Canisius (8-12, 4-7 MAAC) at Niagara (6-13, 4-6 MAAC)
Wednesday, Jan. 29 — 7 p.m.
Gallagher Center (Lewiston, N.Y.)
Live Video: PurpleEagles.com
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
Ben Wagner (p-x-p)
Amy Audibert (color)
Hashtags: #BeatNiagara #Griffs #MAACHoops
- The Canisius women’s basketball team plays its final game of the month of January on Wednesday night, when the Golden Griffins face rival Niagara University in the Gallagher Center.
- Canisius and Niagara are meeting two times in the span of 10 days. The Griffs will not play another team in between the two meetings.
- Wednesday’s Battle of the Bridge contest is the third road game for Canisius in the span of six days.
- Canisius owns a 48-34 lead in the all-time series. The teams split their two meetings last season, with each team winning on the road. Canisius won 51-36 in the Gallagher Center on March 1, 2013.
- Canisius defeated Siena 75-66 on Sunday, closing the game on a 25-9 run to overcome a seven-point deficit with just over six minutes left.
- Canisius shot 57.4 percent in Sunday’s win, its highest field goal percentage in the last 20 years.
- The 2013-14 season is the 25th year that the Golden Griffins have played in the MAAC.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- Canisius has shot 40 percent or better in 10 games, including 57.4 percent in Sunday’s win at Siena. Canisius 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 11 times this season and 54 times in her career.
- On Sunday, senior Jen Morabito moved into fourth in program history in career 3-pointers (192) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.4).
- Senior Jen Lennox is third in the program’s Division I history with 96 blocks.
- Since entering the starting lineup on Jan. 12, redshirt junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp is avearging 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent in 24.6 minutes per game.
- Junior Kayla Hoohuli is the only player in the MAAC to make a 3-pointer in 19 or more games.
- Under Terry Zeh, Canisius is 46-31 in overtime games or games decided by five points or fewer — ranking as the best winning percentage (.597) in the MAAC since 2004-05. Canisius is 4-0 in such games this season.
- Niagara enters Wednesday’s game with a 6-13 overall record and 4-6 in the MAAC.
- The Purple Eagles have won two of their last three games, defeating Monmouth and Manhattan while losing 61-52 at Marist on Saturday.
- Meghan McGuinness ranks ninth in the MAAC in scoring (12.7), third at 2.7 3-pointers per game and sixth at 42.5 percent from behind the arc.
- Chanel Johnson is 12th in the MAAC in scoring (12.4) while also ranking second at 84 percent from the free-throw line.
- Kelly Van Leeuwen is fifth in the MAAC at 4.0 assists per game.
- Niagara is turning the ball over on 26 percent of its possessions, which is tied for 10th in the MAAC. The Purple Eagles have a -4.5 turnover margin.
- McGuinness and Val McQuade have made 83 of the team’s 103 3-pointers, shooting a combined 41.3 percent from behind the arc. The rest of the team is 22-for-102 (21.6 percent).
- Niagara is fifth in the MAAC with a 30.4 offensive rebounding percentage and is ninth with a 65.9 defensive rebounding percentage.
- Niagara is fourth in scoring (64.0) and 11th in scoring defense (72.0). The Purple Eagles lead the MAAC in field goal percentage defense (38.2) but are allowing a league-high 7.6 3-pointers per contest.
- Kendra Faustin is in her seventh season as head coach at Niagara. Faustin led Niagara to 15 victories last season, the most by a Niagara squad since 2004-05.
AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE RIVALRY
- Canisius and Niagara are meeting for the 83rd time, with the Purple Eagles standing as the most-common opponent in program history.
- Under 10th-year coach Terry Zeh, Canisius has a 14-7 record against Niagara, including a 4-0 record in the MAAC Championship.
- Niagara coach Kendra Faustin served as an assistant coach on Zeh’s staff during his first three years as head coach of the Golden Griffins, including the team’s 2005 MAAC Championship.
- Wednesday is the 38th time that Zeh will be a part of a Canisius-Niagara game. Zeh served as an assistant coach on the Canisius men’s basketball staff from 1997-2004.
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE
- This matchup for Canisius and Niagara is the first of two Battle of the Bridge matchups between the schools in women’s hoops.
- Canisius holds an 8-5 lead in the points this season. Each basketball meeting is worth two points.
- The Battle of the Bridge is an all-sports competition between the schools. Points are awarded for all regular-season, conference match-ups between the schools, except for cross country, swimming and diving and golf where the points are awarded based on results in the MAAC Championship.
- After a 21-12 victory last year, Canisius has now won three straight and five of the last six competitions. Niagara won the inaugural competition in 2006-07 and also won in 2009-10 while Canisius also won in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
- Canisius needs 16.5 total points to retain the Cup while Niagara needs 17 points to reclaim the Cup.