Griffs come up short against St.Peter’s, Niagara

Griffs continue to slide to 1-8 in MAAC play this season.

Junior Danielle Sanderlin defends a University at Buffalo player during their game Nov. 12. Sanderlin recorded a double with 24 points and 13 rebounds against Niagara last week. Photo by Dean Bogart.

As the losing streak rises to seven, women’s basketball head coach Scott Hemer had one message after suffering losses to St. Peter’s and to rival Niagara this week: consistency.

Throughout the season the Blue and Gold have struggled to mount a comeback after their opponent gets off to a hot start and hold on to a lead in the second half, which were completely evident in both matchups last weekend. 

Hemer stressed the lack of stability on both ends of the floor and how in translates to winning games. 

“Unfortunately we still lack consistency. Consistency on the defensive end of the floor, with rebounding, with turnovers… and much of that is mental. Until we can correct that and put together a full 40 minutes we’re going to continue to have a difficult time winning on most nights.”

The Griffs hosted a Saint Peter’s team who has also experienced a rough go as of late with both squads looking to pick up their second win in MAAC play. 

Canisius held a short lead once in the first, and after that it was all Saint Peter’s. With an eight point cushion heading into the second, the Peacocks mustered up another 20 plus point quarter to boost their lead up to 23 heading into the locker room. A comeback seemed insurmountable at that point, with Saint Peter’s shooting 56% from the field and hitting 11-19 three point attempts. 

After putting up only 29 points in the first 20 minutes the Canisius offense awoke in the second, almost doubling their point total and putting up a game-high 26 points in the third frame. Being careless with the basketball contributed into the large deficit as the Blue and Gold had 26 turnovers. The Peacocks came out on top 86-68 over the Griffs, making 16 3-pointers matching a women’s basketball record at the KAC. 

Redshirt Junior Kendrea Williams led the way for the Peacocks with 22 points while her sub, Gabrielle Harris, tallied 20 points and six rebounds off the bench. Four Griffs had double digit points, highlighted by AJ Timbers’ 15 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while going 3-4 from beyond the arc. 

  The Griffs tried to flip the script on short rest, making the 30-minute trip to Lewiston to face Niagara, in the first of two Battle of the Bridge matchups this season.

 Both teams went back and forth in a low-scoring battle, resulting in three lead changes and nine ties. Canisius held the slight advantage going into intermission up 33-28 against a Purple Eagle team that was 4-4 in MAAC play. 

The tides changed immediately out of the break as the blue and gold squandered their lead early and Niagara never looked back. Niagara was all gas no brakes in the third quarter,  lighting up the scoreboard with 32 points, and Canisius only netting half of that. With the Griffs’ offense stalling out down the stretch, the game concluded with Niagara winning, 81-62. 

The big contributions came from senior guard Jai Moore scoring a game high 30 points with true Freshman Adia Brisker on double-double watch with 15 points and eight rebounds. Danielle Sanderlin had a career-night filling up the stat sheet for the Griffs with 24 points and 13 rebounds, having both career-highs in points and field goals with eight. Senior Shannon Conely came off the bench with an impressive 14 points and three rebounds. Canisius shot 35% as a team and a meager 21% from three. 

The Golden Griffs look to get back into the win column, keeping “consistency” in mind. They will make the trip to Loudonville, N.Y. to face Siena Saturday, with tip-off set for 2 p.m. 

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