Fairfield Holds Off Saints on Kid's Day
Jan. 10, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Fairfield made its final four shots of the game including a pair of clutch threes from Alexys Vazquez as the Stags defeated Siena 66-59 at the ARC. A total of 2,368 fans turned out for the Third Annual BlueShield of Northeastern New York Kid's Day Game, marking the second largest crowd ever to see a Siena Women's Basketball game at the ARC.
Only the 2005-06 season opener on Nov. 18, 2005 vs. eventual National Champion Maryland was larger in drawing a crowd of 3,780. Ten Capital Region-area schools turned out for the game as part of the "Saints in the Community" Adopt-A-School program.
Vazquez scored nine straight points on a trio of threes for Fairfield (8-6, 2-1), the first of which put the Stags back on top 52-49 with 3:56 remaining. Vazquez added two more trifectas and Christelle Akon-Akech contributed two driving layups in the final minute with the shot clock winding down as Fairfield won its fourth in a row over the Saints (4-10, 0-3).
Early on, the Saints fed off the energy of the crowd. Siena went on a 12-0 run, opening an early 14-6 advantage. The Saints lead grew to as much as 10 - 20-10 - on a Clara Sole Anglada jumper with 11:02 to play.
But Siena, which made eight of its first 11 shots, cooled off. The Saints missed seven of their next eight shots and ultimately went scoreless over a seven-minute span. That opened the door for Fairfield which responded with an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead.
Siena would rediscover its offense late in the first half and battled back to close the stanza on a 10-3 run to take a 30-24 lead at the break.
Fairfield opened the second half on a 12-3 run to reclaim a 36-33 lead at the 12:42 mark. Siena would tie the game twice more thereafter but could never wrestle back the lead.
Brittany Obi-Tabot led Fairfield with career-highs of 20 points and four steals, while Vazquez finished with 12.
Four Saints combined to score 57 of the teams 59 points as all four finished in double figures. Ida Krogh led the way with 16 points, while Lily Grenci added a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Tehresa Coles established a new career-high with 15 points, while Sole finished with 11 for the Saints which have dropped four straight.
The Saints return to action Sunday for their final doubleheader of the season with the men's team at the Times Union Center. The women host Manhattan for a noon tip.