Some do not include all the conference membership. Others are contested at a neutral site. There are the type at the higher seed’s court. Variety is not lacking. Regardless of the format, the idea is to win. Survive and advance. Keep winning to advance and stay alive in the hunt for the coveted prize.
On Sunday, Fordham hosted Davidson in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The A-10 women’s format changed this season, with first-round games at campus sites. Quarterfinals, semis and the final then converge on Richmond to decide the champion.
Fordham was facing a team that upset them on the road a dozen days earlier, somewhat of a curious situation, but neither of the respective coaches; Michele Savage of Davidson and Fordham’s Stephanie Gaitley, bought into it as a huge factor. After all, this was a second season, where slates were wiped clean and both teams had an opportunity in front of them.
On this afternoon, Fordham weathered an early challenge to regroup and post a workmanlike 62-54 victory over the Wildcats. The victory set up a quarterfinal meeting between the Rams and Saint Louis on Friday, a significant time for both teams to prepare, and time to address what needs correcting as well as establish a game plan, all a part of this phenomena called March Madness that captivates us to a significant degree.
Official Brandon Enterline checks the scorebook before the game:
Fordham's dance team, ready for action:
Fordham coach Stephanie Gaitley, in deep thought:
The Rams in the open floor, beginning the attack:
During a free throw, Hannah Missry of Fordham gives a defensive signal:
Davidson coach Michele Savage reacts to a play:
Davidson's Justine Lyon displays her free throw form:
Hannah Missry, pulling up for a shot: