The historic (old is not a kind word here) Rose Hill Gym welcomed an excellent matchup on this sun-splashed day. Dayton was coming in looking for a championship. A victory over the Rams would clinch an Atlantic 10 regular season title. Fordham, hoping to reestablish momentum and bounce back after a midweek upset loss at Davidson, sought to delay the celebration.
In a 40-minute battle where both teams had to dig down and earn everything on both ends of the floor, Fordham prevailed, 66-52. Games of this nature, half court basically without transition tempo, can be very interesting to observe and study the respective offenses executing and defenses making their adjustments; many, if not all, predicated by time and score. In the final analysis, a close game often comes down to who can execute most effectively in the stretch.
In this case, that was the situation. Fordham made plays with the game in balance. Dayton will go home to host Saint Louis Wednesday with a shot at the title still on the line. Fordham finishes on the road at La Salle.
Seniors Danielle Padovano, Hannah Missry and Danielle Burns enjoyed the honors, festivities and naturally, the victory. The Ram trio recalled a win over Dayton their freshman year that gave them an A-10 title. Now as seniors, they finished their home career with another win over Dayton on a memorable afternoon of recognition, celebration and victory.
Fordham's Lauren Holden looks for room against the Dayton defense:
The Fordham dance team in action:
Dayton in a defensive stance:
Dayton coach Shauna Green confers with official Kevin Farlow:
Dayton on the attack:
Fordham doubling up their post defense:
Lauren Holden, again setting up Fordham's offense:
In the postgame huddle after a Ram win: