Game No. 13
Canisius College (4-8, 1-0 MAAC) vs. Iona College (6-6, 1-0 MAAC)
Sunday, Jan. 6 - 3 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Live Video: GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Hashtags: #Griffs #MAACHoops
- The Canisius women’s basketball team concludes its season-long three-game homestand with Sunday’s game against Iona College in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Canisius started MAAC play with a 65-62 win over Siena College on Kid’s Day. Freshman Tiahana Mills made a half-court buzzer beater to give the Golden Griffins the win.
- Mills’ shot earned the No. 1 spot on the Top 10 Plays segment on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
- It was the first buzzer-beater for the Golden Griffins since Heather Fiore hit a game-winner in a 93-92 win at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 24, 1995.
- The all-time series between Canisius and Iona is tied at 24-24, with the teams splitting last year’s season series. Each team won at home
- Canisius ranks fourth in the country in assisted-basket percentage, recording an assist on 71.3 percent of its baskets. The Griffs had 18 assists on 24 made baskets in Friday’s win.
- Canisius leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at 14.9 assists per game. The Griffs also lead the MAAC in 3-point field goals made per game (6.8).
- Mills leads the MAAC in assists per game (4.1) and is tied for fourth nationally among freshmen in the category.
- Canisius opened MAAC play with a win for the first time since the 2008-09 season and has won back-to-back games for the first time this 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.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- Junior Jamie Ruttle ranks second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 48.3 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 37 conference games as a Golden Griffin.
- A second-year captain, senior Allison Braun is shooting 48.2 percent from the floor in her last 27 appearances. The Erie, Pa. native is averaging 4.7 rebounds in the last six games. Braun had a career-high nine rebounds at Akron and recorded six offensive rebounds at Long Beach State.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes ranks eighth in the MAAC in rebounding (6.6), posting two double-doubles on the season. Wilkes also has 13 blocks in the last six games and is tied for third in the MAAC at 1.3 blocks per game on the season.
- Senior Ashley Durham has scored 12 or more points in four of the last six games and in 31 times in her career. Durham is shooting 45.8 percent from behind the arc in the last eight games.
- Junior Jen Morabito has made a 3-pointer in 59 career games. Fifty-two of her 64 field-goal attempts (81.3 percent) this season are 3-pointers and 73.3 percent of her field goal attempts in her career have come from behind the arc.
- Junior Jen Lennox has 22 blocks in the last 25 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 34 career games. Hoohuli, who matched a career-high with 18 points against Long Beach State, has drawn a charge in four of the last eight games.
- Sophomore Brooke Angelos has appeared in 10 games this season, and has at least one steal in each of the last three games.
- Freshman Tiahana Mills leads the MAAC at 4.1 assists per game and is second with a 1.4 assist-turnover ratio. Mills has at least one steal in eight of the opening 12 games, including four steals at Binghamton and at Detroit. Mills is the only Golden Griffin to start all 12 games this year.
- Freshman Crystal Porter is ninth among MAAC freshmen in scoring (4.1), fourth in rebounds per game (3.0), third in assists (11) and sixth in blocks (five).
- Iona enters Sunday’s game with a 6-6 record after a 76-65 win at Niagara on Friday night. The Gaels have won four of their last six games.
- Iona is averaging a league-high 75.8 possessions per game. Four of the last five games have had 79 or more possessions, including 89 possessions in a 77-71 loss at Bryant.
- Preseason First-Team All-MAAC selection Damika Martinez leads the MAAC at 18.7 points per game while freshman Joy Adams is averaging with 12.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest.
- Sabrina Jeridore leads the MAAC at 3.2 blocks per game.
- Three Gaels are in the top four of the league in 3-point field goal percentage. Cassidee Ranger is shooting 55.6 percent (15-for-27), Aaliyah Robinson is at 43 percent (13-for-30) while Martinez is shooting 42.6 percent (26-for-61).
- The Gaels are averaging 63.3 points per game and allowing 67.9 points. Iona has a 30.5 offensive rebounding percentage and 62.3 defensive rebounding percentage. The Gaels have a turnover on 26.2 percent of their possessions.
- Anthony Bozella is in his 11th season as head coach of the Iona Gaels. and has a 124-110 record in the past eight years, which includes three postseason appearances.
SERIES HISTORY VS. IONA
- Canisius and Iona are meeting for the 49th time with the all-time series tied at 24-24.
- The teams split the regular-season series last season, with each team winning at home. Iona won 77-67 on Jan. 22, 2012 while the Griffs won 85-74 in an overtime Kid’s Day win on Jan. 9, 2012.
- The Gaels have won five of the last seven meetings between the teams in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Two of the last 21 games between the teams have been decided by single digits with one other game going to overtime.
GRIFFS VS. IONA
- Senior Ashley Durham posted a 23.5 points per game average against Iona last year. Durham had 29 points and nine assists in the Kid’s Day win while also scoring 18 points in New Rochelle.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli averaged 11.5 points last year against the Gaels, including 14 points in New Rochelle and 10 rebounds in the KAC.
- Jamie Ruttle has scored in double figures in each of her four career games against Iona, averaging 12.5 points.