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Women's Basketball Shoots Past Binghamton

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/27/2012
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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Canisius women's basketball team never trailed and went 9-for-16 from behind the arc en route to snapping a three-game losing streak with a 61-48 win at Binghamton University in the Events Center on Tuesday night to improve to 2-3 on the season.

Senior Ashley Wilkes and junior Jamie Ruttle each had 13 points on the night, with Ruttle shooting 6-for-9 in the game. Junior Jen Morabito went 3-for-6 from behind the arc while freshman Crystal Porter had eight rebounds in 16 minutes.

"I felt we had good ball movement and intensity to start the game, but lacked that to start the second half," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "It was good to create some separation before Binghamton made its run.

"We will build off this win and get ready to play a good Akron team this weekend."

Canisius started the game by making five of its first seven shots, including its first three 3-pointers, going up 13-6 on a 3-pointer from sophomore Kayla Hoohuli just over five minutes into the contest. The Griffs held Binghamton without a field goal for more than five and a half minutes building a nine-point lead. Binghamton held Canisius without a field goal for nearly four minutes, but a deep jumper from Wilkes halted the Canisius drought and made it 22-13. Morabito followed that with her second 3-pointer of the first half to push the lead to 12 points.

Binghamton (0-6) would trim the Canisius lead to five points on three occasions, but the Griffs would never let the Bearcats make it a one-possession game in the first half. The third 3-pointer from Morabito put Canisius ahead 32-24 at the break.

Canisius overcame a slow offensive start to the second half by forcing Binghamton into three turnovers in the first four minutes of the half. The Griffs didn't score their first basket until three and a half minutes into the half, using baskets on consecutive possessions to go up 36-26 with 16 minutes left in the half. Those two baskets started a 15-3 run for the Griffs, which included a 3-pointer from three different players, going up 47-29 with 12 minutes left in the half.  Canisius went up by as many as 21 points, leading 51-30, before Binghamton scored 10 straight points to make it 51-40 with six and a half minutes left.

The Griffs forced turnovers on three of the next four Binghamton possessions, and used jumpers from Ruttle on consecutive trips down the court to keep the lead in double digits. Binghamton would get as close as nine before Canisius went 5-for-6 from the free-throw stretch to put the game away.

Vaneeshia Paulk led Binghamton with 17 points, including 11-for-15 from the free-throw line. Canisius held Binghamton to 33.3 percent from the field.

Canisius returns to the road on Saturday, when the Golden Griffins take on the University of Akron. Tipoff at James A. Rhodes Arena is set for 2 p.m.

Notes: Canisius and Binghamton met for the seventh time, with Canisius now holding a 5-2 lead in the all-time series... Canisius won for the second time in four all-time meetings between the teams in Vestal... The nine 3-pointers were a season high for the Griffs... The Griffs outrebounded their opponent for the second time this season... Canisius never trailed in the contest... All 10 players for the Griffs played at least 13 minutes in the game.

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