The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team connected for 12 three-pointers, three shy of the school record, to fuel a 93-58 win on Wednesday over visiting Roberts Wesleyan.
The tone was set early as the Bulls hit their first eight threes, enabling them to run out to a 25-2 lead just under eight minutes into the game.
That was highlighted by a 90-second stretch where Mackenzie Loesing hit a trio of threes to balloon the lead from 4-2 to 13-2. There would not be a single miss from three until the 2:46 mark in the first half, when the Bulls were already ahead, 43-15.
Carrying a 45-20 lead into halftime, the Bulls were able to give its bench some minutes. The Buffalo bench alone almost outscored Roberts Wesleyan, netting 53 points, led by Sloane Walton’s 16, Cherridy Thornton with 11, and Alexus Malone’s 10 points.
Walton had a season-high performance from three, hitting 4 of 5 attempts to reach her season high in points. Loesing led all scorers with 17, and hit 4 of 7 threes.
Meanwhile, the St. Bonaventure women were victimized by a slow start and lost its Atlantic 10 opener at Duquesne, 73-65, at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bona trailed, 40-21, at halftime. The Bonnies entered the game shooting 42 percent from the floor.
Katie Healy led SBU with 23 points and Nyla Rueter registered a career-high 20. Healy averages a team-high 14.4 per game.
Bona falls to 11-5, 0-1. The Bonnies had won back-to-back road games by defeating Kent State (Dec. 20), 61-44, and UNC-Greensboro (Dec. 22), 58-46.
Niagara travels to Rider tonight at 7 as it resumes MAAC play having won three of their last four.
The Purple Eagles (4-9) are 1-1 in the MAAC after a defeat to Siena and a victory over Saint Peter’s in early December at the Gallagher Center.
Niagara, which was swept by Rider last season, leads the all-time series, 20-17. The games have traditionally been close as six of the last 10 have been decided by four points or less.
Niagara closed out its non-conference schedule with a 68-65 win over Brown last Sunday. Antoine Mason had a career-high 39 points, including a floater with 20 seconds left to put Niagara up, 68-63. The Purple Eagles forced a season-high 25 turnovers, the most since Nov. 2011, and their 16 steals tied a season-high. NU also shot a season-best 81.5 percent (22-for-27) from the free-throw line.