Monday, January 1, 2007

Women’s Basketball Capsule: A preview of the Fairfield vs. St. Francis game

This Tuesday, Fairfield squares off against St. Francis at 7:30 p.m. in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Stags (6-6) have a 2-0 conference record, while the Terriers (4-8) are 0-2 in the NEC.

St. Francis’ last game came on Dec. 29th, when it lost to Army, 43-57. The Terriers failed to notch more than 60 points for the seventh time so far this season.

The Terriers played very well in the first half, but coughed the lead up little by little in the second.

St. Francis gave up costly scoring drives that it just could not recover from.

Tiffany Hill leads the Terriers with 15.3 points per game. Close behind her is Katja Bavendam, with 13.8.

Bavendam is also one of two Terriers with eight-plus rebounds per game.

Aside from Hill and Bavendam, St. Francis does not really have any other offensive weapons.

Despite a loss to Long Beach State last week, the Stags have shown anything but an offensive dearth.

The loss marked the first time in five games where Fairfield scored less than 75 points. After a shaky first half, the Stags came back to score 45 points in the second, but fell just short in the end.

Nonetheless, the last 20 minutes of play will serve as a reminder to all Stag opponents of what this squad can do when everything’s firing on all cylinders.

Look for the Stags to capitalize on the Terriers’ high turnover rate (19.5 per game) and come at them with their suffocating defense and rebounding skills.

Fairfield must string together not one, but two quality halves to ensure victory.

If the Stags continue to play like they did in the second half versus LBSU, they will be in great shape to close out their final game of an eight-game road trip with a win.

-Frank Romano

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