FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University women’s basketball game on Thursday night will have much more significance than the Stags looking for their sixth-straight win. It will also mark the annual Play 4 Kay contest where Fairfield will be raising money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for breast cancer research. Fairfield will don their pink uniforms when they welcome the Marist Red Foxes to the George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall as the two teams square off at 7pm. It will also be the first-ever Fairfield women’s basketball game at Alumni Hall that will be broadcasted on ESPN3.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags are coming off their fifth-straight win in another game that they never trailed with a 56-39 victory over Saint Peter’s. The game was won by the same two important messages during this winning streak: defense and team basketball. Defensively, the Stags held the Peacocks to just 14 field goals and a 28.6 shooting percentage in the victory. The shooting clip was the lowest by any opponent against the Stags this season, topping the 30.6 shooting performance against Manhattan in the game prior. Offensively, the Stags’ bench outscored their opposing reserves for the fourth-straight game, with Kristine Miller leading the way with 15 points off the bench. Miller also grabbed a team-high six rebounds and tied a season-high with three steals. Eight different players scored for the Stags, the second-straight game they had that many players in the scoring column. The Stags led wire-to-wire for the second-straight game and the third time in the last four games, a span where they have trailed for a combined 29 seconds.
IT’S PLAY 4 KAY: The Fairfield University women’s basketball program will be hosting their annual Play4Kay game tonight, and collecting donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Stags will be selling t-shirts for $10 to benefit the Norma Pfriem Breast Center. All t-shirts will be on sale at the concourse. The Stags have won their last five games when they have hosted this event, with their last loss coming to Loyola in 2011. During the streak, the Stags have defeated Saint Peter’s twice (2014, 2016), Canisius twice (2013, 2015), and Manhattan in 2012. This will be the second time the Stags have played in a Play4Kay game this year, with Manhattan hosting the event on February 12.
THE RED FOXES SCOUTING REPORT: Marist enters tonight’s game with an even 8-8 record in the conference, currently sitting one game back of fifth place and a first round bye in the MAAC tournament. The Red Foxes have lost their last three outings, dropping decisions to Quinnipiac, Niagara, and most recently a 65-46 setback at Rider. With injuries, Marist plays basically a seven player rotation with four players averaging 32 minutes or more. Rookie Rebekah Hand, a seven-time MAAC Rookie of the Week selection, leads the team averaging 13.2 points per game and a team best 6.8 rebounds per outing. Her twin sister Hannah Hand is the best shooter on the team statistically, connecting on 40 percent of her outside shots. Claire Oberdorf leads the team by draining 1.7 3-point field goals per contest. That has been Marist’s game plan through the 2016-17 season, as they average 7.9 3-pointers per game and made nine in the win against Fairfield back in December. As usual, the well-coached team has spread the basketball even with a limited roster. Four players average 2.3 assists or more per game this season. With those numbers, Marist has three players ranked in the top-15 in the conference in assists, with the Stags the only other team having that many players ranked in the top-15.
UP NEXT: The Stags will have their final road trip of the regular season when they travel to New Rochelle, N.Y., to take on the reigning MAAC Champions Iona on Sunday at 2pm.