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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The journey to become the next Fairfield player to 1,000 career points will probably come to an end on Sunday. Casey Smith will enter the game with 997 career points and Kelsey Carey will bring in 996 points as the Fairfield University Women’s Basketball team will travel to Manhattan looking for their fourth-straight win. The first player who tallies 1,000 points will become just the 29th player in program history to achieve the feat. The game will tip off on Sunday at 3pm.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Stags are coming off their third-straight win as they put forth their best defensive effort of the season with a 50-38 victory against Saint Peter’s. Fairfield set defensive season-best numbers in points allowed (38), points allowed in the first half (16), opponent field goal attempts (41), 3-pointers made (one), 3-point percentage (.077), free throws made (five), free throws attempted (seven), and assists (four) in the victory. On the offensive side, the story for the Stags came in the second half when the team shot 70 percent (14-for-20) in the final 20 minutes while scoring 32 points. What makes that number even more impressive is that the Stags missed their first two attempts in the third quarter. The Stags made nine-straight attempts spanning from the 4:32 mark in the third until the 4:16 spot in the fourth. Casey Smith all 14 of her points in the second half while hitting seven of her nine attempts. The Stags had another balanced scoring effort with eight different players recording points.
WHAT COULD BE HISTORY: The fact that two teammates can achieve the 1,000 point mark in the same game is a pretty rare occurrence. In fact it would be just the unoffically fifth tim in NCAA Division I history that a duo of teammates have accomplished the feat. Ironically, the last time came exactly three years ago on February 12, 2014 when Navy’s Kara Pollinger and Audrey Bauer achieved the milestone against Bucknell. The other three recorded instances are: Rhvonja Smith and Sophia Witherspoon (Florida, vs Alabama-Hunstville, Dec., 13, 1990); Krystal Vaughn and Quantria Hollingsworth (VCU vs Old Dominion, Jan. 14, 2008); and D’Andra Moss and Kita Walker (VCU vs Old Dominion in 2009-10).
THE JASPERS SCOUTING REPORT: Manhattan comes into the game on a three-game losing streak after dropping a five point road decision at Siena on Friday. After missing six games, the Jaspers return their star player in guard Amani Tatum who was one the national leaders in steals before suffering an injury that would force her out of the lineup. The guard still leads the team with 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She is also second on the team with 10.6 points per game. The best all-around player for Manhattan is post player Kayla Grimme who is coming off a six block performance at the Saints. She is the team and conference leader with 2.1 blocks per game and is the team leader 12.9 points per contest. She also paces the team with 7.9 rebounds.
UP NEXT: The Stags will travel to Saint Peter’s on Valentine’s Day on Tuesday at 5pm.