The Canisius College women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start, and fell to the Akron Zips at the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday,73-64. After getting outscored 31-13 in the first quarter, the Blue and Gold climbed back into the contest, outscoring the Zips 51-42 in the final three frames, however the comeback bid fell short. With the loss the Griffs are now 1-2 while Akron improves to 2-1.
The story of the contest was the individual performance of Akron’s standout, Hannah Plybon who shot 12-of-21 from the field including nine treys, for 39 points for the Zips. There was only one other player for the Akron offense in double-figures, Megan Sefcik (12 points).
Canisius was led by senior, Lauren D'Hont who recorded 16 points, (7-of-14) and seven rebounds. Sara Hinriksdottir recorded a career-high in points as well, notching 15 and also coming down with seven boards in the effort.
Akron finished the game shooting 43.4 percent from the field, while Canisius shot 38.5 percent. The Zips won the battle of the glass decisively, 44-28.
The tale of the game proved to be the first quarter as the Akron offense poured in 31 points, while Canisius shot just 21.7 from the field in the first frame for 13 points.
The Canisius defense clamped down in the second quarter, however, limiting the Zips to just one field goal through the 10-minute stanza, and kept Akron from hitting a bucket for the final 9:47 of the quarter. Canisius outscored Akron in the frame 14-10 with eight of the Zips points coming the way of free throws.
The two teams went to halftime with Akron leading 41-27.
Canisius kept up the defensive pressure, slowly chipping away at the lead through much of the third and fourth quarters, getting the lead down to just six points at 3:39 and seven points with 3:09 left to go in the game. However Plybon answered with treys following each Canisius bucket and kept Akron in the lead for its second win of the year.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH ZEH
“We didn't play defense in the first quarter,” head coach Terry Zeh said. “Hannah Plybon got going and then that's all she wrote. We played great the next three quarters to battle it back and get it all the way down to six. Once you get feeling it like that, she made the big bouncer in there and we didn't play defense on her when it mattered. We just let her catch and shoot. We didn't guard her. We played no defense for the first ten minutes and after that we decided to play.”
• With the win the Zips increase its lead over Canisius to 4-2 in the all-time series history.
• The 31 points Canisius gave up in the first quarter is the most the team has given up in any quarter since the quarter system was adopted.
• The Griffs recorded 10 blocks in the game, which is one shy of its division I program record, set back in 1987 vs. Queens.
• It was the first time that the Blue and Gold had 10 blocks in a game since Dec. 5, 1988 when the team accomplished the feat against Buffalo.
• With her 15 points tonight, Sara Hinriksdottir recorded a new career-high in points.
The Griffs get ready for a busy Thanksgiving week, as the squad heads to St. Francis (Pa.) in Loretto, Pa., on Tuesday and then host Lamar at the KAC on Saturday. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.