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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

Four Wins For #A10WBB Teams on Sunday

Release: 12/01/2013
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SAINT JOSEPH'S 84, QUINNIPIAC 69
HAMDEN, Conn. - Behind a dominant second half performance, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed Quinnipiac, 84-69, Sunday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Shooting 68.6 percent from the field and holding the Bobcats to just 29.4 percent shooting in the second half, the Hawks overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to outscore Quinnipiac 53-27 and improve to 6-1 on the season.

Trailing 42-31 to start the second half, Saint Joseph's took full control out of the lockerrooms using a 16-2 run to make a 47-44 game on a three-pointer by Erin Shields at 16:39.

Quinnipiac (3-4) would never regain the lead as the Hawks continued to overwhelm the Bobcats, extending their lead to as many as 17.

The Hawks opened aggressively in the first half, opening a 17-9 lead on a layup by Erin Shields at 12:22.

Quinnipiac would answer to take a 25-21 lead at 4:34 as a three-pointer by Maria Napolitano capped a 16-4 run.

Saint Joseph's would tie the game at 25 on a fast break jumper by Ciara Andrews, but the Bobcats would dominate the final four minutes. Behind a 17-6 run, Quinnipiac took a 42-31 lead into halftime as it hit 6-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the foul line, while limiting the Hawks to just 3-of-6 from the field and caused two turnover in the final moments of the first period.

Individually, senior Ilze Gotfrida tallied a season-best 20 points and added nine rebounds, while Shields finished with 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Fairbanks added nine rebounds, four assists and 17 points, with Ciara Andrews chipping in with 12 points off the bench. Junior Natasha Cloud added nine points and a career-best 13 assists, tying for the sixth most in a single game in team history.

As a team, the Hawks shot 59.1 percent overall (39-of-66), 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-of-12) and hit 1-of-2 from the foul line. Saint Joseph's finished with a 39-31 edge in rebounding and outscored the Bobcats 52-30 in the paint.

At the other end, Jasmine Martin led four Quinnipiac players in double figures with 15 points. As a team, the Bobcats shot 40.3 percent from the floor (27-of-67), 31.6 percent from behind the arc (6-of-19) and hit 9-of-11 from the foul line (81.8 percent).

VCU 87, WAGNER 61
Senior Robyn Parks led all scorers with a game-high 24 points and 15 rebounds, including her 1,000th career point, and VCU pushed its win streak to five, (fourth straight on the road), with a convincing 87-61 victory at Wagner on Sunday afternoon.

The Rams, who picked up their fourth straight double-digit road win, improve to 6-1, their best start in five years.  It's also VCU's first five-game winning streak since Dec. 2011.

VCU, which opened the second half on a 24-3 run, had four players score in double figures for the sixth time this season as freshman Isis Thorpe and sophomore Adaeze Alaeze registered 13 points apiece, and freshman Ashlee Mitchell added 11 in her first career start.

Parks became the 20th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.  She accomplished the feat at the free throw line early in the second half.  It was also her 100th career game.

FORDHAM 56, CINCINNATI 40
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Erin Rooney scored a career-high 27 points to lead Fordham over Cincinnati, 56-40, in the championship game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up on Sunday afternoon.
 
The win moves Fordham to 6-2 on the season, the program's best start since 2002-2003. 
 
Rooney continued what has been an unreal season on Sunday, adding eight rebounds to her career-best 27 points.  On the year, Rooney is averaging 22.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.
 
Fellow captain Abgail Corning narrowly missed a double-double, tallying 11 points and nine rebounds to help Fordham to clinch it's first-ever victory in a Thanksgiving tournament.  The Wethersfield, Conn., native also chipped in a game-high four assists.
 
Samantha Clark put up her best effort of the season against the Bearcats, registering 11 points and six rebounds.
 
Both teams had trouble getting shots to fall at the beginning of the game, as neither the Rams nor the Bearcats got on the board until Rooney hit a three with 17:24 left in the half. 
 
Clark had a put-back a few trips later to put Fordham up five, but the Bearcats responded with five of their own to tie it at the game's first media timeout with 15:15 on the clock. 
 
From there, the Rams rattled off six in a row, as Rooney, Corning, and Danielle Padovano each hit a jumper to give Fordham an 11-5 lead just inside the 13 minute mark. 
 
The Bearcats cut the deficit to one on an Alexis Durley triple a few minutes later, but three-pointers from Corning and Hannah Missry marked six more unanswered from the Rams, jumping ahead 17-10 with eight and a half to go in the first half.
 
Cincinnati narrowed the lead to three a couple of possessions later, but that's when "The Rooney Show" started.  The redshirt senior scored Fordham's next 11 points, anchoring an 8-1 run that helped the Rams take a 31-17 lead into the locker room.
 
Rooney led all scorers in the first half with 16, while Corning added eight.  As a squad, the Rams shot 5-10 from beyond the arc in the opening period.
 
Cincinnati came out of the locker room guns blazing, chipping the Fordham lead down to single digits, 33-24, just over four minutes into the half.  Clark answered right back though, notching her second bucket of the half to move Fordham ahead by 11. 
 
After that, it was Rooney's time to shine once again.  The Christchurch, New Zealand, native scored eight of the Rams' next ten points, helping Fordham build its lead to 16, 48-32, with just under seven minutes to go.
 
The Rams kept their foot on the gas the rest of the way, getting the lead to as high as 19 before closing out the game with a 56-40 advantage.

