Feb. 12, 2005
Fairfield, CT - Senior forward Cathy Dash grabbed a defensive rebound and scored the winning basket off a Laura Menty missed free throw with :4 seconds left to give Fairfield women's basketball team a 55-54 win over Siena today at Harbor Yard Arena.
With the win, Fairfield improved to 9-14 overall and 7-7 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while Siena slipped to 11-12 overall and 8-6 in the MAAC.
Fairfield led nearly the entire second half and took its largest lead of the game at 50-45 on a lay-up from Dash with 5:31 left in the game. After an exchange of baskets made the score 52-47, Siena went on a 5-0 run to tie the score at 53-53 with :44 seconds left and then took its first lead of the second half at 54-53 on a free throw by freshman forward Menty with :12 to play.
The Stags got on the board first in the contest as sophomore forward Candice Lindsay tallied the game's first bucket at the 19:30 mark of the first half. Fairfield went on to lead almost the entire half, including opening up as much as a five-point advantage on two free throws made by Stephanie Cziria at the 8:48 mark. The Saints slowly fought their way back and took a lead when senior forward Alexis Darling scored with 6:11 left in the half to give Siena a 19-18 advantage. The Saints closed the half on a 12-6 run as they took a seven-point lead at intermission.
Fairfield placed two players in double figures in scoring and was led by Dash 16 points and 15 rebounds. Also in double figures for the Stags was Janelle McManus with 11points. With the win, Fairfield has knotted the all time series 19-19.
The Saints are back in action at home for the next two contests at they welcome Saint Peter's on Thursday with tip off set for 7 p.m. followed by a Saturday 3 p.m. matinee against Rider at the ARC.