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Women’s Basketball Picks Up Road Win at Binghamton

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/29/2008
Freshman Stephanie MacDonald
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Using its potent 3-point shooting in the first half and productive free-throw shooting in the second half, the Canisius College women’s basketball team defeated Binghamton University 79-73 at the Events Center on Saturday night.

Freshman Stephanie MacDonald led all players with a career-high 21 points while senior Amanda Cavo had a season-high 20 points. Brittané Russell had nine points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals while senior Marie Warner had 10 points and six rebounds.

“We made a lot of 3-pointers in the first half, which gave us a good cushion,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “After our recent losses, I felt we were a little tentative when Binghamton made its run in the second half. We were able to buckle down, make free throws and get enough stops to win on the road.”

Canisius (2-3) carried over its successful 3-point shooting from the past two games to the first half of the game against Binghamton. Canisius started 5-of-6 from behind the arc in the first half and went 7-for-10 in the opening 20 minutes.

The Griffs gained control of the game by scoring 12 consecutive points in a 2:20 span of the first half, turning a 15-13 lead into a 27-13 advantage. During the run, Canisius got five points from Cavo and MacDonald while also receiving two free throws from Ellie Radke.

The Griffs pushed their lead to as many as 20 points on a 3-pointer by MacDonald, which made the score 37-17 at 6:32. The Bearcats answered with a 15-1 run when Erica Carter scored six points and Jackie and Jackie Ward scored five.

Canisius closed the half by scoring the last five points, getting two free throws from MacDonald and a 3-pointer from Cavo in the final seconds to make the score 43-32.

After Ward made it 52-46 with just over 13 minutes remaining, Canisius would break open the game with an 11-1 run, holding the Bearcats to a single point during a stretch of more than six minutes. Brianna Lucas started the run with a three-point play and also had a fast-break, pull-up jumper during the stretch where Canisius made the score 63-47.

The Bearcats started their run with less than five minutes remaining, as the Griffs led 68-52. Binghamton chipped away at the Canisius lead and got as close as three on a layup by Andrea Holmes with 41 seconds remaining.

From that point, Canisius would make six straight free throws to push its lead up to 79-70 and went 12-for-14 during the final five minutes of the game from the free-throw line.

Carter led Binghamton (2-4) with 14 points in the game while Ward had 13 points. Theodora Paneli had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Canisius returns home to start a four-game homestand and play its first conference games of the season next weekend. The Golden Griffins host Siena on Friday, with tip off scheduled for 12 p.m. from the Koessler Athletic Center. The game will serve as the annual Kid’s Day contest.

Match Notes: Canisius extended its NCAA record of games with a 3-pointer to 426 games on a 3-pointer by Cavo in the first minute of the game... Canisius has held a double-digit first-half lead in the last two games... The 11-point halftime lead was the biggest by the Griffs since they held a 29-17 lead against Manhattan on Jan. 25... MacDonald had 15 career points in the first four games of the season... From the start of the Wisconsin game through the first half at Binghamton, Canisius was 26-for-41 (63.4 percent) from behind the arc... Canisius holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series with Binghamton... The 21 points by MacDonald were the most by a Canisius freshman in a road game since Cavo had 28 against Niagara in the final game of the 2005-06 season.

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