Here's another in the series previewing MAAC women's teams in national post-season events.
The Stags will be making their second straight WBI appearance when they travel to play at Bryant University Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Chace Athletic Center.
Fairfield, which finished third in the MAAC's regular season standings, has a 20-10 record while Bryant is 17-14. It will be the first meeting for the two New England-based programs.
The Bryant Bulldogs established a program record for Division I victories in a season this year and are making their first-ever post-season tournament trip.
Bryant's top players are 5-foot-6 senior guard Jenniqua Bailey (13.1 points, 4.9 assists per game), 5-9 senior guard Courtney Schisser (12.9, 5.5 rebounds), 6-0 senior forward Naana Ankoma-Mensa (12.9, 10.3 rebounds) and 5-11 senior guard Meredith Soper (10.3, 6.3.
The Bulldogs hold an 8.7 rebound-per-game advantage over opponents, the 14th-best difference nationally. They also shoot well from distance with a 36.2 percent rate from three-point range, 26th-best nationally.
The WBI, now in its fifth season, is a 16-team tournament split into an East and a West region. The winner of this game will meet the winner of a meeting of Bucknell and Maine.