The University of Vermont held the Canisius women’s basketball team scoreless for more than eight minutes in the first half and took control of the game en route to a 74-51 victory over the Golden Griffins at Patrick Gymnasium on Monday night. The Golden Griffins conclude their non-conference schedule with a 4-5 record.
Senior Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with 14 points, reaching double figures for the fifth consecutive game, to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore Jasmine Mungo had five points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench, all career highs for the forward.
“That’s as poor of an effort as we have had in a long time. We weren’t ready to play basketball from the start, and I have to figure out why that happened," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “They played harder than us from the tip, and we got back on our heels and never responded. They beat us to every loose ball and every rebound when the outcome was in doubt.”
Vermont (4-5) drained three 3-pointers in the opening five minutes to build a quick 10-4 lead. The Griffs would get a layup from senior Jen Lennox to make it a four-point game, but the Catamounts ran away with the game by dominating the rest of the half. Vermont held Canisius without a basket for more than eight minutes, scoring 23 straight points to break the game open. The Griffs missed 10 shots and had eight turnovers during that decisive stretch.
The Catamounts made 9-of-12 3-pointers in the opening half and connected on 11 3-pointers in the game. Canisius would hold Vermont without a field goal for the opening four minutes of the second half but couldn’t cut into the big deficit as the Catamounts led by as many as 31 points.
Eleven Vermont players scored in the game, led by 16 points from Kayla Burchill. Kaylea Britton added 11 points, and Jordan Eisler had eight assists. Vermont shot 57.7 percent in the first half and 45.8 percent for the game.
Canisius opens conference play on Saturday, in the first game of a doubleheader at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Golden Griffins face new MAAC member Quinnipiac at 2 p.m. in the KAC.
Notes: Canisius and Vermont played in Burlington for the first time since Nov. 18, 2001. Vermont now leads the all-time series 5-2… Ruttle has scored in double figures in five straight games for the third time in her career and for the first time since the end of her sophomore season… Junior Kayla Hoohuli took two charges and now has taken six charges in the last six games… In the last three games, Canisius is shooting 23.5 percent from behind the arc and 53.8 percent at the free-throw line.