Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Women's Basketball Capsule: A preview of the Fairfield vs. UC Irvine game

This Thursday, the Stags square off against UC Irvine at 8 p.m. ET.

Fairfield (5-5) has a 2-0 conference record, while the Anteaters (2-9) have yet to play a Big West conference game.

UC Irvine is coming off a five-game slide, while the Stags have won three straight.

So far this season for the Anteaters, Kelly Cochran leads the team with 12.4 points per game. Joining her in double figures is Angie Ned with 11.9 and Stephanie Duda with 11.6.

Duda leads the team on the boards with 10.5 rebounds per game.

Only 1-5 at home and 1-4 away, UC Irvine has had trouble finding its own rhythm.

The Anteaters’ last game came on the 21st versus Army, where they got outrebounded and flat-out outplayed.

Despite strong showings from Ned and Duda, they had major scoring lapses and allowed Army to go on several prolific drives.

While UC Irvine will look to get something going this Thursday, Fairfield will look to keep something alive.

After winning their first two conference games in early December, the Stags are currently on a three-game winning streak.

In its last outing against Canisius, Fairfield had quality minutes from its starting five and its role players.

Junior Meka Werts led the team with 23 points, sophomore Megan Caskin notched seven assists and freshman Stephanie Geehan had 10 boards.

Despite a high turnover rate per game, the Stags are really coming together on offense.

Caskin has settled into the point and has generated a lot of momentum for the squad.

Tara Flaherty `10 and Baendu Lowenthal `09 provide a solid frontcourt, while Sabra Wrice ’08 and Werts add to a strong backcourt.

Having last played Dec. 10th, the Stags need to come out with the same intensity that has characterized their play since day one.
This is especially important since the Anteaters’ will be fresh after their game against Army last week.

Coming into the game for the Stags, three players are in double figures on offense.

Wrice continues to lead the squad with a team-high 14.0 points per game, while Werts and sophomore Lowenthal have 12.0 and 10.3, respectively.

If Fairfield continues to execute on offense and maintain its strong defensive play, the Stags will be in good shape.

-Frank Romano

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