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Women's Basketball Welcomes Bryant On Saturday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 12/06/2013
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Game No. 8
Canisius (3-4) vs. Bryant (2-5)
Saturday, Dec. 7 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

Live Video: Golden Griffin Broadcast Network/MAAC.TV
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
     Jay Moran (p-x-p)
     Amy Audibert (color)
     Kyle Ferrara (sideline)
Live Stats: GoGriffs.com
Twitter: @CanisiusWBB @GoGriffs 
Hashtags: #Griffs #MAACHoops

QUICK HITTERS

  • The Canisius women’s basketball team plays the final home game of its non-conference schedule against Bryant University in the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.
  • Canisius and Bryant are meeting for the first time. The Bulldogs are the second of four first-time opponents for the Griffs this season, joining Michigan State as well as new MAAC members Monmouth and Quinnipiac.
  • The Golden Griffins are looking to snap a three-game losing streak after Wednesday's loss to St. Bonaventure.
  • Senior Jamie Ruttle was named to the preseason All-MAAC Third Team. It is the third time in Ruttle’s career that she has been selected to a preseason All-MAAC Team.
  • Canisius was picked to finish sixth of 11 teams in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
  • At Big Four Media Day on Oct. 14, Ruttle was voted to the All-Big Four First Team while senior Jen Morabito and junior Kayla Hoohuli were each voted to the All-Big Four Second Team.

NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • After Thursday’s games, Canisius ranks second in the country with an assist on 75.2 percent of their made field goals.
  • Canisius has shot 42 percent or better in four games this season. Canisius shot 42 percent or better in four games total last season.
  • Senior Jamie Ruttle ranks 25th in program history in points (960) and needs 40 points to become the 21st player in program history with 1,000 points.
  • Senior Jen Morabito ranks 56th in the country in 3-point field goals made per game and 75th in 3-point field goal percentage. Morabito also ranks sixth in program history in career 3-pointers (175) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.6).
  • Senior Jen Lennox is third in the program’s Division I history with 87 blocks.
  • Sophomore Tiahana Mills is the only player in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference averaging at least eight points, five rebounds and five assists per game. 

BRYANT SCOUT

  • Bryant comes to Western New York with a 2-5 record. The Bulldogs dropped their last game, a 72-61 loss to Yale on Wednesday.
  • Bryant has wins over Vermont and New Hampshire earlier this season.
  • The Bulldogs are 0-4 on the road this season and are allowing their opponents to shoot 47.9 percent in those four games. Bryant is scoring eight fewer points and allowing 15.5 more points away from home.
  • Bryant leads the Northeast Conference in field goal percentage (42.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.3), while ranking 11th nationally from behind the arc.
  • Jenniqua Bailey leads the team at 12.4 points per game as four Bulldogs are averaging in double figures. Courtney Schissler is averaging 12.0 points per game while Naana Ankoma-Mensa is averaging 11.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest.
  • Bryant was picked to finish seventh in the preseason coaches poll for the 10-team NEC with Ankoma-Mensa being a unanimous selection to the preseason All-NEC Team.
  • Mary Burke is in her 23rd season as head coach at Bryant. Burke has been with the program during its transition from Division II to Division I, which was completed in 2008-09. Burke has 300 wins in her career and led Bryant to 14 wins during the 2011-12 campaign.

NOTES FROM WEDNESDAY’S GAME AGAINST ST. BONAVENTURE

  • Jen Lennox scored a season-high 10 points and became the eighth Canisius player to score in double figures this season.
  • Canisius had 14 assists on 18 made baskets.
  • Canisius shot 6-for-16 from the free-throw line, its worst game (min. 10 attempts) at the charity stripe since Feb. 16, 2001, when the Griffs were 5-for-16 against Fairfield.
  • Canisius allowed 34 points in the paint. In the three-game losing streak, Canisius is allowing 35.3 points per paint. In its three wins this season, Canisius allowed 24.7 points in the paint.
  • Sophomore Crystal Porter did not dress due to an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Bryant.

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