Feb. 6, 2013
Fordham 69, La Salle 49
PHILADELPHIA- The Rams move to 16-6 (6-1 A-10) with the win, while La Salle falls to 7-15 (3-4 A-10) with the loss.
The Rams and Explorers played a back and forth affair over the game's first ten minutes, a span that saw seven lead changes and a handful of ties.
Up 16-15 with seven and a half minutes to go in the opening half, Fordham rattled off a little run to cushion its lead. Erin Rooney netted five points on a 9-0 Rams streak to move the score to 25-15 with just under four minutes to go until the break.
The two teams traded buckets over the remainder of the period and the Rams entered the intermission with a 31-21 advantage.
La Salle scored the second half's first five points in a matter of just 40 seconds, but the Rams took no time to respond with a run of their own.
Saint Joseph's 55, VCU 50
RICHMOND, Va. - Trailing by 10 with less than 11 minutes to play, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team fought back for a 55-50 victory over VCU Wednesday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Speared on by junior guard Erin Shields' 16 points, the Hawks improved to 16-5 overall and 7-0 in the Atlantic 10.
Down 37-27, Saint Joseph's put together a 16-6 run as the Hawks took their first lead since the middle of the first half on a jumper by redshirt senior forward Chatilla van Grinsven at 5:08.
The Hawks opened a 51-47 lead on a layup by junior forward Ilze Gotfrida with less than two minutes to play, but VCU's Jessica Pellechio buried a three pointer to make it a 51-50 game with 1:03 to play.
Saint Joseph's failed to convert on its next possession, but a bad turnover gave the ball back to SJU. At midcourt, the Rams' Carleeda Green dropped off a bounce pass to Pellechio, only to have the ball bounce off Pellechio's knee and over the time line and give SJU the ball with less than 25 seconds in the game.
After three VCU fouls, Shields calmly hit both ends of a one-and-one, and after a steal on defense, sealed the game with two more free throws with 2.9 seconds left.
Charlotte 66, Temple 43 | CHARLOTTE HIGHLIGHTS | CHARLOTTE POSTGAME
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte's women's basketball team defeated Temple, 66-43. Unable to come up with anything on offense for a long stretch to close out the game, Temple suffered a tough loss at Charlotte (17-4, 6-1) on Wednesday night. Victoria Macaulay scored 15 points to lead the Owls (10-12, 3-4).
The game continued to swing back and forth, with the Owls coming within three points before trailing by eight near the three-minute mark.
The pace of the second half suffered with numerous fouls on both teams. The Owls were called for 10 in the first 11 minutes, while Charlotte had eight. Macaulay was pulled after getting her fourth foul at 5:40. The 49ers went to the line for 14 opportunities in that stretch, hitting 11 of them.
George Washington 57, Richmond 54 | GW HIGHLIGHTS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Richmond was edged by GW, 57-54, Wednesday night at the Smith Center in a battle-tested game between the rivals. The Spiders fell to 12-12, 2-6 overall, while GW improved to 10-12, 4-4 overall.
The last minute of the game was action-packed, as Richmond held the narrow 54-53 edge with 52 seconds remaining, thanks to a Rachael Bilney three. Bilney missed a free-throw with 29 seconds left, but grabbed a steal setting up a Becca Wann free-throw with 24 seconds left.
The attempt hit the back of the rim and GW pulled down the offensive board and sprinted down the court for the go-ahead score, 55-54 with 11 seconds left. GW swiped a steal and had another layup to seal the win.
The Spiders started the second half on a 12-2 run, boosting its lead 39-34 at the 15:25 mark. Richmond mounted its second-half rally after finding itself down 32-27 at the break.
The game was close throughout, with both teams' largest lead at six points. The score was tied five times, and the lead changed hands 11 times.