Bronx NY---After a two loss road trip, the Fordham University women’s basketball team returned to the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx for a matinee contest on Sunday against the Pacific Tigers of Stockton, California.
The Californians made the cross-country journey to play Iona in New Rochelle and Fordham in the Bronx. On Friday night, the Iona Gaels bested Pacific, 83-70. The defeat was the 12th of 12 games for the Tigers in the Eastern Time Zone. Their fortunes did not improve on Sunday as their 13th East Coast contest was also unlucky as they fell to the Fordham Rams, 84-63.
Madison Parrish of Pacific netted the first basket of Sunday’s game for Pacific’s first and only lead. A basket followed by a free throw by Emily Tapio put the Rams on top at 18:44 where they remained for the rest of the game.
Two free throws by Tapio gave Fordham its first double digit advantage, 26-15, at 8:54. The Rams never allowed the lead to drop to single figures again in the contest.
An extremely high shooting percentage, 66.7%, (14 for 21) in the half gave the Rams the opportunity to increase their advantage to 19 points 45-26, when the buzzer sounded to conclude the first half.
The defense of the Rams was just as effective as their offense during the first period as they held the visitors to an abysmal 28.1% (9 for 32) of shots from the floor.
Erin Rooney, last week’s Atlantic-10 Player of the Week, paced the Rams with 15 points and 7 boards in the first half of play.
The Rams began the second half with a 15-6 scoring run in the first five minutes to raise their advantage to 28 points, 60-32. The Fordham lead never fell below 20 points during the final 15 minutes of the game.
The shooting percentages from the floor of the two teams in the second half were very similar. A large difference between the clubs was the lack of success by Pacific from the free throw line.
Pacific only sunk 8 of 25 attempts from the charity stripe, am embarrassing 32% while Fordham netted 19 of its 24 attempts, an average of nearly 80 %.
Fordham also had very balanced scoring from its starters as all five reached double figures. Rooney achieved her second double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds, in four games. She also led the team in assists with five. Emily Tapio scored 17; freshman Hannah Missry compiled her season high of 16 points; Samantha Clark and Abigail Corning each scored 12. Stopping any one of the players would not have been sufficient to prevent the Fordham victory.
Fordham’s next two contests will be at home; Yale will visit on Friday night, November 22 and American University will play on Monday evening, November 25.