December 5, 2013

Holy Cross Hosts Fordham On Saturday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-0, 4-0 Home) vs. Fordham (6-2, 1-2 Away)
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 31-9
Last Meeting: Fordham 67, Holy Cross 60 (Jan. 6, 2013; Bronx, N.Y.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Cl.
F, 31, Raquel Scott, 6-0, So.
F, 50, Emily Parker, 6-2, Jr.
G, 2, Brisje Malone, 5-9, Sr.
G, 12, Lisa Mifsud, 5-7, So.
G, 22, Alex Smith, 5-8, Sr.

HOLY CROSS PLAYS FORDHAM ON SATURDAY: The Holy Cross women's basketball team (6-0) will play its seventh contest of the season on Saturday, Dec. 7, when it will host Fordham (6-2) for a 1:00 p.m. tipoff. The Crusaders are coming off a 70-62 victory over Northeastern on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Hart Center. After the contest versus the Rams, Holy Cross will have 11 days off for final exams before it hosts Quinnipiac on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. The game against the Bobcats will be Holy Cross' third annual "Get Fit with the Crusaders Day," in which over 2,000 Worcester public school children will attend the contest. After the game versus Quinnipiac, the Crusaders will travel to Boston College on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5:00 p.m.

THE SERIES WITH THE RAMS: This will be the 41st meeting between Holy Cross and Fordham, with the Crusaders holding the 31-9 series lead. The Rams come into this game on a three-game winning streak over Holy Cross with their last win on Jan. 6, 2013 by a score of 67-60 in the Bronx, N.Y. The last win for the Crusaders came on Jan. 28, 2003, as Holy Cross claimed the 76-62 victory in Worcester. Holy Cross won the first 19 games between these two squads from 1983-1992. The three-game losing streak the Crusaders are currently on is the longest stretch of losses by Holy Cross at any point during the series. This series dates back to Jan. 25, 1983, with the Crusaders posting a 76-60 win in the Bronx.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 31-9
At Holy Cross: Holy Cross leads, 18-2
At Fordham: Holy Cross leads, 12-7
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 18-2
In Overtime Games: Series tied, 1-1
Current Win Streak: Fordham, three games

HOLY CROSS AGAINST THE ATLANTIC-10 CONFERENCE: In its program history, Holy Cross has played nine of the 13 teams currently in the Atlantic-10 Conference (Dayton, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Joseph's and Saint Louis). The Crusaders have already faced UMass this season and defeated the Minutewomen, 76-54, on Nov. 26. In addition to Fordham, the Crusaders also could play Saint Louis on Dec. 29 in the second game of the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa. Against A-10 schools, Holy Cross holds a 63-32 overall record for a .663 winning percentage. Last season, the Crusaders played both UMass (Nov. 25; W, 63-59) and Fordham (Jan. 6; L, 67-60). Two teams in the A-10, George Washington (2-0) and St. Joseph's (1-0) have winning records over the Crusaders. Holy Cross, however, has winning records over the other seven teams: Dayton (1-0), Fordham (31-9), La Salle (11-8), Massachusetts (11-9), Rhode Island (7-3), Richmond (1-0) and Saint Louis (1-0).

CRUSADERS OFF TO HOT START: Holy Cross is off to its best start in over 30 years, as the Crusaders are currently undefeated at 6-0 overall. This is tied for the best start in school history, as Holy Cross has started 6-0 twice before in 1981-1982 and 1982-1983. The Crusaders have scored over 70 points in every contest this season including 92 points at UMass Lowell on Nov. 16. That was the first time since 2005-2006 that Holy Cross has scored over 90 points and also was the most points scored in a non-overtime game since the Crusaders scored 103 versus Colgate on Jan. 16, 2002. So far this season, Holy Cross holds large margins versus opponents in scoring (+19.0), rebounding (+11.5) and assists (+11.7). The Crusaders have not trailed at any point over their last three games versus UMass, Manhattan and Northeastern and have either been tied or in the lead for 151:02 straight minutes dating back to the Bryant game (Nov. 23). With a win against Fordham, it would be the best start for Holy Cross in school history.

