Dec. 6, 2001
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Senior Chrissy Loeliger swished a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the game to give Siena College a 59-57 win over the Fairfield University women's basketball team, Thursday evening at the Arena at Harbor Yard. It was a rematch of last year's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship game which Siena also won by two points.
The Stags then in bounded the ball, but it was knocked out-of-bounds by a Saint defender, leaving one last opportunity for the Stags. Senior Megan Light took the in bounds pass, but was fouled on a 3-point shot, with no time left on the clock. She went to the foul line needing to make three shots to send the game into overtime. Light made the first, but missed the second, and the game was over.
With their third straight win, the Saints improve to 3-3, and 1-0 in the MAAC. Fairfield falls to 2-5 overall, and 0-1 in the MAAC.
The Saints jumped out to an early lead, and was up by as much as 24-8, at the 5:25 mark of the first half. Fairfield chipped away at the lead to go into halftime down by five, 30-25. Light had seven points, including a 3-pointer in that span.
Fairfield started the second strong with clutch shooting, and some solid defense. The Stags took the lead with a steal by senior forward Amy Hurford, and a lay up by junior Schrene Isidora to make it 33-30, with 18:36 remaining. The Stags largest lead was five when Hurford connected on a lay up, to make it 37-32, with a little over 15 minutes to go.
It was back and forth the rest of the way, as the lead changed five times in the second half.
Junior Gunta Basko (Olaine, Latvia/Riga Secondary #3) led three Saints in double figures with 17 points, including 15 in the first half. She was 6-of-12 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arch. Junior Sarah Craft (S. Glens Falls, NY/Mitchell CC) had 12 points and junior Mary McKissack (Detroit, Mich./Communications and Arts) scored 10 for Siena.
Sophomore Ayanna Brown posted double-double, with a game-high 18 points, and 11 rebounds. The Norwalk native was 6-of-10 from the field, and a perfect six-of-six from the charity stripe. Joining Brown in double digits was Light with 15 points, and Isidora with 10.
Fairfield shot 43.8% (21-48) from the floor, and 40.0% (2-5) from 3-point range. The Stags shot 81.3% (13-16) from the foul line. Siena shot 31.8% (21-66) from the field, and 29.2% (7-24) from 3-point land. The Saints were 76.9% (10-13) from the foul line on the night.
Siena tries to make it four wins in a row on Sunday afternoon against Iona. Tipoff in the ARC is set for 3:30 p.m.