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Women's Hoops Opens MAAC Championship Thursday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 03/06/2013
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Game No. 30
2013 MAAC Championship 
No. 7 Canisius (11-18) vs. No. 10 Saint Peter's (2-27)

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - Noon
MassMutual Center (Springfield, Mass.)

Live Video: None
Live Stats: MAACSports.com
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
     Matt Lozar (p-x-p)

QUICK HITTERS

  • The Canisius women’s basketball team will be the No. 7 seed in this week’s 2013 MAAC Championship, to be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The Griffs open play against the No. 10 seed Saint Peter’s Peacocks in the first round on Thursday at noon.
  • The winner of Thursday’s game will play No. 2 seed Iona College in the quarterfinals on Friday, at 9:30 a.m.
  • The teams split their regular-season series. Canisius won 62-52 in Jersey City, N.J. on Jan. 12, while Saint Peter’s won 74-65 in Buffalo on Feb. 7.
  • Canisius and Saint Peter’s are meeting in the first round of the MAAC Championship for the third time in the last four seasons.
  • Saint Peter’s defeated Canisius 62-57 in the 2012 MAAC Championship while the Griffs defeated the Peacocks 65-57 in the 2010 MAAC Championship.
  • Senior Ashley Durham was named to the All-MAAC First Team on Monday, becoming the first Golden Griffin to be named to the First Team since Marie Warner in 2009. 
  • Freshman Tiahana Mills was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team on Monday, giving Canisius a league-best eight All-Rookie selections since the 2005-06 season.
  • Entering the MAAC Championship, Canisius has raised more than $2,900 for its 3 For A Cure Campaign, raising money for neurofibromatosis type 2 with each 3-point field goal made. 

NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • Senior Ashley Durham ranks fifth in the MAAC with a 14.6 scoring average in league play.
  • Senior Ashley Wilkes matched a career high with 19 points at Siena on Sunday. Wilkes is averaging 12.5 points in the last four games and had her fourth double-double of the season on Sunday.
  • Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli leads the team with 14 drawn charges on the season.
  • Junior Jen Lennox ranks fourth in the MAAC in blocked shots (1.1) and has at last one blocked shot in nine of the last 12 games.
  • Junior Jen Morabito is shooting 45 percent from behind the arc in the last seven games
  • Junior Jamie Ruttle has made 46 of her last 52 free throws (88.5 percent).

TEAM NOTES FOR THE GRIFFS

  • Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players — Jen Morabito (43), Kayla Hoohuli (43) and Ashley Durham (42) — who have made 40 or more 3-pointers this season.
  • Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players — Morabito (37.1), Durham (35.3) and Hoohuli (30.7) — who are shooting over 30 percent from behind the arc.
  • The Griffs have three players with 40 ore more 3-pointers for the first time since the 2008-09 season and for the third time under Terry Zeh. The Griffs have three players shooting at least 30 percent from behind the arc for the fifth time under Zeh.
  • Canisius has two players — Ashley Wilkes (35) and Jen Lennox (30) — with at least 25 blocks for the first time in the program’s Division I history.

SAINT PETER’S SCOUT

  • Saint Peter’s enters the MAAC Championship with a 2-27 overall record and 2-16 reocrd in conference play.
  • The Peacocks have dropped their last seven games since defeating Canisius on Feb. 7. 
  • Senior Kristal Edwards ranks seventh in the conference in scoring (13.1) while junior Aziza May is 11th (11.7). 
  • Edwards leads the MAAC in steals per game (3.0) while May ranks third in the MAAC in asissts per game (3.7).
  • Senior Kaydine Bent and senior Jesika Holmes are each averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. 
  • In conference play, the Peacocks ranked 10th in field goal percentage (32.9) and field goal percentage defense (42.2).
  • Saint Peter’s ranks second in the MAAC in possessions per game (72.8), trailing Iona (73.4).
  • The Peacocks are averaging 52.9 points per game and allowing a 68.7 points. Siena has a league-best 30.4 offensive rebounding percentage and a 61.9 defensive rebounding percentage. They have a turnover on 25.0 percent of their possessions.
  • Stephanie DeWolfe is in her eighth season at her alma mater (class of 1997). DeWolfe recently returned to the sidelines after being on maternity leave.  

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