Canisius College (1-1) vs. Bucknell University (0-2)
Saturday, Nov. 17 — 1:30 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Video: GoGriffs.com/MAAC.TV (pay-per-view)
Jay Moran (p-x-p)
Kyle Ferrara (sideline)
- The Canisius women’s basketball team returns home to play its next two games in the Koessler Athletic Center, starting with Saturday’s game against Bucknell University.
- Each of the next two games will be the first game of a doubleheader with the Golden Griffin men's basketball team.
- Canisius has split its opening two games, defeating Buffalo 73-57 in the season opener on Nov. 9, and falling 65-64 at Detroit on Tuesday night.
- Canisius was picked to fourth in the MAAC preseason coaches poll released on Friday, its highest projection since being picked third prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle was named to the preseason All-MAAC First Team on Nov. 1, the first Golden Griffin junior since Becky Zak in 2004-05 to receive the honor.
- 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 had 12 turnovers in each of the first two games. Canisius did not have fewer than 13 turnovers in any game last season.
- The Griffs have 38 assists on 46 baskets (82.6 percent) so far this season after ranking third nationally at 71 percent last season.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- Senior Allison Braun returned to the starting lineup in the season opener after missing the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season with a lower-leg injury. Braun is shooting 51.3 percent from the floor in her last 17 appearances.
- Senior Ashley Durham was second on the team in scoring last season 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 had her first double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds against Buffalo in the season opener. She led the team in field goal percentage (48.9) last year.
- 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 55 straight games. and is shooting 54.5 percent on two-point shots in the last 24 games and 41.9 percent on 3-pointers in the last 14 games.
- 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 a 3-pointer in 52 career games, including 15 straight contests.
- Junior Jen Lennox matched her career high with four blocks in the seaosn opener and has 14 blocks her last 15 games. Lennox has made 71 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 final 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.
- Bucknell comes to Western New York having dropped its opening two games of the 2012-13 season. The Bison lost 71-62 at Xavier in the season opener and fell 62-54 to St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday.
- Bucknell returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from its 2011-12 season that posted a 5-25 overall record and 3-11 record in the Patriot League to finish seventh in the conference standings.
- Shelby Romine is the only Bucknell player averaging double figures as Romine is at 16.5 points per game on the season. Lindsay Horbatuck is averaging 13.0 rebounds, grabbing double-digit boards in each game.
- The Bison are shooting 31.6 percent through two games and are holding their opponents to 33.6 percent. Bucknell is averaging 18.5 turnovers per game and has a 25.0 offensive rebounding percentage and 70.1 defensive rebounding percentage in the early going.
- Aaron Roussell is in his first year as head coach of Bucknell. The 2001 Iowa graduate was the head coach of the University of Chicago during the past eight years, posting a 52-5 mark in the last two seasons.
LAST TIME OUT VS. BUCKNELL
- Canisius never trailed in a 55-47 win over Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion on Nov. 30, 2011.
- Ashley Wilkes led Canisius with 15 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Allison Braun has nine points on 4-for-5 shooting as the Griffs shot 40.8 percent in the game, overcoming 24 turnovers.
- Canisius led 26-16 at the half before Bucknell made a run in the second half that trimmed the Canisius lead to 36-33 with just over 10 minutes remaining. The Griffs pushed their lead to 47-37 before seven straight Bucknell points made it 47-44.
- A layup from Wilkes stopped the run and Ashley Durham and Jen Morabito combined to make all six free throws in the final 50 seconds to put the game away.
- Canisius and Bucknell have split their five all-time meetings. Saturday’s game is the third all-time meeting between the teams in Buffalo.
- The teams are meeting in Buffalo for the first time since Dec. 11, 2001, a 100-89 Canisius win.
- The teams also met in the Canisius Invitational on Dec. 5, 1987, a 76-62 Bucknell win.