Canisius College (3-8) vs. Siena College (4-7)
Friday, Jan. 4, 2012 — 11 a.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team opens conference play in the Koessler Athletic Center on Friday morning, when the Golden Griffins host Siena College on Kid’s Day.
- Canisius opens MAAC play against Siena for the second straight year and plays the Saints on the first weekend of MAAC play for the fourth time in the last five years.
- Canisius has an 8-2 record in its last 10 Kid’s Day games in the KAC, including a come-from-behind 85-74 overtime win over Iona last season.
- The Griffs are in the middle of a season-long three-game homestand, which started with a 56-55 win over Vermont on Saturday.
- Siena has won the last three games between the teams in the series, including a sweep of the season series last year. The most recent Griffs’ win in the series came on Jan. 16, 2011, in a 60-48 win in the KAC.
- Canisius is tied for fourth in the country in assisted-basket percentage, recording an assist on 70.9 percent of its baskets.
- Canisius leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at 14.6 assists per game. The Griffs also lead the MAAC in 3-point field goals made per game (6.6).
- Freshman Tiahana Mills leads the MAAC in assists per game (3.9) and is tied for eighth nationally among freshmen in the category.
- Canisius won its final non-conference game for the third consecutive year and for the seventh time in the nine years under Terry Zeh.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- Junior Jamie Ruttle ranks second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 49.9 field goal percentage. Ruttle leads the team in scoring and has scored in double figures 36 times in her career. The 6-foot-3 forward has started all 36 conference games as a Golden Griffin.
- A second-year captain, senior Allison Braun is shooting 47.3 percent from the floor in her last 26 appearances. The Erie, Pa. native is averaging 5.2 rebounds in the last five games. Braun had a career-high nine rebounds at Akron and recorded six offensive rebounds at Long Beach State.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes ranks seventh in the MAAC in rebounding (6.6), posting two double-doubles on the season. Wilkes also has 13 blocks in the last five games and is tied for third in the MAAC at 1.4 blocks per game on the season.
- Senior Ashley Durham has scored in double figures in three of the last five games and in 30 times in her career. Durham is shooting 42.1 percent from behind the arc in the last seven games.
- Junior Jen Morabito has made a 3-pointer in 59 career games. Forty-nine of her 61 field-goal attempts (80.3 percent) this season are 3-pointers and 73.1 percent of her field goal attempts in her career have come from behind the arc.
- Junior Jen Lennox has 22 blocks in the last 24 games. Lennox has three or more blocks in three games this season and is tied for sixth in the conference in blocks per game.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli, a 2012 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection, has made a 3-pointer in 33 career games. Hoohuli, who matched a career-high with 18 points against Long Beach State, has drawn a charge in four of the last seven games.
- Sophomore Brooke Angelos has appeared in nine games this season, and has nine points, seven rebounds and three steals in her last 40 minutes played.
- Freshman Tiahana Mills leads the MAAC at 3.9 assists per game and with a 1.4 assist-turnover ratio. Mills has at least one steal in seven of the opening 11 games, including four steals at Binghamton and at Detroit.
- Freshman Crystal Porter is eighth among MAAC freshmen in scoring (4.1), fourth in rebounds per game (3.0), third in assists (11) and tied for fifth in blocks (five).
- Siena comes to Western New York with a 4-7 overall record. The Saints have split their last four games, including a 61-60 decision at Sacred Heart Sunday.
- Siena has scored fewer than 55 points seven times and has not posted more than 76 points since a season-opening win over Fairleigh Dickinson.
- The Saints have held their opponents to under 60 points in seven games and 50 or fewer points four times.
- Preseason First-Team All-MAAC selection Lily Grenci leads the team at 13.3 points per game, ranking fourth in the MAAC. Grenci is also third in the conference in rebounds per game (8.7).
- Tehresa Coles leads the MAAC in steals/game (3.2).
- Siena is shooting 28.5 percent on 3-pointers with Ida Krogh making a team-high 13 treys at 33.3 percent.
- The Saints are averaging 53.9 points per game and allowing 58.7 points. Siena has a 35.7 offensive rebounding percentage and 64.8 defensive rebounding percentage. The Saints have a turnover on 27.6 percent of their possessions, averaging 73.2 possessions per game.
- Ali Jaques is in her first season at Siena. A 1998 graduate of New York University, Jaques previously coaches at Northwestern and George Washington.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SIENA
- Canisius and Siena are meeting for the 64th time, with the Saints holding a 42-21 lead in the all-time series.
- Siena has won the last three meetings between the teams, including sweeping the season series last season. Siena won 69-57 in Loundonville and 67-61 in Buffalo.
- The Griffs have won six of the last nine games between the teams in the Koessler Athletic Center, last winning 60-48 on Jan. 16, 2011.
- Friday’s game is the third meeting between the teams on Kid’s Day. Canisius defeated Siena 78-60 on Dec. 5, 2008 and 80-52 on Jan. 5, 2006.