 1:12 left, and she made one of two free throws with 8 seconds left after the Griffs made two defensive stops.
All 10 who played for Niagara (2-5) scored in the 81-70 win over Robert Morris in the Gallagher Center. Chanel Johnson led the Purple Eagles with 20 points on 8 for 12 shooting from the field and 4 of 4 from the foul line
“There is no one more excited for Chanel Johnson than coach Kendra Faustin,” said head coach Kendra Faustin. “She is just so unbelievably talented from mid-range, around the boards, and finishing around the rim. She hadn’t been playing the way that we knew she was capable of playing.”
Niagara led, 39-32 at the half then went on a 17-1 run to build the lead to 20 points.
St. Bonaventure (8-3) erased a nine-point halftime deficit and went on to a 63-54 victory over Binghamton (1-7) before 1,644 in the Events Center in Vestal. Hannah Little had 20 points and Chelsea Bowker 19 to lead the Bonnies. Katie Healy (Lancaster) had 10 for the winners.
Siena started the second half on a 15-4 run, wiping out a 10-point UB lead and went on to defeat the Bulls, 64-60, in Loudonville. The last tie of the game was with 3:22 left. Then the Saints went on a 6-0 run. UB got the deficit down to one with 17 seconds left after a three-pointer by Jenna Rickan, a steal by Rickan and a layup by Christa Baccas.
Kristen Sharkey of UB led all scorers with 23. Baccas added 13 rebounds for UB (5-3). Rickan scored her seven points in just 10 minutes of playing time off the bench.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Canisius shoots for its second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory while Niagara attempts to break its seven-game losing streak this afternoon.
The Griffs (4-3, 1-0 MAAC) will face Siena (3-7, 1-0) at 2 p.m. in the Koessler Center. Canisius opened conference play with a 82-67 victory over Saint Peter’s on Friday night while Siena was winning at Niagara, 84-71.
Niagara’s Antoine Mason, who is leading the nation in scoring at 28.8 points per game, will try to get back on track against the Peacocks in a 2 p.m. game in the Gallagher Center. Mason scored a season-low 18 points in the loss to Siena, getting off only 10 shots. Six times in nine games Mason has scored 30 points or more, averaging almost 20 shots a game.