A late run by the Canisius women’s basketball team wasn’t enough as the Golden Griffins lost 57-49 at Marist College in the McCann Center on Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Griffins fall to 4-8 overall and 0-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Senior Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with 11 points, to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore Crystal Porter grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, posting a career high for the second straight game. Sophomore Tiahana Mills had eight points, five assists and four rebounds.
“I’m obviously disappointed that we lost, but I thought we had focus throughout the game and showed some guts to battle back,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “In the first half, we got a bunch of really good looks, but we just didn’t make them. We didn’t panic in the second half, even with the big deficit. We stayed true to our plan and the shots finally started falling, along with getting stops defensively, to give us a chance in the last couple of minutes.”
Points came easily in the first portion of the game for both teams, with Ruttle scoring the first six points for Canisius and freshman Tamara Miskovic converting a layup to make it 9-8 just four minutes into the contest. Marist then held the Griffs to four points during the next nine-plus minutes as the Red Foxes built a double-digit lead. Canisius found a number of open looks but couldn’t convert as the Griffs shot 23 percent in the first 20 minutes. Marist made four of its first seven 3-point attempts en route to making five 3-pointers in the first half and going up 35-19 at the break.
Neither team could get into any flow early in the second half, with Marist extending the lead to as many as 22 points. Canisius stayed in the game by holding Marist to 20 percent from the floor in the second half and just two field goals in the final 15 and a half minutes of the game.
The late run by Canisius started with back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Kayla Hoohuli to make it 51-37 with 4:38 left. The Griffs extended the run to 13 straight points, with a 3-pointer from Mills cutting the deficit to seven points with 2:51 left.
Marist pushed the lead back to nine, but Canisius went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line on its next two possessions to get within six at 53-47 with 1:51 remaining. The Griffs forced stops on their next two possessions, but came up empty on their own end with a missed 3-pointer followed by a turnover. Marist put the game away from the free-throw line in the final minute.
Three Marist players scored in double figures with Madeline Blais scoring a game-high 14 points. Emma O’Connor and Leanne Ockenden each added 12 points.
Marist (8-4, 2-0 MAAC) won its 33rd consecutive game against MAAC opponents and for the 67th time in its last 68 games against conference schools.
Canisius returns to the Koessler Athletic Center for two home games to start 2014, beginning with Friday night’s game against Iona. Game time in the KAC is set for 7 p.m.
Notes: Marist defeated Canisius for the 11th consecutive meeting… Ruttle scored in double figures for a team-best ninth time this season and for the 53rd time in her career… Hoohuli extended her streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 12 games, the only player in the conference to make a 3-pointer in each game… Mills had five or more assists for the fifth time this season… Porter is the first Golden Griffin with double-digit boards in back-to-back games since Marie Warner had a streak of five straight games during the 2008-09 season… Senior Jen Lennox played in her 100th career game… Through three MAAC games, Canisius is out-shooting its opponents — 36.8 percent to 34.8 percent — but has committed 27 more turnovers.