The Canisius women’s basketball team shot a season-low 30.5 percent from the floor while St. Bonaventure shot 52.2 percent, including 66.7 percent in the second half, as the Golden Griffins lost 61-47 at the Koessler Athletic Center on Wednesday night. Canisius drops to 3-4 on the season.
Senior Jamie Ruttle scored 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds while fellow senior post player Jen Lennox had 10 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes off the Canisius bench. Sophomore Tiahana Mills was credited with six assists, her fifth game this season with six or more assists.
To go along with the season-low of 30.5 percent from the field for the Griffs were season lows of 5-for-20 from behind the arc and 37.5 percent at the free-throw line.
“Early in the game I thought that we got good looks, and when they didn’t go it we got deflated. We started pressing and couldn’t make anything, which affected our defense,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “I’m not sure if we’re gritty enough to withstand that right now. I think we have a really good basketball team, but we haven’t developed that maturity yet.”
Both teams struggled offensively to start the contest, with Ruttle splitting two free throws to make it 9-8 just over seven minutes into the game. St. Bonaventure (7-3) extended its lead to 17-10 but the Griffs came back with five straight points, getting a layup from sophomore Emily Weber and a three-point play from Ruttle, to make it a two-point game. Ruttle had eight of her 10 points in the first half as she was able to establish position and finish around the basket.
A 3-pointer from Lennox made it 22-18 in favor of St. Bonaventure with 6:04 left, and that would be the last points of the half for the Griffs. Canisius missed its final nine shots of the half as the Bonnies took a 10-point lead into the locker room.
The teams traded baskets to start the half but the Bonnies broke the game open with a nine-point run to take a 39-20 lead. Canisius would score two points over a 12-minute stretch that covered both halves. The shots started falling for Canisius midway through the half, but the deficit proved to be too much.
Katie Healy led all players with 19 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and six blocks. Gabrielle Richmond added 16 points in 22 minutes. The Bonnies shot 52.2 percent from the floor and had 34 points in the paint to overcome 18 turnovers.
Canisius plays its final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday, when the Golden Griffins host Bryant University. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in the KAC.
Notes: Canisius had 14 assists on 18 made baskets and now has an assist on 75.2 percent of its made field goals… Lennox scored in double figures for the first time this season and is the eighth Golden Griffin to score 10 or more points in 2013-14… Canisius shot 6-for-16 from the free-throw stripe, its worst game at the free-throw line when attempting 10 or more free throws since going 5-for-16 against Fairfield on Feb. 16, 2001… During the three-game losing streak, Canisius is allowing 35.3 points per game in the paint while in its three wins, Canisius allowed 24.7 points per game in the paint… Sophomore Crystal Porter did not dress due to an ankle injury suffered in the Nov. 27 game at Buffalo, and is listed as day-to-day.