The Fairfield University Stags Women’s Basketball team endured in a Sunday, Feb. 17 matinee matchup at Alumni Hall against the Quinnipiac University Bobcats. Fairfield fought hard all game long, especially defensively, but they fell to the Bobcats 48-40.
This contest was the epitome of defense as both teams played with a purpose. Fairfield held Quinnipiac, which has the most efficient offense in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, to under 30 percent from the field. Also, the Stags allowed only two made three pointers as the Bobcats shot nine percent from beyond the arc.
In this low-scoring affair, it went back-and-forth and, seemingly every single time Quinnipiac would get some momentum, head coach Joe Frager would take a timeout to calm his team.
Senior guard Casey Foley and guard Lou Lopez-Senechal ‘22 led the Stags with 13 and 15 points respectively.
“We got our revenge even though we lost this game. We played the best defense and we tried to play as best as we could. I think we can be very proud of what we did today,” said Lopez-Senechal.
This defense showing was a huge confidence booster for the Stags since Quinnipiac defeated Fairfield 81-36.
“It feels good because we lost by [about] 40 last time and this time we only gave up 48. We just gotta keep it up. We will learn from our mistakes,” said the first-year.
Junior guard Sam Kramer only made one three-pointer as the Bobcats made sure Kramer did not punish them with a perimeter shot. However, she got involved in other ways by dishing out a team-high five assists. Her court vision was certainly on display.
Frager sees this game as a building block for future games even though it was a touch, close loss.
“I am really proud with how our players handled the game today. I thought the defensive end was really good,” said the head coach.
“We are obviously disappointed that we did not get the result we wanted but we feel that this is something we can build off of. It would be a real tragedy if we don’t come in and have a good practice tomorrow,” said Frager.
The Fairfield Stags look to get back in the win column as they travel to face Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. on Friday, Feb. 22.