2014 MAAC Championships
No. 5 Canisius (13-16) vs. No. 4 Quinnipiac (19-11)
Friday, March 7 - 2:30 p.m.
MassMutual Center (Springfield, Mass.)
Live Video: None
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
Mike Scott (p-x-p)
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- The No. 5 seed Canisius women’s basketball team opens play in the 2014 MAAC Championship against No. 4 seed Quinnipiac University at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
- The Golden Griffins earned the No. 5 seed by winning four of their last five games, including a 66-63 win over Rider University in the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday.
- Canisius has won four out of five games for the first time this season.
- The Griffs enter the postseason having won four of their last five regular-seaosn games for the first time since the 2008-09 season and for the fifth time in 10 years under coach Terry Zeh.
- Canisius is the No. 5 seed in the MAAC Championship for the third time in program history and for the first time since 2003, when the Golden Griffins advanced to the semifinals.
- Quinnipiac swept the season series from Canisius, winning 65-51 in Hamden, Conn. on Feb. 9, and winning 65-55 in Buffalo on Dec. 21.
- Freshman Lauren D’Hont was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team on Monday, and is one of five freshmen eligible to be named the MAAC Rookie of the Year on Friday evening.
- The 2013-14 season is the 25th year that the Golden Griffins have played in the MAAC.
- Quinnipiac enters the MAAC Tournament with a 19-11 overall record, winners in seven of their last nine games. The Bobcats went 14-6 in their first season in the MAAC.
- Quinnipiac had three players named to the All-MAAC teams on Monday. Jasmine Martin and Brittany McQuain earned Second-Team honors while Gillian Abshire earned Third-Team honors.
- Martin ranks fifth in the MAAC in scoring (15.3). She scored 22 points and shot 4-for-5 on 3-pointers in the 65-55 win over the Griffs Dec. 21.
- Abshire leads the conference at 6.8 assists per game and in assist-turnover ratio (3.7). Abshire has nine or more assists in 13 games.
- Brittany McQuain led Quinnipiac with 18 points (14 in the second half) in the 65-51 win on Feb. 9. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding (9.2).
- Quinnipiac ranks second in the MAAC at 8.3 3-point field goals made per game while ranking sixth at 32.5 percent from behind the arc. Samantha Guastella leads the team with 47 treys.
- Quinnipiac turns the ball over on a league-low 17.3 percent of its possessions. The Bobcats are first in the MAAC in defensive rebounding percentage (70.1) third in and offensive rebounding percentage (33.6).
- Tricia Fabbri is in her 19th season at Quinnipiac. The 1991 graduate of Fairfield has 292 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.
PICKING IT UP IN THE LAST FIVE GAMES
- Canisius is playing its best basketball of the season at the right time, winning four of its final five games to close out the regular-season schedule.
- The Golden Griffins improved their statistics in a number of categories, especially in two-point field goal percentage, at the free throw line and on the offensive glass.
- Canisius has also improved defensively, holding its opponents to more 3.5 percent lower from the field and allowing 0.10 fewer points per possessions.
- Three players are averaging in double figures, led by sophomore Crystal Porter. She is averaging 12.2 points in the last five games after averaging 6.2 points in the first 24 games of the season.
MAAC TOURNAMENT POTPOURRI
- Canisius is playing in the MAAC Championship for the 25th season and has an all-time record of 17-23 in the event.
- Canisius won the MAAC Championship in 2005 and advanced to the title game in 2004 and 2009.
- Since 1999, Canisius is 17-14 in the MAAC Championship.
- Canisius is the No. 5 seed for the third time in program history and for the first time since the 2003 tournament when the Golden Griffins advanced to the semifinals.
- Canisius has won its opening game in the MAAC Championship in nine of the last 11 years.
- Canisius coach Terry Zeh is in his 10th season as head coach of the Golden Griffin women’s basketball program. The 10-8 record by Canisius is the second-best in the MAAC during the last nine postseasons. Marist leads at 24-1 while Iona is third at 10-9 and Fairfield is fourth at 6-9.
- Zeh is in his 17th MAAC Championship overall after serving as an assistant coach for seven seasons with the Canisius men’s basketball program from (1997-2004).
- Friday’s game will be the 32nd MAAC Championship game where Zeh has been on the bench as he was an assistant coach in 13 games with the Golden Griffin men’s team.