The early-season struggles of Fordham Women’s Basketball seem to be in the Rams’ rearview mirror.
Fordham won its fourth straight game — and sixth out of seven — with a 65–52 victory over Southern University on Saturday at the Rose Hill Gym. The offense was led by juniors Bre Cavanaugh and Kendell Heremaia, each of whom dropped 24 points and four three-pointers in the victory. Cavanaugh, the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, is averaging nearly 23 points and eight rebounds per game over Fordham’s last three contests. With the win, the Rams are above .500 for the first time this season with a record of 6–5 against a difficult out-of-conference slate. Saturday’s game is the last the Rams will play until the annual Holiday Classic Dec. 29–30.
“It’s great to get a game in the right column going into the break,” Fordham head coach Stephanie Gaitley told Fordham Athletics. “I saw some good things and things to work on — we’re heading in the right direction as conference play approaches.”
The Rams took advantage of a Southern team that has won just two games in the first few weeks of the season. The visiting Jaguars’ only two victories of the season came against Wiley College and Tougaloo in November. Despite that, Southern gave the Rams a fight and the Jaguars held a brief two-point lead in the second quarter. Fordham responded to this by closing the first half on an 8–2 run to carry a four-point lead into the halftime break.
Fordham used the third quarter to pull away behind four three-pointers; the Rams outscored Southern by six points to earn a 10-point lead entering the final frame. Fordham kept the Jaguars at bay in the fourth quarter and never let them get within single digits for the rest of the game. Fordham wrapped up the day with a 65–52 victory for its fourth straight win and sixth out of seven after starting the season 0–4.
Still, it was not a perfect performance for the winners. Southern outrebounded Fordham by six but only capitalized to the tune of seven second-chance points. The Rams had occasional defensive lapses throughout the game but still held Southern to under 38% shooting. These are issues Fordham dealt with earlier in the season, and it crept its way back into the picture on Saturday despite the positive result.
That being said, a win is a win. Fordham now sits in the midst of a two-week break before the Holiday Classic to close out 2019. At that tournament, which will be held at the Rose Hill Gym, Fordham will take on Samford on Sunday, Dec. 29, and then either Houston or Hofstra, depending on Sunday’s results, the next day. While Saturday was not perfect, Gaitley and company will gladly take any victory amidst the stress of finals and the end of a busy semester.
In two weeks, Fordham is back in action and looking to add a couple more victories to finish out-of-conference play with an impressive 8–5 record.