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WBB live blog: Cornell at Canisius

Final: Canisius 62, Cornell 45

The Griffs extend their winning streak to three games and improve to 6-5 overall. Jamie Ruttle tied her career high with 20 points.

Second half

2:38 left: Canisius leads, 58-41. It's more of the same at the KAC as the Griffs roll to their third straight win.

7:50 left: Canisius leads, 50-31. Jamie Ruttle will be shooting a free throw out of the time out. She has 17 points and seems to have found her groove in the last few games for the Griffs. Just in time for MAAC season after the first of the  year.

11:46 left: Canisius leads, 45-22. Not a lot of scoring. Quite a few turnovers. Yep, it's a 19-point game. Focus can be difficult to maintain at these times on both sides of the scoreboard.

15:43 left: Canisius leads, 41-22. It's been a slow start to the secondh alf, but the Griffs have continued to have the better opportunities created from their defense.

Halftime

Canisius leads, 37-22. The Giffs have six three-pointers and three traditional three-point plays. The Griffs are 6 for 10 from three-point range and shooting 48.1 percent (13 of 27) overall. They also have 11 assists on those 13 baskets. Defensively, Canisius has turned 10 Cornell turnovers into 15 points. The Big Red are shooting just 38.1 percent (8 of 21).

First half

3:46 left: Canisius leads, 32-18. Oh the Griffs feel in control of this one though the last few minutes got a bit sloppy on both ends.

7:43 left: Canisius leads, 28-16. The three-pointers for the Griffs continue, only they're coming in the and-one category. The Griffs look strong and smooth.

10:10 left: Canisius leads, 23-13. A nice 10-0 run by the Griffs took the game from a 13-all tie to a double-digit affair. Three-pointers from Kayla Hoohuli and Ashley Durham bookened the run which featured a nice steal by Jen Morabito who fed a streaking Ashley Wilkes for a layup and a pretty post play by Jen Lennox.

15:50 left: Canisius leads, 6-3. Today's game is brought to you by the three-point arc. All points have been scored on three-pointers so far, though Canisius had a sweet pass into the post, but the shot by Jamie Ruttle just dind't fall. Cornell meanwhile blew a two-on-one fastbreak layup. The Griffs 2-3 zone defense is looking aggressive and solid and appears to be rebounding fairly well. Though it's early. Very early.

Pregame

Welcome to another doubleheader night at the Koessler Center where the Canisius women kick it off hosting Cornell. The Golden Griffins are on a two-game winning streak with victories at Kent State and vs. Albany. The Griffs continue to be an effective passing team, leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 14.4 assists per game. Want more stats? The Giffs have an assist on 72.7 percent of their field goals which ranks second in the country. Junior guard Ashley Durham had back-to-back career highs of eight assists in the last two Canisius wins.

Cornell enters the game at 3-6 overall coming off a 73-49 loss at Manhattan. The Big Red have lost its last four games to MAAC opponnets.

--- 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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