Women’s Basketball Sweeps Weekend To Stay Undefeated At Home
The Niagara women's basketball team pushed its winning streak to four with a convincing 64-36 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers. The Purple Eagles, which trailed 20-19 at the half, outscored the Jaspers 45-16 in the second half.
"The awesome thing about this group is that we can make adjustments at halftime and they can execute them," said head coach Kendra Faustin. "I thought our veteran group did a phenomenal job accomplishing those changes."
Niagara (4-3, 2-0 MAAC) actually started the competition trailing 8-2 with less than five minutes into the game but used an 11-0 run which highlighted a Kelly Van Leeuwen three pointer to take the lead. The teams traded baskets for the next nine minutes as the score was tied 18-18 before a foul shot by Rampado put Niagara up one. Manhattan (1-6, 0-2 MAAC) scored the final points of the half as the Purple Eagles went into intermission trailing 20-19 lead.
The two teams traded baskets over the first three minutes of the second half as Niagara would tie the match 27-27 with 17:01 remaining in the game. The Purple Eagle's defense held Manhattan scoreless over the next 14 minutes as Niagara went on a 30-0 run. From there, the Purple Eagles controlled the remainder of the contest as NU held onto the lead and led by double digits for the rest of the game after going 16-for-28 (57.1 percent) from the field.
With under two minutes to play, NU took its largest lead of the game, 60-29, after a jumper by Granruth and pulled away to the 64-36 victory.