Bronx, NY—The Fordham Rams (13-5, 5-0), in their second of three consecutive home games, defeated the VCU Rams (12-6, 3-2), 60-51, on Sunday afternoon at the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx.
Both teams entered the contest with four game winning streaks, with eight wins in their last nine contests and with identical season marks. The visitors have a perfect mark at home, but have lost six of ten on the road.
The visitors netted the first basket of the game at 19:19, held their only advantage of the contest for 34 seconds. Mid-way through the first half, Fordham raised its lead to double digits for the first time in the contest. Thanks to the effective offensive play of Fordham center Samantha Clark, Fordham ended the half with a 27-18 lead. The current Atlantic-10 Player of the Week was the high scorer of the half with 13 points.
Fordham raised its lead to a game high 16 points at 12:15 in the second half. An 11-1 scoring run by VCU cut the deficit to six four minutes later. Two three pointers by Hannah Missry raised the home team’s advantage to 14, 51-37, with 5:20 Left on the clock. After the game, Coach Gaitley complimented “The inside-outisde play” of Clark and Missry for the victory. Clark scored 18 and Missry scored 17. Clark was especially effective in the paint while Missry netted five from beyond the arc.
The coach also recognized the tough non-conference schedule for its recent great success, “The non-conference schedule absolutely prepared us for the conference.” Fordham’s 5-0 start in the Atlantic-10 Conference is the best ever achieved by the team.
A contingent of Fordham alums from the women’s basketball program included Hall of Fame members Anne Gregory O’Connell, Liz McGovern and Mary Ann Bilotti were honored at the half.
The Fordham Rams will host UMass in their next contest, a noon matinee on Wednesday.