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Niagara women's basketball closes out preseason WNIT against Morgan State

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

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Game 5
Preseason WNIT
Niagara Purple Eagles (0-4, 0-0 MAAC) vs. Morgan State Bears
Saturday, November 17 – 3:00 p.m. EST
William R. Johnson Coliseum – Nacogdoches, Texas
Live Stats | Game Notes

Last Time Out
  • The Purple Eagles dropped a close game to Yale, 67-64, in their first game on the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT.
  • Maggie McIntyre led the Purple Eagles in scoring with 14 points, tying her career-high.
  • Adila Gathers added a career-high 10 points.
  • Valentina Pepic led Niagara in rebounding with a career-high 10 rebounds. She also had a career-best nine points, narrowly missing a double-double.
 
Preseason WNIT
  • This is the first time in program history that the Purple Eagles have been invited to participate in the Preseason WNIT.
  • The Purple Eagles faced Iowa State in the first round of the tournament on Friday, Nov. 9. Niagara fell to the Cyclones, 95-35.
  • Jai Moore led the Purple Eagles with 12 points.
  • Maggie McIntyre added 11 points for Niagara.
  • Emerald Ekpiteta led the team in rebounding with a career-high 12 rebounds.
  • The Purple Eagles fell to Yale, 67-64, in their first game in the consolation rounds.
 
Purple Points

  • Niagara returns eight letterwinners from last year's squad which went 13-18 overall and 9-9 in the MAAC, the team's best record since the 2014-15 season.
  • The Purple Eagles were the No. 6 seed in the MAAC Championships. NU defeated No. 11 Saint Peter's, 60-48, in the first round before falling to No. 3 Siena, 71-60, in the quarterfinals.
  • Returning for the Purple Eagles this season are seniors Kharysma Bryant and Adila Gathers, juniors Jai Moore, Maggie McIntytre, Morgan Baughman and Dagny Davidsdottir and sophomores Emerald Ekpiteta and Claire Wanzer.
  • Moore had a breakout 2017-18, averaging 10.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Moore scored in double figures in 17 games. She was named to the 2018-19 Preseason All-Big 4 First Team and the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team.
  • McIntyre, Niagara's starting point guard, averaged 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds last season. She was named to the 2018-19 Preseason All-Big 4 Second Team.
  • Bryant, who was also named to the 2018-19 Preseason All-Big 4 Second Team, averaged 6.2 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.