The Fairfield University (15-10, 10-6 MAAC) women’s basketball team is in “Seventh Heaven,” riding a seven-game winning streak, and 9-out-of-10 for head coach Joe Frager.
But the Stags will have their work cut out trying to extend the unbeaten spree, which includes facing the top three teams in the MAAC conference, and on the road, no less, to end the season.
The grueling test begins tonight (Wednesday, February 17) at Siena (12-14, 9-7 MAAC) with a 7:00 PM tip-off. The Saints had sole possession of first place just a few weeks ago, but now are one game back from fourth place in the standings.
Fairfield poured in 80 points for the first time this season in defeating Monmouth 80-70 on February 14. It was back-to-back games that the Stags set a season-high in points scored, on the heels of their 76-49 triumph over St. Peter’s on February 12.
The current seven-game winning streak for Fairfield is the longest for the program since the 2013-14. With another victory, the Stags will have their longest winning streak since the 2009-10 season, when they won nine-straight en route to a MAAC Finals appearance.
The Stags still have a little more work to do to have their winning streak appear in the record books. A pair of 10-game winning streaks are tied for third all-time. The last time they did this was in 2000-01. The varsity record is 16-straight wins set in 1974-75, while the Division-I record is at 14-straight in 1990-91. The win streak is tied for the 21st nationally, with South Dakota State, Duquesne, UNC Asheville, and Little Rock also picking up seven-straight victories.
There is only one team in the country that will play the conference’s first, second, and third place team on the road to end the season, and they are the Fairfield Stags. The road trip begins at aforementioned Siena, followed by Marist, Iona, and Quinnipiac, who are all ranked on top of the table.
The Stags are looking to sweep the regular season from the Saints for the fourth time in the last five years and win their fifth-straight road game against the Saints. Fairfield took the first game of the season series with a 67-55 win at home on February 7. Kristin Schatzlein scored a career-high tying 22 points to lead the way.
The Saints have hit a rough patch, dropping four straight and six of their last seven contests after beginning their MAAC slate 7-0 for the first time in 14 years.