Bonnies Run Win Streak to Five, Fordham Handles Yale in #A10WBB Action
BRONX, N.Y. -- Fordham (3-2) climbed back above the .500 mark behind the stellar efforts of two senior captains, Erin Rooney and Abigail Corning.
Rooney scored 23 points, a career-high, for the third consecutive game on Friday. The Christchurch, New Zealand, native also grabbed a season-high 11 boards, notching her third double-double of the season in just five tries. Perhaps her most impressive stat of the night, she did this all in just 27 minutes on the floor.
Corning had the most complete game of her career against the Bulldogs, tallying 16 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists, falling just one helper short of the program's second ever triple-double. Kelly Roche has the only triple-double in Rams' history, registering 17 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 blocks on February 1st, 1992 against Navy.
With Rooney and Corning each nabbing a double-double, the win marked the first time since January 9, 2005 that two Rams accomplished the feat in the same game. On that day nearly a decade ago, Joy Johnson had 19 points and 10 boards, while Jada Jefferson registered 13 points and 10 rebounds during a loss to Temple.
While the upperclassmen grabbed their fair share of attention on Friday night, freshman Hannah Missry had the best game of her young Fordham career. The Jackson, N.J., native tallied 18 points on 5-7 shooting, including an unconscious 4-6 effort from beyond the arc.
Junior Emily Tapio nearly became the third Ram of the game to notch a double-double, pouring in seven points and eight boards on the night.
Fordham got on the board first in the early going, as Corning threw a nice pass inside to a wide-open Samantha Clark who banked it in for her first points of the night. After Yale (3-2) tied the game a few possessions later, the Rams would uncork a 9-0 run, moving ahead 11-2 on a Corning layup at the 16:14 mark of the half.
The Rams offense kept its foot on the gas over the next few minutes as five baskets from five separate players helped Fordham stave off a Yale push. At the 10:42 mark of the opening half, the Rams led 21-10 and were shooting over 56 percent from the floor.
Fordham continued to pour it on, as Rooney scored five points on a 9-4 run, giving the Rams a 30-14 advantage with just over six minutes left until the break.
After Yale scored a bucket to bring them back within 14, Tapio converted on an and-one and the Bulldogs' bench received a technical foul on the play. After Missry and Tapio combined to make the three free throws, it marked a five point swing that moved the Rams ahead 35-16 with 5:47 left on the clock.
Yale narrowed the gap with a huge run to end the half. After the Rams went up 19, the Bulldogs outscored Fordham 19-5 over the next five minutes before Missry hit a three to end the half.
At the break, Fordham led Yale by only eight, 43-35.
It's unknown exactly what Coach Gaitley said in the locker room at halftime to motivate her team, but it sure worked. The Rams opened the half on a 12-2 tear, led by two treys from Missry. After the run, the Rams led 55-37 just five minutes into the half.
Fordham kept its intensity in full gear over the next few minutes, kicking off a huge run that would put the game well out of reach for Yale. Rooney scored seven points on a 15-0 streak that spanned almost seven minutes, putting Fordham ahead 70-39 just inside the eight minute mark of the second half.
In all, Fordham outscored the Bulldogs 27-4 in the first 12:07 of the second half.
ST. BONAVENTURE 61, MONMOUTH 55
STORRS, Conn. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team rolled to its fifth consecutive victory on Friday night with a win over Monmouth, 61-55, in the first game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge. The Bonnies were led by Gabrielle Richmond, who had 15 points and nine rebounds. Hannah Little recorded a career high 11 rebounds for the Brown and White.The victory was the Bonnies' fifth straight, improving coach Jim Crowley's team to 5-1. Chelsea Bowker added 13 points and Nyla Rueter added 10 points of her own to help lead the Bonnies to the win over the Monmouth Hawks, which was played at Gampel Pavilion on the campus of the University of Connecticut.
The low scoring affair in the first half saw both teams finish shooting below 30%, with the Bonnies going 6-21 and the Hawks shooting 7-28. SBU converted on 9-14 from the free throw line in the opening half, while Monmouth made 7-10. Richmond paced the Brown and White with nine first half points and four rebounds. St. Bonaventure trailed 23-22 at halftime but slowly pulled away from Monmouth in the second half. The second half saw the score tied four times along with three different lead changes, but the Brown and White strung together points in crucial moments. Monmouth's last lead of the game was with a little over eight minutes remaining.
A Kelcie Rombach jump shot off a nice dish from Oney Harrison knotted the score at 43 apiece. Back-to-back three-pointers by Rueter and Bowker with just under seven minutes left put the Bonnies up for good, as they never relinquished the lead from that point on. After almost three minutes of scoreless play from the 6:30 min mark to the 3:46 mark, the momentum swing picked back up again for the Bonnies. Bowker converted on a steal in which she capped-off with a strong finish in the lane, putting the Bonnies in the lead by eight points. Monmouth would come to within five points in the final two minutes, but the Bonnies defense tightened up and forced the Hawks into some poor shooting opportunitie