Women's College Basketball: Penn falls to Niagara at finish

Niagara's Kayla Stroman hit a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to give the Purple Eagles a 52-51 victory over the Penn Quakers on Tuesday afternoon at the Palestra.

Penn sophomore Brianna Bradford buried a trey with 1 minute, 3 seconds left to give Penn (2-3) a 50-47 lead.

Niagara (1-5) hit two free throws on its next possession to cut the lead to one, but on Penn's next possession, freshman Alyssa Baron was fouled with 17 seconds to play. Baron's first attempt was good, but she missed the second, leading to Stroman's late-game heroics.

Elsewhere: Amber Harris extended her point-a-minute spurt by scoring 16 in the first half, and Xavier beat Mississippi Valley State, 85-40, in Cincinnati. . . . Chelsea Gray scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures and No. 5 Duke (7-0) survived an early surge by James Madison for a 75-58 win in Harrisonburg, Va. . . . Freshmen Jordan Hooper scored 16 points, Kellie McCann-Smith added 13, and No. 24 Nebraska's stifling defense did the rest as the Cornhuskers beat UNLV, 65-41, in Lincoln, Neb.

Cabrini at the Garden. For the fourth consecutive season, the Cabrini women's basketball team will host a regular-season game at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Cavaliers will face Commonwealth Conference opponent Albright on Jan. 3 at 9:30 p.m., after the St. John's men host Georgetown at 7.