Fordham Women's Basketball
I write this open letter to you to implore you to look deeper than RPI, SOS, and wins and losses. I ask that you select on more variables than simple statistics, because they often fail to grasp the growth and maturation process of a basketball team. I ask that you consider a few things, statistical and otherwise, when you consider the Fordham Rams for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament...
It wasn’t supposed to end this way. A magical run to the Atlantic 10 Final by Fordham women’s basketball ended in bitter disappointment at the Barclays Center, as the Rams fell to the Hawks of Saint Joseph’s, 47-46. Saint Joseph’s, by virtue of their tournament victory, claimed the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and the league’s championship trophy. For Fordham, the loss dimmed hopes of an NCAA tournament berth as the Rams wait to hear of their postseason fate on Monday night.
What: #3 Fordham (24-7, 12-2, 8 game winning streak) v. #4 Saint Joseph’s (22-8, 11-3, 2 game winning streak)
Where: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, New York)
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:00pm tipoff
How to Follow: Listen HERE beginning with an extended One on One Pregame Report. The broadcast begins around 6:15pm. The pregame show will feature interviews with Fordham athletic director Dave Roach and Fordham Hall of Famer Anne Gregory O’Connell.
By Chris Marasco
The Fordham Rams will continue their magical 2012-2013 campaign at the Barclays Center this Saturday night at 7PM against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks in the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship Game. After finishing the regular season at 22-7 and adding two more victories in the conference tournament, it is safe to say that this team exceeded outside expectations. Throughout the year, the Rams have surpassed various milestones with the latest being an Atlantic 10 semi-final appearance, a semi-final victory, not to mention their head coach picking up her 500th career win. Not too bad for a team that was ranked number eleven in the A10’s pre-season poll.
Fordham is peaking at the right time, and a chance at a first round bye will be at stake as Fordham closes its conference season with a pair of contests this week. With a chance to become the "Super Rams" (against Rhode Island) and to prove their legitimacy on their home court (Saint Joseph’s), last week was a telling one for Fordham’s chances come tournament time.
It would be easy for a team to be content with securing an A10 berth with four games remaining in the conference slate. Of course the Fordham Women’s Basketball team isn’t nearly done completing one of the most drastic turnarounds in the nation just yet.
Prior to Sunday’s matchup against #18 Dayton, the Fordham Rams Women’s Basketball program had never beaten a top 25 opponent. The Rams remained winless against nationally ranked opponents with a tough 68-57 loss. Despite only trailing by 3 points at the half, the Maroon and White just didn’t have enough to take the next step in the Atlantic 10.
It has been 18 years since the Fordham Rams Women’s Basketball program had a winning season. Sunday’s 30-point victory over VCU guaranteed that the Maroon and White will be over .500 for the first time since the 1994-1995 season. Fordham now has five wins in the Atlantic 10, matching the most that any Rams team has ever had in conference play. This is just one of the many reasons why second year coach Stephanie Gaitley is smiling about her team.