Game No. 29
Canisius (12-16, 8-11 MAAC) vs. Rider (13-15, 9-10 MAAC)
Sunday, March 2 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Live HD Broadcast: Golden Griffin Broadcast Network/MAAC.TV
Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Amy Audibert (color)
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team wraps up the regular-season against Rider University on Senior Day in the KAC on Sunday afternoon.
- Canisius has won three of its last four games after a 52-45 overtime win over Fairfield on Friday night. The Griffs snapped the Stags’ seven-game winning streak.
- The winner of Sunday’s game will be the No. 5 seed in next week’s MAAC Championship, facing No. 4 seed Quinnipiac at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
- Prior to the start of the game, the Griffs will honor the four members in the Class of 2014 — Jen Lennox, Jen Morabito, Jamie Ruttle and Courtney VandeBovenkamp.
- Canisius and Rider are meeting for the 36th time. The Griffs defeated the Broncs 76-72 in the first meeting on Jan. 12, in Lawrenceville, N.J.
- Canisius has won the last six meetings in the series and four straight between the teams 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 13 games after shooting 40 percent or better five times in 31 games during the entire 2012-13 season.
- Senior Jamie Ruttle enters Sunday’s game with 1,171 career points and ranks 15th in program history in career scoring and 15th with 557 career rebounds. Ruttle has scored in double figures a team-best 16 times this season and 60 times in her career.
- Junior Kayla Hoohuli has made a 3-pointer in 26 of 28 games this season. Hoohuli is averaging 11.9 points during the last 15 games.
- Senior Jen Morabito ranks fourth in program history in career 3-pointers (198) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (36.7).
- Senior Jen Lennox is third in the program’s Division I history with 102 blocks.
- Since entering the starting lineup on Jan. 12, redshirt junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp is avearging 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 55.4 percent in 25.0 minutes per game.
RECAP FROM FRIDAY’S WIN
- Canisius scored 10 of the final 11 points in overtime to pull out a 52-45 win over Fairfield in the KAC on Friday night.
- Fairfield scored the first basket of the game, but after the Griffs tied the game at 2-2, they didn’t trail for the rest of regulation.
- Canisius built a halftime lead of 23-12 and after Fairfield tied the game at 33-33, used an 8-0 spurt to go up 41-33
- A layup from Felicia DaCruz tied the game at 44-44 with four seconds left. The Stags scored the first basket of overtime, but the Griffs forced three straight turnovers and used another 8-0 run to take control.
NOTES FROM FRIDAY’S WIN
- Canisius snapped a nine-game losing streak to Fairfield.
- Canisius played its first overtime game of the season and won in overtime for the first time since Feb. 10, 2012, at Rider.
- Canisius only trailed for 4:58 of the game.
- Senior Jamie Ruttle 16 or more points against Fairfield for the fourth time in eight career meetings.
- Junior Kayla Hoohuli played a career-high 43 minutes while sophomore Tiahana Mills played a career-high 41 minutes.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
- The winner will be the No. 5 seed in next week’s MAAC Championship, to be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The No. 5 seed will play No. 4 Quinnipiac at 2:30 on Friday.
- In that scenario, if Niagara won, the Griffs would win the “mini-conference” with a 3-1 record over Niagara (No. 6 seed, 2-2) and Rider (No. 7 seed, 1-1). If Niagara lost, the Griffs would win the head-to-head tiebreaker with RIder.
- If Canisius loses, the Golden Griffins will be the No. 8 seed and play No. 9 Monmouth at 9:30 a.m. in the first round on Thursday.
- In that scenario, if Niagara won, the Griffs would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with Manhattan while if Niagara lost, the Griffs would have a 1-3 record in the “mini-conference” with Niagara (2-2, No. 7 seed) and Manhattan (3-1, No. 6 seed).
- Rider enters Sunday’s game with a 13-15 record and 9-10 record in the MAAC.
- The Broncs have lost four of their last five games after a 68-60 loss at Niagara on Friday night. Rider is the only team in the MAAC to defeat first-place Iona this season.
- Senior MyNeshia McKenzie is averaging a double-double at 19.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest. She had 24 points and 16 rebounds in the first meeting. The 6-foot- forward is forst in the MAAC at 36.5 minutes per game.
- Mikal Johnson leads the team with 50 3-pointers, but is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Marritta Gillcrease is second in the MAAC in blocks per game (1.7).
- The Broncs are fifth in the MAAC in 3-point field goal percentage (32.5) and ninth at 4.9 3-pointers per game.
- Rider ranks fourth in the MAAC in turnover percentage (19.2) and fifth in possessions per 40 minutes (71.2).
- Rider has a 27.8 offensive rebounding percentage (ninth in the MAAC) and 68.1 defensive rebounding percentage (fifth in the MAAC).
- Lynn Milligan is in her seventh season as head coach at her alma mater. The 1992 Rider graduate led the Broncs to 15 wins last season, the most wins for the program since 16 wins in 1994-95.
- Overall: Canisius Leads 29-7
- At Canisius: Canisius 15-2
- At Rider: Canisius 14-4
- MAAC Tournament: Never Played
- First Meeting: March 12, 1982 — Rider 75, Canisius 73
- Last Meeting: Jan. 12, 2014 — Canisius 76, Rider 72
- Canisius Biggest Win: 42 (70-28 on Feb. 20, 2011)
- Rider Biggest Win: 23 (82-59 on Feb. 12, 2000)
- Canisius Longest Winning Streak: 17 (Jan. 28, 2001 to Jan. 23, 2009)
- Rider Longest Winning Streak: 3 (Jan. 8, 1999 to Feb. 12, 2000)
- Canisius has won the last six meetings, including a 76-72 win over the Broncs in Lawrenceville on Jan. 12.
- The Griffs built a 10-point second-half lead and answered a number of Rider shots in the final few minutes, including four free throws from Tiahana Mills in the final 24 seconds to put the game away.
- Last year in the KAC, the Griffs defeated the Broncs 75-68 behind 25 points from Ashley Durham.
- Jen Morabito has scored in double figures three times against Rider and is shooting 45 percent from behind the arc against the Broncs
- Kayla Hoohuli is averaging 11 points and shooting 43.4 percent from behind the arc in five career games against the Broncs.
- Courtney VandeBovenkamp scored a season-high 14 points in the win in Lawrenceville earlier this season.