Women's Basketball Falls At Fordham, 54-44
Jan. 30, 2005
BRONX, N.Y. - Fordham University (6-15, 2-6 A-10) used a 28-4 run in the first half to take a 23-point lead en route to a 54-44 win over the University of Massachusetts (11-9, 4-5) Sunday afternoon at Rose Hill Gym. UMass cut the lead to nine in the second half, but were unable to get any closer. UMass had 23 turnovers and those turned into 25 Fordham points. UMass had just nine points off 14 Fordham miscues.
19-0 run by the Rams over 6:31 gave them a 23-5 lead midway through the first half. A lay-up by senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) ended the run at the 7:06 mark of the first half, but the Minutewomen trailed by 16 points. UMass continued to struggle from the field and trailed 32-12 at halftime. The Minutewomen found themselves down by as many as 23 points late in the first half. A three-pointer by redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) right before halftime put UMass in double-digits. The 12 points marked the fewest by a UMass team this season and the second straight game that they have been held under 14 in the first half. Since UMass led 5-4 early in the first half, Fordham outscored the Minutewomen 28-7 the rest of the way. UMass shot just 21 percent from the field in the first half while the Rams were 13-of-28 from the field good for 46 percent. UMass committed 13 turnovers in the first half.
UMass tried to mount a second-half comeback but were unable to get going offensively. The Minutewomen scored eight quick points in the first four minutes and cut the lead to 17 points, 37-20, but Fordham held its ground and countered with a 6-0 spurt to put the lead back to 23. The Minutewomen would not go away and began to chip away into the Fordham lead.
Massachusetts went on a 13-2 run over the next 7:24 to cut the Fordham lead to 12 at, 43-31. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) began the run by scoring off a spin move inside with 11:38 left in the second half. UMass then was able to cut the lead down to nine points at 49-40 following a three-point play by senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago), but the Minutewomen simply ran out of time. Fordham made its free throws down the stretch and gave UMass its second loss.
Nelson led the Minutewomen with 10 points and was the only double-figure scorer. Tatham and freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) each added eight points, while freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) added nine points and four rebounds. UMass shot 31 percent for the game, while Fordham was 38 percent. They shot just 27 percent in the second half allowing UMass back into the game. UMass did hold a 40-30 advantage on the glass and was 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
The Minutewomen will now enjoy a week off before hosting St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Mullins Center. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. and the game will be televised live on the Atlantic 10 Television Network. Locally, the game can be seen on the New England Sports Network (NESN).