Women’s basketball drops season opener to UB

Erika Joseph scored 11 points in the Griffs' season-opening loss to UB on Sunday. Photo: Dean Bogart/GoGriffs

The Canisius women’s basketball team opened up the 2020-21 campaign with an 87-45 loss to fellow Big 4 school Buffalo on Sunday at the Koessler Athletic Center.  

The game was close at the end of the first quarter with the scoreboard reading 18-11 in favor of the Bulls. At halftime it was 40-22, but things progressed to get out of hand for the Griffs from there.  

When it was all said and done, freshman guard Dani Haskell led Canisius with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 38 minutes. Other double-digit scorers for the Griffs were junior guard Erika Joseph with 11 and junior forward Kayla Jackson with 10.  

Buffalo was led by sophomore guard Dyaisha Fair with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and one steal. Other double-digit contributors included junior forward Adebola Adeyeye with 15 points and nine rebounds, sophomore center Elea Gaba with 13 points and three rebounds and redshirt senior forward Summer Hemphill with 11 points and six rebounds. 

The loss dropped the Griffs to 0-1, while the win improved the Bulls to 2-1. The Griffs will travel to Poughkeepsie next to face Marist back to back on December 11 and 12 to start MAAC play.  Buffalo heads to West Lafayette, Ind. to square off against the Purdue Boilermakers in a MAC/Big Ten showdown on December 9.

This year’s Canisius women’s basketball roster boasts two seniors, three juniors, five sophomores, and one freshman. The team will be looking to improve upon last year’s finish which saw them at 5-25 overall and 4-16 in the MAAC. With the various aspects of COVID-19 involved for this season, this game vs UB will be the only non-conference matchup for Canisius.

“This was our first time on the floor five-on-five with the numbers that we have and the injuries that we have. Today, we had 10 people on the floor together and dressed at the same time,” head coach Scott Hemer told GoGriffs.com. “It has been a challenge to develop some confidence and after having so much canceled due to COVID, we were able to go out and play a heck of a basketball team.”  

From here on out it is strictly MAAC opponents for the Griffs. The next time they would play a team from outside of the MAAC would be if they were to clinch a berth for a postseason tournament. The aforementioned makes it extra important to find a groove as early as possible to compete for a MAAC title and potentially have a run in March. 

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