SCOTT A FORCE IN THE PAINT: Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) has been a key reason for the Crusaders' success this season with her play in the paint. Scott currently leads the team with 16.8 points, 9.6 total rebounds and 4.0 offensive boards per contest, while shooting at a 54.7 percent clip from the field (35 of 64). She is coming off her third consecutive double-double, and the fourth of her career, with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Northeastern. On Dec. 2, Scott was named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week, in helping the Crusaders to a pair of victories over UMass (Nov. 26) and Manhattan (Dec. 1). Versus Manhattan, she tallied 15 points and 13 caroms, while against the Minutewomen Scott posted 21 points and 12 rebounds. She currently leads the Patriot League in rebounds and offensive rebounds per contest and is second in field goal percentage, fourth in points per game and eighth in assists per game (3.6). In the season-opener versus Dartmouth, she recorded a career-best 22 points (18 in the first half) on 10-of-12 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. For her performance, Scott was named the GoHolyCross.com Crusader of the Week (11/11). Last season, Scott averaged 4.3 points per game and ranked first on the team and 12th in the Patriot League with 5.3 rebounds per contest (169 total). She also ranked second in last season's Patriot League tournament with 10.7 rebounds per game.

SMITH TO LEAD CRUSADERS THIS SEASON: Senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) has been a key player to this year's team. She currently averages 16.3 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest. She also has a .500 shooting percentage (37 of 74) and has drilled 21 of her 48 three-pointers this season (43.8 percent). Smith posted 15 points and a game-best eight assists in the win over Northeastern. Against Manhattan, Smith broke the Holy Cross all-time career three-pointers made record, as she currently has 281 treys. Versus the Jaspers, Smith totaled 13 points and a game-best eight assists. In the win over Massachusetts, Smith tallied a season-best 23 points and connected on five three pointers. Smith also played well versus Bryant (19 points, five rebounds, five steals), UMass Lowell (17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals) and Dartmouth (11 points, six assists and three rebounds). She is six three-pointers away from breaking the Patriot League career record of 286 set by Lehigh's Alex Ross. Smith also broke the Holy Cross record for most three-pointers attempted versus Dartmouth. Smith currently ranks first in the Patriot League in assists per game, steals per game (2.5) and three-pointer made (3.5). She is second in the conference assist/turnover ratio (3.7), fifth in points per game and eighth in field goal percentage. In 2012-2013, Smith led the Patriot League with 14.5 points and 2.9 three-pointers made per game. Smith became the 29th player in Holy Cross history and the 11th junior to score 1,000 career points, accomplishing the feat on Jan. 19, 2013. Smith registered double-figure points in 29 contests last year and scored over 20 points in four games. Last year, Smith set a pair of Holy Cross single-season records with 93 three-pointers made and 250 three-pointers attempted. For her career, Smith has 1,306 points (13th in HC history), 440 assists (7th in HC history), 374 rebounds and 170 steals. In 2012-2013, Smith was named first team and Academic All-Patriot League.

MALONE PUTTING UP GREAT NUMBERS: Senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) has had a great season for the Crusaders thus far and currently averages 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per contest in 2013-2014. In the last contest versus Northeastern, she totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Versus Manhattan, Malone filled the stat sheet with 11 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Malone also played well versus UMass (eight assists), Bryant (12 points, three rebounds) and UMass Lowell (16 points, 12 rebounds; third career double-double). She currently ranks third in the Patriot League in assists per game and assist-turnover ratio (3.1), eighth in steals per contest (1.5) and 17th in scoring. Last year, Malone was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team after averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 assists in the tournament. In last year's season opener versus Yale, Malone scored a career-best 23 points to go along with four steals and three assists. She scored double-digits in 14 games last year and recorded her second career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists versus Bucknell on Feb. 23, 2013. Malone is just 160 points away from 1,000 in her career.

PARKER STRONG IN THE POST: Holy Cross junior Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) has been an important cog in the frontcourt this season for the Crusaders. She currently is averaging 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game. In the win over Northeastern, Parker posted eight points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Versus Manhattan, Parker totaled eight points, five rebounds and four blocks. Prior to that, she recorded her third career double-double versus UMass with 11 points and tied a career-best with 12 boards. Parker also played well versus Bryant (14 points, five rebounds), UMass Lowell (13 points, seven rebounds) and Dartmouth (11 points, nine rebounds). She currently ranks second in the Patriot League in blocked shots and offensive rebounds per game (3.8), third in field goal percentage (.542) and eighth in rebounds per game. In 25 games played last season, Parker averaged 5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. She was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team in 2011-2012 with 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

