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Release: 03/07/2013
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Game No. 31
2013 MAAC Championship
No. 7 Canisius College (12-18) vs. No. 2 Iona College (18-11)

Friday, March 8 - 9:30 a.m.
MassMutual Center - Springfield, Mass.

Live Video: None
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
     Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Twitter: @GoGriffs
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QUICK HITTERS

  • The No. 7 seed Canisius women’s basketball team faces No. 2 seed Iona College in the quarterfinals of the 2013 MAAC Championship at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
  • Canisius opened postseason play with a 79-55 win over No. 10 seed Saint Peter’s in the first round of the MAAC Championship on Thursday afternoon.
  • The 24-point win for the Griffs was their largest of the season.
  • Iona swept the regular-season series between the teams, winning 68-54 in Buffalo on Jan. 6, and 84-79 on Feb. 16, in New Rochelle.
  • Canisius and Iona are meeting in the postseason for the first time since the first round of the 2003 MAAC Championship and for the third time overall.
  • Canisius is playing a morning game for the third time this season, defeating Siena on Kid’s Day in the KAC on Jan. 4, and defeating Rider on Kid’s Day on Jan. 10 in Lawrenceville, N.J.
  • 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 $3,000 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 ranked 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 11.6 points in the last five 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 13 games.
  • Junior Jen Morabito is shooting 50 percent from behind the arc in the last eight games.
  • Junior Jamie Ruttle has made 46 of her last 52 free throws (88.5 percent).
  • Sophomore Brooke Angelos has 21 assists and a 2.33 assist-turnover ratio in the last five games.

TEAM NOTES FOR THE GRIFFS

  • Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players — Jen Morabito (46), Kayla Hoohuli (46) and Ashley Durham (45) — who have made 40 or more 3-pointers this season.
  • Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players — Morabito (38.3), Durham (37.1) and Hoohuli (31.0) — who are shooting over 30 percent from behind the arc.
  • Canisius is one of nine teams in the country with three players with 45 or more 3-pointers, joining Florida Gulf Coast, Kansas State, South Florida, Youngstown State, Robert Morris, Youngstown State, Tennessee-Martin, Washington and Navy.
  • The Griffs have three players with 45 or 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 (31) — with at least 25 blocks for the first time in the program’s Division I history.
  • In the last six games, Canisius has made 44 3-pointers and is shooting 37.9 percent from behind the arc. In the six previous games, the Griffs made 23 3-pointers and shot 23.5 percent.

IONA SCOUT

  • The No. 2 seed Iona Gaels enter the MAAC Championship at 18-11 overall and 13-5 in the MAAC.
  • The Gaels have won seven straight games, averaging 77.3 points in that winning streak.
  • Iona went 13-0 in league play when scoring 60 points and 0-5 when scoring fewer than 60 points.
  • Sophomore Damika Martinez led the MAAC with a 17.6 scoring average. Martinez was named the MAAC Player of the Year on Thursday night.
  • Freshman Joy Adams leads the MAAC with a 10.1 rebounding average, to go along with a 13.2 scoring average. Adams was named the MAAC Rookie of the Year on Thursday night.
  • Iona averages a league-high 73.4 possessions.
  • Iona leads the MAAC at 36.9 percent from behind the arc, five percent higher than any other team in the league. The Gaels also average a league-best 6.6 3-pointers per game.
  • The Gaels are averaging a league-best 65.7 points per game and allowing a 63.4 points. Iona has a league-best 32.3 offensive rebounding percentage and a 63.9 defensive rebounding percentage. They have a turnover on 24.4 percent of their possessions.
  • Anthony Bozella is in his 11th season as head coach of the Iona Gaels. and has a 136-115 record in the past eight years, which includes three postseason appearances.

NOTES FROM THURSDAY’S FIRST-ROUND WIN OVER SAINT PETER’S

  • Canisius shot over 50 percent in a MAAC Championship game for the first time since shooting 50.8 percent against Siena in the semifinals of the 2004 postseason.
  • Canisius shot over 50 percent in both halves for the first time since Jan. 14, 2007, against Rider.
  • After posting zero bench points in Sunday’s loss at Siena, Canisius had 37 bench points Thursday.
  • Canisius drained 11 3-pointers in the game, matching its season high of 11 from the Jan. 24 win at Loyola.
  • Nine Golden Griffins played at least 10 minutes in the game, making Canisius 10-7 this season when nine or more players play double-digit minutes.
  • The 24-point win for the Griffs was the biggest of the season and biggest since a 55-27 win over Niagara on Feb. 24, 2011.
  • Canisius matched a season high with the 79 points scored, only scoring 79 at Iona on Feb. 16.

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