Stags Edged in Overtime at Niagara
LEWISTON, N.Y. – For the first time in five years, five members of the Fairfield University Women's Basketball team reached double figures in scoring, but once again the Stags came up just one possession short. Niagara's Jai Moore split the defenders and hit the game-winning lay-up and hit the ensuing free throw with four seconds left in overtime to defeat the Stags 71-68 at the Gallagher Center. Sam Kramer was one of the five Stags to reach double figures as she finished with 11 points, and it seemed like all those points came in crucial situations. The biggest of those points came when she drove the baseline and floated in the game-tying lay-up with three seconds left to force overtime. She would also hit a 3-pointer with one minute remaining in the extra period to break the tie score and give Fairfield a 68-65 advantage. That 3-pointer was set up by a defensive play by Rachel Hakes who drew a charge to give possession back for the Stags. That lead would not last long as Maggie McIntyre tied the game with a 3-pointer on the next possession and Moore would win the game in the final seconds. Casey Foley was another Stag to reach double figures as she tallied 14, including going 2-for-6 from behind the arc. Her long-range shot in the final minute of regulation put the Stags within one possession at 63-61 and also marked the 100th made 3-pointer of her career as she became the 13th Stag all-time to reach that number. Katie Armstrong did a little bit of everything for the Stags as she finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high six assists. Armstrong scored the first overtime points for the Stags. She orchestrated the offense in the first quarter with a team-high three assists, helping all five starters reach the scoring column.