Canisius (5-10, 1-5 MAAC) at Rider (7-7, 3-2 MAAC)
Sunday, Jan. 12 — 2 p.m.
Alumni Gymnasium (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team wraps up its weekend trip to the state of New Jersey with Sunday’s game at Rider University.
- Canisius and Rider are meeting for the 36th time in program history, with the Golden Griffins holding a 28-7 lead in the all-time series.
- Canisius has won the last five games in the series, including a season sweep of Rider last season. Canisius won 51-50 in Lawrenceville and also won 75-68 in the KAC.
- Canisius has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Broncs at Alumni Gymnasium, with the last two wins coming by a combined four points.
- The 2013-14 season is the 25th year that the Golden Griffins have played in the MAAC.
- 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
- As of Jan. 10, Canisius is tied for 14th in the country in assisted basket percentage (67.6), which is also the highest percentage in the MAAC.
- Canisius has shot 40 percent or better in seven games this season. The Griffs shot 40 percent or better five times in 31 games during the entire 2012-13 season.
- In the Dec. 29 game at Manhattan, senior Jamie Ruttle became the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Ruttle has scored in double figures a team-best 10 times this season and 53 times in her career.
- Senior Jen Morabito Morabito ranks sixth in program history in career 3-pointers (183) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.2). Senior Jen Lennox is third in the program’s Division I history with 94 blocks.
- Junior Kayla Hoohuli is one of two players in the MAAC to make a 3-pointer in 14 or more games this season.
- Rider enters Sunday’s game with a 7-7 record and 3-2 record in the MAAC.
- The Broncs have split their last six games, most recently defeating Saint Peter’s 68-40 on Thursday.
- Senior MyNeshia McKenzie is averaging a double-double at 20.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest. Earlier this season she had a stretch of five straight games with 22 or more points. The 6-foot- forward is second in the MAAC at 36.3 minutes per game.
- Mikal Johnson leads the team with 25 3-pointers, making at least two 3-pointers in 11 contests. Marritta Gillcrease is third in the MAAC in blocks per game (1.6).
- The Broncs are seventh in the MAAC in 3-point field goal percentage (29.9) and ninth at 4.6 3-pointers per game.
- Rider leads the MAAC in scoring defense (62.8) and is allowing a league-low 0.86 points per possession.
- Rider has a 26.8 offensive rebounding percentage (ninth in the MAAC) and 64.2 defensive rebounding percentage (ninth in the MAAC). The Broncs turn the ball over on 16.8 percent of their possessions, the lowest in the MAAC.
- Lynn Milligan is in her seventh season as head coach at her alma mater. The 1992 Rider graduate led the Broncs to 15 wins last season, the most wins for the program since 16 wins in 1994-95.