The Canisius women’s basketball team committed 25 turnovers, leading to 30 points off turnovers for Manhattan in a 72-56 loss to the Jaspers in the Draddy Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins fall to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Junior Kayla Hoohuli led Canisius with 13 points while sophomore Tiahana Mills had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes. Sophomore Crystal Porter added eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
“It’s very hard to win a basketball game with that many turnovers. Manhattan just pressured us, and we lost our focus and turned the ball over," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “In the first half, we didn’t bring enough intensity on the defensive end and let Manhattan get a comfortable lead they did a good job of maintaining throughout the rest of the game.”
In the first half, Manhattan (2-8, 1-0 MAAC) built an 18-9 lead, using a 10-point run to go up by nine at with 10:29 left. Canisius had 11 turnovers in the opening 10 minutes that contributed to the Jaspers’ building the lead that Canisius would never overcome. The Griffs would cut down on the turnovers and find success offensively, scoring six straight points to make it an 18-15 game after a layup from senior Jen Lennox.
The Griffs wouldn’t get any closer during the rest of the first half as Manhattan held Canisius without a field goal during the final five minutes. Manhattan scored the final six points and took a 33-22 lead into the locker room.
Neither team made an extended run in a foul-plagued second half as Canisius got into the bonus just seven minutes into the second half. Each team would go on to make 15 second-half free throws as they were called for a combined 33 second-half fouls. The Griffs cut the deficit to nine points on a number of occasions but could never put together anything bigger than a four-point run. Manhattan continued to take advantage of the Canisius turnovers as 10 Golden Griffin turnovers in the second half led to 16 points for the Jaspers.
Allison Skrec led Manhattan with 19 points while Monica Roeder had 18 points on the strength of 4-for-7 shooting from behind the arc.
Canisius wraps up its two-game road trip at Marist on Tuesday, with tipoff on New Year’s Eve set for 2 p.m.
Notes: Senior Jamie Ruttle reached the 1,000-point mark for her career with the team's first basket in the second half, becoming the 21st player in program history to achieve that milestone… Manhattan defeated Canisius in Riverdale for the fifth consecutive season… The 20 free throws made by Canisius were a season-high… Lennox had two blocks, recording multiple blocks in a game for the 19th time in her career… Canisius pulled down a season-high 13 offensive rebounds… Freshman Tamara Miskovic made her first career start... Senior Jen Morabito did not dress due to a hand injury, ending a streak of 98 consecutive games played, and is out indefinitely.