Three Big 4 women’s basketball teams hit the road against teams ahead of them in the standings Sunday afternoon, and none of made any headway.
The University at Buffalo lost at Mid-American Conference leader Central Michigan, 74-63, while in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Canisius lost at Quinnipiac, 65-51, and Niagara lost at Rider, 82-72.
UB (13-9, 6-5 MAC) struggled with its shooting all game, hitting 34.7 percent from the field and only five of 28 three-point shots before 1,488 in McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The Chippewas, defending MAC champions, took a 40-37 lead at halftime, but UB’s cold shooting helped contribute to runs that put Central Michigan up by as much as 18 in the second half.
Kristen Sharkey led UB with 21 points while fellow junior forward Christa Baccas went for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mackenzie Loesing, UB’s leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, was 4 for 22 from the field and 0 of 8 from three-point range, while senior backcourt mate Margeaux Gupilan was 1 for 7 from the field, all on three-pointers.
Guard Kerby Tamm (19) led four double-figure scorers for Central Michigan (15-8, 11-0).
At the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., Brittany McQuain had 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half as Quinnipiac overcame an 11-point halftime deficit (30-19) to defeat Canisius.
Senior Jamie Ruttle scored 12 points and junior Kayla Hoohuli had 11 as Canisius (9-14, 5-9 MAAC) shot 41.5 percent from the floor and committed 21 turnovers in its first visit to Quinnipiac.
Canisius’ 11-point lead was its largest of the season, but the Bobcats (15-9, 10-4 MAAC) scored the first 12 points of the second half, forcing Canisius into four turnovers on its first six possessions.
The Griffs were scoreless in the second half until a layup from Ruttle gave a one-point lead back to Canisius with 13:30 left.
That 32-31 lead was the last of the day as the Bobcats extended the run to a 19-2 and went up by six.
At Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J., Niagara trimmed a 15-point first-half deficit to one (71-70) late in the second half behind big efforts from Chanel Johnson (16 points) and Victoria Rampado (18 points and 10 rebounds for first career double-double), but Rider closed the game with an 11-2 run to improve to 12-11 and 8-6 in the MAAC. Niagara is 7-16 and 5-9.