Sanderlin and Sweny have career days as Canisius beat Siena

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Anna Sweny, along with Danielle Sanderlin, each had career days in the Griffs win over Siena on Saturday. (Emyle Watkins/The Griffin file photo)

By Marshall Haim

Sports Editor

Danielle Sanderlin and Anna Sweny each set multiple career-highs giving Canisius a 65-57 win over Siena at the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.

Sanderlin shattered her previous career-highs in points, rebounds and minutes in the win. The freshman scored a team-high 17 points while being one rebound shy of a double-double. Her 25 minutes of action shattered her previous high set on Jan. 7 at Rider (17).

The previous high for points in a game for Sanderlin was six, done twice, most recently at Rider. She shattered her previous record for rebounds (4) previously set on Nov. 26 at Bucknell.

Sanderlin also earned her third career start Saturday, her second consecutive game being in the starting five.

She credited that being a member of the starting five has not only benefited her but the team as a whole.

“I think I give a spark to us. If I’m starting, it’s just easier to get things going faster,” Sanderlin said. “Going in clear minded and coach was telling us the past two games to keeping trying and trying. If you try and try your hardest, good things will come.”

“Everybody’s personality has different gifts. Her personality, when she plays, is a very (intense) personality. You feel it and other people feel it,” head coach Terry Zeh added. “That may not be my personality, but if she is playing that way, it’s going to get me playing that way. That’s what she brings.”

The physicality that Sanderlin imposed down low was beneficial for Canisius during an impressive offensive stretch in the second quarter. In the quarter, Canisius went 7-of-14 from the field while outscoring Siena by 10 points, 15-5.

Canisius opened the quarter on a 15-0 run, helping Canisius get a 25-18 lead going into halftime. The Saints struggled offensively shooting 2-of-13 from the floor while turning the ball over seven times in the quarter, in part by a press utilized by the Griffs defense.

“I thought our press was good,” Zeh said. “They were just out of rhythm when they came back after attacking it. We made them take some of the shots we wanted them to take and got the rebounds. We got behind their pressure a couple times and got some layups. That fueled us and got people feeling good.”

Sweny along with her career-high six assists, recorded multiple steals for her sixth consecutive game Saturday earning two steals. She is averaging 2.7 assists, 2.3 steals and just one turnover in that six-game span.

“She’s throwing some passes that she was a little bit conservative to throw before,” Zeh said. “We had talked a couple games ago because she doesn’t want to turn it over, she got really conservative with passing the basketball. These last two games she’s finding people and getting them the basketball.”

Sara Hinriksdóttir also had nine rebounds for Canisius to go along with her 14 points. Tiana Pugh followed up her strong game on Thursday with 15 points and five rebounds.

Siena’s Kollyns Scarbrough had a game-high 32 points in the losing effort for the Saints (7-9, 2-3 MAAC). She also had her fourth double-double of the season, hauling in a career-high 14 rebounds. The senior was 11-of-20 (55.0 percent) from the floor, compared to the rest of her team that shot 8-of-44 (18.1 percent).

“I know her, I’ve watched her play for four years. She’s so strong,” Zeh stated. “I was a little disappointed that we didn’t stop her from going downhill. I’d much rather have her shoot from out there from three. Once she’s going downhill on an angle to the basket, she is so strong, even if she misses it she gets offensive rebounds. She was a bear out there.”

The Griffs (4-14, 2-4 MAAC) return to the road next weekend when they travel to the Garden State to face Saint Peter’s (Jan. 18) and Monmouth (Jan. 20). The next home game for Canisius will be Jan. 26, the annual Kids Day game, against Quinnipiac at 11 a.m.

 

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