Canisius College (9-16, 6-8 MAAC) vs. Manhattan College (6-19, 3-11 MAAC)
Friday, Feb. 22 - 7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
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Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Kyle Ferrara (sideline)
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team returns home for its final two home games of the 2012-13 season, starting with Friday’s game against Manhattan College.
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Jaspers defeated the Golden Griffins 54-51 on Feb. 3, in Riverdale.
- Canisius owns a 28-23 lead in the all-time series between the teams. The Jaspers have won the last six meetings between the teams, including the last two years in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Senior Ashley Durham enters the weekend ranked ninth nationally in free-throw percentage (90.5) while as a team, Canisius ranks 14th nationally (76.4) in the category.
- Canisius’ opponents are shooting 38.9 percent on two-point shots this season, the lowest percentage in the confernece.
- 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 35 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 Friday’s game, Canisius has raised more than $2,600 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 15 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Golden Griffin since Marie Warner had a stretch of 18 games during the 2008-09 campaign.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game in the month of February.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli has drawn a team-high 14 charges this season, including one in each of the last three games.
- Freshman Tiahana Mills has twice as many assists (68) as any other freshman in the conference (Taylor Wentzel of Rider has 34).
- Junior Jen Lennox is averaging 5.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in the last three games while shooting 63.6 percent in 13.7 minutes per game off the bench.
- Canisius had nine 3-pointers in Saturday’s loss at Iona after averaging 3.8 3-pointers in the previous six games.
- Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players shooting over 30 percent from behind the arc — Durham (37.1), Jen Morabito (36.4), and Hoohuli (30.2).
- The Griffs are also the only team in the conference with three of the top 11 players in 3-point field goals made per game — Durham (1.5), Morabito (1.5) and Hoohuli (1.4).
SERIES HISTORY VS. MANHATTAN
- Canisius and Manhattan are meeting for the 52nd time, with the Golden Griffins holding a 28-23 lead in the all-time series.
- Manhattan has won the last six meetings between the teams. The Griffs have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- In the Feb. 3 meeting between the teams in Riverdale, Manhattan jumped out to a 15-2 lead before the Griffs chipped away at the deficit. Canisius took a lead in the final two minutes but two free throws from Allison Skrec gave Manhattan a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
- The Griffs last defeated Manhattan 69-65 in a double overtime win on Kid’s Day in the KAC on Jan. 11, 2010.
- Manhattan beat Canisius 50-40 in the KAC on Feb. 24, 2012, to complete the season sweep last year. Canisius shot 3-of-20 from behind the arc in that game and committed 25 turnovers.
GRIFFS VS. MANHATTAN
- Ashley Wilkes is shooting 64 percent in three career games against Manhattan and had eight rebounds in the meeting in Buffalo last season.
- Jamie Ruttle is averaging 11.4 points in four career meetings. Ruttle had 16 points in Buffalo last year and has three games with nine boards.
- Kayla Hoohuli is shooting 45 percent (9-for-20) from behind the arc in three career games.
- Manhattan comes to Western New York with a 6-19 overall record and 3-11 record in conference play.
- The Jaspers have lost their last four games since defeating Canisius 54-51 on Feb. 3. Manhattan has not scored more than 60 points in each of its last nine games.
- Manhattan leads the MAAC at 10.4 steals per game and has forced 19.2 turnovers per contest.
- Junior Monica Roeder ranks 10th in the MAAC in scoring average (12.1). Roeder is second in the league at 2.0 3-point field goals made per game.
- Junior Allison Skrec leads the conference at 4.9 assists per contest.
- Freshman Shayna Ericksen is eighth in the MAAC in rebounding (6.7) while senior Toni-Ann Lawrence is seventh in field-goal percentage (45.7).
- The Jaspers are averaging a league-low 51.0 points per game and allowing 58.4 points. Manhattan has a 27.7 offensive rebounding percentage and a 59.3 defensive rebounding percentage. They have a turnover on 25.4 percent of their possessions.
- Coach John Olenowski is in his fourth season at Manhattan and has a 63-60 record. Olenowski led Manhattan to a school-record 24 wins in 2010-11 and an appearance in the Women’s Basketball Invitational each of the last two years.