Second-Seeded Fordham Secures Second Spot in #A10WBB Championship Final
PITTSBURGH – The second-seeded Fordham Rams made 10 of its 13 three-point shots in the first half, tying a season-high for most points in the opening 20 minutes with 46 to defeat third-seeded Duquesne 76-34 in the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals.
Fordham’s 76 points and
Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selections Mary Goulding and Bre Cavanaugh each recorded a game-high 19 points. Lauren Holden and Kendell Heremaia each added 10 points towards Fordham’s cause. The Rams also scored 26 points off 15 Duquesne turnovers.
This is Fordham’s first Atlantic 10 Championship final appearance since 2014 when it defeated Dayton to win the title.
“I’ve been in (Duquesne Coach) Dan’s (Burt) shoes and that score is no reflection of the team Dan has,” Fordham coach Stephanie Gaitley said. “Our kids just had that will that they don’t want to be stopped. They are unselfish, no one cares who gets the credit.”
When Holden sank a three-point basket to start the second quarter, Fordham set a new program record of 251 threes in a season, eclipsing the previous mark of 244 set in the 2013-14 season.
Duquesne senior forward Kadri-Ann Lass, an Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team selection paced the Dukes with nine points. Duquesne shot 23.9% from the field and 2-for-19 on its three-point shots.
With the loss, the Dukes Fall to 19-13 on the season.
Fordham will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship final where it will play top-seeded VCU. The game will be televised at noon on ESPNU.