Women’s basketball headed to Canisius on Saturday

Andrew Harner and Andrew Harner

The Falcon women’s basketball team’s second straight trip to New York probably won’t be any easier than the first.

After falling 70-54 against 10-0 St. Bonaventure last Friday, the Falcons will travel to Canisius (5-3) on Saturday for a 2 p.m. start.

Coach Curt Miller will not be available to speak with the media until tomorrow.

BG (6-3) had a poor shooting effort in the second half against St. Bonaventure, making just more than 20 percent of attempts.

Mid-American Conference Player of the Week Lauren Prochaska was the only Falcon to score in double-digits. She scored 21 points.

Prochaska leads the Falcon offensive attack, scoring 17.2 points per game and grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game. Fellow guards Tracy Pontius and Tamika Nurse average 12.6 and 11.0 points per game.

Canisius is led offensively by Ellie Radke and Brittane Russell, who score a combined 25 points per game. Radke also leads the team in rebounding with 5.4 per game.

But, the Golden Griffins rely on their defense more than their offense.

Canisius opponents are averaging just 52.4 points per game. The Falcon offense has scored 70.6 points per game, and only two Golden Griffins opponents have scored more than 60 points this season.

The women’s team will play seven games during Winter Break and play against Buffalo in Anderson Arena on Jan. 13.