GEORGE WASHINGTON 100, JACKSONVILLE STATE 71
ATLANTA -
 Graduate student Megan Nipe scored 31 points as the George Washington women's basketball team made history with its second 100-point performance of the season, routing Jacksonville State, 100-71, on Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the Georgia State Invitational at the GSU Sports Arena.

After scoring 101 points in a season-opening win over Jackson State on Nov. 9, the Colonials became the first team in program history to reach 100 points twice in the same season.

Nipe, who also scored 31 in GW's upset of No. 10/11 California on Nov. 15, is the ninth Colonial ever to top 30 points twice in a season and the first since Cathy Joens did it three times in 2004. Against the Gamecocks on Sunday, Nipe made 13-of-19 shots, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, and she added five rebounds, four steals and two assists. She scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half.

Junior Chakecia Miller scored 13 points to go with six assists, five steals and five rebounds, while sophomoreDalacy Anderson tallied a career-high 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down five boards. FreshmanHannah Schaible scored 11 points and had three steals and three assists, and graduate student Danni Jacksonwas the fifth Colonial in double figures with 10 points to go with seven assists, moving her into a tie for 10th place all-time at GW with 380 career helpers. In addition, sophomore Aaliyah Brown had six points and a career-high five steals. 

GW (4-2) got off to a fast start, making four of its first five shots to jump out to an 8-2 lead. After missing three of her first five shots, Nipe caught fire midway through the half, scoring 12 points during a 14-5 run that put the Colonials up, 28-11, with 8:47 to go. GW led 48-36 at the half.

The Gamecocks scored the first basket of the second half, but a putback by freshmanCaira Washington - who finished with eight points and a team-high six rebounds - sparked a 24-7 GW run over the next six minutes that put the Colonials in control with a 27-point advantage, 72-45. Miller had seven points during the spurt.

The Colonials' lead peaked at 32 - 97-65 - on a jumper by freshman Shannon Cranshaw, who had five points and four assists in the game, and a free throw by Schaible with 19 seconds left accounted for the 100-71 final score.

GW shot a season-high 53.2 percent (42-79) for the game and made eight three-pointers, also a season best. The Colonials scored 37 points off the Gamecocks' 28 turnovers and recorded 21 steals, their first game with at least 20 steals since Nov. 21, 2012 at USC Upstate, when they had 22. In addition, GW's 25 assists were the most in a game since recording 26 on Dec. 18, 2007 against Loyola Marymount. The 29-point win was GW's biggest since defeating UT Arlington by 33 in the 2012-13 season opener.

Candace Morton led Jacksonville State with 18 points, while Briana Benson recorded 17 points and eight rebounds and Miranda Cantrell and Destany McLin scored 11 points apiece.

Nipe was named to the Georgia State Invitational All-Tournament Team following the championship game, which No. 22/21 Georgia won, 70-58, over the host Panthers.

#5/#6 NOTRE DAME 100, DUQUESNE 61
TORONTO - Playing on a neutral court at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, the Duquesne women's basketball team fell to #5/6 Notre Dame 100-61 on Sunday afternoon. The game featured five players who hail from Canada - Duquesne's Wumi Agunbiade, Jose-Ann Johnson, Oditte Odisho and Brianna Thomas and Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa.

The "Wo Show" combined for 43 points, Agunbiade scored a game-high 23 and Orsi Szecsi added 20, for the Dukes who fall to 5-3 on the season.

Kayla McBride scored 22 for the undefeated Fighting Irish (6-0). Reigning Big East Rookie of the Year Jewell Loyd scored 16 and Michela Mabrey 12 off the bench. Achonwa recorded her 21st career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dukes missed their first eight shots and by the first media timeout, Notre Dame had built a 12-point lead at 14-2. Agunbiade had 14 of the Dukes' 22 first half points as the Fighting Irish went into halftime leading by 25.

Notre Dame opened the second half with a 21-6 run to stretch its lead to 40 points at 68-28 with 13:27 remaining. UND's would see a lead as large as 45 points at 73-28 and 75-30. Kyasia Duling's foul shot closed out the scoring with UND taking home the 100-61 victory.

MARIST 68, ST. BONAVENTURE 51
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Marist was in command this afternoon against St. Bonaventure in the teams' final game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge, defeating the Bonnies, 68-51 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Hannah Little recorded her second-career double-double in the loss for SBU with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

It was certainly a first half that the Bonnies would have liked to hit the restart button on, as Marist got out in front early, and never looked back.  Marist sophomore Madeline Blais posted a career-high 25 points in today's contest including 16 first half points to power the Red Foxes over the Bonnies.  The Red Foxes took a 43-17 lead into halftime, after the team shot 50% in the opening half, including six-made three pointers. Meanwhile, the Bonnies shot just 7-21 from the field (33.3%) in the first half, which also included 11 turnovers to Marist's two.

The 26 point deficit proved to be too much for St. Bonaventure to overcome, as much of the second half was played fairly evenly between the two squads, with the Bonnies eventually ending with a 34-25 edge in points in the second half. Hannah Little once again recorded double-digit rebounds, finishing the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds en route to her second-career double-double. St. Bonaventure finished the day shooting 18-46 (39.1%) from the field while Marist shot 25-51 (49%). Katie Healy recorded 11 points, seven rebounds in the set-back for the Brown and White.
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