FAIRFIELD, Conn. – There has been quite a few magical moments for the Fairfield University women’s basketball team over their last four games. The squad will look to add some more heart pounding action when they put their four-game winning streak on the line when they visit the leaders of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The Bobcats will also be bringing in their 17-game MAAC regular season winning streak to the in-state clash that tips off on Monday at 2pm at the TD Bank Sports Center.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Dreams came true for the Stags and Sam Kramer who are coming off one of the most dramatic victories in program history with a 68-67 overtime victory at Rider. With the clock winding down, Kramer got the inbounds pass at the top of the key and threw up a prayer of a 3-pointer with her arm being hit and falling down. She hit nothing but net and hit the ensuing free throw, converting a go-ahead 4-point play with 2.1 seconds left. The play was set up by many dramatic moments, including Rider hitting a game-tying 3-pointer with under a minute to play and another long range shot to take a three point lead with 4.7 seconds left. Fairfield needed some magic just to get into overtime, and they ha that touch with Kelsey Carey netting two game-tying lay-ups in the final minute of regulation with the latter coming with 28 seconds left. Carey led all players with a season-high 25 points with 14 of those points coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Stags had to fight all game long amid 22 turnovers but stayed within striking distance throughout.
KRAMER FOR FOUR!: Sam Kramer’s heroics at Rider was one of the most dramatic finishes in program history. Her 4-point play with 2.1 seconds left allowed the Stags to pull out a one-point victory. Kramer became the first Stag since Brittany MacFarlane on February 21, 2011 against Siena to convert a 4-point opportunity. Her shot was a little less dramatic as it came with 3:20 left in the contest and put the Stags within eight points. Kramer also became the first Stag rookie to hit a 3-pointer in an overtime period since Desiree Pina hit a long range shot on February 8, 2009 against Niagara.
THE BOBCATS SCOUTING REPORT: The second ranked mid-major team in the College Insider poll, the Bobcats will put a 17-game MAAC regular season game winning streak on the line on Monday. Quinnipiac also enters the game on top of several MAAC statistical categories including scoring offense (70.8), scoring defense (58.3), scoring margin (+12.3), field goal defense (.361), blocked shots (4.3), assists (17.1), steals (12.4), turnover margin (+7.1), and assist-turnover ratio (1.1). What truly is amazing about this Quinnipiac team is that they achieve those offensive numbers with their leading scorer Jen Fay averaging just 10.2 points per game. In fact, the Bobcats have just two players average double figures with Adily Martucci (10.1) the other Bobcat. The deepest team the Stags will play this year have 11 players average 10 minutes per game and seven average over 5.0 points.
UP NEXT: The Stags will make their annual trip to Western New York when they visit Niagara on Friday at 7pm.