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Griffs Host Buffalo In Season Opener Friday Night

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/08/2012
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Game No. 1
Canisus College vs. University at Buffalo
Friday, Nov. 9 - 7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
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  • The Canisius women’s basketball team begins the 38th season in program history with Friday night’s matchup against crosstown rival the University at Buffalo.
  • Canisius starts the season at home for the third consecutive year, the first time in the program’s 27 years at the Division I level.
  • Junior Jamie Ruttle was named to the preseason All-MAAC First Team, the first Golden Griffin junior since Becky Zak in 2004-05 to receive the honor. Ruttle is one of six players eligible to be named the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year on Friday night.
  • The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll will be released during the Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3 at 6:15 p.m. on Friday night.
  • Ruttle, along with senior Ashley Durham and sophomore Kayla Hoohuli were named to the All-Big Four Teams on Oct. 25. Ruttle received First-Team honors while Durham and Hoohuli earned Second-Team honors.
  • Senior Allison Braun will serve as a team captain for the second consecutive season and will be joined by juniors Jen Morabito and Courtney VandeBovenkamp as captains for the 2012-13 campaign.
  • Canisius has dropped its last three season openers, with the last win coming to open the 2008-09 season, a 69-56 win over Buffalo on Nov. 14, 2008 in the KAC.
  • Canisius is 3-5 in season openers under ninth-year coach Terry Zeh and is 4-4 in home openers under Zeh. 


  • Senior Allison Braun returns to the starting lineup after missing the final 12 games of the regular season with a lower-leg injury. Braun shot 51.4 percent from the floor in her last 15 appearances has a 1.53 assist-turnover ratio in her last 10 games.
  • Senior Ashley Durham finished second on the team in scoring (9.6 points per game) and was second in the conference with a 4.2 assists per game average. Durham ranked seventh in the country in free-throw percentage, setting the program’s single-season record at 89.1 percent. 
  • Senior Ashley Wilkes led the team in field goal percentage (48.9) in her first season with the Blue and Gold. Wilkes grabbed at least five rebounds in 14 games last season, including a career-high 16 rebounds in the MAAC Championship against Saint Peter’s. 
  • Junior Jamie Ruttle is the team’s leading returning scorer, averaging 11.6 points per game to rank 11th in the conference last season.  The 6-foot-3 forward has started 53 straight games and averaged 15.0 points per game in the month of February last season.
  • Junior Jen Morabito ranked 19th in the country as a sophomore with a 38.5 3-point field goal percentage and led the MAAC at 2.2 3-point field goals made per game in 2011-12. Morabito has made 111 3-pointers in her first two seasons with the Golden Griffins, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in program history.
  • Junior Jen Lennox has a block in 32 career games, inclduing 10 blocks in the last 13 games of her sophomore season. Lennox has made 59 career appearances, including 15 starts.
  • Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli, a 2012 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection, shot 40.4 percent on 3-pointers in MAAC play, ranking fifth in the conference. She became the fourth player in program history to make 50 3-pointers in her freshman season and drew a team-high 13 charges last season.
  • Sophomore Brooke Angelos started the last three games last season, playing at least 21 minutes in each of the last five games of her freshman year. Angelos averaged 6.0 assists per 40 minutes and had a career-high seven assists in the regular-season finale against Siena.
  • Junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp will miss the 2012-13 season with a knee injury suffered at the end of October.


  • Buffalo went 9-22 last season and posted a 4-12 record in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls return one starter and nine letterwinners.
  • Buffalo lost three of its top five scorers from last season, including leading scorer Brittney Hedderson, who averaged 20.4 points per game.
  • Redshirt junior Nytor Longar is the team’s leading returning scorer and was named to the All-Big Four First Team. Longar averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last year.
  • Buffalo dropped its only exhibition game, losing 63-53 to Gannon University on Nov. 3. Rachael Gregory led Buffalo with 17 points while Mackenzie Loesing had 16 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Longar and Christa Baccas combined for 21 of the team’s 50 rebounds.
  • Felisha Legette-Jack is in her first year at Buffalo, taking over for Linda Hill-MacDonald. Legette-Jack spent the last six years as the head coach at Indiana University after spending four years as the head coach at Hofstra University. 
  • Legette-Jack has coached one other game against Canisius, a 78-74 overtime win for the Griffs over Hofstra on Nov. 30, 2003, in the Time Warner Cable Classic in Binghamton, N.Y.


  • Buffalo used 54 rebounds, including 22 offensive boards that led to 18 second-chance points, to defeat Canisius 62-57 in Alumni Arena on Dec. 7, 2011.
  • Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with 20 points in the game, going 4-for-6 from behind the arc. Jen Morabito had 10 points while Allison Braun had nine points and six rebounds. 
  • Brittany Hedderson led Buffalo with 31 points as four Bulls had double-digit rebounds on the day.
  • Canisius led 28-25 at the half, but Buffalo used a 12-2 run in the second half to take a 42-35 lead. The teams were tied at 54-54, but the Griffs went scoreless on three straight possessions as Buffalo scored the next five points to go up 59-54 and put the game away.


  • Canisius holds a 27-8 lead in the all-time series between the teams. The Griffs lead 12-3 in games played at Canisius.
  • Buffalo has won the last two games in the series, including a 79-50 win over the Griffs in the KAC on Dec. 1, 2010. Prior to the last two wins by the Bulls, the Griffs had won seven straight in the series.
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