The Canisius women’s basketball team held Fairfield to just 49 points and 33 percent from the field enroute to its fifth MAAC win of the season on Sunday, defeating the Stags, 63-49 at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Griffs held Fairfield under 15 points in all-four quarters to record the win, as the Blue and Gold improved to 6-13 overall and 5-5 in conference action. The Stags dropped to 9-10 and 6-4 in MAAC action.
Fairfield led for just eight minutes in the contest, as it was up by five (10-5) early in the first quarter, before the Griffs battled back to take the lead thanks to a late bucket before the frame expired to take a 15-14 lead to the break. Canisius never trailed the rest of the way, leading for final 30:23.
Sophomore sensation, Sara Hinriksdottir continued her dominant season as she led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds. She also chipped in three assists and shot .600 from the field (6-of-10) and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
The Blue and Gold defense was just as big of a story in this game as Canisius held Fairfield to 33 percent form the field and held the league’s leading rebounder, Samantha Cooper, to under 10 boards.
The Stags were led offensively by Kelsey Carey who recorded 20 points, while Cooper (15 points) and Casey Smith (10 points) also chipped in on offense.
For a team with as much size as the Stags had, the Griffs battled hard to control the glass, taking down 32 rebounds to Fairfields 28. The Stags were also limited on second-chance points, scoring just eight for the day and coming down with just nine offensive boards.
Canisius on the other hand shot an impressive 48 percent from the field, including a second-quarter where the squad tallied eight buckets on 11 shots from the floor for a 72.7 percent mark.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH ZEH
"I thought this was a good team win," head coach Terry Zeh said. "Defensively, we are really buying in to playing the way we want. We made things really tough on [Fairfield] inside today. I liked that we handled ourselves so well against a team that is bigger than we are. I was also pleased with the way we were able to score at such a high percentage against a team that can really defend."
• With the win the Griffs narrow the all-time deficit against Fairfield, as the Stags now lead the series 37-23.
• Today’s win snapped a Fairfield four-game winning streak, as it was the first win against the Stags since Feb. 28, 2014, which was also a home contest.
• Canisius is now 5-8 under head coach Terry Zeh at home against Fairfield.
• With her strong performance on Saturday, Sara Hinriksdottir has hit double-digits in eight straight contests and has done it in 17 of 19 game so far this year.
• Canisius said goodbye to one of the all-time greats to ever coach the program on Sunday, as the squad held a moment of silence for Sister Maria Pares, who passed away earlier in the weekend.
• Pares, who is in the Canisius Hall of Fame, had 108 wins in her career and had never lost back-to-back contests while coaching the Griffs (1981-86).
• Canisius has won all-six of its contests when holding teams to under 30 percent and has won of five of its six contests when hitting six-or-more treys in a game.
The Griffs head out back on the road when the team travels to Siena on Jan.26 and finish its two game stand at Marist on Jan. 28. Game times are both set for 7 p.m.