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SFU women preview capsule

March 20, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

SFU women at Fairfield

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Alumni Hall, Fairfield, Conn.

Records: St. Francis (17-15), Fairfield (17-13)

Coaches: Joe Haigh is 17-15 in his first season at St. Francis. Joe Frager is 118-71 in his sixth season at Fairfield and is 307-154 in his 15th season overall.

Web radio: ESPNWilliamsport.com

Probable starters: St. Francis - G Alexa Hayward, 5-8 So. (8.0), G Rebecca Sparks, 5-4 Fr. (3.6), C Rebecca Keegan, 6-2 Jr. (5.5), F Alli Williams, 6-0 Jr. (17.2), F Shene Fleming, 5-11 R-Jr. (6.3). Fairfield - G Felicia DaCruz, 5-5 So. (3.3), G Katelyn Linney, 5-8 Sr. (8.1), G Alexys Vazquez, 5-10 Jr. (8.3), F Brittany Obi-Tabot, 6-1 Jr. (10.5), F Katie Cizynski, 6-2 Jr. (12.0).

Notes: This is Fairfield's third national postseason appearance and St. Francis' 12th. ... The Stags are the No. 3 seed in the East Region, while the Red Flash are the No. 6 seed. ... The winner of this game faces either No. 2 Penn or No. 7 Howard on Saturday or Sunday. ... Fairfield leads the all-time series, 2-0. The teams last met in the 1989-90 season. ... The Stags average 53.6 points per game and allow 53.2 points per game. The Red Flash offense scores 65.4, while the defense allows 68.1. ... Fairfield was 11-7 and finished third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Stags were upset by sixth-seeded Siena in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament. ... St. Francis was 10-8 and finished tied for fourth in the Northeast Conference. The Red Flash lost in the NEC Championship game to top-seeded Quinnipiac.

Mirror prediction: St. Francis 63, Fairfield 54

Comment: This entire tournament is filled with coin-flip games. It all depends on which team shows up on any given night.

Mirror prediction record: 24-8

- Nate Foreman

 
 
 

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