In a business often marked by milestones, junior Schrene Isidora has etched her name forever in the annals of Fairfield University’s basketball program. This Tuesday Isidora netted 16 points, reaching the 1,000 point plateau and helping the Stags on to a 75-68 victory over MAAC rival Marist.

After the school’s first at large bid into the NCAA women’s basketball tournament last season, the lady Stags had their work cut out for them this season. With three straight 20 win seasons and two NCAA appearances in the last three years, the lady Stags have begun to establish themselves as one of the top women’s basketball programs in the Northeast.

A rocky start to the 2001-2002 campaign has the Stags fighting to secure a top seed in the MAAC conference championship tournament. The lady Stags (11-11 overall, 7-6 MAAC) have virtually no chance of gaining an at large bid to this year’s NCAA tournament, and their hopes lie with making a run at the MAAC title and gaining an automatic bid to the NCAAs.

After a tough double overtime loss to Loyola, 90-85, two weeks ago, the lady Stags fell to 5-5 in the league. After a home loss to St. Peter’s, Fairfield rebounded with a win against Loyola followed by an overtime win against Marist. They are now fourth place in the MAAC and face a daunting task ahead.

The final five games of the season, all MAAC conference games, are going to decide the Stags’ fate. Only one of the final five games are against teams with a worse record in the conference. The Stags will have to be ready to play every game and cannot afford any let downs during the stretch run.

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