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Defense the Key for Manhattan Women’s Basketball in victory over Canisius

Allison Skrec. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Allison Skrec. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

It was a stellar defensive effort for the Manhattan College Women’s Basketball team (2-8, 1-0 MAAC) in their 72-56 victory over Canisius College (4-7, 0-2 MAAC) to open up conference play at Draddy Gymnasium.

The Jaspers’ started the defensive effort from the starting second of the game, and continued their fine play throughout their Metro Atlantic  Athletic Conference opener against the Griffins. Manhattan had their hand in seemingly every play and proceeded to use their speed and skill for 30 points off of turnovers .

Manhattan finished the night with 18 steals, while the sheer pressure from the team causing 25 turnovers.  The Jaspers also had four fast break points, which was also vital to the ladies victory-as it was the team’s speed that helped win the game.

Three Jaspers’ players finished the game in double-digit scoring led by Senior guard Allison Skrec (Roselle, N.J.) who finished the game with 19 points. Skrec was followed by classmate Monica Roeder (Marlton, N.J.) who had 18 points and freshman Nicole Anderson (Hamden, Conn.) rounds things out with 10 points).

Roeder continues her climb up the Manhattan College scoring record book, as guard/forward moved past Meredith Morse into 14th place on Manhattan’s all-time scoring list.

As for the defensive end of the court Sophomore forward Shayna Ericksen (Long Valley, N.J.) finished the game with five steals, while also grabbing six rebounds. Roeder and Skrec had three steals each, and Sophomore guard Blake Underhill (Edgewater, N.J.) had two steals.

Canisius was tenacious in their play  reducing the margin to nine points on four different occasions. Manhattan was able to maintain their composure and keep the defensive pressure on to earn their first conference victory for the 2013-14 season.

Leading the way for the Griffins was  Junior guard Kayla Hoohuli who finished the game with 13 points, there was also a milestone moment for Canisius as  Senior Forward Jamie Ruttle scored her 1,000 career point in the opening moments of the second half of play. Ruttle became the 21st player in program history with 1,000 points.

Manhattan will not have much time to celebrate this first conference victory as the ladies will have a quick turnaround as they will be hosting Monmouth (1-11, 0-1 MAAC) at Draddy Gymnasium for Tuesday afternoon 2 p.m. contest.

Notes: The Jaspers defeated Canisius at Draddy Gymnasium for the fifth consecutive season and have won seven of their last eight against the Griffs…Manhattan won its MAAC opener for the third straight year and the fourth time in Olenowski’s five-year tenure…The Jaspers used their sixth different starting combination in as many games, and have now had eight different starting lineups this season…The 18 steals were Manhattan’s most in a game since the Jaspers had 21 against Holy Cross in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) on March 18, 2012

Fans can also check out our photo gallery below:

http://1495sports.com/2013/12/30/photo-gallery-manhattan-wbb-v-canisius-college-1229/

We also have a video with a taste of the action from the game seen below:

http://1495sports.com/2013/12/30/video-manhattan-wbb-v-canisius-college-1229/

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