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Griffs Face Quinnipiac On ESPN3 Sunday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 02/08/2014
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Game No. 23
Canisius (9-13, 5-8 MAAC) at Quinnipiac (14-9, 9-4 MAAC)
Sunday, Feb. 9 — 1 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center (Hamden, Conn.)

TV/Webcast: ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com
Live Audio: GoGriffs.com
Twitter: @CanisiusWBB
Hashtags: #Griffs #MAACHoops 

QUICK HITTERS

  • The Canisius women’s basketball team returns to the road to face Quinnipiac University on ESPN3 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. on Sunday afternoon.
  • Canisius and Quinnipiac are meeting for the second time this season. The Bobcats won 65-55 in the Griffs’ MAAC opener on Dec. 21, in Buffalo.
  • Sunday’s game will be the first-ever trip for Canisius to Quinnipiac.
  • Canisius is playing on ESPN3 for the second straight game and will be on the network three times in the span of five games.
  • The Griffs won 62-53 over Niagara in the Koessler Athletic Center on Friday.
  • Sunday's game ends a stretch where Canisius plays four out of five games away from home. The Griffs will play four of their last six games in the KAC.
  • 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 after shooting 40 percent or better five times in 31 games during the entire 2012-13 season.
  • Senior Jamie Ruttle matched her season high with 19 points in Friday’s win and became the 18th player in program history with 1,100 ccareer points. Ruttle has scored in double figures a team-best 12 times this season and 55 times in her career.
  • Senior Jen Morabito ranks fourth in program history in career 3-pointers (194) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.2).
  • Senior Jen Lennox is third in the program’s Division I history with 97 blocks.
  • Since entering the starting lineup on Jan. 12, redshirt junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp is avearging 7.7 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent in 25.9 minutes per game.
  • Junior Kayla Hoohuli is the only player in the MAAC to make a 3-pointer in 21 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.

RECAP FROM FRIDAY’S WIN OVER NIAGARA

  • After a slow offensive start, Canisius took control of the game with a 17-4 run to close the first half en route to a 62-53 win over rival Niagara University.
  • Canisius never relinquished the lead in the second half as Niagara cut the deficit to 45-43 with just over five minutes left. The Griffs scored nine straight points, with senior Jamie Ruttle scoring seven of her game-high 19 points during that key stretch, to put the game away.
  • The Griffs held Niagara’s leading scorer Meghan McGuinness to five points in 31 minutes as Niagara shot 31.7 percent from the floor.

NOTES FROM FRIDAY’S WIN

  • Freshman Lauren D’Hont set career highs with 14 points and four 3-pointers. D’Hont is now 9-for-13 from behind the arc in the last three games.
  • The Griffs recorded a season-high nine blocks, matching the highest total in the 10 years under Terry Zeh.
  • Redshirt junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp had a season-high 10 boards (including six offensive rebounds) and four blocks.
  • Canisius matched its season high with 12 second-chance points.

QUINNIPIAC SCOUT

  • Quinnipiac enters Sunday’s game with a 14-9 overall record and 9-4 in the MAAC.
  • The Bobcats have won two straight and six of their last seven games. Five of those six wins have come by double digits.
  • Jasmine Martin ranks fifth in the MAAC in scoring (15.3). Martin scored 22 points and shot 4-for-5 on 3-pointers in the 65-55 Quinnipiac win over the Griffs on Dec. 21.
  • Gillian Abshire leads the conference at 6.9 assists per game and in assist-turnover ratio (3.4). Abshire has nine or more assists in 10 games.
  • Brittany McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding (9.2)
  • Quinnipiac is second in the MAAC in scoring (73.1) and first in assists per game (16.7).
  • Quinnipiac ranks second in the MAAC at 7.9 3-point field goals made per game while ranking seventh at 30.9 percent from behind the arc. Samantha Guastella leads the team with 47 treys.
  • Quinnipiac is first in the MAAC in turnover margin (4.3), turning the ball over on 16.8 percent of its possessions. The Bobcats are second in the MAAC in defensive rebounding percentage (70.2) and offensive rebounding percentage (34.3).
  • Tricia Fabbri is in her 19th season at Quinnipiac. The 1991 graduate of Fairfield has 287 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.

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