MIFSUD WITH INCREASED ROLE IN BACKCOURT: Crusader sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) has played a significant role in the backcourt this season for Holy Cross. She has started in all six games this year and is currently averaging 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. In the win over Northeastern, she was eight for eight from the free throw line to help the Crusaders close out the Huskies. Versus Manhattan, Mifsud scored 11 points and connected on a trio of three-pointers. In the win at UMass Lowell, Mifsud recorded career-highs of 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds. In the season opener versus Dartmouth, she recorded 12 points and four assists. She currently ranks second in the Patriot League with a .952 free throw percentage (20 of 21) and is eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Mifsud played in 30 games in 2012-2013 and averaged 2.2 points per game.  

HOURIGAN LOOKS TO IMPROVE ON FRESHMAN SEASON: Holy Cross sophomore center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) will look to continue her strong freshman campaign this season. She is currently averaging 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds through six games played. In the win over Northeastern, she tied a career-high with eight rebounds. She recorded 10 points and five boards in the win at UMass Lowell. In the season opener versus Dartmouth, Hourigan tallied seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes of action off the bench. The only center on the roster at 6-4, Hourigan was a key contributor down the stretch last season, starting in 14 of the final 15 contests for Holy Cross. In 29 games played a season ago, Hourigan averaged 3.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

BACKCOURT DEPTH: Holy Cross' depth in the backcourt will give them the ability to have a variety of lineups depending on its opponents. Senior Kelly Hamner (Manassas, Va.) will provide the Crusaders with a physical on-ball defender. She has seen action in five contests this season and is averaging 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. In the win over Northeastern, Hamner totaled four points and four rebounds. Second-year players Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) and Jenn Walsh (Dallas, Texas) will also add depth coming off the bench this season. Gillespie had her best game as a Crusader in the win over Bryant, with career-highs of eight points and two rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Gillespie has seen action in all six games this season, while Walsh has played in five. Gillespie played in 14 games and made two starts last season, while Walsh saw action in a pair of contests.

FRESHMEN SEE EXPANDED ROLE: Holy Cross freshmen guard/forwards Jenn Dynis (St Louis, Mo.) and Madelyn Ganser (Needham, Mass.) have seen action in all six games this season and have been key contributors. Dynis currently averages 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest. Against Manhattan, she tallied six points, three boards and a pair of assists. She made her first collegiate start at UMass Lowell and recorded a career-best 11 points and five rebounds in the winning effort. In the season opener versus Dartmouth, she tallied five points, three rebounds and a pair of assists. Ganser is averaging 1.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. In the win over Manhattan, she recorded a career-best five points and four rebounds. Dynis comes from Visitation Academy and was a two-time conference champion and player of the year. Ganser, sister of senior forward Christine, comes to Holy Cross from Needham High School. At Needham, she was a three-time conference all-star and helped guide her team to the state tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Both players are listed at 5-11 and will play either the three or four position on the floor. 

SMITH AND GANSER NAMED 2013-2014 CAPTAINS: This season, the Crusaders will have two senior captains. Forward Christine Ganser and guard Alex Smith will lead the Crusaders during the 2013-2014 campaign. Smith was co-captain with graduate Amy Lepley during the 2012-2013 season.

CRUSADERS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish fourth in the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 112 points. Navy was tabbed to finish first in the poll after receiving 157 points and 14 first-place votes. Army was picked second in the poll with 133 points and three first-place votes, while new conference member Boston University finished in third place with 128 points and three first-place votes. After the Crusaders at fourth, Lehigh was picked fifth with 97 points and American was tabbed sixth with 87 points. Bucknell (seventh, 62 points), new league member Loyola (Md.) (eighth, 54 points), Lafayette (ninth, 37 points) and Colgate (10th, 33 points) round out the 10 teams in the Patriot League. Navy senior forward Jade Geif was named Preseason Player of the Year. Kelsey Minato of Army, Rashidat Agboola of BU, Kerry Kinek of Lehigh, Alex Smith of Holy Cross and Geif were all named to the Preseason All-League team.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 2.0: The Crusaders motto of "unfinished business" will carry over to this season, as the team was bested for the second straight year in the Patriot League championship game by Navy. After earning the fourth seed in the Patriot League Tournament in 2012-2013, Holy Cross defeated Lehigh and Colgate, both at home, to earn a trip to the championship contest. The Mids, however, claimed the 72-53 victory to earn their third consecutive Patriot League title. Holy Cross will look to improve on its No.4 seed from last season to put itself in position to host multiple tournament games and earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.

