WORCESTER, Mass. – Fordham senior guards Erin Rooney and Abigail Corning scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, as they helped lead the Rams to a 75-49 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the win, Fordham improves to 7-2 on the season, while the Crusaders suffer their first loss of the year and fall to 6-1 overall.
Both teams went back-and-forth to begin the contest, as there were two lead changes and three tied scores over the first 10 minutes of the game. With the score knotted at 15-15, the Rams then canned a pair of threes to grab the 21-15 lead at the 9:15 mark of the first half. After both squads traded buckets, the Crusaders answered on the other end with a trey by senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.), but Fordham countered with a three-pointer to go back ahead by six points (26-20). The Rams ended the final 7:25 of the half on a 10-4 run to head into the locker room on top 36-24.
After the intermission, Holy Cross used a quick 5-2 spurt to cut the deficit to nine points (38-29) at the 18:21 mark of the second half. Fordham, however, erupted on a 9-0 run over the next 3:17 to gain the 47-29 lead. Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored on an old-fashioned three point play to end the rally, but the Rams went on another 9-0 surge to gain the 56-32 lead with 11:44 left in the second half. Fordham kept up its offensive intensity and went on a 15-7 rally to gain its largest lead of the game (71-39) with 3:52 on the clock. Holy Cross ended the game on a 10-4 run, but the Rams would go on to claim the 75-49 victory.
Holy Cross was led by Scott, who totaled a team-best 21 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) posted 11 points and four assists, while junior forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) recorded eight points, eight rebounds and a trio of blocked shots. Rooney finished the game with 22 points and five rebounds, while Corning had 20 points, on nine of 11 shooting, to go along with seven boards and five assists.
The Crusaders were limited to 31.3 percent from the field (20 of 64), while the Rams were red hot shooting the ball and drained 31 of their 56 shots (55.4 percent). Holy Cross hit three of 12 from downtown (25.0 percent), while Fordham canned 43.8 percent from long range (seven of 16). Holy Cross held advantages in steals (5-1), blocked shots (5-2), points in the paint (30-28) and offensive rebounds (14-9).
Holy Cross will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 18, when it will host Quinnipiac at 11:30 a.m. The game will be Holy Cross' third annual "Get Fit with the Crusaders Day" and will feature over 2,000 Worcester public school children who will learn about exercise and eating healthy.