Bronx, NY – The Rams (2-1) suffered their first loss of the year at the RV / RV Notre Dame on Thursday night and now look to the RV / RV Michigan State (4-0) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ESPN + and WFUV have live coverage.
Tomorrow’s game is a WHITEOUT !! Fans are encouraged to wear WHITE. There will also be a limited number of t-shirts at the entrance, so get out early!
Other than a 16-2 run by Notre Dame at the end of the first quarter, the game was completely even. Fordham led in the first four minutes and the game was tied 7-7, but it was 23-9 after the first period. Intermediate periods were tied 41-41 and the Rams were able to rally to reduce their deficit to seven points in the fourth quarter, but had five team faults and the Irish could see the game come off the pitch line. frank.
Kaitlyn downey scored 13 of his 15 points, his team’s top in the second half, much of the team’s rally, with Asiah dingle (14) and Anna dewolfe (10) also ending with two digits. Dingle led the team in rebounds (6), assists (3) and made four more steals, scoring that number or more in every game so far. The Irish shot 59.3% in the first half, but Fordham’s defense dropped that number in every period and limited the hosts to just 8 of 22 from the field in the second half (36.4%). Both teams recovered 11 offensive rebounds, but Notre Dame recovered 20 more defensive rebounds. The Irish made 20 turnovers on the night against 12 for Fordham.
History of the series with Michigan State
This will be the very first meeting between the two schools. Fordham’s all-time opponent against the Big Ten is 2-13, with wins over Indiana and Purdue.
Dingle all the way
The 5’4 native of Boston spearheaded the first A-10 Player of the Week title of the year, averaging 26.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.0 assists over 39.5 minutes of two thrilling wins to start the campaign. Over three contests, she leads the team in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and field goal percentage.
The New Zealand international struggled with his shot in the opener of the season, scoring just five points, but Heremaia pushed him back and then last Saturday, making his first two three-point attempts and riding that wave throughout the game, finishing with 29 points to tie his career high while shooting 8 of 11 from distance. His 1,000th point came in the fourth quarter after scoring two consecutive trebles after being absent from the field with a minor injury.
Heremaia’s meteoric long-term 8 of 11 performance at Seton Hall was almost a record, finishing tied for second in a single game with Hannah Missry (’17), but the nine marks pushed the graduate student into seventh of all time for all three with 179. Suzanne Maguire (’97) is next with 200.
Presidents of the Boards
Fordham was bestial on the boards last year, averaging 38.4 per game and with the 22nd highest rebound margin in the country (7.6), keeping his opponents at just 30.8 boards. The Rams took 213 of 691 rebounds off the offensive glass, or 30.8%, and had six players with at least 17 offensive boards. Downey was 35th nationally with 10.2 rebounds per game and 11th overall with 8.5 defensive boards per game, while Jonassen was 20th with 3.9 o-boards per game. Jonassen (186 of 329) has more offensive than defensive boards in his career.
It’s obviously early in 2021-22, but over three games, Fordham is averaging 35.3 rebounds per game with 42 offensive rebounds out of 106 (39.6%). Millie Prior already has 11 o-boards, while Asiah dingle has seven, Maranda Nyborg has six, and Kaitlyn downey has five. Prior, Nyborg, Megan Jonassen (4), Sarah karpell (3), and Mathilde Flood (2), all have more offensive rebounds than defensive ones.
Gaitley’s “toughest” non-conference schedule yet
Fordham Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stephanie Gaitley called this year’s non-conference slate “the toughest” of any team in his career. The season began with a victory over scheduled MAAC champions, Quinnipiac, and a road victory over expected third finalist from Big East, Seton Hall, one of six programs ranked in at least one national pre-poll. season or receiving votes: Seton Hall and Houston received votes in the Coaches Poll, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Florida’s Gulf Coast received votes in both, and Baylor was No.7 / 8 to start the year. Notre Dame and Baylor are also former NCAA Champions on several occasions. Not to mention PAC-12 Arizona State contenders, last year’s America East champions Stony Brook, and a Princeton side who, despite not playing a game in two years , was the most recent Ivy League champion with an overall record of 26-1. in 2019-20.
On a national level
It’s still early this season, but it’s never too early to see where Fordham stands among his Division I peers. Yet the Rams are 57th nationally in interceptions per game (11.3), 41st in turnover margin (7.33), 55th in turnover per game (13.7) and 92nd in three per game (7.0),
At the individual level, Dingle is 18th nationally in scorers (22.0), third in interceptions per game (4.7) and eighth in minutes (38.0), while DeWolfe is third in minutes (39.0 ). Heremaia, meanwhile, is 47th nationally with 3.0 threes per game. Once again, it is early.
Fordham is expected to finish third in the annual survey of the Atlantic’s 10 preseason coaches, totaling 163 points among the 14 head coaches, just behind Dayton (193) and Rhode Island (174). Rams return four of their five starters, 91% of their score from a year ago, while adding a senior transfer Asiah dingle and Australian international U19 Millie Prior. Anna dewolfe, the reigning co-player of the year, was selected to the preseason’s first all-star team, while Kendell Heremaia was named in the second team.
It’s our home
Since Gaitley took over before the 2011-12 season, the Rams are 121-33 (79.0%) at home in 154 games. Over the past four+ seasons, the Rams are 65-12 at Rose Hill Gym, including a 34-6 record in conference and three consecutive Holiday Classic crowns. Fordham is currently scoring six straight wins in the Bronx.
3 and D
Stephanie GaitleyThe Rams topped the all-time top 10 for defensive scorers, holding nine of 10 spots with the 2008-09 team holding the record with just 47.9 points against per game. Fordham finished 31st nationally last season with 57.4 points allowed per game. The Gaitley Rams have held opponents under 50 points 91 times in 316 games (28.8%) and hold an 84-7 record in those competitions.
Likewise, the Gaitley Rams are all over the top 10 for all three points scored. In fact, they occupy all of the top-seven spots, with the 2018-19 team breaking the record for the 2013-14 Rams, title-winners, by 23 (267 overall). They also set the attempt record with a whopping 826. Last year’s team were on track to finish sixth, shooting 36.8% in the group ahead of WNIT, but poor shots in the last two games. dropped to 11th in program history to 35.0%.
The Rams are heading to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge later this week. Fordham will face Baylor # 6/7, NR / RV Houston and Arizona State from November 25-27.