Canisius College (8-10, 5-2 MAAC) vs. Niagara University (8-10, 3-4 MAAC)
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 - 1 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Dean Darling (p-x-p)
Phyllis Mangina (color)
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Mike Scott (p-x-p)
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team closes out the month of January against rival Niagara University in the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon.
- Sunday’s game opens the Canisius-Niagara doubleheader broadcast worldwide on ESPN3.
- Sunday is the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in the last eight seasons the Golden Griffin women have hosted a game broadcast on one of the ESPN networks.
- Canisius leads the all-time series 48-33 with Niagara standing as the most common opponent in program history.
- This matchup for Canisius and Niagara is the first of two Battle of the Bridge matchups between the schools in women’s basketball. Canisius has won the all-sports competition four times in the last five years.
- At 5-2, the Griffs are off to their best start to conference play since the 2008-09 campaign.
- Canisius has won six of its last eight games, the best stretch for the Golden Griffins since winning seven of eight during the 2008-09 campaign.
- Canisius’ opponents are shooting 35.5 percent from the field on the season and 32.4 percent from the field in seven conference games, the lowest percentages in the league.
- Canisius leads the league at 6.7 3-point field goals made per game and made a season-high 11 3-pointers at Loyola on Thursday.
- Canisius has a league-best three of the top nine players in the MAAC in blocked shots. No other conference team has more than one in the top nine.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- A second-year captain, senior Allison Braun scored a season-high 10 points in Sunday’s game against Rider. The Erie, Pa. native has a team-best 34 offensive rebounds. In the last 11 games, Braun is shooting 48.9 percent and has a 1.33 assist-turnover ratio in the last eight games.
- Senior Ashley Durham ranks second in the MAAC with a 17.6 points per game average, scoring 11 or more points in eight straight games. Durham is shooting 47.2 percent from behind the arc in the last 14 games and has made 47 of her last 49 free throws.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes is ninth in the MAAC in rebounding (6.6), posting two double-doubles on the season. Wilkes also has 19 blocks in the last 12 games and is fourth in the MAAC at 1.2 blocks per game on the season.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle has started 41 of 43 MAAC games in her career as a Golden Griffin, coming off the bench in the last two conference games. Ruttle, ranks ninth in the MAAC with a 43.8 field goal percentage. The 6-foot-3 forward has scored in double figures 37 times in her career.
- Junior Jen Morabito has made 142 3-pointers in 75 career games. Seventy-seven of her 93 field-goal attempts (82.8 percent) this season are 3-pointers and 74 percent of her field goal attempts in her career have come from behind the arc.
- Junior Jen Lennox is sixth in the conference in blocks per game. Lennox has three or more blocks in four games this season and has eight blocks in the last three games.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli, a 2012 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection, has made a 3-pointer in 39 career games. Hoohuli, who matched a career-high with 18 points against Long Beach State, has drawn 11 charges in the last 14 games.
- Sophomore Brooke Angelos has 11 assists and two turnovers in the last two games. Angelos has attempted 16 free throws in the last five games.
- Freshman Tiahana Mills is sixth in the MAAC at 3.2 assists per game and with a 1.2 assist-turnover ratio. Mills is the only Golden Griffin to start all 18 games this year.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NIAGARA
- Canisius and Niagara are meeting for the 82nd time with the Purple Eagles standing as the most common opponent in program history.
- Canisius leads the all-time series 48-33. The teams have split the last 10 games in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- The teams split the season series last year, with each team winning on the road. Canisius won 58-57 at Niagara on Feb. 4, 2012, when Ashley Durham went coast-to-coast and scored the game-winning layup with 0.9 seconds left.
- Five of the last seven meetings have been determined by single digits.
- Sunday’s game is the 36th Canisius-Niagara game coach Terry Zeh has been a part of after nine years leading the Griffs and seven years as an assistant with the men’s team.
GRIFFS VS. NIAGARA
- Senior Ashley Wilkes reached double figures in both games last season, averaging 10.5 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the floor.
- Junior Jen Lennox has eight blocks in five career games against Niagara.
- Junior Jen Morabito is shooting 40.7 percent (11-for-27) from behind the arc in five games against Niagara.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle is averaging 11 points in five games against Niagara.
- Niagara enters Sunday’s game with an 8-10 record and 3-4 record in conference play. The Purple Eagles are 3-6 away from home this season.
- Niagara has dropped its last two games, including a 60-58 decision at Iona on Thursday.
- Of Niagara’s 18 games this season, 11 have been decided by single digits, with six being decided by five points or fewer or going to overtime.
- Lauren Gatto leads the team and is tied for fourth in the MAAC with a 14.2 scoring average. Gatto is 10th in the conference in rebounding (6.4) and third in field goal percentage (49.6).
- Kayla Stroman leads the MAAC in assists per game (4.1). Shy Britton is shooting 53.4 percent in conference play.
- Meghan McGuinness leads the team with 26 3-point field goals, shooting 30.2 percent.
- The Purple Eagles are averaging 60.8 points per game and allowing 64.1 points. Niagara has a 33.3 offensive rebounding percentage and 63.5 defensive rebounding percentage. They have a turnover on 23.5 percent of their possessions.
- Kendra Faustin is in her sixth season after three years as an assistant coach under Terry Zeh. The 2010 MAAC Coach of the Year led Niagara to the semifinals of the 2012 and 2010 MAAC Championships.