Rams Overpower GW, 66-56
Feb. 13, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - Over 1,500 local school children in attendance for Wednesday afternoon's game witnessed a gem, as four Fordham players finished in double figures to help down George Washington, 66-56, in the Rose Hill Gym.
Fordham moved to 17-7 (7-2) with the victory, while GW dropped to 11-13 (5-5).
Erin Rooney narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 13 points, tying a career-high with nine assists and pulling down six rebounds to lead the Rams. Marah Strickland scored a game-high 16 points on 7-14 shooting, while Arielle Collins added 15 and Abigail Corning chipped in 14 points in the victory. Combined on the game, Collins and Corning went 6-10 from beyond the arc.
Samantha Clark started off the game with a put back on the Rams' first possession, grabbing her own rebound and giving Fordham the first lead of the game at 2-0. Her layup kick-started an opening run for the Rams, as they scored the game's first six points and forced GW to take a timeout just over two minutes into the contest.
GW got on the board at the 17:16 mark of the first half, but the Rams went off again, scoring 11 unanswered points to take a 17-2 lead just under six minutes into the game.
The Rams continued to build their lead from there, shooting 12-18 from the field to start the contest and taking a 30-6 lead with just under ten minutes to go in the half. A 30-6 advantage may sound like an uncommon occurrence, but it was the second time in two weeks the Rams held such a margin at home, taking an identical lead over VCU on February 2nd.
GW began to find the bottom of the bucket more often in the half's closing minutes, but the Rams still scored a season-high 43 points in the first stanza, taking a 20 point lead into the locker room.
In the first 20 minutes of play, the Rams shot 54 percent from the floor, 56 percent from three (including a 5-7 start), dished out 14 assists and surrendered only six turnovers.
With the Colonials making a bit of a run to begin the second half and cutting the Fordham lead to 13, Collins responded by hitting her fourth three-ball of the day to start a 7-0 run that put the Rams back up by 20, 55-35, with just over 13 minutes to go.
From there, it was never in doubt. The Rams maintained a lead in the area of 20 points over the next ten or so minutes before a late GW run cut the lead to ten to end the game.
The Rams hit the road this weekend, traveling to St. Louis for a Sunday afternoon matchup against the Billikens. Game time for Sunday is set for 2 PM ET.