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Fairfield women fall to Rider

Updated 11:39 pm, Sunday, January 27, 2013
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FAIRFIELD -- The Fairfield University women's basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped, falling to Rider 69-57 Sunday at Alumni Hall.

Senior Katelyn Linney tied a season-high with 17 points, going 6-for-7 from the floor including four 3-pointers for the Stags. Linney also tied a season-high with four assists. Junior Katie Cizynski finished with 11 points and extended her double-digit scoring streak to 10 games.

Fairfield is 6-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 12-6 overall while Rider improves to 4-4 in the league and 9-10 overall.

Rider opened the second half strong, leading by as many as 17 points. Fairfield came as close as 63-57 on a basket by Brittany Obi-Tabot with two minutes left to play.

MyNeshia McKenzie led Rider with 19 points. It was the Bronc's first win over the Stags since Feb. 23, 2009.

Fairfield plays at Saint Peter's on Friday.

Rider (9-10, 4-4 MAAC)

Caitlin Bopp 5-7 0-2 10 MyNeshia McKenzie 7-13 5-6 19 Taylor Wentzel 1-4 1-2 4 Emily Fazzini 2-4 1-2 6 Sironda Chambers 2-7 1-2 Manon Pellet 0-0 2-2 2 Mikal Johnson 4-6 0-0 11 Carleigh Brown 2-4 4-4 8 Dior Brown 0-1 0-0 0 Marritta Gillcrease 1-2 0-0 0 Totals: 24-48 14-20 69

Fairfield (12-6, 6-2)

Brittany Obi-Tabot 4-9 0-0 8 Kaite Cizynski 5-13 1-2 11 Felicia DeCruz 4-6 1-4 9 Katelyn Linney 6-7 1-2 17 Alexys Vazquez 3-4 0-0 8 Lizzy Ball 0-0 0-0 0 Christelle Akon-Akech 1-2 0-0 2 Brittany MacFarlane 1-2 0-0 2 Laura Vetra 0-0 0-0 0 Christa Scognamiglio 0-0 0-0 0 Casey Grace 0-0 0-0 0 Kristin Schatzlein 0-1 0-0 0 Totals: 24-44 3-10 57

Halftime: Rider 34-31; 3-pointers: R--7-15 (Wentzel 1-3, Fazzini 1-3, Chambers 2-4, Johnson 3-4); F--6-9 (Linney 4-5, Vazquez 2-3, MacFarlane 0-1); Rebounds: R--31 (McKenzie 13); F--23 (MacFarlane 7); Assists: R--8 (Chambers 4); F--16 (Linney 4); Team fouls: R--15; F--16; A--489

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