Women’s basketball (2-4) defeated Big 4 Rival Niagara (1-7) 63-58 on Wednesday night at the Gallagher Center in Niagara.
Fifth-year guards Zakiyah Winfield and Jazmine Young led all scorers with 17 points apiece, while graduate guard Re’Shawna Stone scored 12 points.
UB shot a season-high 54.1% from the floor and 42.9% from three-point range. The Bulls out-rebounded the Purple Eagles by seven and scored 15 points off Niagara turnovers.
Senior guard Angel Parker led all scorers for Niagara with 20 points, while sophomore guard Aaliyah Parker dropped 13 points.
The Bulls led by 12 points at the end of the third quarter, but the Purple Eagles rallied to give UB a late-game scare in the fourth. Parker scored 17 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, as she went 6-for-12 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line in the final period.
Niagara outscored the Bulls 23-16 in the fourth quarter, but UB was able to seal the game at the charity stripe.
The win broke UB’s three-game losing streak and marks the team’s second victory under first-year head coach Becky Burke.
The Bulls will host Long Island University (2-7) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alumni Arena.
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Anthony DeCicco is the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectrum. His words have appeared in outlets such as SLAM Magazine. In 2020, he was awarded First Prize for Sports Column Writing at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards. In his free time, he can be found watching ‘90s Knicks games and reading NFL Mock Drafts at 3 a.m.