BUFFALO, NY - The Saint Peter's women's basketball team concluded its trip in Western New York with a setback to Canisius, 52-49 on Monday night in the Koessler Athletic Center.
"Our game plan was to pick our spots when we would go after them," said head coach Pat Coyle. "We had our shots down the stretch, as I told our players we are right there, we have to make things happen for ourselves."
Haley Dalonzo led the team with 12 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Zoe Pero followed Dalonzo with 10 points, D'Aviyon Magazine had nine points and Sajanna Bethea posted seven points and grabbed the team's best of seven rebounds. Brianna Tarabocchia added six points and Talah Hughes had five points.
It was a competitive match up as the Peacocks and the Golden Griffins went point for point in the first quarter. Tarabocchia, Magazine and Bethea combined for the nine points scored in the first quarter for the Peacocks. The Golden Griffins ended the quarter leading the Peacocks 12-9.
In the second quarter the Peacocks were unable to score right away and the Golden Griffins increased their lead to 17-9. The Peacocks closed in on the Golden Griffins, scoring six free throws in a row to bring it to within two. Magazine made a jumpshot, Bethea knocked down a free throw and the Peacocks ended the half behind the Golden Griffins 25-20.
In the third quarter, the Peacocks shot 71.7 percent from the field. The Peacocks posted nine points in the third quarter and the Golden Griffins scored 15 points to lead 40-29.
The Peacocks started the fourth quarter with a 13 point run to take the lead. Dalonzo posted six points, Tarabocchia made a three, Pero and Bethea made a layup and the Peacocks led Canisius 42-40. Canisius took back the lead by gaining five points 45-42. Dalonzo scored six more points and Bethea made a free throw before the Peacocks dropped the game to Canisius, 52-49.
Saint Peter's will stay on the road and travel to Lawrenceville, New Jersey to play the Rider Broncs on Friday, February 9. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.