FAIRFIELD — It would be rather easy to miss Riverside on a Nolan_with_meka_werts drive through New Jersey.

The town, which sits about 25 minutes northeast of Philadelphia, barely registers on the map, occupying roughly two square miles with a population under 8,000.

Dianne Nolan found her way there, though, and the Fairfield coach's ability to reel in two of the town's top athletes might just be the Stags' ticket to their first MAAC women's championship since 1997-98.

Nolan, with player Meka Werts, is a former resident of Gloucester City NJ and a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and Rowan College. She was recently inductee into the South Jersey Hall of Fame. She is the daughter of Andy and Bert Nolan.

Junior guard Sabra Wrice and sophomore forward Baendu Lowenthal — the perfect combination of basketball soul mates — are a driving force behind the Stags' success this season. FU sits at 13-13 on the season and 9-6 in the MAAC as the season rolls into its final few games before the conference tournament, which the Stags host starting March 1 at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

The two women were already winners before they stepped foot on the Fairfield campus a year apart. They've lead their tiny school to multiple league titles, the first South Jersey championship in school history and a spot in the state championship game during a three-year run.

"When she came in, it was an automatic 1-2 punch (at Riverside). & We were these crazy girls from South Jersey that no team wanted to face," said Wrice, who was helped to many of her 2,014 high school points by her friend. "We knew where each other were on the court and I could just look at her and run a play — it's awesome chemistry."Connecticut Post