Canisius College (1-3) at Binghamton University (0-5)
Tuesday, Nov. 27 — 7 p.m.
Events Center — Vestal, N.Y.
TV: Time Warner Sports Channel (Live)
Video: www.BUBearcats.tv (pay-per-view)
Free Audio: GoGriffs.com
Mike Scott (p-x-p)
- The Canisius women’s basketball team begins a stretch with five out of six games away from the Koessler Athletic Center, starting with Tuesday night’s game at Binghamton University.
- Canisius and Binghamton are playing for the seventh time, with Canisius holding a 4-2 lead in the all-time series. All seven of those meetings have come in the past eight years, with the teams not playing in 2011-12 after playing for six consecutive seasons.
- Junior Jen Morabito and freshman Tiahana Mills are returning to their hometown for Tuesday’s game. Morabito and Mills played at Binghamton High School.
- 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.
- Canisius was picked to fourth in the MAAC preseason coaches poll, its highest projection since being picked third prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.
- Senior Allison Braun is serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season and is joined by Morabito and junior Courtney VandeBovenkamp as captains for the 2012-13 campaign.
- No Golden Griffin averages more than 28 minutes per game this season, with six Golden Griffins averaging more than 20 minutes and 10 players averaging double-digit minutes.
- Canisius is tied for second in the MAAC in turnovers per game (15.5) and leads the MAAC in assists per game (16.5) and assist-turnover ratio (1.10).
- The Griffs rank second nationally with an assist on 75.9 percent of their made baskets.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- A second-year captain, senior Allison Braun is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor in her last 19 appearances. She had six rebounds in 24 minutes against Bucknell and has a steal in 16 of her last 22 games.
- Junior Jamie Ruttle has started 57 straight games. Ruttle is shooting 55.8 percent on two-point shots in the last 26 games and 39.2 percent on 3-pointers in the last 16 games. The 6-foot-3 forward currently leads the team and ranks eighth in the MAAC at 12.0 points per game.
- Senior Ashley Wilkes has two double-doubles on the season, including 11 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench against Oakland. Wilkes ranks fifth in the conference in rebounding per game (8.2).
- Senior Ashley Durham has at least one steal in 13 of the 16 games, including three steals in the Nov. 20 game against Oakland. Durham ranked seventh in the country in free-throw percentage, setting the program’s single-season record at 89.1 percent.
- Junior Jen Morabito has made a 3-pointer in 54 consecutive games, including a career-best 17 straight contests. 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.
- Junior Jen Lennox has 17 blocks in the last 17 games, matching her career high with four blocks against Buffalo in the season opener and recording three blocks in 15 minutes against Oakland on Nov. 20.
- Sophomore Kayla Hoohuli, a 2012 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection, shot 40.4 percent on 3-pointers in MAAC play last season, ranking fifth in the conference.
- Sophomore Brooke Angelos averaged 6.0 assists per 40 minutes last season and is averaging 5.3 assists per 40 minutes this year.
- Freshman Tiahana Mills leads MAAC freshmen at 3.2 assists per game and with a 1.9 assist-turnover ratio. Mills has at least one steal in each game, including four steals at Detroit.
- Freshman Crystal Porter ranks fourth among MAAC freshmen in scoring (6.2), is tied for fourth in rebounds per game (3.5) and is second in assists per game (2.5).
- Binghamton enters Tuesday’s game with an 0-5 record. The Bearcats opened the season with a loss to St. Bonaventure (61-34) and most recently fell to Siena (62-44).
- Binghamton was picked eighth in the nine-team America East preseason poll after going 13-18 and falling in the semifinals of the conference tournament last season.
- Sophomore Sherae Swinson leads the team in scoring (10.2) while junior Jasbriell Swain is second on the team in scoring (8.4) and leads the team in rebounding (8.8) and assists (17).
- Eight different players have started for Binghamton so far this season.
- The Bearcats are shooting 33.6 percent through five games while their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Binghamton is averaging 19.0 turnovers per game and has a 30.0 offensive rebounding percentage and 72.0 defensive rebounding percentage in the early going. Binghamton is averaging 2.8 3-pointers per game.
- Nicole Scholl is in her fifth season as head coach of the Bearcats and in her 14th season associated with the program. Scholl led Binghamton to a 19-12 record in 2010-11 and a program-best 11 conference victores during that season.
- Canisius leads 4-2 in the all-time series with Binghamton. The Bearcats won the first game and the last game in the series while Canisius won the middle four games of the series.
- Binghamton has won two of the three games between the teams in Vestal, including a 66-50 win in the last meeting between the teams on Nov. 16, 2010.
- Binghamton scored the first seven points of that game and never relinquished the lead en route to the 16-point win.
- Ashley Durham had 14 points and seven assists in 36 minutes while Jen Lennox had 12 points in 21 minuts on 6-for-10 shooting.
- The last Canisius win in the series came on Nov. 28, 2009, a 49-46 win in the Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius’ only win in Vestal is a 79-73 win on Nov. 29, 2008.