MAAC Tournament Central - Siena vs. Fairfield - Friday 1130 AM
March 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - Siena Women's Basketball begins its quest for the program's second MAAC Championship when the sixth seeded Saints battle No. 3 seed Fairfield in the tournament quarterfinals Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center. MAAC Tournament Central coverage commences at 11 a.m.
For the eighth time in the past nine years and sixth time in each program's first tournament game, Siena (12-17) and Fairfield (17-12) meet again in postseason play. Overall, its the programs' 13th meeting in the MAAC Tournament with the Stags holding an 8-4 overall record including a 4-2 mark in quarterfinal matchups.
Entering its 24th MAAC Championships, Siena is an even 22-22 all-time and won it all back in 2001. Siena is an impressive 14-7 all-time in the quarterfinal round and 3-5 as the No. 6 seed.
Last season Siena became the first No. 6 seed in 12 years to win a MAAC Quarterfinals game, upsetting third seed Manhattan 34-33 in the lowest scoring game in tournament history. It marked the third straight season in which Siena played in the lowest scoring game in the MAAC Tournament with the Saints winning all three.
Siena will look to pull the upset again this year and become just the sixth No. 6 seed in the 31-year history of the MAAC to advance to the semifinals. No No. 6 seed has ever advanced to or won a MAAC Championship.
Fairfield has won five in a row against the Saints and ended Siena's season last spring in the semifinals. The Stags are 35-27 all-time in the MAAC Tournament, winning the conference championship in both 1988 and 1998.
The Stags won a pair of seven-point decisions over the Saints in January, but have scuffled down the stretch losing three of four and finished conference play 5-6 in the final 11 games after a 6-1 start.
MAAC Tournament Central coverage begins with the radio pregame show with Mike Demos and Steve Amedio at 11 a.m. Fans can tune into the broadcast locally on WVCR 88.3 FM "The Saint" or listen online FREE at SienaAllAccess.com.
Fans can also follow the live stats, read both teams game notes, receive live in-game twitter updates @SienaSaints and more all by clicking on the Gameday Central link at the top of the page.