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Bronx, NY – The Rams (5-3) returned to the Bronx and the winning column with Thursday’s 71-59 win over Stony Brook. Fordham is now setting his sights on Princeton (6-1) for a Sunday morning. The Rose Hill Gym is scheduled to depart at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN + and WFUV.
Fordham rocked several Stony Brook rallies to lead in the final 33 minutes of Thursday’s 12-point victory over the predicted champions America East. The Rams were very effective on the night, shooting 50.8% overall, with the team’s opener achieving more than half of their shots since last December, although the offense struggled behind the arc (31.6%) and from the line (45.5%). Fordham definitely took the lead at 14-12 late in the first quarter, although the visitors were able to rally three times after the Rams racked up a double-digit advantage and moved closer to a possession or two. Each time, Fordham responded with a clutch basket that started a race.
Anna dewolfe led the team with a season-high 28 points, tying their career-high 11 field goals in 18 attempts, including 4 on 7 shots from distance, while adding a team-high five assists , plus three interceptions and one block over every 40 minutes. Kaitlyn downey posted an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double with a pair of blocks and assists, while Asiah dingle contributed 12 points, six boards, four assists and four steals. Off the bench, Maranda Nyborg scored his six points in the fourth quarter and Mathilde Flood handed in a personal best three assists.
History of the series with Princeton
The Tigers have held a historic 7-4 advantage over the Rams since 1979. That record is 3-3 inside Rose Hill Gym, including the most recent encounter, a 57-55 Fordham victory on December 10. 2016.
Triple D – DeWolfe, Dingle, Downey
Close the front door! So far this season, the Fordham trio have been gnarled, virtuous, dynamite and, perhaps most importantly, the dot-bomb. DeWolfe is the reigning A-10 Co-Player of the Year and it was the other two who took home the top two A-10 Player of the Week of the Year awards. Together they account for 66.0% of the team’s score out of a combined shots total of 40.1%. They are the real deal. For the context for the uninitiated, all of this blurb is related to Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Hungry like DeWolfe
Last year’s co-player of the year Atlantic 10, junior captain Anna dewolfe became the third Ram to average more than 20 points per game in program history, finishing with 20.8 for the season, placing 22nd nationally, one of seven underclasses in the top 25. The Cumberland, Maine native was also 25th nationally with 37.3 minutes played per game and 29th with 2.7 threes per game. DeWolfe is 922 career points averaging 15.7 in his first 58 games at Fordham, all starts, starting with his college debut against # 16 Notre Dame at home in front of a box office Rose Hill Gym closed where she nearly triple doubled (10 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists) in a narrow five-point loss to the Irish. DeWolfe was a three-time Rookie of the Week and All-Rookie selection that year, while also leading all freshmen in minutes played (1,152).
DeWolfe had struggled a bit with his percentages before Thursday night’s effective effort, now shooting 40.6% overall, 29.6% from distance and 73.3% from the line. She leads the team in scoring with 17.9 per game and 22 assists and is second with 12 steals. She also plays 39.1 minutes per game, ranked fourth in the country.
Two for two
In the first two weeks of the 2021-22 season, the Rams had two Atlantic 10 players of the week. It was first Asiah dingle after averaging 26.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.0 assists, while shooting 60.0% on the field and 75.0% on the line against Quinnipiac and Seton Hall . Then it was Kaitlyn downey, who won the honor for the third time in his career, averaging 19.5 points at Notre Dame and against Michigan State, including a career-high 24 points in the victory over the Spartans. Downey also added 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks.
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. In eight games, she leads the team in rebounds, assists and steals, while being second in scorers.
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 some at Seton Hall, making his first two three-pointers and riding the that wave throughout the game, finishing with 29 points to tie his career high while shooting 8 of 11 from distance, the second-biggest treble in a game in program history. 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 has since climbed to 20th all-time spot with 1,058 career points.
Heremaia’s lightning 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 all eight marks pushed the graduate student to seventh. square. of all time at Fordham, where she currently remains with 183 for her career. Suzanne Maguire (’97) is next with 200.
Gaitley’s ‘toughest’ non-conference schedule yet
Fordham Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stephanie gaitley called this year’s non-conference slate “the most difficult” of any team in his career. It includes five conference favorites (Quinnipiac, Baylor, Stony Brook, Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast), one runner-up (Manhattan) and three third (Seton Hall, Michigan State, Houston), as well as two NCAA champions (Baylor, Notre Dame) and six programs that received votes in at least one national preseason poll. So far, the Rams have beaten Quinnipiac, Seton Hall, Michigan State and Stony Brook, while leading # 6/8 Baylor at halftime of a possible loss.
Presidents of the Councils
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 percent, 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 round boards per game. Jonassen (186 of 329) has more offensive than defensive boards in his career.
It’s of course early in 2021-22, but over eight games, Fordham is averaging 33.8 rebounds per game with 94 offensive rebounds out of 270 (34.8%). Asiah dingle leads the way with 22 o-boards with Jonassen (18) and Millie Prior (15) each just behind her.
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 74th in free throw percentage (0.747), 59th in three-point attempts. (165) and 88th in marks (47). Fordham is also 102nd in turnovers per game (15.2), 94th in rotation margin (3.00) and 72nd in assists (107).
At the individual level, Anna dewolfe is fourth in the country for minutes played per game (39.1) and total minutes (313) and is also sixth for field goal attempts (143) and 14th for marks (58). Asiah dingle is 15th in interceptions (23) and 34th with 2.9 interceptions per game. The pair are respectively 65th and 171st in points per game. Once again, it is early.
It’s our home
Since Coach Gaitley took over before the 2011-12 season, the Rams are 123-33 (78.9%) at home in 156 games. Over the past four+ seasons, the Rams are 67-12 at Rose Hill Gym, including a 34-6 record in conference and three straight Holiday Classic crowns. Fordham is currently scoring eight straight wins in the Bronx.
Fordham is expected to finish third in the annual Atlantic 10 preseason coaches poll, scoring 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 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.
The Rams welcome Manhattan Wednesday night in the 52sd Battle of the Bronx, kicking off at 7 p.m.