SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - A day after making history by winning the lowest scoring game in MAAC Tournament history for a third straight year, Siena Women's Basketball will look to make more history bright and early Saturday morning. The Saints aim to become the first ever No. 6 seed to advance to the MAAC Title Game when they take on No. 2 seed Fairfield in the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN3.
Fans can watch this morning's game on ESPN3 through the Watch ESPN platform. Dean Darling, Mika Ryan and Debbie Ryan have the call and fans can learn how to watch and access the video stream by clicking the appropriate links at the top of this release.
Siena (12-16) is coming off one of the most improbable wins ever. Leading No. 3 seed Manhattan by 34-21 with 13:36 remaining in yesterday's quarterfinals, The Saints went the remainder of the game without a field goal and the final 8:40 without scoring.
But the Saints' defense was stellar, shutting the door when it mattered most as Siena became the first No. 6 seed to prevail over a No. 3 seed in the MAAC Championships in 12 years.
Now, the Saints will look to take that March magic a step further. No women's team seeded lower than fifth has ever advanced to the MAAC Championship Game in the conference tournament's first 30 seasons, but the Saints will look to turn that around.
While a very familiar foe, the No. 2 seed Fairfield (23-7) proves to be an extremely tough out for the Saints. The Stags have won five in a row and boast one of the best defenses in the country which ranks eighth nationally in scoring defense, bequeathing just 51.6 points per game.
The Stags are riding high after cruising to a 61-45 win yesterday morning over No. 7 Iona and looking to sweep all three games from the Saints after Siena did so against them last year.
In what has become an annual MAAC Tournament right of passage for both squads, Siena and Fairfield are meeting in the championships for the seventh time in the past eight years and 12th time overall. In the last six MAAC Tournament meetings, three games have gone to overtime and five of the six have been decided by six points or less.
The prize at stake for the winners? A date in Monday's MAAC Championship Game against either Marist or Niagara with a coveted NCAA Tournament automatic berth on the line.
Mike Demos and Steve Amedio have the call beginning with pregame coverage on WVCR 88.3 FM "The Saint" at 9 a.m. Fans can also tune into the free audio broadcast online at SienaAllAccess.com and view the game online at Watch ESPN.
Fans can also follow along with the live stats, receive in-game twitter updates @SienaSaints and learn more about both teams by reading the game notes all by visiting the Gameday Central page.