Game No. 29
Canisius College (11-17, 8-9 MAAC) at Siena College (11-17, 7-10 MAAC)
Sunday, March 3 — 2 p.m.
Alumni Recreation Center (Loudonville, N.Y.)
Live Video: SienaSaints.com
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Hashtags: #MAACHoops #Griffs
- The Canisius women’s basketball team wraps up the regular season against Siena College on Sunday afternoon.
- Canisius defeated Siena 65-62 in the opening conference game of the season on Jan. 4, on Kid’s Day in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Siena leads the all-time series 42-22 and has won the last three meetings between the teams in the Alumni Recreation Center.
- If Canisius wins on Sunday, the Golden Griffins will be the No. 6 seed in next week’s MAAC Championship and open play in the quarterfinals against the No. 3 seed at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
- If Canisius loses on Sunday, the Golden Griffins will be the No. 7 seed in next week’s MAAC Championship and open play in the first round against the No. 7 seed at noon on Thursday.
- Canisius has held its opponents to field goal percentage of 36.0, the lowest in the program’s Division I era.
- Senior Ashley Durham enters the week ranked ninth nationally in free-throw percentage (90.0) while as a team, Canisius ranks 10th nationally.
- Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players who have each made at least 40 3-pointers on the season.
- Canisius has two players - Ashley Wilkes and Jen Lennox - with more than 30 blocks in the same season for the first time in the program’s Division I history.
- Entering Sunday’s game, Canisius has raised more than $2,800 for its 3 For A Cure Campaign, raising money for neurofibromatosis type 2 with each 3-point field goal made.
NOTES FROM FRIDAY’S WIN AT NIAGARA
- Canisius held Niagara to 36 points, 11 field goals made and a 20.4 field goal percentage, all season lows for a Canisius opponent.
- Canisius held Niagara without a basket for the final 14 minutes, 17 seconds of the first half and kept the Purple Eagles off the scoreboard for the final 12:50 as Niagara missed its last 21 shots of the first half.
- Nine Golden Griffins played at least 17 minutes on Friday night and no Canisius player saw more than 28 minutes on the court.
- Nine Golden Griffins also scored in the game, with no Canisius player reaching double figures.
- Canisius had eight turnovers in the win, posting single-digit turnovers in for the second straight game. The Griffs have committed 29 turnovers in the last three games combined.
- Canisius won in the Gallagher Center for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- Senior Ashley Durham ranks third in the MAAC with a 15.1 scoring average in league play.
- Junior Jen Lennox ranks third in the MAAC in blocked shots (1.2) and has five games this season with three or more blocks.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes is averaging 10.3 points in the last three games.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli leads the team with 14 drawn charges on the season.
- Junior Jen Morabito is shooting 56.3 percent from behind the arc in the last six games.
- Canisius is the only team in the MAAC with three players — Durham, Morabito and Hoohuli — who have made at least 40 3-pointers on the season.
- The Griffs are also the only team with three players shooting over 30 percent from behind the arc.
- Siena enters Sunday with an 11-17 overall record and a 7-10 record in the MAAC standings.
- Senior Lily Grenci ranks second in the MAAC in scoring (15.2) and third in rebounding (9.2).
- The 6-foot-1 forward has made a league-high 143 free throws. Siena averages a league-best 23.2 free-throw attempts per game.
- Sophomore Tehresa Coles leads the conference in steals per game (3.1).
- Ida Krogh leads the team with 73 assists but is averaging only 12.8 minutes in the last four games.
- Clara Sole Anglada has made a team-best 34 3-pointers. She went 3-4 from behind the arc on Friday after going 0-for-8 in the last four games.
- The Saints average 71.1 possessions per game, which is tied for second in the MAAC.
- Siena ranks second in the MAAC in steals per game (10.1), second in rebounding margin (+1.6) and eighth in 3-pointers made per game (4.4).
- The Saints are averaging 56.6 points per game and allowing a 59.9 points. Siena has a league-best 36.1 offensive rebounding percentage and a league-best 67.1 defensive rebounding percentage. They have a turnover on league-high 26.7 percent of their possessions.
- Ali Jaques is in her first season at Siena. A 1998 graduate of New York University, Jaques most recently coached at Northwestern.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SIENA
- Canisius and Siena are meeting for the 65th time, with the Saints holding a 42-22 lead in the all-time series.
- Canisius defeated Siena in the opening game of conference play, winning 65-62 on a half-court buzzer-beater from freshman Tiahana Mills. Seniors Ashley Durham and Ashley Wilkes each had 16 points for the Griffs. Canisius rallied from a 58-52 deficit with two and a half minutes left.
- Siena swept the season series last year and has won three straight over the Griffs in Loudonville. The Saints won 67-61 last year in the ARC in the opening game of the MAAC schedule.
- For the second consecutive season, Canisius and Siena are meeting in the first and last games of the MAAC schedule.
- The teams also are meeting on the last day of the conference schedule for the third consecutive season.
GRIFFS VS. SIENA
- Senior Ashley Durham is averaging 11.2 points in seven career games against the Saints. Durham has scored in double figures in three of the last five meetings.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes is shooting 53.6 percent in three career games against Siena, averaging 17 points in the last two meetings.
- Jen Morabito scored 11 points at Siena last season. Jamie Ruttle had a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) in last year’s meeting (Feb. 26) in Buffalo. Brooke Angelos has 10 assists in the last two meetings while Kayla Hoohuli scored 13 points in Loudonville last year.