Fordham’s Accurate Shooting Lifts the Rams Past GW

Raynell Cooper
Women’s Basketball Writer

BRONX, N.Y. — After two big conference wins at the Smith Center, the Colonials took their show on the road. But the hot shooters of Fordham, led by grad student forward Marah Strickland’s 16 points on 7-14 shooting, were able to overpower GW, cruising to a 66-56 win on Wednesday.

A 15-3 run to end the game was too little too late, as the Colonials were down by as much as 28 points in the first half. Fordham was able to shoot nearly 52% on the game, compared to GW’s 38%. The Colonials are 0-9 when they allow the opposing team to shoot 40% or more from the field. The offense was not able to really click for GW until the game was well out of hand.

Senior guard Shi-Heria Shipp continued her hot streak, leading the way for GW with 14 points and pulling down six rebounds. Senior guard Danni Jackson shot well, shooting 56% and finishing with 13 points. Graduate student center Sara Mostafa had a 10-rebound performance. GW outrebounded the Rams and had just 14 turnovers, their second lowest tally in conference play.

The big sticking point that remains for the Colonials is ball movement. GW had just nine assists, four of them from sophomore Chakecia Miller. The dominating win against Butler on Sunday hinged on the ability of the Colonials to move the ball around and find the open shooter. They were not able to repeat that assist performance Wednesday.

What was a problem for the Colonials was big for the Rams; ball movement was an important part of Fordham’s offense. The Rams’ 19 assists is the most the Colonials have given up all season, as redshirt junior guard Erin Rooney was able to get nine assists. GW still was able to get some takeaways; they forced Fordham to turn the ball over 17 times. The defense, however, was not able to stop Fordham’s offense.

As the Colonials look ahead, they still have some tough games. Fordham showed they were the better team, but GW has been able to shut down otherwise hot shooters in the past. They are going to have to work on forcing bad shots and not letting teams make the majority of their field goals. GW also needs to work on not getting down early. Even a second half as strong as GW’s cannot overcome a 28-point deficit in the first half.

The Colonials (11-13, 5-5 A-10) get ready for yet another road trip, headed down south to face the Charlotte 49ers (18-4, 7-1 A-10) on Sunday. Tipoff is at 2 p.m., and you can catch all of the action on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.

Posted on February 13, 2013, in Campus, GW Basketball, Women's Basketball and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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