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Live from Koessler: Canisius vs. Niagara

It's bound to be an emotional night in the Koessler Athletic Center as tonight's women's basketball game combines "senior day" with the rivalry contest between Canisius and Niagara.

For the Golden Griffins (9-18, 5-11 MAAC), three seniors will be honored in the final game in the KAC -- guard Tauralee Tenn, forward Caitlin Krull and guard Micayla Drysdale. Drysdale has harnessed that senior sense of urgency, averaging 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists over the last six games. 

Also being honored for Canisius is senior manager Jeff Rinus.

Niagara (1-26, 0-15 MAAC) is still looking for its first conference win of the season and to end a 21-game losing streak.

Canisius won the earlier meeting, 56-49 in the Gallagher Center on Feb. 12.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final: Canisius wins, 55-27 as Micayla Drysdale scored a career-high 23 points.

Second half

16:00 left: Canisius starts the half on a 9-0 run to take a 32-17 lead. Niagara calls timeout.

11:02 left: And sloppy ball continues to reign supreme. The Griffs hold a 37-19 lead. Drysdale now has 15 points.

7:43 left: Another three-pointer for Drysdale and the Griffs lead, 40-21.

3:10 left: Canisius is ready to sweep Niagara in the regular season series for the fifth time in the last eight years.

Halftime: Canisius leads, 23-17.

First half

7:08 p.m.: Tip-off!

14:49 left: Canisius takes a 13-8 lead thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Drysdale and a three from Jen Morabito. The Griffs are controlling the pace of the game, though Niagara has hit some shots to stay in the game.

2:23 left: Canisius leads, 23-14. It's been an ugly first half, but Drysdale decided to take over. She has 10 points this half.

--- Amy Moritz

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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