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Women's Basketball Takes On Iona On Saturday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 02/15/2013
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Game No. 25: Canisius College (9-15, 6-7 MAAC) at Iona College (13-11, 8-5 MAAC)
Date
: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Site: Hynes Athletic Center (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Live Video: MAAC.TV
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
     Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Twitter: @GoGriffs
Hashtags: #Griffs #MAACHoops

QUICK HITTERS

  • The Canisius women’s basketball wraps up its trip to the East Coast with Saturday’s game against Iona College.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Gaels defeated the Golden Griffins 68-54 in the Koessler Athletic Center on Jan. 6.
  • Iona owns a 25-24 lead in the all-time series between the teams. The Gaels have won the last three meetings between the teams in New Rochelle, with the last Canisius win coming in a 68-51 victory on Jan. 11, 2009.
  • Senior Ashley Durham starts the weekend ranked 11th nationally in free-throw percentage (90.0) while as a team, Canisius ranks 14th nationally (76.2) in the category.
  • Canisius’ opponents are shooting 36.1 percent from the field on the season, which ranks as the lowest percentage in the MAAC. 
  • The Griffs are the only team in the MAAC with three players shooting 30 percent or better from behind the arc. 
  • Canisius is also the only team in the MAAC with three players who have each made at least 30 3-pointers on the season.
  • Canisius has two players - Ashley Wilkes and Jen Lennox - with more than 25 blocks in the same season for the first time in the program’s Division I history.
  • Entering Saturday’s game, Canisius has raised more than $2,400 for its 3 For A Cure Campaign, raising money for neurofibromatosis type 2 with each 3-point field goal made. 

NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • Senior Ashley Durham has scored eight or more points in 14 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Golden Griffin since Marie Warner had a stretch of 18 games during the 2008-09 campaign.
  • Senior Ashley Wilkes is shooting 46.2 percent from the floor in the last seven games.
  • Junior Jamie Ruttle is averaging 7.4 rebounds per game in the month of February.
  • Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli has drawn a team-high 13 charges this season, including one in each of the last two games.
  • Freshman Tiahana Mills has more than twice as many assists (66) as any other freshman in the conference (Taylor Wentzel of Rider has 31).
  • Since making a season-high 11 3-pointers at Loyola on Jan. 24, Canisius is shooting 23.5 percent from behind the arc in the last six games.
  • Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players shooting over 30 percent from behind the arc — Jen Morabito (36.4), Durham (34.9), and Hoohuli (30.3). 
  • The Griffs are also the only team in the conference with three of the top 14 players in 3-point field goals made per game — Morabito (1.6), Hoohuli (1.4) and Durham (1.3).

IONA SCOUT

  • Iona enters Saturday’s game with a 13-11 overall record and 8-5 record in the MAAC, sitting in third place in the conference.
  • Each of the last six Iona games have been decided by 15 or more points, with the Gaels winning their last two games by a combined 56 points.
  • Sophomore Damika Martinez leads the MAAC with a 17.6 scoring average. 
  • Freshman Joy Adams is seventh in the conference in scoring average (13.0), first in rebounding (9.8) and tied for first in field goal percentage (50.0). 
  • Sabrina Jeridore ranks 10th nationally in blocked shots per game (2.9) while Iona is 18th in the country in the category (5.3).
  • Iona leads the MAAC at 35.7 percent from behind the arc and ranks first at 6.0 3-point field goals made per contest.
  • The Gaels are averaging a league-best 64.0 points per game and allowing 63.5 points. Iona has a 32.3 offensive rebounding percentage and a 65.4 defensive rebounding percentage. They have a turnover on 25.0 percent of their possessions.
  • Anthony Bozella is in his 11th season as head coach of the Iona Gaels. and has a 131-115 record in the past eight years, which includes three postseason appearances.

SERIES HISTORY VS. IONA

  • Canisius and Iona are meeting for the 50th time with Iona leading the all-time series at 25-24.
  • Iona defeated Canisius 68-54 in the Koessler Athletic Center on Jan. 6, in the first meeting between the teams this season. The Gaels held Canisius to 25 percent from the floor and used an 8-0 run late in the first half to create some sepration en route to the 14-point win.
  • 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.
  • Just three of the last 22 games between the teams have been decided by single digits or gone to overtime.

GRIFFS VS. IONA

  • Ashley Durham is averaging 22.7 points in the last three games against the Gaels, to go along with 14 assists, 14 rebounds and 11 3-pointers in those three contests.
  • Jamie Ruttle is averaging 11.2 points in her five meetings with Iona, scoring in double figures four times against the Gaels.
  • Allison Braun had nine points and six rebounds in 28 minutes at Iona last season.
  • Jen Morabito is shooting 54.5 percent on 3-pointers in her career against Iona while Kayla Hoohuli is shooting 45.5 percent.

 

 


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