Niagara Gazette — Three players finished with double digits in points, but the Niagara University women’s basketball team were blown out at Bowling Green State University on Friday, dropping a 90-58 decision.
Niagara went on a 14-4 run in the first half and went 11-for-19 from the field but gave the host Falcons numerous opportunities at the foul line. Bowling Green hit 20 of 25 foul shots and went into halftime leading 48-34.
Val McQuade led the Purple Eagles in scoring with 14 points. Sylvia Maxwell scored 11, while Victoria Rampado turned in 10 points for her second double-digit performance in as many games. Maxwell also led the team in rebounds with five.
The Purple Eagles fell to 0-2 on the season. They return to action Tuesday at St. Bonaventure. The tip-off in Olean is at 7 p.m.
Women swimmers and divers fall to Siena
The Niagara women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Loudonville on Saturday to face Siena and lost the meet to the host Saints, 136-89.
Niagara diver Emily Hughes achieved career-high scores in both diving events, earning 226.06 points in the one-meter dive, while receiving 220.57 points in the three-meter event.
Several Purple Eagle swimmers had second-place finishes. Montanna Valler was one of them, finishing second in the 1000 freestyle at a time of 11:02.60. Sydney Kligys took second in the 50 freestyle with her time of 25.66, while also finishing second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.87. Clare Curran placed second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:20.63m while Emily York finished second in the 100 freestyle at 56.29.
The 400 medley relay team, consisting of Meredith Ricks, Grace Coyle, Ashley Harrington and Kligys, clocked in at 4:10.08 to claim second place.
There was a first-place finisher among the Niagara swimmers. Ricks won the 100 backstroke with her time of 1:01.36.
The Niagara men’s and women’s squads will compete against Colgate today in Hamilton, NY beginning at 1 p.m.
Volleyball drops three sets to Fairfield
The Niagara women’s volleyball team were defeated in straight sets at home Saturday, falling to visiting Fairfield 25-20, 25-19, 25-15.
The hosts jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the opening set but the Stags rallied to erase that lead and put the Purple Eagles behind 15-14. Fairfield went on to take the first set.
Niagara trailed the second set but twice rallied to get within two points of the Stags but couldn’t pull any closer as Fairfield closed out the set with a 5-1 run.
Amanda Sedore led Niagara with 10 kills, the 16th time this season she has had 10 or more kills in a match.
The Purple Eagles will finish their season today at home against Quinnipiac beginning at 1 p.m.