The Canisius women’s basketball team fell hard at No. 19 Michigan State, 102-54, on Thursday in what was the first road game of the year for the Griffs.
Senior Jen Morabito and sophomore Emily Weber each scored 12 points and both made four three-pointers as Canisius made 11 threes for the second consecutive game. Freshman Lauren D’Hont had 11 points while freshman Tamara Miskovic had four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.
“I wasn’t happy with our energy and compete level in the first half,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “Michigan State is obviously a very good team but we let them do whatever they wanted and dominate the glass early in the game. We made some adjustments and found more success in the second half. We will learn from this and continue to develop as a team.”
Michigan State (1-1) extended the lead to 45 points early in the second half before Canisius used a 10-1 run to stop the momentum. Five Spartans reached double-digits, led by 19 points from Aerial Powers.
• The home opener for the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team is tonight at 7 against Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Bonnies are 1-1 while the visitors are 1-0. It will be the first of three straight at home. The Brown and White are coming off their first win of the season, last Sunday, 77-72, over Colgate. The Bonnies led by as many as 10 points, propelled by Katie Healy’s career-high 21 points.
• The Niagara women look to even their record tonight against Bowling Green at 6 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
The Purple Eagles are coming off a 93-73 loss to Lehigh. Meghan McGuinness had a career-high 25 points after hitting 7 of 12 shots (58.3 percent) from three-point range. Donisha Watson was a force down low, pulling in a game-high nine rebounds and adding a pair of steals and a block. Freshman Victoria Rampado scored 15 points and went a perfect 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.
Bowling Green opened the season with a pair of wins at the Iona Tip-Off Tournament.
They opened with a 63-52 win over Michigan before a narrow 51-50 win against Iona. Guard Jillian Halfhill led the team with a combined 28 points for the tournament. She went 9 for 19 (47.4 percent) from the field.