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Bronx, NY – Three wins in three straight home games in December’s six home games for the Rams (7-3) as they head into Sunday afternoon’s meeting with Lafayette (3-5). The Rose Hill Gym is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on ESPN + and WFUV.
Wednesday’s 52nd Battle of the Bronx came at the last second, literally, with the Rams rallying behind a fiery Manhattan performance and responding to every one of Dee Dee Davis’ fourth-quarter baskets, with Sarah karpell and Kaitlyn downey doubling Davis on final possession of the match leading to a loose ball, a Kendell Heremaia scoop, and a last-second layup with less than a second to go in regulation for a 65-63 win, the team’s third and 10th in a row over their Bronx rivals, all under the direction of the trainer Gaitley. Anna dewolfe, although she was held scoreless in the fourth, finished with 27 points, while Heremaia finished off a rebound from a double-double with 16 points in her 100th career start. Downey provided 11 points and eight cards, while five of the Megan Jonassen’s seven rebounds came from the offensive side. DeWolfe added five assists and two steals, the latest figure also tied by Karpell. Read all about it here.
History of the series with Lafayette
The Rams have held a 12-6 advantage over the Leopards since 1984. Much of the rivalry has come from when Fordham was in the Patriot League from 1991 to 1995. The Rams are 6-4 at home against Lafayette, including the most recent reunion – a 61-49 victory in November 2015.
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. All three have already won an A-10 Player of the Week title in the first month of the season. Together, they account for exactly two-thirds (66.7%) of the team’s score out of a total of 40.8% of combined shots. 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 has up to 977 career points averaging 16.3 in his first 60 games at Fordham, all debuts, starting with his college debut against # 16 Notre Dame at home in front of a Rose Hill Gym in Sold out where she almost 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 has had a slow start by his standards this season and now leads the Atlantic 10 points (19.8 points per game) with 41.4% overall shots, 34.2% from range and 82.6% from line. She also leads the team with 30 assists and is second with 17 interceptions. His 393 total minutes rank second nationally, his 39.3 per game average ranks fourth, and his 19.8 points rank 26th.
Three for four
In the four weeks of the 2021-2022 season, the Rams already have three different 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 against Quinnipiac and Seton Hall. The week after it was Kaitlyn downey after averaging 19.5 points at Notre Dame and against Michigan State, including a career-high 24 points in the victory over the Spartans. Now it’s Anna dewolfe, who scored 28 points in back-to-back wins over Stony Brook and Princeton last week, with 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals.
Dingle all the way
The Boston native spearheaded the top A-10 Player of the Week of the Year award, averaging 26.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.0 assists decisive over 39.5 minutes of two thrilling wins to start the campaign. Over the course of nine games, she leads the team in rebounds, assists and steals, while also being second in the scoring standings. For her career in three schools, she has accumulated 1,163 points, an average of 12.9 per game, in 90 appearances and 73 starts. She is a 42.1% career shot with 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Kendell Heremaia became the 23rd Ram to reach 1,000 career points, making it to Seton Hall in Game 2 of this season, tying his career-high 29 points and shooting a dazzling 8 of 11 from behind the arc, just one out of the program record of a match. The New Zealand international has since climbed to 20th all-time with 1,088 career points and is currently seventh all-time with 185 three-pointers, with Suzanne Maguire (’97) at 200 .
Heremaia has racked up 1,088 points, 689 rebounds, 280 assists and 120 steals from 127 career appearances and 100 starts. Only six other rams reached the plateau of 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals, most recently Samantha Clark (’16), but also with Becky Peters (’12) and Abigail Corning (’14) who have played under coach Gaitley. Among this group, Heremaia has the second fewest points and the third fewest rebounds and steals, but the second most assists.
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. With wins against one Top 25 team (Princeton) and four Top 100 teams (Quinnipiac, Michigan State, Houston, Stony Brook), the Rams are 63rd in the initial NET standings.
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 22nd in free throw percentage (0.780), 45th in three-point attempts. (213) and 63rd in brands (64). Fordham is also 57th for total assists (137), 76th for turnover per game (14.8) and 90th for margin on turnover (3.1).
At the individual level, Anna dewolfe is second in the country in total minutes (393), behind only Sam Breen of UMass, and fourth in minutes played per game (39.3) and is also 24th for goalscorers (19.8), second for field goal attempts (186) and sixth in marks (77), and is 27th with 25 triples. Asiah dingle is 18th for interceptions (27) and 45th with 2.7 interceptions per game, plus 50th for free throws taken (36). Kaitlyn downey is 80th with 13 blocks and Kendell Heremaia is 66th with his free throw percentage of 86.2%. Once again, it is early.
Dive Deeper into Games Won
With seven wins this season, the Rams dominate their opponents 73.0 to 63.4 (+9.6). Fordham shoots 42.8% from the ground and 33.1% from range. The Rams convert nearly half of their two-point attempts (47.8%). Fordham exceeds his opponents, 35.1 to 30.9, with 89 offensive boards out of 246 in total (36.2%). Opponents commit 18.3 turnovers per game, with the Rams scoring 9.0 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
Anna dewolfe leads the charge with 22.6 points per game on 45.6% overall shots, 37.5% from depth and 84.2% from the line, leading the team with 26 assists. Asiah dingle is averaging 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.4 assists, while Kaitlyn downey leads with 7.4 boards to go with 11.1 points, and Kendell Heremaia chips in 13.0 points and 6.4 plates. Seven Rams are shooting 42.0% or better in wins so far, including four at 44.0% or better.
It is our house
Since Coach Gaitley took over before the 2011-12 season, the Rams are 125-33 (79.1%) at home in 158 games. Over the past four+ seasons, the Rams are 69-12 at Rose Hill Gym, including a 34-6 record in conference and three straight Holiday Classic crowns. Fordham is currently in the process of claiming 10 straight wins in the Bronx.
60 is the magic number?
Fordham is 75-11 in his last five seasons when he has scored 60 or more points, including an 8-3 record last year and a 7-0 record to start this season. The offense has clicked so far for the Rams, with five of their seven wins with 70 or more points.
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 host former associate head coach Angelika Szumilo and Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, December 19 at 2 p.m. on ESPN + and WFUV.