Final: Buffalo 62, Canisius 57.
3:48 left: Buffalo, 53-51. We have ourselves a ballgame. Jamie Ruttle scored seven straight points for Canisius -- on two free throws, a three-pointer and a jumper -- to keep the Griffs in the game. But the Bulls are still getting points off the glass and ahve three players with double-figure rebounds.
7:39 left: Buffalo, 42-40. The Bulls are dominating the glass, 46-34, including 20 offensive rebounds. If Buffalo could shoot a bit better (18 of 56 for 32.1 percent for the game) it would be in control of this game.
11:37 left: Buffalo, 40-35. The Bulls are on a 10-2 run fueled by good play in the low post and solid defense which is turning missed shots and turnovers into fastbreak scoring opportunities.
15:50 left: Canisius, 33-30. A three-pointer from Brittany Hedderson opened the half for the Bulls to tie the game, 28-28. The teams exchagned baskets with Jamie Ruttle hitting a three-pointer to give the Griffs the edge into the first official timeout of the half.
Canisius, 28-25. Allison Braun leads the Griffs with nine points while Jamie Ruttle has eight. Canisius is shooting just 28.1 percent (9 for 32) but have four three-pointers giving them the scoring edge. Brittany Hedderson has nine points for the Bulls who are shooting just 29.4 percent ( 10 of 34). They have the edge in post play with 10 points in the paint, 10 second-chance points and a 27-21 edge in rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end.
2:00 left: Canisius, 25-21. Same pace. The game is full of missed shots (both teams are shooting below 30 percent) and 14 total turnovers.
6:36 left: Canisius, 21-17. The Griffs finally started hitting shots, including another three-pointer from Jmaie Ruttle and one for Allison Braun in a 16-6 run. Hurting the Bulls are turnovers -- six of them in total which have resulted in six points for the Griffs.
11:23 left: Buffalo, 13-9. Four free throws from Ashley Durham have helped Canisiuis accumulate some points. The Griffs are 6 for 6 from the line but just 1 for 13 (7.7 percent) from the field. The Bulls have control of the post with eight points in the paint and a 12-10 edge n rebounds.
15:58 left: Buffalo, 7-3. Brittany Hedderson opened the scoring with a three-pointer for the Bulls and has five points. Jamie Ruttle's three-pointer put Canisius on the board. The Griffs are shooting just 10 poercent (1 for 10) while the Bulls are 3 for 6 (50 percent).
Big 4 women's hoops continues in Alumni Arena as the University at Buffalo hosts Canisius. The Bulls (2-6) opened the season with a win over Niagara but have lost five straight games, thanks in large part to a brutal schedule that included road losses to Syracuse, Dayton and No. 2 Conneticut.
The Golden Griffins (3-3) meanwhile have won two straight. This marks their second Big 4 matchup of the season as the Griffs opened with a home loss to St. Bonaventure. Freshman Kayla Hoohuli was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after averaging 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two wins for Canisius.
Expectations for this game? First one to 40 points wins. Then again, I called a high scoring game between the Canisiuis and Iona men's basketball teams last week and was way off base. Still, anticipate a slightly sloppy and low-scoring game as both teams try to find their groove before league play kicks in.
--- Amy Moritz