After one half of basketball Monday night, sophomore point guard Marybeth Chartier had just two points to show for her 14 minutes of play.
Coming off the bench for only the only time this season, she had spent most of her court time in the first half driving, dishing, trying to get her teammates open looks at the basket.
As a team, however, the Stags were a dismal 9-30 from the field in the opening period, and were a devastating 13 points down going into the break.
So, in the second half, Chartier took command, leading Fairfield back into the game and then into the lead on her way to a team leading, career high 20 points.
“We all did a better job going to the basket and penetrating,” she said with typical humility.
Fairfield’s other star on the night was sophomore center Ayanna Brown, who had her sixth double-double of the season with 14 rebounds and ten points.
“In the first half we weren’t focused,” said Brown. “In the second half, we came out focused and that’s why we won.”
Coach Dianne Nolan put the Stags’ resilience simply: “When you get knocked down, you have to get back up. That’s what we did tonight.”
Fairfield, now 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the MAAC, now faces a road trip to play Niagara and Canisius on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Winning both games will put them at .500 in the conference and put them in a good position going down the stretch in the MAAC.
“We’re definitely playing with a sense of urgency,” said senior Amy Hurford.