It was a scene of complete domination from tipoff until the final buzzer as the Griffs took down Niagara 78-56 for their fifth victory on the season. The Griffs led by 24 at one junc in the game. As a team, Canisius finished shooting 54% from the field and the Griffs also out-rebounded Niagara, 42-29. They also led in the assists and blocks categories as well. Junior forward Danielle Sanderlin spearheaded the efforts with 23 points, two assists, 12 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. She also led the team in minutes played, with 39 spent on the hardwood.
Senior guard D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks who offered 16 points, five assists, and a steal of her own, redshirt senior forward AJ Timbers chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, senior guard Shannon Conely scored 13 points and four rebounds. Senior guard Anna Sweny put together a complete game with eight points, four assists, eight rebounds and three steals.
The Purple Eagles top scorer was senior guard Maggie McIntyre, who had 16 points off of the bench to go along with three steals. Other contributors for Niagara were senior guard Jai Moore with nine points, junior forward Emerald Ekpiteta finished with eight points and four rebounds, and senior guard Morgan Baughman collected eight points of her own.
The win brought the Griffs to an overall record of 5-21. The loss sunk Niagara to a 9-18 overall record. In the MAAC standings, Niagara sits at eighth out of 11 teams, while the Griffs occupy last place. The Griffs have three games remaining while Niagara has two, giving Canisius a chance to get a leg up in the standings before it comes time for the conference tournament starting March 10 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Canisius has an opportunity to extend their winning streak to three games and total win count on the season to six when they take on Rider Saturday in Lawrenceville, N.J., with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.