SMITH NOMINATED FOR PAIR OF AWARDS: Alex Smith has been nominated for a pair of Division I women's basketball awards. Prior to the season, she was named one of the 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for Division I women's basketball. The Senior CLASS Award recognizes NCAA student-athletes who have notable achievements in four area of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those names will be placed on the official ballot. More recently, Smith was one of 52 Division I women's basketball players nominated to the Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. A total of 84 women's basketball players from all levels of collegiate play were listed as nominees for the Allstate Good Works Team. From the 84 WBCA nominees submitted by coaches and sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select one 10-member team comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA. More information about the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.wbca.org. For more information about the Senior CLASS award, go to www.seniorclassaward.com/womensbasketball.

HELP ME HELP YOU: Holy Cross' fast start to the season is a testament to its selflessness on the offensive end of the floor. As of Dec. 1, the Crusaders are ranked first in the nation with 23.8 assists per contest (currently 22.5 per game). The Crusaders have had over 20 assists in four of the six games this season. Against Manhattan, Holy Cross dished out 26 assists on 29 field goals and had 28 assists on 32 shots in the season opener versus Dartmouth. As of the Dec. 1 rankings, Alex Smith is 32nd in the nation with 5.8 assists per game, while Brisje Malone ranks 46th in the country with 5.4 helpers per contest. Last season, Holy Cross ranked first in the Patriot League and 34th in the nation with 15.5 assists per contest.

HOLY CROSS' HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE: The Holy Cross offense has been a big part of its success this season. The Crusaders currently rank first in the Patriot League in scoring offense (78.5), scoring margin (+19.0), field-goal percentage (.455) and assists (22.5). Holy Cross has three players, Raquel Scott, Alex Smith and Brisje Malone who all are ranked in the top 20 in Patriot League scoring leaders and who all are averaging double-digit points per game. Holy Cross scored its most points in regulation (92) against UMass Lowell since the 2001-2002 season. The team also tallied 84 points in the season opener versus Dartmouth. Last year, the Crusaders ranked first in the Patriot League in points per game (59.9), field goal percentage (.414) and second in the conference in three-pointers per game (5.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.332).

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: This season, the Crusaders are ranked in the top 50 in the NCAA Division I leaders in 12 statistical categories. In addition, Alex Smith, Brisje Malone, Raquel Scott and Emily Parker are all ranked in the top 50 in six individual statistics as well. The rankings as of Dec. 1:

Category Rank             Player / Team          Avg. / Pct.
Win-Loss Percentage 1   Holy Cross 100.0
Assists Per Game 1   Holy Cross 23.8
  32   Alex Smith 5.8
  46   Brisje Malone 5.4
Assist-Turnover Ratio 1   Alex Smith 4.83
  4   Holy Cross 1.75
  22   Brisje Malone 3.38
Three-Pointers Per Game 9   Alex Smith 3.6
  48   Holy Cross

7.4

Field-Goal Percentage 21   Raquel Scott 60.4
  23   Holy Cross 47.0
Scoring Margin 21   Holy Cross 21.2
Three-Point Percentage 21   Holy Cross 38.9
  28   Alex Smith 47.7
Blocked Shots Per Game 34   Emily Parker 2.40
Turnovers Per Game 34   Holy Cross 13.6
Three-Point Percentage Defense      35   Holy Cross 24.5
Rebound Margin 35
Holy Cross 9.0
Scoring Offense 38
Holy Cross 80.2
Scoring Defense 49   Holy Cross 59.0

HOME SWEET HOME: Holy Cross boasts a very strong record when playing at the Hart Center. In now their 40th season, the Crusaders have an all-time record winning percentage of .743 when playing their games at home (356-123). Since Holy Cross went to Division I during the 1982-83 season, they hold an even better .764 winning percentage with a record of 317-98 at the Hart Center.

