Sunday, December 10, 2006

Women Win 2nd MAAC Game

Coming off of an impressive victory over Niagara in their MAAC opener, the Stags defeated Canisius 76-66 to improve to 5-5 (2-0 MAAC).

Fairfield trailed early and were down 36-31 at the half. However, they came back to outscore the Golden Griffins 45-30 in the second half, a large part due to limiting Canisius to 25.7% shoting in the 2nd.

Junior guard Meka Werts had the hot hand in this game, tying her career-high with 23 points while shooting 50% from the floor and beyond the arc as well. She also pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 3 assists.

Again the Stags out rebounded their MAAC opponent, 49-40. Freshman center Stephanie Geehan had 10 rebounds in only 20 minutes of playing time. She also added 8 points along with 2 blocks and steals apiece.

Megan Caskin '09 had another good game playing the point. Playing nearly the entire game, she racked up 7 assists with only three turnovers. The Stags had 18 turnovers total this game, not great but not terrible at the same time.

Sophomore forward Lauren Groom hasn't done much yet this year. But she broke out in this game, scoring 11 points in only 23 minutes (while also winding up with 9 rebounds) and jump started a 12-0 Fairfield run, when they retook the lead.

This win also snapped a six-game losing streak to Canisius and dropped the Golden Griffins to 6-3 (0-2 MAAC).

Despite all of the hoopla over the men's team with the arrival of Ed Cooley and swirling rumors of Dianne Nolan's job security, the women's team is turning out to be the team to watch at Fairfield.

The Stags have now won three games in a row and have some momentum going into Christmas break, but their next game is not until December 28th and Coach Nolan is going to have to keep her players sharp without game experience.

-Chris Simmons

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