Fordham U. Women Hoopsters Win 7th Straight

Howard Goldin

Bronx, NY---On Sunday afternoon at the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, the Fordham Rams women’s basketball team (8-2) won its seventh straight contest with a completely one-sided victory over the Illinois State Redbirds (1-6). The 8-2 season start was last reached by the Rams in the 1988-89 season.

The game began competitively with the visitors leading 4-3 at 17:49. Whether the 1,000 mile trip east during bad weather or the Fordham defense was most responsible for the shutdown of the Redbirds cannot be totally discerned, but the Redbirds’ offense was stopped at that point. The Rams scored the next 28 points to take a 31-4 advantage. The half concluded with the Rams leading, 34-6.

The Redbirds missed their final 21 shots from the floor during the first half. The first half statistics exhibited a complete lack of competition between the two squads. Fordham outscored Illinois State 20-2 in the paint; the Redbirds did not score any points off turnovers, after offensive rebounds and on fast breaks while the Rams scored 13, 9 and 4 respectively. The Redbirds shot a rare and abysmal 7.7% (2 for 26) from the floor.

Fordham’s classy and experienced, 28 years as a college coach, head coach Stephanie Gaitley had no desire to embarrass or humiliate college student-athletes or their institution by running up the score in the second half needlessly. To avoid this situation from happening she sat her starters and gave her reserves additional time on court. All seven non-injured reserves played.

Fordham’s starting five were on court for a total of 83 minutes in the first half, but only for 56 minutes in the second. Fordham reserves saw action for 17 minutes in the opening period, but 44 in the second half. Thus, the there was no large differential in stats during the second half including the score.

The visitors outscored the Rams by one point, 26-25, to put the final score of the Rams victory to 57-32.

The two teams met on Sunday for the first time. They had one common opponent this season, #12 ranked Penn State. Although both lost to Penn State, the Redbirds lost by 12 and the Rams by 17. Obviously, the result of a game is determined by how two teams match-up against one another at a specific time.

The Redbirds remain on the East Coast for a game at Princeton before returning home. The Rams travel to the West Bronx on November 21 to face the Manhattan Jaspers in the next Battle of the Bronx.