Fordham Athletic Director David Roach is in Atlanta for the Final Four, but that didn’t stop him from calling in to WFUV to give his monthly Roach Report.
“Timeout. Media Timeout.”
That’s our cue to play. And by “our,” I mean the pep band. I work at WFUV, but I don’t call basketball games, I play music for them. As President of the Fordham Band, I help lead the group of rugby shirts next to the student section. So, in way I’m helping provide “color” to the game, but it’s quite more than that.
Prior to this season, head coach Stephanie Gaitley had never been to the third round of any postseason tournament. The Fordham Rams changed that with a 58-44 victory over the Boston University Terriers in the 2nd round of the WNIT. The Maroon and White takes its show on the road for the first time during this tournament against 2012 WNIT runner-up James Madison University.
The Rose Hill Gym was rockin’ yet again in the Bronx, and Fordham led the majority of the game in their WNIT Round of 32 win over the Terriers of Boston University. The Rams earned their 26th win of the season, the second most in a campaign in program history (one shy of the program record).
In a raucous Rose Hill Gym, Fordham came out of the gate slow but recovered in time to win their first postseason game in thirty years over former Patriot League rival Army. By virtue of Fordham’s first round win, the Rams will host the Terriers of Boston University on Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm.
This wasn’t the way it was supposed to end for Fordham. With a 12-0 run to begin the game, it looked like the Rams were on their way to an NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time since 1994. However, with under 10 seconds to go, the clock finally struck midnight on this magical season as freshman Samantha Clark was whistled for a questionable offensive foul giving St. Joes their first A-10 championship since 1999.
I write this open letter to you to implore you to look deeper than RPI, SOS, and wins and losses. I ask that you select on more variables than simple statistics, because they often fail to grasp the growth and maturation process of a basketball team. I ask that you consider a few things, statistical and otherwise, when you consider the Fordham Rams for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament...
It wasn’t supposed to end this way. A magical run to the Atlantic 10 Final by Fordham women’s basketball ended in bitter disappointment at the Barclays Center, as the Rams fell to the Hawks of Saint Joseph’s, 47-46. Saint Joseph’s, by virtue of their tournament victory, claimed the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and the league’s championship trophy. For Fordham, the loss dimmed hopes of an NCAA tournament berth as the Rams wait to hear of their postseason fate on Monday night.