Today's games


Niagara (8-6) at Loyola (4-9)

Reitz Arena

3 p.m.

Each team has won six times in this series. Loyola took both games last season, 79-73 and 78-68. The Greyhounds had won three of their past four games before being ambushed by Iona at home Thursday night, 87-62. They shot 34.5 percent and made 19 turnovers, baffling coach Brian Ellerbe with their poor showing. They also dropped to 1-2 in the MAAC. Junior F Anthony Smith had 19 points, but leading scorer Mike Powell shot 3-for-14 from the field. Niagara junior F Chris Watson averages around 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. At times, the Eagles have started two sophomores and two freshmen. They are 3-0 in the conference after last Friday's two-point win over Siena.

North Carolina (9-5) at Maryland women (8-6)

Site: Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: HTS/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: The Terps (2-2 in the ACC) have a chance to break the .500 mark in league play for the first time since February 1993, but have lost four straight to North Carolina and five of the past seven. Sophomore Sonia Chase (McDonogh) is the only Maryland player to start all 14 games and she leads the ACC in steals (4.0 per game). North Carolina (4-1 ACC) is the surprise conference leader, despite the absence of guard Marion Jones, who is a redshirt this year so she can concentrate on track, and injuries to sophomore Tracy Reid, the only returning starter from last year. Freshman Chanel Wright (Western) has taken up the slack, averaging 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds.

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