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Live from Koessler: Canisius vs. Rider

It's the final week of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball season and Canisius looks to gain some momentum for the tournament.

The Golden Griffins host Rider at 2 p.m. with both teams sporting 4-11 MAAC records. Rider is coming off a triple-overtime win at niagara on Friday while the Griffs lost to Iona.

In that Friday night loss to Iona, Canisius saw its NCAA Division I record for consecutive games with a made three-pointer end. The Griffs went 0-for-12 from three-point range in that game after the team had made a three-pointer in 510 straight games. The streak dated back to Jan. 11, 1994.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final:  Canisius wins, 70-28. That ties for the most points scored by the Griffs this season and marks the fewest they've allowed.

Second half

15:51 left: Canisius leads, 48-19. Drysdale hit another 3-pointer to spark the Griffs offense at the tart of the half. She has nine points.

13:21 left: Rider calls time out as Canisius extends its lead to 52-19.

10:49 left: The bench is getting quality playing time for the Griffs, who have a 52-23 lead.

7:36 left: Not much scoring this half, as Canisius holds a 54-25 lead. With her 11 points, Drysdale has double figures in four straight games -- the best streak of her career.

3:41 left: The Griffs lead, 66-25 and are poised to close this out.

Halftime: Canisius leads, 41-15. Jen Lennox has nine points for the Griffs while Jen Morabito and Jamie Ruttle each have seven. The Griffs shot 57.1 percent (16 of 28) in the first half while Rider shot just 20 percent (5 for 25). The Griffs converted nine Rider turnovers into 12 points.

This marks the biggest halftime lead for the Griffs since a 48-13 lead over Colgate on Nov. 12, 2007.

First half

2:04 p.m.: Tip-off!

15:45 left: Canisius leads, 11-2. The Griffs began a new three-point streak when Micayla Drysdale hit from long range in the first minute of the game. Freshman Jamie Ruttle has played well in the post on both ends of the floor to start the game. She has four points in the Griffs' opening run.

9:47 left: Canisius leads, 17-9. Rider is starting to outwork the Griffs in the post.

7:54 left: The Griffs extend their lead to 21-9. Canisius is playing solid defense and converting turnovers into points or productive possessions. 

2:40 left: Canisius leads, 38-12. The Griffs are shooting 62.5 percent from the field (15 of 24) including going 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Rider is just 4 of 23 from the field (17.4 percent).

--- Amy Moritz

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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