NIAGARA, NY - The Saint Peter's women's basketball team lost to Niagara, 62-52 on Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center. Power forward Zoe Pero led the the team with 17 points and the team's high of eight rebounds.
The Peacocks kicked off the game with a 9-0 lead, with Pero having six of those points. The Purple Eagles fought back and gained four points just before Hughes finished a layup for the Peacocks to lead 12-4. Niagara answered with two 3-pointers and tied the first quarter at 12.
In the second quarter, the teams went shot for shot and evened the game twice at 14 and 16. Niagara then scored six points to lead the Peacocks 22-16. Hughes and Martin counted a layup each and the Purple Eagles added four points making the score 26-20. Sammy Lochner hit a three and Bethea made a layup to help the Peacocks close in on Niagara, 26-25. The Peacocks posted one more point and ended the half behind the Purple Eagles, 30-26.
After the break, Niagara continued to lead and posted six straight points, 36-26. The Peacocks fought back as Pero made two layups and Tarabocchia posted two points, 39-32. The Peacocks fell behind as they only scored four points to the Purple Eagles seven, trailing 46-36. The Peacocks kept pushing and held Nigara to four points while Hughes, Pero and Bethea combined eights points to fall short 48-44.
In the final quarter the Peacocks were unable to overcome the deficit. Hughes led the Peacocks posting six points, Tarabocchia made a three pointer and Pero added one point. The Peacocks dropped to the Purple Eagles 62-52.
The Peacocks will stay in New York and face Niagara's neighbor, the Canisius Golden Griffins on Monday. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.