WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS RETURN HOME FOR A REMATCH WITH CANISIUS
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Canisius Golden Griffs (4-12, 3-4 MAAC) at Monmouth Hawks (7-8, 2-4 MAAC)
Monmouth cut Siena’s lead to seven with 5:16 left in the third quarter, but the Saints ran away with the win behind 34 points from Jackie Benitez on Thursday night, 85-76. Siena shot 31-59 (52.5%) from the field and 8-11(72.7%) from three, led by the sophomore guard Benitez who scored a MAAC season-high 34 points (10-13 FG, 6-7 3FG) in the win. Freshman Kayla Shaw added 19 points on 5-9 three-pointers for Monmouth, while classmate Alaina Jarnot added 13 points and five assists in the loss. The Hawks fell to 7-8 on the year and 2-4 in the conference, and return home for a 2:00 PM matchup with Canisius Sunday. Shaw now leads the Hawks with 12.1 points per game, and has gone into double-figures 10 times this season while starting five games. She has made five three-pointers in five games this season, including each of the last three games.
SCOUTING THE CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFS
Although Canisius has lost seven out of its last nine games, they come into Sunday having won its last contest against Saint Peter’s. The Golden Griffs defeated the Peacocks on Friday by a score of 59-54, led by sophomore Sara Hinriksdottir’s 19 points who leads the team with 14.9 points per game and 5.5 rebounds through the first 16. Senior guard Lauren D’Hont is adding 10.9 points per game and 4.5 rebounds. Nine players are averaging at least 10 minutes per game, led by Hinriksdottir and D’Hont who play over 30 minutes per game. In addition to conference wins over Monmouth and Saint Peter’s, Canisius bested MAAC opponent Manhattan on January 2, 62-57.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. CANISIUS
Canisius evened up the all-time series after its 74-54 triumph over Monmouth on December 4. The teams gear up for their ninth meeting with the series locked at 4-4. In Buffalo last month, the Golden Griffins shot 32-60 (53.3%) from the field and 7-15 (46.7%) from three. In comparison, Monmouth shot 22-73 (30.1%) and 4-26 (15.4%) from deep. Freshman Taylor Nason went into double-digits for the first time in her young career, scoring 11 points and adding a career-high nine rebounds.