Dec. 28, 2010

Box Score

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) scored a game-high 19 points but Canisius defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team, 58-48, at the Koessler Athletic Center Tuesday.

Sanders went 5-for-14 from the field and 8-of-8 from the foul line, collecting four rebounds for UMES (2-7), which fell for the fourth consecutive game. Canisus (4-7), which received 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from Jen Morabito, won for just the second time in seven games.

Canisus started the second half with a 15-7 run over more than nine minutes to open a 21-21 tie at halftime. Micayla Drysdale punctuated the stretch with a jumper to extend the Golden Griffins' lead to eight with 10:47 to play at 36-28. A tightly contested game with six ties scores and seven lead changes, Canisius didn't look back from there.

The Griffs used a 44.4 percent (12-for-27) shooting second half to best UMES, which was held to just 27.1 percent on 13-for48 from the floor for the game.

Morabito was 4-for-7 from 3-point range on the night and extended the Canisius advantage to 39-30 with 8:53 remaining with a three before UMES rallied to score nine of next 11 points and cut it to 39-41 game at the 5:14 mark when Bria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) hit a 3-pointer. Sanders recorded five points in the run, including a trey of her own prior to an Allison Braun jump shot that preceded Jackson's long ball.

A Jen Lenox free throw and Jamie Ruttle jumper pushed the lead back to five at 44-39 with 4:14 left before another Jackson bucket a minute later pulled UMES with a 44-41 score. That was as close as the Lady Hawks got the rest of the night, though, as five unanswered by Morabito on a three and fastbreak layup sealed the victory, lengthening the Canisius lead to 49-41 with 2:44 remaining.

Ruttle also had double digits with 12 points and a team-high-tying six rebounds. Jackson finished with 12 points, two assists and two steals for UMES.



UMES erased an early 11-5 Canisius lead with an 8-0 run to take a 17-15 edge with 2:25 left in the opening half when Sanders converted a layup off a Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) feed. After a Drysdale basket tied the game at 17-17, Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) drained a trifecta to put UMES ahead 20-17 with 1:44 before the break. Canisius closed the gap with the help of a Braun jumper in transition to send the teams into the locker room all square.

Finney and LaKendra Wilkerson (Greensboro, N.C.) each had four points and four boards off the bench, while Parker pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

UMES returns home Jan. 2 for a 3 p.m. game with American.

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