Game No. 17
Canisius (6-10, 2-5 MAAC) vs. Monmouth (4-13, 3-3 MAAC)
Friday, Jan. 17 — 11 a.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Live HD Broadcast: GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV
Free Audio Broadcast: GoGriffs.com
Ben Wagner (p-x-p)
Amy Audibert (color)
Kyle Ferrara (sideline)
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- The Canisius women’s basketball team returns to the Koessler Athletic Center for its final two home games of the month of January, starting with Friday’s Kid’s Day contest against Monmouth University.
- Kid’s Day will feature a capacity crowd for the fourth consecutive year as more than 2,000 local, elementary school students will be in attendance in the KAC.
- Canisius has won seven of the last nine Kid’s Day games played in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Golden Griffins won 65-62 last year on a half-court buzzer-beater by Tiahana Mills.
- Four of the last six Kid’s Day games in the KAC have either been decided by one possession or gone to overtime. All four of those games were won by Canisius.
- Canisius and Monmouth are meeting for the second time in eight days. The Hawks won the first meeting between the schools, 64-56 on Jan. 10, in West Long Branch, N.J.
- The 2013-14 season is the 25th year that the Golden Griffins have played in the MAAC.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- As of Jan. 15, Canisius is tied for 13th in the country in assisted basket percentage (67.4), which is also the highest percentage in the MAAC.
- Canisius has shot 40 percent or better in eight games, including a season-high 47.2 percent in Sunday’s win at Rider. The Griffs shot 40 percent or better five times in 31 games during the entire 2012-13 season.
- In the Dec. 29 game at Manhattan, senior Jamie Ruttle became the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Ruttle has scored in double figures a team-best 11 times this season and 54 times in her career.
- Senior Jen Morabito ranks sixth in program history in career 3-pointers (184) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.2).
- Senior Jen Lennox is third in the program’s Division I history with 94 blocks.
- Junior Kayla Hoohuli is one of two players in the MAAC to make a 3-pointer in 15 or more games this season.
- Monmouth enters Friday’s game with a 4-13 overall record and 3-3 in the MAAC.
- The Hawks have won three of the last four, including each of the last two games. Monmouth defeated Siena 64-49 in Loudonville on Monday.
- Chevannah Paalvast leads the team with a 13.5 points per game average, which ranks seventh in the MAAC. Paalvast also leads the team in rebounding (5.4), assists (39), blocks (15) and steals (22).
- Shira Shecht had 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds in Monday’s win at SIena.
- Jasmine Walker scored a career-high 14 points to go along with nine rebounds in the first meeting between the teams last week.
- The Hawks are eighth in the MAAC in 3-point field goal percentage (29.2), shooting 13-for-28 from behind the arc in the last two games. Monmouth is making 3.9 3-pointers per game on the season.
- Monmouth has a 31.3 offensive rebounding percentage (third in the MAAC) and 66.2 defensive rebounding percentage. The Hawks turn the ball over on 26.5 percent of their possessions, which ranks 11th in the MAAC.
- Jenny Palmateer is in her third season as head coach at Monmouth. The 1993 graduate of North Carolina State University led the Hawks to an appearance in the 2012 NEC Championship Game during her first season.
FOURTH-STRAIGHT CAPACITY CROWD FOR KID’S DAY
- Friday’s Kid’s Day game will be played in front of a capacity crowd for the fourth consecutive season. More than 2,000 local elementary school students from the Buffalo area will be in the stands at the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Canisius is 7-2 in its last nine Kid’s Day games in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- The Griffs are playing a Kid’s Day game in the KAC for the ninth consecutive season.
KID’S DAY MAGIC AGAIN
- The Canisius women’s basketball team has a number of exciting finishes in recent years on Kid’s Day games in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Canisius trailed 58-52 with two and a half minutes left against Siena last season, before scoring nine straight points to take the lead and eventually setting the stage for the half-court buzzer beater from freshman Tiahana Mills.
- In 2011-12, Canisius rallied from a 12-point deficit with just over seven minutes remaining and defeated Iona 85-74 in overtime. Allison Braun drained a jumper with five seconds remaining to force overtime.
- In 2009-10, Canisius rallied from a seven-point deficit with 40 seconds left in overtime and defeated Manhattan 69-65 in double overtime.
- In 2007-08, Canisius scored eight points in the final 75 seconds to rally from a seven-point deficit and defeat Fairfield 58-57. Ellie Radke completed a three-point play with 3.7 seconds remaining to complete the comeback.