Quinnipiac wins 12th straight over Canisius

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Danielle Sanderlin scored 12 points in Friday’s loss at Quinnipiac. (Tom Wolf/Canisius College)

By Marshall Haim

Sports Editor

Saying Quinnipiac is good would be putting it lightly.

They are downright dominant.

For the 12th straight contest between Quinnipiac and Canisius, the Bobcats came out victorious, 64-39, at TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Griffs have yet to beat Quinnipiac in the five years since the Bobcats joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2013.

Both teams came out of the gate slow shooting a combined 26 percent (15-of-58) in the first half. Canisius only scored 18 points in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 4-of-21 (19 percent) from the floor. The Griffs went over 10 minutes without a field goal at one point in the opening half.

Quinnipiac, however, would outscore the Griffs in the second half, 40-23, paving their way towards their 15th consecutive victory. It is also their 24th straight win over a MAAC opponent. In the 24-game win streak over MAAC opponents, 12 of those games have been by at least 20 points (including six of the last seven and eight of their last 11).

The Bobcats shot 43 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes (13-of-30), including 6-of-14 (43 percent) from three-point range. Aryn McClure scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the second half. The junior was the lone Bobcats player to notch a double-figure scoring total, going along with her team-best seven rebounds while adding three assists, three blocks and two steals.

Tricia Fabbri, Quinnipiac’s head coach who is currently in her 24th year at the helm of the Quinnipiac program, earned her 399th career win.

Danielle Sanderlin registered her third double-figure scoring total for Canisius, leading the Griffs with 12 points. The freshman scored all of her points in the second half, shooting 4-of-7 from the field while also going 4-of-6 from the free throw line. The freshman forward added five rebounds in just 21 minutes of action.

Margrét Hálfdanardóttir and Saliah Serrette each chipped in with eight points.

Sara Hinriksdóttir, the Griffs’ leading scorer, was held to a season-low two points. She was held without a field goal on the night, missing on all five of her shot attempts.

For the second consecutive game, Maria Welch and Tiana Pugh both did not play. Terry Zeh, following Monday’s win over Saint Peter’s, said that both players were considered day-to-day.

Quinnipiac dominated the offensive glass hauling in 14 rebounds compared to Canisius’ five. The Bobcats had nine more totals rebounds than the Griffs, 41-32.

Forcing turnovers was another key attribute to the Bobcats’ success. Twelve of Canisius’ 19 turnovers were caused by Qunnipiac steals. McClure, Jen Fay, Carly Fabbri and Brittany Martin all had two steals each. The Bobcats were able to score 26 points off Canisius cough ups.

Canisius (8-16, 6-7 MAAC) will head to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face Marist (15-10, 11-2) for a Sunday matinee at the McCann Center for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

Marist cruised to a 78-53 victory over Canisius on Jan. 28 at the Koessler Athletic Center. Alana Gilmer tied a career-high for points (27) in the previous meeting for the Red Foxes. Welch was the Griffs’ leading scorer with 11.

Quinnipiac (20-5, 14-0) will look to give Coach Fabbri her 400th career victory when the Bobcats battle Siena with Sunday at 2 p.m. in Loudonville, N.Y.

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