Fairfield University’s women’s basketball team honored their seniors on Thursday, Feb. 23 by defeating Marist College 73-57. The Stags shot an impressive 55% from beyond the arc which was better than their 52% field goal percentage on the night.
Fairfield honored four players, Graduate students Callie Cavanaugh and Andrea Hernangomez and seniors Jocelyn Polansky and Mackenzie Martin. Cavanaugh put up 18 points on the night and led the Stags to their 14th win on the year to go along with their 10th conference win in the process, which clinched them a spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Quarterfinal round and a top five seed. Cavanaugh’s 18 put her at a total of 1,044 career points, ranking her 30th in Fairfield’s women’s basketball history.
“I’m really happy for our seniors and happy for our team having a good performance on Senior Night,” Head Coach Carly Thibault DuDonis said in the game’s official recap. “I’m happy to see us shoot the ball with confidence and we did a great job of executing and getting great shots and then locking in defensively in the second half.”
The Stags started off slowly against the Red Foxes, going down early only to put up a 10-0 run to finish out the first quarter with the lead, 20-16. Once the Stags took the lead, they would not give it back. They extended it to 10 halfway through the second after a Cavanaugh putback.
The Stags hot three-point shooting was led by the likes of Mimi Rubino ‘24 and Kate Peek ‘26, who each made three from downtown followed by Izabela Nicoletti Leite ‘24 and Janelle Brown ‘24, who each made a pair of threes and all contributed to the Stags shooting 60% from the three in the second half.
Other contributors included Lauren Beech ‘25, who put up her career-high of 14 points in the contest and Brown, who went 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
“There’s not enough words to describe what this class has meant to the program. I’m sad that I only have a year with them thus far. They’re great humans, great people, they do things the right way, and I couldn’t ask for a better senior class in year one for me.” Coach Thibault DuDonis stated in the game’s official recap.
Fairfield can now look forward to a week off before they face Saint Peter’s in their last game of the regular season.