Game No. 17
Canisius College (6-10, 3-2 MAAC) vs. Rider University (7-9, 2-3 MAAC)
Sunday, Jan. 20 - 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Live Video: GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Kyle Ferrara (sideline)
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team closes out its home conference weekend against Rider University in the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon.
- Canisius and Rider are meeting for the second time in the last 11 days. The Golden Griffins defeated the Broncs 51-50 in Lawrenceville, N.J. on Jan. 10.
- Canisius leads the all-time series 27-7 over Rider and has won the last four meetings between the teams in the series.
- Canisius is tied for fifth in the country in assisted-basket percentage, recording an assist on 69.8 percent of its baskets.
- Canisius has overcome a second-half deficit of six or more points in all three MAAC wins this season.
- Senior Ashley Durham is the first Golden Griffin to score 11 or more points in six straight games since Brittané Russell (Feb. 19, 2010 to March 5, 2010).
- Canisius’ opponents are shooting 35.7 percent from the field on the season and 31.8 percent from the field in five conference games, the lowest percentages in the league.
- Canisius has held its last three opponents under 30 percent from the field for the first time since the last three games of the 2010-11 regular season.
- Canisius leads the league at 6.6 3-point field goals made per game, making eight or more 3-pointers in five games.
- Canisius has a league-best three of the top 10 players in the MAAC in blocked shots.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- A second-year captain, senior Allison Braun scored a season-high eight points in the first meeting against Rider on Jan. 10. The Erie, Pa. native has led Canisius in rebounding in six games this season and has a team-best 33 offensive rebounds.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes is tied for eighth in the MAAC in rebounding (6.8), posting two double-doubles on the season. Wilkes also has 19 blocks in the last 10 games and is third in the MAAC at 1.4 blocks per game on the season.
- Senior Ashley Durham has scored 11 or more points in eight of the last 10 games and has reached double figures 35 times in her career. Durham leads the league in free-throw percentage (90.0) and is shooting 44.2 percent from behind the arc in the last 12 games.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle has started all 41 MAAC games in her career as a Golden Griffin. Ruttle, who leads the team in scoring, ranks ninth in the MAAC with a 43.0 field goal percentage. The 6-foot-3 forward has scored in double figures 37 times in her career.
- Junior Jen Morabito has made 139 3-pointers in 72 career games. Sixty-nine of her 83 field-goal attempts (83.1 percent) this season are 3-pointers and 73.9 percent of her field goal attempts in her career have come from behind the arc.
- Junior Jen Lennox is 10th in the conference in blocks per game. Lennox has three or more blocks in three games this season.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli, a 2012 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection, has made a 3-pointer in 37 career games. Hoohuli, who matched a career-high with 18 points against Long Beach State, has drawn nine charges in the last 12 games.
- Sophomore Brooke Angelos has appeared in 14 games this season and attempted 12 free throws in the last three games (59 minutes)
- Freshman Tiahana Mills is third the MAAC at 3.4 assists per game and is fourth with a 1.3 assist-turnover ratio. Mills has two or more steals in five games and is the only Golden Griffin to start all 16 games this year.
- Freshman Crystal Porter is 11th among MAAC freshmen in scoring (3.4), seventh in rebounds per game (2.4), tied for sixth in assists (12) and seventh in blocks (five).
- Rider enters Sunday’s game with a 7-9 overall record and is 2-3 in the MAAC after a 62-58 loss at Niagara on Friday.
- Six of Rider’s seven wins this season have come on the road. The Broncs have played nine games decided by single digits or gone to overtime.
- MyNeshia McKenzie leads the team and ranks fourth in the MAAC at 14.1 points per game. Sironda Chambers ranks sixth in the MAAC with a 13.6 points per game average.
- McKenzie ranks second in the MAAC in rebounding (9.4) and Caitlin Bopp is fourth at 8.9 rebounds per game.
- Bopp is second in the MAAC in blocked shots per game (1.9) while Chambers (85.7) and McKenzie (83.9) are second and third in the league in free-throw percentage.
- Rider is averaging 23 free-throw attempts per game, the most in the conference. Nearly 29 percent of the team’s points come from the free-throw line.
- The Broncs are averaging 58.4 points per game and allowing 60.1 points. Rider has a 33.8 offensive rebounding percentage and 65.5 defensive rebounding percentage. The Broncs have a turnover on 23.9 percent of their possessions.
- Lynn Milligan is in her sixth season at her alma mater (1992). The Broncs won 10 games for the second time under Milligan last season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. RIDER
- Canisius and Rider are meeting for the 35th time with Canisius leading the all-time series 27-7.
- The Griffs swept the season series last year, winning 61-58 in overtime in Lawrenceville and also winning 60-54 in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Last year, Jen Morabito made a 3-pointer in the with 30.5 seconds left to force overtime in Alumni Gymnasium while Courtney VandeBovkamp had the game-winning basket with just over a minute left.
FIRST MEETING THIS SEASON
- Canisius overcame an eight-point second-half deficit and defeated Rider 51-50 in Lawrenceville on Jan. 10.
- The Griffs scored 12 straight points and held Rider without a basket for seven and a half minutes, eventually building a 46-40 lead.
- Rider held a 50-49 lead, but Canisius was able to force three defensive stops to stay within one point. Junior Jamie Ruttle made two free throws with 16.0 seconds left to put Canisius up by one. Ruttle then blocked a shot by Caitlin Bopp in the final seconds to preserve the win.