Women's Basketball Falls To Fordham, 61-45
Feb. 1, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Fordham University (11-8, 4-4) went on a 22-5 run over the first 8:30 of the second half en route to a 61-45 win over the University of Massachusetts (5-15, 1-8) this afternoon in Atlantic 10 women's basketball action at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen, who were outscored, 36-22 in the second half, have now lost a season-high five games in a row.
Fordham committed 16 first-half turnovers, but UMass struggled from the field and could not capitalize. The Minutewomen shot just 29 percent in the first half while Fordham shot 39 percent . The Rams held a slim 25-23 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Fordham came out firing, going on a 10-3 run to start the half and take a 35-26 lead, following a three-point play by Patricia Williams. The Rams then outscored UMass, 12-4, over the next six minutes to take a 47-30 lead with 11:00 to go with Williams scoring six of those points. Fordham continued to pour on the offense as Mack hit back-to-back three-pointers as the Rams led by 21, 55-34 with 7:16 left. Senior Glamora Maeweather (Country Club Hills, Ill.) hit for five straight points for UMass to cut the Fordham lead to 59-43, but the Rams would hold on to win by 16.
UMass, which shot 27 percent for the game, made more free throws (15) than field goals (14). Freshman Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) was the only Minutewoman to reach double-figures. She had 14 points. Freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) had nine points and six rebounds, while Maeweather and junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) had eight points and four steals apiece.
Fordham out-rebounded UMass, 43-30, and shot 45 percent from the field for the game. Junior Monica Mack had a game-high 18 points to go with seven assists, while senior Patricia Williams recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Seniors Lauren Fleischer and Beth Ann Dickinson each added 12 points as well for the Rams.
This marked the first win for Fordham at the Mullins Center and just the second in 11 meetings in Amherst.
Massachusetts will enjoy a week off before playing at Duquesne on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m.