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WBB live blog: Rider at Canisius

Final: Canisius 60, Rider 54.

The Griffs imporve to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in the MAAC with Kayla Hoohuli and Ashley Wilkes each scoring 13.

Second half

5:56 left: Canisius leads, 47-37. There's some solid defense by the Griffs and a bit of ball luck, too. On the offensive end Wilkes is having another great game with 13 points.

11:38 left: Canisius leads, 36-35. Three-pointers from Emily Fazzini and Kornelija Valiuskyte have helped the Broncs keep pace with the Grffs.

13:50 left: Canisius leads, 33-29. Wilkes scored seven straight points incluidng a three-pointer which was immediately followed by a three from Ashley Durham to regain the lead for the Griffs. The run forced Rider to call timeout.

15:59 left: Rider leads, 27-25. The Broncs scored the first six points of the half to take the lead. A nice finish in the low post by Ashley Wilkes ended the run and seemed to steady the Griffs.

Halftime: Canisius leads, 23-21. Hoohuli leads all scorers with nine points, all on three-pointers. Neither team shot particularly well as the Griffs hit 26.9 percent (7 of 26) and Rider 26.7 percent (8 of 30).

First half

3:45 left: Canisius leads, 19-15.Courtney VandeBovenkamp will be shooting two free throws out of the time out. Another physical defensive class in the MAAC.

11:01 left: Canisius leads, 11-9. Hoohuli stretched it to three straight three-pointers for an 11-6 Griffs lead but Canisius missed some shots and Rider connected to close the gap.

15:31 left: Canisius leads, 8-6. Three-pointers by freshman Kayla Hoohuli are the difference for the Griffs early on, though Rider's MyNeshia McKenzie has two from outside also, incluidng one that a flat, dead bank in from where the rin and the backboard meet.

Pregame

Today is the last of six doubleheaders at the Koessler Athletic Center and the Canisius women's team is looking to put together back-to-back wins tipping off against Rider at noon. The Golden Griffins defeated Loyola, 65-55, on Friday when junior Ashley Wilkes had a career-high 19 points in 23 minutes.

Team captain, junior Allison Braun, remains out indefinetly with a leg injury. In her last 14 games she was shooting  50.7 percent from the field. Sophomore Jamie Ruttle leads the Griffs in scoring (11.0) and reboudning (5.3). The Griffs are 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the MAAC.

Rider is 10-10 overall and 2-7 in the MAAC and winless on the road in the conference this year. Sophomore MyNeshia McKenzie leads the team with 11.4 points a game.

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