Fairfield Women Have Foes Behind Eight Ball

By John Cirillo

The Fairfield University (16-10, 11-6 MAAC) women’s basketball team has had its rivals “Behind the Eight Ball” for the past month, and extended its winning streak to eight in a row with a convincing 71-51 road victory at Siena on Wednesday night. Head coach Joe Frager’s Stags have won 10 of their last 11.

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Hats off to Schatz

Kristin Schatzlein (12 ppg) led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting, and also added a career-best five steals and dished out four assists.

Samantha Cooper recorded her seventh career double-double with 14 points and 12 boards. The Stags are now 6-1 when she records a double-double. “Coop” is Fairfield’s “Chairman of the Boards” with 8 rpg.

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Kelsey tops Stags scoring leader board

Kelsey Carey is the Stags top scorer this season with 12.4 ppg, followed by “Schatz” and then Casey Smith with 11.4 ppg.

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Casey third to Kelsey and Kristin among Fairfield’s balanced scoring 

Fairfield secured its ninth-straight MAAC winning season under coach Frager, who remains the only conference coach in history to have nine consecutive winning conference records to begin a career.

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Smokin’ Joe Frager running out of fingers to count the wins

Fairfield will face its sternest stretch of the season in the next two weeks, squaring off against the MAAC’s three premier teams that are tightly bunched in the standings – Marist, Iona and Quinnipiac – all on the road to wrap up the regular season campaign.

The trio of critical contests starts on Sunday afternoon (February 21) at third place Marist (13-13, 12-4 MAAC), with a 2:00 PM matinee tip-off.

The current eight-game winning streak for Fairfield is the longest for the program since the 2009-10 season, when they won nine-straight en route to a MAAC Finals appearance.

The Stags 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 tie 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.

The Stags will try to even the season’s series against Marist, having lost at home on December 6, 72-57, to the Red Foxes at Alumni Hall.

 

 

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