The Canisius women’s basketball team rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit, taking advantage of 16 second-half free throws, and defeated winless Saint Peter’s, 62-52, in the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Griffins (6-9, 3-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have won four of their last five. The Peahens (0-15, 0-4 MAAC) took an 11-0 lead and led 30-20 at the half.
Jamie Ruttle and Ashley Durham each had a team-high 13 points while Ashley Wilkes grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds (10 in the second half) and also posted four blocks on the day.
“In the first half, we were guarding well but just didn’t get the rebounds. I felt we did a much better job of completing defensive possessions in the second half,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said.
At Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn., the host Stags defeated the Niagara women, 61-54, withstanding three second-half rallies by the Purple Eagles.
Niagara (7-8, 2-2 MAAC) cut its deficit to a single point on three separate occasions before finally taking a lead after trailing 29-17 at halftime. NU shot 21.1 in the first half. Lauren Gatto had 21 points and eight rebounds for Niagara.
The Purple Eagles had the game tied 53-53 with four minutes left but Fairfield was able to go on a run to come away with the victory.
Niagara’s men’s team (8-8, 4-1 MAAC) will try to extend its longest conference winning streak in four seasons when it faces Fairfield (10-7, 2-3) at 1 p.m. in the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The Purple Eagles are off to their best conference start in four seasons. Niagara beat the Stags, 71-67, at the Gallagher Center on Jan. 5.
Juan’ya Green had 31 points in that win and has averaged 27 points in three career games against the Stags.
Niagara routed Saint Peter’s, 77-58, on Friday behind Antoine Mason’s 26 points.
Canisius (10-6, 3-2 MAAC) will try to shake off Friday’s loss to Siena when it takes on Iona in the Hynes Center in New Rochelle. The host Gaels (10-6, 4-1) earned their fourth straight victory with an 86-82 win at Marist on Thursday night, erasing an 11-point deficit with less than 12 minutes to play by scoring 13 straight points.
The University at Buffalo women (3-11, 1-0 MAC) will face Ohio at 2 p.m. in Alumni Arena, while the St. Bonaventure women (7-8) play Temple (6-8) in a 1 p.m. game at the Reilly Center in their Atlantic 10 opener.