NORTHEASTERN RECAP: Holy Cross sophomore forward Raquel Scott recorded her third consecutive double-double, with a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, to help lead the Crusaders to a 70-62 victory over Northeastern in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 6-0 overall, while the Huskies slip to 4-3 on the season. It is the first time since 1982-1983 that the Crusaders have started the year with a 6-0 record. With 7:36 left in the second half, Holy Cross held the 54-44 lead. Northeastern then scored six straight points to cut the deficit to 54-50 at the 6:06 mark of the stanza, but Holy Cross sophomore center Molly Hourigan converted a layup on the other end to give the Crusaders the six-point advantage (56-50). Both teams went back-and-forth over the next 4:07, as Holy Cross would hold the 62-54 lead with 1:41 left in the contest. Northeastern drilled a three-pointer on its next possession to make the score 62-57 (1:24). The Huskies tried to get back into the contest by fouling the Crusaders, but Holy Cross closed the game going eight for eight from the charity stripe to clinch the 70-62 victory. To begin the contest, both teams remained close before the Crusaders pushed their lead to 17-8 at the 11:25 mark of the first half. Holy Cross increased its margin to 13 points (23-10), but Northeastern canned two straight buckets to make the score 23-14 with 8:08 left in the first half. The Crusaders responded with a 5-2 run to gain the 28-16 advantage (6:04) on the back of a trey by senior guard Alex Smith. The Huskies fought hard over the final minutes of the period, as they closed the half on a 9-4 rally, but Holy Cross held the 32-25 lead at the intermission. The Crusaders scored five straight points in the first 40 seconds of the second half to earn the 12-point advantage (37-25). Northeastern worked the deficit to seven points at the 12:54 mark of the stanza, but a 6-1 surge by the Crusaders gave them the 52-40 lead with 9:20 on the clock. The Huskies would cut the score to 10 points less than two minutes later, which set the stage for the dramatic finish over the final 7:36 of the contest. Holy Cross senior guard Brisje Malone  registered 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Smith tallied 15 points and eight helpers. Junior forward Emily Parker recorded eight points and eight boards, while sophomore Lisa Mifsud totaled eight points, all from the free-throw line, and three caroms. Hourigan pulled down eight rebounds for Holy Cross and had a pair of blocked shots. Jewel Tunstull led Northeastern with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Crusaders connected on 22 of its 59 shots in the game (37.3 percent), while the Huskies canned 38.2 percent from the field (26 of 68). Both teams struggled from behind the arc with Holy Cross hitting 26.7 percent (four of 15) and Northeastern drilling four of 19 from downtown (21.1 percent). The Crusaders shot 71.0 percent from the free throw line (22 of 31) and hit 13 of 17 (76.5 percent) in the second half.

CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, visit 'www.GoHolyCross.com' or "www.PatriotLeague.org".

ON THE RADIO: Seven of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their 10th year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet at 'www.1230radio.com'.  WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.

ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least two games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had five appearances last season, while appearing seven times in 2011-2012. Holy Cross was on television five times in 2010-11 and six times in 2009-10. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013-2014 season:

Jan. 2 vs. Boston University: Charter TV3
Feb. 26 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3

ON THE INTERNET: Information on Crusader basketball and all 26 other varsity sports is available through the Holy Cross Athletics home page at "www.GoHolyCross.com". In addition, links to Holy Cross basketball audio broadcasts and live video streaming can be found on the home page. Updates on Holy Cross Athletics can also be found at "www.facebook.com/HolyCrossAthletics" and "www.twitter.com/GoHolyCross".

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SCOUTING THE RAMS: Fordham comes into this contest with a 6-2 overall record and is currently riding a five-game winning streak with victories over Pacific (84-63), Yale (80-52), American (66-62), UNLV (72-63) and most recently Cincinnati (56-40). The Rams were tabbed fourth in the Atlantic-10 preseason poll after compiling a 26-9 record a season ago and a trip to the WNIT. Fordham is led by senior guard Erin Rooney, who averages 22.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Freshman guard Hannah Missry has 12.3 points and 3.0 caroms per contest, while senior guard Abigail Corning averages 11.9 points, 5.3 assists and 6.6 boards per game. Fordham head coach Stephanie Gaitley is in her third year at the helm of the Rams with an overall record of 44-29. Over her 28 years coaching women's basketball, Gaitley is 508-299 overall with stints at Monmouth, Long Island, St. Joseph's and Richmond.