LOUDONVILLE, NY - After scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, Siena Women's Basketball defeated Fairfield 51-40 at the Alumni Recreation Center. The Saints extended their win streak to three-straight while the 40 points allowed are tied for the fewest under head coach Ali Jaques and least since March 3, 2012, against Manhattan at the MAAC Tournament when the Jaspers scored 33.
Samantha Cooper, who is averaging a double-double on the season, led the way for Fairfield (7-12, 4-4) with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Khadidiatou Diouf added 11 points with and seven rebounds for the Stags.
Siena started the game on a 4-0 run, but five points by Cooper put the Stags up 5-4 early. The Saints followed that with an 8-0 run to jump ahead 12-5. Fairfield would end on a 5-0 run, but the Saints would hold onto a 12-10 lead following the Stags connecting on just three field goals in the first quarter.
Following a Rawls trey, the Stags hit two free-throws before the Saints went on a 6-0 run to lead 21-12. Fairfield did not hit a field goal until the 1:47 mark in the second frame after shooting just 23% from the field in the quarter. The Stags ended on a 6-0 run, but Siena still held onto a 21-18 lead heading into the locker room.
There would be four ties and three lead changes in the third quarter. Continuing from the second quarter, the Stags extended their run to 11-0 to jump ahead 23-21. The two teams would exchange points back and forth until the score would be tied 31-31 after three quarters played.
For the eighth time this season, Siena scored 20 or more points in the final quarter. It was a slow start for both teams in the final frame with Fairfield leading 36-34 with 8:07 to play, but the Saints would not quit. In the final 5:16 the Saints outscored the Stags 17-4 to take the victory 51-40. Rawls hit nine of her points in those final five minutes, including six from the free-throw line. Against Fairfield, Siena has now won the last two at the Alumni Recreation Center and has won three of the last six.
Siena's 14 steals were tied for the most against any opponent this season, while this was the fourth game the Saints have scored 20 or more points off of opponent turnovers. Fairfield connected on just 15 field goals, their fewest of the season, while their 28.8-percent from the field is the third lowest of the season.
Siena will host Manhattan at the Alumni Recreation Center on Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m. which is the Saints bobblehead giveaway.