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Siena women’s basketball wins 5th straight, knocks off MAAC leader Fairfield

Siena coach Jim Jabir talks to his squad after a timeout during the Siena Saints women's basketball home opener against Duquesne Saturday, November 27, 2021 at UHY Center in Loudonville.
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Siena coach Jim Jabir talks to his squad after a timeout during the Siena Saints women's basketball home opener against Duquesne Saturday, November 27, 2021 at UHY Center in Loudonville.

The remarkable midseason turnaround for Siena women’s basketball took its next step Saturday afternoon with yet another impressive victory.

The Saints, winless in their first 10 games this season, reeled off their fifth straight win on Saturday at UHY Center, beating Fairfield 69-56 to hand the MAAC-leading Stags their first loss of the season.

Selena Philoxy turned in a dazzling all-around performance for Siena (5-2 MAAC, 5-10 overall) with 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Nine of Philoxy’s points came in the fourth quarter when the Saints, who had led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, saw Fairfield (7-1, 10-6) trim their lead to three when Janelle Brown made it 54-51 with 5:37 to play.

Philoxy assisted on a Margo Peterson 3-pointer that pushed the Siena lead back to six, then scored nine of the Saints’ final 11 points as Siena pushed its lead back to double digits and pulled away for the victory.

Siena seized control of the game early, ripping off a 15-0 run in the first quarter to lead 17-4, though Fairfield trimmed into that advantage throughout the first half, with Siena leading 20-13 after one quarter and 34-31 at halftime. A 15-2 run to start the second half, which included the first 10 points of the third quarter, got Siena’s lead to as big as 49-33 late in the third.

Philoxy led four Siena players in double figures, with Peterson adding 16 points on 5 of 11 shooting from 3-point range, while Anja Knoflach added 12 points and Rayshel Brown scored seven. Siena shot 48.1% from the field and 50% (11 of 22) from 3-point range.

Lou Lopez-Senechal finished with a game-high 23 points for Fairfield.

The start of the game was delayed for two hours due to smoke in the building at UHY Center. 

Siena plays back-to-back road games in the Buffalo area next week, facing Niagara on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Canisius on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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