Neither Canisius or Fairfield shot the ball well during the opening 20 minutes of their MAAC clash at Alumni Hall. The hosts, however, found their shooting touch during the second half in beating Canisius 57-48.
The Stags (15-13, 12-7) shot 12 for 19 in the second half after making just 9 of 26 prior to the break. Kelsey Carey scored nine of her game-high 18 points during a third quarter in which Fairfield stretched a 21-16 halftime lead to a 42-29 edge. Kendra Landry added 15 for the Stags.
Maria Welch had 17 points to lead Canisius (9-19, 8-11).
The Griffs led, 8-7, after one quarter with Margaret Halfdanardottir scoring four of those points. But Canisius’ struggles from the field proved too difficult to overcome.
The Griffs shot 30 percent from the floor, making just 2-of-13 shots in the second quarter, one made field goal fewer than in the opening period.
Fairfield took the lead for good late in the second quarter on a Kristen McLaughlin three-pointer.
Sara Hinriksdottir had 11 points for Canisius in the loss.
The Golden Griffins return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hamden, Conn., against Quinnipiac.