SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Canisius women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the 2014 MAAC Championship as the No. 5 seed Golden Griffins lost 72-61 to the No. 4 seed Quinnipiac Bobcats in the MassMutual Center on Friday afternoon.
Junior Kayla Hoohuli led Canisius with a career-high 23 points, matching the highest scoring output by a Golden Griffin this season. Hoohuli scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half. Senior Jen Morabito scored eight points as 10 Canisius players found the scorebook.
“When we struggle on the offensive end, it affects our defensive intensity and we get back on our heels. That has been our Achilles’ heel all season,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “It’s a bitter feeling right now but we had a really strong end to the regular season when our backs were against the wall. I think we’re starting to turn the corner with our program.
“We are losing some good players in this class and especially losing some great people from our program as they graduate and head off into the world.”
Quinnipiac (20-11) held Canisius to two baskets during the first 11 and a half minutes of the game, building a 27-7 lead with 8:27 remaining in the first half. The Bobcats attacked the Griffs inside, scoring their first eight points and 26 points in the paint in the first half. Canisius made two of their first 16 shots as the Griffs couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end. After a layup from junior Kayla Hoohuli made it 29-13 with 6:43 left, the Bobcats scored the next nine points and took a 44-21 lead into the locker room.
Canisius (13-17) used a 15-2 run to get the deficit to 63-49 with 6:34 left after two free throws from Morabito. The deficit proved to be too big as the Griffs weren’t able to get enough defensive stops as Canisius could never get the margin into single digits in the second half.
Four Quinnipiac players reached in double digits, led by Camryn Warner who had 17 points in 23 minutes off the bench. The Bobcats shot 48.1 percent on the day and 57.6 percent in the first half.
Notes: Canisius was the No. 5 seed in the MAAC Championship for the first time the 2003 season... Quinnipiac defeated Canisius in all three meetings this season... Senior Jen Lennox finished her career with 103 blocks, good for fourth in program history... Senior Jamie Ruttle finished her career in fifth place with 120 games played and third place with 107 starts... Morabito finished her career with 198 3-pointers (fourth all-time) and at 36.5 percent from behind the arc (third all-time).