Hinriksdottir five shy of 1,000 career points after Tuesday’s win

 

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Sara Hinriksdóttir scored 19 points in Tuesday’s win, giving her 995 career points at Canisius. (Marshall Haim/The Griffin)

 

By Marshall Haim

Sports Editor

Check out our photo gallery from this game: Photo Gallery: Canisius 72, Niagara 66

 

For the fifth consecutive game and the 10th time in their last 11, the Canisius women’s basketball team defeated their rival, Niagara.

In the 72-66 win on Tuesday at the Taps Gallagher Center in Lewiston, Canisius had to overcome some sloppy play in the first half but countered it by stellar play in the latter half.

As a team, Canisius had 13 turnovers in the first half before limiting that number to seven in the second half. The Griffs relied hevily on their shooting as they shot 47 percent from the floor for the game, their second-best mark on the season. In the second half they shot 48.1 percent (13-of-27).

Sara Hinriksdóttir and Margrét Hálfdanardóttir each scored a team-high 19 points in the win for the Griffs.

Hinriksdóttir is now five points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau. She will become the 23rd player in Canisius history to surpass the century mark. Kayla Hoohuli was the last to do so in the 2014-15 season. Hálfdanardóttir is 58 points shy of reaching the century mark with at least two games left to play in her Canisius career.

Danielle Sanderlin (11 points) and Maria Welch (10 points) were the other Canisius players to net double-figure point totals.

Welch, who was returning after a five-game absense, added six rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes off the bench for the Griffs. Tiana Pugh, who did not make the trip to Niagara, missed her sixth consecutive game.

Niagara’s Jai Moore tied a career-high for points (20) in the loss. The sophomore shot 8-of-16 from the floor. Victoria Rampado added 16 points and eight rebounds in her final regular season appearance against Canisius. The 16 points for the Niagara Falls, Ont. native is her lowest point total since scoring 16 at Manhattan on Feb. 9.

Rampado, the leading scorer in the entire conference, has had 15 games with 20-plus points, including five of her last seven.

Kaylee Stroemple and Jamie Sherburne added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Purple Eagles (11-17, 8-9 MAAC).

Canisius (10-18, 8-9 MAAC) currently sits in a tie for seventh place in the MAAC standings with Niagara. The Griffs hold the tiebreaker (head-to-head) after sweeping the season seires with the Purple Eagles. A Manhattan loss to Saint Peter’s on Friday night would draw a three-way tie for sixth place in the MAAC, but Canisius would remain the seventh seed since the Jaspers swept the Griffs in the regular season.

If the season ended today, Canisius would be the No. 7 seed and would end up playing the No. 10 seed Iona on March 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany to open the MAAC Tournament. The winner would advance to play the No. 2 seed, currently held by Marist.

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