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February 13, 2014

Niagara women face Siena in hoops tonight

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara University women’s basketball team hopes to end a three-game losing skid and pull out of a four-way tie for sixth place in its conference tonight when they welcome Siena to the Gallagher Center for a game that begins at 7 p.m.

Six games remain on the regular season schedule for the Purple Eagles (7-16, 5-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who find themselves tied with Canisius, Manhattan and Monmouth. Siena (7-16, 2-12 MAAC) sits in 10th place in the conference.

Niagara won their last matchup against the Saints, coming from behind midway into the second half to win, 76-72, in Loudonville, New York. Meghan McGuinness led the Purple Eagles with a career-high 29 points, which included a perfect 6-for-6 from three-point range. Chanel Johnson and Taylor McKay scored 11 points each while Sam Lapszynski led the team that night in rebounds with eight.

Siena has gone 1-8 since that game but that win comes from their most recent game, a 76-54 win over Saint Peter’s last Saturday. The Saints shot 51.6 from the floor in the second half of that game. Seniors Kaniika Cummings and Clara Sole Anglada led the Saints with 19 and 17 points, respectively.

McGuinness has historically performed well against Siena, scoring ten or more points per game in all but one appearance against the Saints. She averages 15.2 points per game against tonight’s opponent. Overall, she ranks 18th in the nation with a 43.4 percent three-point success rate.

Tonight’s game will be the team’s Play-4-Kay game, part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and funds for women’s cancer. Ticket prices have been cut from seven dollars to three, though fans will be encouraged to make a voluntary donation to the American Cancer Society at tonight’s game. 

In addition, members of Niagara’s women’s lacrosse team will host a basket raffle before the game in the Gallagher Center lobby. Proceeds from the raffle will also support the American Cancer Society.

Live video of the game will be available through PurpleEagles.com, with Dave Universal calling play-by-play.

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