Four Stag players scored in double-figures to help lead the women’s basketball team to a 71-65 victory over Iona Wednesday night at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Fairfield has now won four straight, and improve to 9-9 overall and 5-4 in the MAAC.
Schrene Isidora scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Amy Hurford netted 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ayanna Brown and Marybeth Chartier each added 11 points.
Fairfield was able to control play most of the first half and held an 11-point lead with just over three minutes left in the half. Iona, however, picked up its game, while Fairfield’s level of play dropped off and the Stags held just 34-32 halftime advantage.
“I think we got too comfortable with our lead,” Isidora said. “We weren’t playing our A’ game throughout the whole game.”
The Stags, however, were able to come through when it counted the most. After the game was tied 63-63 with just under two minutes left in the second half, Fairfield scored eight out of the next ten points to clinch the win.
“They’re starting to feel good about what they can do,” said head coach Dianne Nolan. “They are starting to read each other better and communicate better. In the beginning of the season, this would not have been a game that would have gone our way.”
Mid-way through the second half, senior guard Megan Light reached a career milestone by scoring her 1,000th –point of her career. Light finished with eight points and four assists in 19 minutes for the Stags.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Light said. “But without my teammates—I’ve had teammates that have been passing me the ball for the last four years.”
“She [Light] has been responsible in partial for our success the last four years,” Nolan said. “She’s always been a tough player.”
Fairfield’s next game is on Sunday when the Stags travel to Loyola, in a rematch of last year’s MAAC Tournament semifinals won by the Stags. Fairfield returns to Harbor Yard Tuesday to play archrival St. Peter’s.