Any conference win is welcome for a college basketball team at this time of the year – especially against opponents who are higher in the standings.
So Canisius’ win over Fairfield at the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon was welcomed by the Golden Griffins.
Canisius captured a 63-49 win over the Stags before 772. The Griffins improved to 6-13 overall but 5-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Fairfield fell to 9-10, 6-4 MAAC.
Sophomore Sara Hinriksdottir continued to show improvement, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds. Hinriksdottir added three assists, and hit two of three from beyond the three-point line. She has been in double digits in scoring for the past eight games.
Three other Canisius players had 11 points: Margret Halfdanardottir, Maria Welch and Saliah Serrette. The Griffins had a 26-4 edge in points off the bench.
For Fairfield, Kelsey Carey led the way with 20 points. Samantha Cooper finished with 15 points while Casey Smith added 10.
“I thought it was a good team win,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “Defensively we’re really buying in to playing the way we want. We made things really tough on Carey and Smith inside. I liked that we handled ourselves really well on a team that’s bigger than us. I was also pleased with the way we were scoring at such a high percentage against a team that can make it so tough to score.”
Fairfield only shot 33.3 percent from the field, while the Golden Griffins were just under 50 percent.
Canisius pulled away in the second quarter. The Griffins had a 19-10 edge in that period, and took a 10-point lead at halftime.
A moment of silence was observed at the game for Sister Maria Pares. The former women’s basketball coach at Canisius College, who finished with 108 wins there, passed away earlier in the week.
This week, Canisius heads to Siena for a Thursday night game. Then it is on to Marist on Saturday.