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Bronx, N.Y. – Fordham (11-6, 3-1) will seek to rebound from Wednesday’s road loss when it hosts Duquesne (12-5, 2-2) on Saturday afternoon on ESPN+ and WFUV.
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Last Time Out
Fordham suffered its first league defeat of the year, 63-57, at George Washington on Wednesday despite a late rally thanks to Matilda Flood and Colleen McQuillen. Poor shooting and turnovers haunted the Rams all game, shooting 34.4% overall, 24.0% from distance, and 53.8% from the charity stripe, with 17 turnovers and a season-low seven assists. Freshman Nya Robertson provided the go-ahead bucket two minutes into the second half to break a 29-29 tie and the Colonials would see their lead grow to as much as nine. Off the bench in the fourth, McQuillen hit 3-of-6 three-point attempts to keep her team in it, with her third cutting the deficit to five, 59-54, and on the next possession, Flood found herself open late in the shot clock at the top of the key and knocked down her shot, making it a two-point game and prompting a GW timeout. Out of the break, Robertson was able to grab her own rebound off a miss and her put-back made it a two-possession contest and the hosts held on.
Asiah Dingle led the way with 18 points, five rebounds, and four steals, but committed a season-high seven turnovers, while Anna DeWolfe added 15 points and three steals but four turnovers. McQuillen once again matched her career-high of nine points, while Flood was again terrific with a team-high three assists, three steals, which matched her career-high, and two blocks over 21 minutes.
Duquesne holds a 22-11 series lead since the Rams joined the A-10 in 1995-96. The Dukes dominated the rivalry until Fordham turned things around in 2016-17, starting a four-game win streak with a 13-point win at home on December 1st and capped by the massive 76-34 semifinal victory in Pittsburgh of the team’s eventual second league championship. Duquesne got revenge the following year at home but Fordham has won two straight since, first a week after that loss at the A-10 Championship and then last year on the road, 59-52. This is the first time hosting the Dukes since 2019, a 57-46 win. In last year’s meeting, Dingle led with 24 points, eight boards, three assists, and three steals over all 40 minutes.
Nationally Speaking (as of 1/13)
Fordham have played at a much faster tempo this season, averaging 72.8 points per contest, which ranks 71st in the nation. The offense’s 1.14 assist/turnover ratio, third in the Atlantic 10, sits 35th nationally. The team’s recent slump from distance has dropped the offense down from 12th to 43rd with 8.1 makes per game and from 48th to 76th in percentage, now at 33.8%. The Rams are dishing out the 59th-most assists per game (15.7) while committing just 13.8 turnovers per game, ranked 42nd. The offense is also hitting free throws at the 17th-best rate (77.8%) despite taking the 341st-fewest attempts (11.65).
Individually, Asiah Dingle is 11th in steals per game, 13th in field goals, and 29th in points per game. Kaitlyn Downey is 18th in defensive rebounds per game, 78th in total boards per game, and 29th in double-doubles. Anna DeWolfe is 59th in points per game, 43rd in total threes, 21st in field goals, 72nd in threes per game, and 39th in minutes per game.
Triple D – DeWolfe, Dingle, Downey
Shut the front door! The Fordham trio have been gnarly, righteous, dynamite, and, perhaps most importantly, the bomb-dot-com. All three earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors and had at least one A-10 Player of the Week award last season. Combined, they made up 66.1% of the team’s scoring on a combined 40.2% shooting overall. They are the real deal. Through three games so far, those numbers are similar – 66.6% of the scoring on 42.6% shooting. For context for the uninitiated, this entire blurb…
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