Game No. 5
Canisius (3-1) vs. Akron (2-2)
Friday, Nov. 22 — 7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
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Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
Mike Scott (p-x-p)
Amy Audibert (color)
Kyle Ferrara (sideline)
Twitter: @CanisiusWBB @GoGriffs
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- After three road games in the span of six days, Canisius returns to the Koessler Athletic Center to host the University of Akron on Friday night
- Including Wednesday’s upcoming game at Buffalo, Canisius will play its next four games in Western New York.
- Canisius has won three of its first four games and started the season with a 3-1 record for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
- Canisius and Akron are meeting for the fifth time and for the first time in the Koessler Athletic Center since Jan. 10, 1989.
- Akron defeated Canisius 81-72 at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Ohio last season.
- Senior Jamie Ruttle was named to the preseason All-MAAC Third Team. It is the third time in Ruttle’s career that she has been selected to a preseason All-MAAC Team.
- Canisius was picked to finish sixth of 11 teams in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
- At Big Four Media Day on Oct. 14, Ruttle was voted to the All-Big Four First Team while senior Jen Morabito and junior Kayla Hoohuli were each voted to the All-Big Four Second Team.
- Akron enters Friday’s game with a 2-2 record. The Zips defeated Florida Atlantic and Tennessee Tech, but lost at Dayton and Wright State.
- The Zips went 23-10 last year, including 12-4 in Mid-American Conference play. Akron advanced to the title game of the MAC championship and also played in the WNIT.
- The Zips were picked to repeat as champions of the MAC East Division. Hanna Luburgh and Rachel Tecca were named to the Preseason All-MAC East Team.
- Tecca (29.2 points per game) and Luburgh (27.0 points per game) rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring. Tecca and Luburgh are combining to take 37 shots per game.
- Hanna Plybon is shooting 60 percent (9-for-15) on 3-pointers through four games.
- The Zips are averaging 94 points per game, scoring at least 80 points in each of the first four games. Akron is averaging 87.5 possessions per game, which ranks in the top 15 nationally.
- Akron is shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from behind the arc. The Zips are averaging 28.5 free-throw attempts per game.
- Akron has a 37.0 offensive rebounding percentage and 69.4 defensive rebounding percentage.
- Jodi Kest is in her eighth season as head coach at Akron. Kest led Akron to its first WNIT appearance since 1999 and is the winningest coach in program history.
NOTES FROM LAST YEAR’S GAME AGAINST AKRON
- Akron defeated Canisius 81-72 at the James A. Rhdoes Arena on Dec. 1, 2012.
- Jen Morabito led Canisius with 20 points, shooting 5-for-10 on 3-pointers. Jamie Ruttle had 14 points and eight rebounds.
- Canisius shot 46 percent from the floor but couldn’t overcome 20 turnovers in the game. Akron only had five turnovers and scored 21 points off the 20 Canisius turnovers.
- Canisius only scored five points during the last five and a half minutes of the game. The Griffs lead 67-65 with 5:30 left and were outscored 16-5 during the final 4:11.
NOTES FROM TUESDAY’S WIN AT BINGHAMTON
- Junior Kayla Hoohuli drained four 3-pointers for the seventh time in her career.
- Sophomore Tiahana Mills scored a career-high 15 points and went 8-for-9 on free throws.
- After scoring the first basket of the second half, the Canisius lead never dropped below eight points but never rose above 14 points.
- Canisius held its opponent to a field goal percentage of 35 percent or worse from the field for the third time. Canisius shot 44 percent or better from the field for the third time.