(Photo by Gary Quintal)
By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, January 21- Fordham women’s basketball team (13-5, 3-0) is well on its way to its best conference record since joining the Atlantic-10 in the 1995-6 season. Fordham remained undefeated (3-0) in conference competition after a 47-40 victory over the Richmond Spiders (11-8, 1-2) on Sunday afternoon at the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx. Fordham had never previously won its first three conference contests.
The win was also the sixth straight for the Rams, a mark the team had not reached since the 1992-3 season. The 13 victories achieved were the most the team has won in a single season since 1994-5.
The visitors led early in the contest. Fordham took its first lead, 7-6, at 14:40. With its lead at 12-11, the Rams scored 11 unanswered points to take its only double digit advantage, 22-11, with 8:30 remaining in the first half.
Fordham led throughout the second half, but a basket by Stephanie Bliney cut the lead to a single point, 37-36, with 3:40 left to play. Fordham outscored the Spiders 10-4 in the final minutes to ensure the victory.
Less than 30 percent accuracy from the floor by each team kept the score low. The Rams sunk 15 of 54 field goal attempts and the Spiders netted 15 of 51. Neither missed a shot from the free throw line.
The greatest contributor to the Fordham win was graduate student Marah Strickland. She was the only Ram in double figures, 20 points. The 20 brought her collegiate point total to 1,000. Although most of the points were scored while she was with Maryland and South Carolina, she was the 16th Ram to reach 1,000 points as a collegian.
She netted six of Fordham’s final ten points, the last four from the charity stripe with only seconds remaining.
The Rams play the next two contests on the road, at Xavier on Wednesday and at Duquesne on Sunday. The team returns to Rose Hill on Saturday, February 2, to face VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University).
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