WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS TRAVEL TO FAIRFIELD THURSDAY
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Monmouth Hawks (9-9, 4-5 MAAC) AT Fairfield Stags (9-10, 6-4 MAAC)
Trailing by just one with 1:36 remaining, Monmouth was unable to score again while Iona sunk five free throws to defeat the Hawks on Sunday afternoon, 60-54. Two days after scoring a career-high 26 points, MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Marina Lizarazu scored 24 to lead Iona. Freshman Taylor Nason recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, and four steals in the loss for Monmouth, which falls to 9-9 (4-5 MAAC) on the season. Kayla Shaw was named MAAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after games against Quinnipiac and Iona. In the two conference games, Shaw averaged 14 points per game, including a 20-point outburst in the Hawks’ 61-58 win over league-leading Quinnipiac on Thursday. The team will look to get back in the win column at Fairfield on Thursday. Tip from Fairfield, CT is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
SCOUTING THE FAIRFIELD STAGS
Fairfield has won five of its last seven games, starting with the win over Monmouth on January 4. The Stags won three more conference games after the victory in West Long Branch, defeating Siena, Manhattan, and Rider in overtime. A week after the Hawks beat Canisius, 55-53, the Stags were defeated by the Golden Griffs, 63-49 on Sunday. Fairfield is led by senior forward Kelsey Carey, who is scoring 15.8 points per game, which ranks fifth in the MAAC. Senior forward Casey Smith is adding 12.9 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game, while junior forward Samantha Cooper scores 12.5 points per contest and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. FAIRFIELD
Monmouth and Fairfield will meet for the 14th time on Thursday, with the Stags leading the series 9-4 and taking the first game this season in West Long Branch. Monmouth built a 22-8 lead after the first quarter and led by as many as 18, but a 63-46 Fairfield advantage during the last three quarters gave the Stags the win, 71-68. Kelsey Carey led the Stags with 20 points, and two other Fairfield players registered double-doubles in the win. Freshman Kayla Shaw led Monmouth with 17 points on five three-pointers.