Stags to Host Sacred Heart in Saturday Doubleheader
The Fairfield University men’s and women’s basketball teams will take the court at Webster Bank Arena for the first time in 2015-16 as crosstown rival Sacred Heart comes to Bridgeport for a Saturday, Nov. 21 doubleheader. The women’s team hosts the Pioneers at 5 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 7 p.m.
All current Fairfield students, faculty and staff are entitled to one free ticket to the doubleheader – and all home Stags’ basketball games – by presenting their StagCard at the ticket window. Additional tickets and group rates are available at FairfieldStags.com/tix or by calling the Fairfield Athletics Ticket Office at (203) 254-4136.
The first 500 current Fairfield students in attendance will receive a free #BEATSHU rally towel, and food vouchers will be distributed outside of Limerick Pub (inside Webster Bank Arena) while supplies last. Student shuttles will run from campus to Webster Bank Arena beginning at 4 p.m. On-campus shuttle stops are the traffic circle outside the Barone Campus Center, the Village (intersection of McInnes and Mahan) and the Townhouses (intersection of Leeber and Lynch).
All Stags’ fans in attendance are encouraged to wear red.
The Fairfield women’s basketball team enters its first game of the season at Webster Bank Arena with a record of 2-0. The Stags defeated La Salle last Friday, Nov. 13, on their traditional home court at Alumni Hall and most recently topped host Loyola by a score of 71-45 in Baltimore on Wednesday. Kelsey Carey ’17 had led the team through two contests with 19.5 points per game, while Samantha Cooper ’17 has pulled down a team-leading 10.5 rebounds per game.
Fairfield men’s basketball is 0-3 coming into its home opener following hard-fought losses to Yale, North Carolina and Northwestern. After a loss to Ivy League frontrunner Yale at the Connecticut 6 Classic, the Stags went toe-to-toe with No. 1 North Carolina through the midway point of the second half, at which point the nation’s top-ranked team pulled away for the win. Most recently, Fairfield was edged by another power-conference team in host Northwestern, 79-72, on the road on Wednesday night. Marcus Gilbert ’16 heads the Stags’ offense with 17.0 points per game, punctuated by 25 points at the Smith Center against the top-ranked Tar Heels. Gilbert and Jonathan Kasibabu ’19 lead a balanced rebounding effort with 5.0 rebounds per game apiece.
Sacred Heart women’s basketball is currently 0-2 after home losses to Hartford and New Hampshire. The Pioneers’ men’s team opened their season with a win over Quinnipiac at the Connecticut 6 Classic before dropping back-to-back road outings at Yale and Massachusetts-Lowell to fall to 1-2.