Fordham Falls to Syracuse in NCAA First Round
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Fordham women's basketball team's historic 2018-19 campaign has come to a close, falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at #12/14 Syracuse, 70-49, on Saturday afternoon. The Rams finish the year with a 25-9 overall record, tied for the third-most victories in school history, their second-ever Atlantic 10 championship, and a share of their first-ever regular season title. They will also finish the year with their best-ever finish nationally in scoring defense (54.4).
Fordham led, 15-14, after the first quarter, using a 12-6 run over the final eight minutes of the frame to take a one-point lead, despite Syracuse's Tiana Mangakahia hitting a buzzer-beating jumpshot to get within one at the end of the period. The Orange surged ahead in the second quarter, 24-12, and never trailed again, although the Rams, on several occasions, kept the deficit in single digits.
The Rams outrebounded the Orange, 39-37, including an 11-7 margin on the offensive glass, but were outshot, 43.3% to 28.6%. Syracuse hit 9-of-14 three-point attempts in the game, as well, with a perfect 7-of-7 mark in the second and fourth quarters.
Freshman Kaitlyn Downey led the way with 15 points, one shy of her season-high, on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, with five rebounds, a team-high two steals, and an assist over 36 minutes. Bre Cavanaugh and Lauren Holden each scored nine points, the latter on 3-of-11 long-range shooting and the former on 2-of-6 from deep and 3-of-4 from the line, with eight rebounds and three assists. Holden also shared a team-high with three dimes, as did Mary Goulding. Goulding hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds, five offensive, to go with eight points, three assists, and two blocks, matching her career-high. Kendell Heremaia chipped in six points and five rebounds, while Catherine Polisano added a pair of late free throws off the bench.