The No.25 and top-seed Fairfield Women’s basketball team will advance to the MAAC Tournament semifinals in Atlantic City after a close 57-51 win against the Rider Broncs. The win marks the team’s 27th straight win, improving their overall record to 29-1. 

Proud of our team for gutting out a tough win. It’s not supposed to be easy in March, but you just got to find a way to win, and this team has done that all year long.

Fairfield Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis

In a post-game press conference, the Stags reflected on the win and the mindset of the game, which was tied at 40 in the fourth quarter.

“Proud of our team for gutting out a tough win. It’s not supposed to be easy in March, but you just got to find a way to win, and this team has done that all year long,” said second-year Head Coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis.

Freshman Kaety L’Amoreaux, also in the press conference, highlighted that after the game was tied at 40 with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter, the team increased their intensity in response to the Broncs’ attempt to take the lead. 

“With our team, I think we just have so many different people who can step up, and I just think everyone just came together and did that,” said the Fairfield guard.

(Photo courtesy of @fairfieldwbb Instagram)

When reporters asked about the team’s defining moment, Coach Thibault-DuDonis pointed out the team’s sole loss against Vanderbilt and the locker room’s belief that the game was winnable. She explained that conviction, mixed with the team’s competitive nature, has made this year’s team an unstoppable force on the court.

Thibault-DuDonis also discussed the influence of being ranked No. 25 in the AP Women’s Basketball Poll on the team. 

“This team has worked for that. They know they are one of the best teams in the country, and I’m glad we are recognized for that,” said the MAAC Coach of the Year while adding her aspiration of making Fairfield “one of the best women’s basketball programs in the country.” 


Fairfield’s next game is this Friday at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+ and WVOF Sports’ YouTube channel. The winner of the Manhattan-Canisius game will be Fairfield’s opponent.

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