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Niagara women's basketball drops close game to Yale


NACOGDOCHES, T.X. -- The Niagara women's basketball team lost a close game to Yale, 67-64, in the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT on Friday.

Game Summary
Final Score: Yale 67, Niagara 64
Leading Scorers: Maggie McIntyre (14 points), Adila Gathers (10 points)
Records: Yale (1-1), Niagara (0-4)
Location: William R. Johnson Coliseum – Nacogdoches, Texas

Game Recap

  • Maggie McIntyre scored five straight points early in the first quarter to leave Niagara trailing Yale by only two points, 7-5. Four points from Emerald Ekpiteta tied things up, 9-9.
  • A bucket from Maddy Yelle gave the Purple Eagles their first lead of the game, 11-9. Niagara led the Bulldogs 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.
  • Yale began to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 25-15 lead over the Purple Eagles. A trey from Ally Haar cut Yale's lead to seven points, 25-18.
  • McIntyre hit her second three of the game with a little under three minutes remaining in the quarter. The Bulldogs, however, maintained the lead, 28-21.
  • With about one minute left in the second quarter, Haar sank another three to leave NU trailing by only two points, 31-29, going into halftime.
  • A bucket from Kharysma Bryant tied things up, 31-31, less than one minute into the third quarter.  
  • Back-to-back 3-pointers from McIntyre and Jordan Edwards late in the quarter put Niagara back in the lead, 46-44 and NU led 50-46 going into the final quarter of play.
  • Four points from Jai Moore and six from Adila Gathers kept NU ahead, 62-60. Yale, however, started to pick up momentum late in the quarter. Despite two more points from Gathers, the Bulldogs pulled out a close win over the Purple Eagles, 67-64.

Inside the Numbers

  • McIntyre led the Purple Eagles in scoring with 14 points, tying her career-high.
  • Gathers added a career-high 10 points.
  • Valentina Pepic led the Purple Eagles in rebounding with a career-high 10 rebounds. 
  • Edwards had a career-high three steals. 

Up Next

  • The Purple Eagles will play their final game of the Preseason WNIT on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Niagara will take on the loser of the Stephen F Austin/Morgan State game.

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