Niagara's Jamie Sherburne brings the ball up against Canisius. (Photo courtesy of Stockton Photo)
BY RAY FLORIANI
Possessions: Canisius 59, Niagara 57
Offensive efficiency: Niagara 113, Canisius 109
The key factor: The eFG percentage. Niagara shot 58 percent, going 8-of-16 (50%) from downtown. On the defensive end, Jada Pierce’s club limited the Griffs to 43 percent eFG percentage. Niagara was guilty of a 25 percent turnover rate, which nearly cost them the game as Canisius had a 20-9 edge in points off turnovers.
Leading scorers and EF:
Niagara: Tiffany Corselli 22 points, 26 EF (on her 21st birthday)
Canisius: Maria Welch 20 points, EF 26
Notable: Crystal Porter of Canisius (13 points, 9 boards , 7 assists) had a game high 29 EF. Sam Lapszynski, with 11 points and 13 rebounds, led Niagara with an EF of 28.
“Last time we played them, (a 54-45 Canisius win) we came out slowly in the third quarter. We felt the third could make or break us, so we were determined to come out strong.” - Niagara guard Tiffany Corselli
“We got out to a slow start, down 8-2, but did not waver. This group has confidence. We learned a lot playing Canisius twice and took from that. I have felt good about our defense lately. Last week, we came here and held a good Siena team to 45 points. We are looking forward to the challenge of facing Quinnipiac.” - Niagara coach Jada Pierce