Canisius (4-5) vs. Quinnipiac (5-6, 0-1 MAAC)
Saturday, Dec. 21 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
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Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Amy Audibert (color)
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday afternoon.
- The 2013-14 season will be the 25th year that the Golden Griffins have played in the MAAC.
- Canisius and Quinnipiac are meeting for the first time in program history.
- Quinnipiac, along with Monmouth, is one of two new members of the 11-team MAAC in 2013-14. Loyola University joined the Patriot League after the 2012-13 season.
- Former Golden Griffin Marie Warner is an assistant coach for the Bobcats. Warner played for Canisius in 2008-09 and earned All-MAAC First Team honors.
- 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.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- At the start of the week, Canisius ranked 36th in the country in 3-point field goals per game.
- After Thursday’s games, Canisius ranks 10th in the country with an assist on 69.1 percent of its baskets.
- Canisius has shot 40 percent or better in five games this season. The Griffs shot 40 percent or better five times in 31 games during the entire 2012-13 season.
- Senior Jamie Ruttle ranks 23rd in program history in points (984) and needs 16 points to become the 21st player in program history with 1,000 points. She has scored in double figures in five consecutive games.
- Senior Jen Morabito Morabito ranks sixth in program history in career 3-pointers (177) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.3).
- Senior Jen Lennox is third in the program’s Division I history with 87 blocks.
- Junior Kayla Hoohuli, has taken six charges in the last six games and 33 charges in her career.
RUTTLE APPROACHING 1,000 POINTS
- Senior Jamie Ruttle enters Saturday’s game with 984 career points, needing 16 points to become the 21st player in program history with 1,000 career points.
- The Burlington, Ontario native would become the seventh Golden Griffin in the last nine years to reach 1,000 career points.
- Ruttle has reached double figures in five straight games, scoring 10 or more points in five straight games for the third time in her career.
- Ruttle is also playing in her 100th career game on Saturday.
WELCOME BACK MARIE WARNER
- Former Golden Griffin Marie Warner returns to the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday, as an assistant coach for Quinnipiac. Warner is in her second season on the bench with the Bobcats.
- Warner used her final year of eligibility with Canisius, spending the 2008-09 season as a Golden Griffin.
- Warner averaged 16 points and 8.6 rebounds en route to being named a First-Team All-MAAC selection and also earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American First-Team accolades.
- Quinnipiac enters Saturday’s game with a 5-6 record. The Bobcats have split their last six games, including a 84-71 loss at Holy Cross on Wednesday when the Crusaders made nine first-half 3-pointers.
- Quinnipiac, picked third in the MAAC preseason coaches’ poll, lost 69-63 against Marist on Dec. 6, in its first MAAC game.
- The Bobcats defeated Albany 74-53 on Sunday, and also have wins over Hartford and Missouri State.
- Jasmine Martin ranks sixth in the MAAC in scoring (15.1) while Brittany McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding (8.9).
- Gillian Abshire leads the MAAC in assists per game (6.8) as the Bobcats lead the MAAC at 16.9 assists per game.
- Quinnipiac is turning the ball over on 19.3 percent of its possessions and averaging 15.0 turnovers per game to go along with a +2.9 turnover margin. The Bobcats have a 32.5 offensive rebounding percentage and a 70.2 defensive rebounding percentage to go along with a -0.4 rebounding margin.
- Quinnipiac is making 7.5 3-pointers per game, which ranks second in the MAAC. The Bobcats are shooting 30.5 percent from behind the arc.
- Tricia Fabbri is in her 19th season at Quinnipiac. The 1991 graduate of Fairfield has 278 career victories. Last season, Fabbri led the Bobcats to their first 30-win season, an 18-0 NEC record in and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.