Senior Jen Morbaito had 16 points, including four three-pointers for the third time this season, as Canisius won at Oakland University in Michigan, 62-57, on Saturday.
“That was a gritty, road win, and it’s great to get one of those early in the season,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “We made some big plays down the stretch, especially staying true to our defensive principles.”
Kayla Hoohuli made two free throws with 12 seconds left to put Canisius up, 60-57. Oakland missed a tough three-pointer from the right wing. Morabito grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and made the pair.
Canisius (2-1) shot 46 percent from the floor and had 20 assists on 23 made baskets. The Griffs held Oakland to 32.8 percent from the floor and didn’t allow a fast-break point in the contest.
Junior Jamie Ruttle had 13 points while sophomore Tiahana Mills had seven points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Canisius will conclude its three-game road stretch at Binghamton on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
• Mackenzie Loesing and Kristen Sharkey each had double-doubles for the University at Buffalo (2-1) in a 79-72 loss to Cornell (2-0) in its home opener before 1,289 at Alumni Arena.
Sharkey was 11 of 18 from the floor and had six offensive rebounds. Loesing slashed through the Big Red defense, making 6 of 13.
With just under four minutes left in the game, Cornell took its biggest lead, 69-56. Free throws would be the difference with Cornell hitting 10 in the final two minutes to stifle the UB comeback.
“We’re a young team learning a valuable lesson,” head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. “We didn’t embrace the opportunity to come home and play in front of our fans. I thought [Kristen] Sharkey and Alexis [Malone] really worked hard to try to seize the moment, but not enough of us came to play.”
The Bulls had a 57-44 rebounding advantage, including 25 on the offensive end, the most for UB since Jan. 11, 2012. The 57 total rebounds are the most since last Jan. 13. Sharkey  and Loesing  tied career highs for rebounds, and Alexis Malone had seven boards, a season high for the freshman.
UB’s next start is at Duquesne, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Duquesne.
St. Bonaventure will look to win its third in a row at 1 p.m. today when it hosts Fairfield.
The Bonnies are coming off a 68-62 win over Green Bay at the Reilly Center on Friday night. Gabby Richmond tied her career high in rebounds with nine and Nyla Rueter had a career high in free throws shooting 9 of 10.
This will be the first game for Fairfield since Nov. 8-9 when the Stags competed in the Emerald Beach Hotel Islander Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Fairfield has four starters from last season, including Katie Cizynski, who averaged 11.9 points.