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Women's Basketball Tries for WNYAC win vs. Niagara on Thursday

Women's Basketball Tries for WNYAC win vs. Niagara on Thursday

The Cougars have started the second semester 2-2 and return home after four straight road contests to host No. 20 Niagara County Community College on Thursday night. It will mark the second Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) game of the year for Genesee, which is looking to improve to 1-1 in WNYAC play.

GCC (9-5) will host its first of five WNYAC home games this season and return to the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium for the first time since Dec. 14.

Niagara (16-2) currently ranks No. 20 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Poll and the Thunderwolves have won their last three contests.

Last time out:

Genesee dropped its WNYAC opener at Mercyhurst North East on Tuesday night, 75-68. The Cougars led at half but were outscored 44-29 in the second half to fall to 0-1 in conference play. Breana Gleaton scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Latricia Stephens added 12 points and seven rebounds. Hillary Rivera chipped in 12 points and Shanell Glover collected 12 rebounds and scored nine points.

Niagara picked up its 16th win of the season at Penn State Dubois on Tuesday night, 71-52. Merrick Rowland scored 18 points and Tanisha Moyer and Breyanna Cason each added 11 points. Tamia Jones grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and Arriel Mussi dished out four assists.

What to watch for:

Genesee is in search of its first conference win since Feb. 25, 2012.

The Cougars are winless in their last four meetings against Niagara.

Thursday night will mark the first conference game of the season for the Thunderwolves.

GCC is 4-0 at home this season; NCCC is 7-2 on the road.

The game:

Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm on Thursday night. For updates and results, follow Genesee Athletics on Twitter: @GCCSports.