Canisius College (2-3) at University of Akron (5-1)
Saturday, Dec. 1 — 2 p.m.
James. A. Rhodes Arena — Akron, Ohio
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Mike Scott (p-x-p)
- The Canisius women’s basketball team continues a stretch of five out of six games away from the Koessler Athletic Center with Saturday’s game at the University of Akron.
- Canisius and Akron are playing for the fourth time, with Canisius owning a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. It is the first time they have played since Jan. 27, 1990, a 88-60 win for the Griffs.
- Canisius won its first road game of the season with a 61-48 victory over Binghamton on Tuesday evening.
- Ten Golden Griffins played in Tuesday night’s win at Binghamton, with each Canisius player seeing at least 13 minutes of playing time.
- No Golden Griffin averages more than 27 minutes per game this season, with six Golden Griffins averaging more than 21 minutes and 10 players averaging double-digit minutes.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle leads the team and ranks ninth in the MAAC in scoring (12.2) and third in field goal percentage (56.8).
- Canisius was picked to fourth in the MAAC preseason coaches poll, its highest projection since being picked third prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.
- Senior Allison Braun is serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season and is joined by junior Jen Morabito and junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp as captains for the 2012-13 campaign.
- Canisius is third in the MAAC in turnovers per game (15.6) and leads the MAAC in assists per game (16.4) and assist-turnover ratio (1.05).
- The Griffs rank third nationally with an assist on 74.5 percent of their made baskets.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- A second-year captain, senior Allison Braun is shooting 48.8 percent from the floor in her last 20 appearances. She had six rebounds in 24 minutes against Bucknell and has a steal in 17 of her last 23 games.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle has started 58 straight games. Ruttle is shooting 56.1 percent on two-point shots in the last 27 games and 40.4 percent on 3-pointers in the last 17 games. The 6-foot-3 forward currently leads the team and ranks ninth in the MAAC at 12.2 points per game.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes has two double-doubles on the season, including 11 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench against Oakland. Wilkes ranks sixth in the conference in rebounding per game (7.4).
- Senior Ashley Durham has at least one steal in 14 of the 17 games, including five steals in the last two games. Durham has scored in double figures in 27 games in her career.
- Junior Jen Morabito has made a 3-pointer in 55 career games, including a career-best 18 straight contests. Twenty-four of her 29 field-goal attempts (82.3 percent) this season are 3-pointers and 323 of 444 in career (72.7 percent).
- Junior Jen Lennox has 17 blocks in the last 18 games, matching her career high with four blocks against Buffalo in the season opener and recording three blocks in 15 minutes against Oakland on Nov. 20.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli, a 2012 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection, had made a 3-pointer in 27 career games. Hoohuli has played at least 30 minutes in 22 of the last 26 games.
- Sophomore Brooke Angelos is averaging 6.0 assists per 40 minutes this season as well as 3.4 steals per 40 minutes through five games.
- Freshman Tiahana Mills leads MAAC freshmen at 3.2 assists per game and with a 1.6 assist-turnover ratio. Mills has at least one steal in each game, including four steals at Binghamton and at Detroit.
- Freshman Crystal Porter ranks fifth among MAAC freshmen in scoring (5.6), third in rebounds per game (4.4) and is second in assists per game (2.2).
- Akron enters the game with a 5-1 record. The Zips are coming off a 103-57 win at Saint Peter’s on Monday.
- In Akron’s only loss, the Zips trailed by 16 points with 6:35 remaining and took a one-point lead with 48 seconds remaining before giving up the game-winning basket on the next possession.
- The Zips have scored at least 73 points in all six games this season. Akron is averaging 1.01 points per possession (25th nationally) in its six games and 82 possessions per contest (13th nationally). Both stats are from WBBstate.com
- Rachel Tecca leads the team with 20.5 points per game while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor. Hanna Luburgh is averaging 18.3 points per game while Sina King is averaging 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Kacie Cassell is averaging 6.7 assists per game.
- The Zips are shooting 44.5 percent while their opponents are shooting 32.3 percent. Akron is averaging 19 turnovers per game but only on 22.4 percent of its possessions. The Zips have a 39.2 offensive rebounding percentage and 67.9 defensive rebounding percentage.
- Jodi Kest is in her seventh season as head coach of the Zips. Kest is 79-111 at Akron and is in her 21st season overall as a collegiate head coach.
- Canisius leads the all-time series 2-1 with Akron, with the team’s meeting for the first time in more than 20 years.
- The teams are meeting for the third time in Akron, with the last matchup coming on Jan. 27, 1990, when the Griffs won 88-60.
- Akron is the second Mid-American Conference team on the Griffs’ schedule this season, with Canisius defeating Buffalo 73-57 in the season opener.