Friday, December 29, 2006

Women’s Basketball Capsule: A preview of the Fairfield vs. Long Beach State game

This Saturday, the Stags square off against Long Beach State University at 5 p.m. E.T.

Fairfield (6-5) has a 2-0 conference record, while the 49ers (2-11) have yet to play a conference game.

On Thursday, LBSU beat UC Davis to end a three-game slide.

The Stags have won four straight and are running on all cylinders.

In its last game against UC Irvine, Fairfield dominated the boards and scored a season-high 78 points.

So far this season for the 49ers, Karina Figueroa leads the team with 11.4 points per game. She is the only player in double figures.

Kaiti O’Brien leads the team on the boards with 4.5 rebounds per game.

Only 1-5 at home and 1-6 away, LBSU has been outscored and outrebounded by its opponents.

The 49ers have struggled offensively, netting 60 or better only three times so far this year.

In contrast, Fairfield has surpassed the 70-point total in seven out of its first 11 games.

LBSU has been hurting for the better part of the season, as several players are currently sidelined or not at full-strength.

One of the biggest losses come Saturday will be Lauren Sims, one of the team’s better offensive players who recently injured her leg.

To send a message early, the Stags must take advantage of the 48ers’ less-than-stellar rebounding and jumpstart multiple fast breaks right from the get-go.

Look for Fairfield to be aggressive early, especially on the boards.

With the defense in place and the offense getting better by the game, the Stags are in great shape for their final game on the West Coast.

-Frank Romano

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