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Fordham beats Dayton for A-10 tourney title

Janna Pickard joined the 1,000-point club in her last game.
Janna Pickard joined the 1,000-point club in her last game.gomason.com

Fordham’s Erin Rooney scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Abigail Corning added 12 points and 11 rebounds March 10 as the Rams beat top-seeded Dayton 63-51 to win the A-10 title.

“From the start we were just like, ‘This is our game. It’s not happening again,’Rooney said, referring to last season’s one-point loss to Saint Joseph’s in the title game.

Fordham took care of that at Richmond Coliseum by taking down the regular season champions with a second-half push that was sparked by an early 11-2 run, and defined by dominance on the backboards. The Rams won the glass 30-13 after halftime.

“They were one-and-done on the boards and that was really big for us,” Corning said. “It kept our energy going.”
Emily Tapio had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Rams (25-7, 12-5), whose only other trip to the NCAA tournament came as Patriot League champions in 1994. They finished with a 48-33 rebounding edge and scored 30 points in the paint.

League player of the year Andrea Hoover scored 22 points for the Flyers (23-7, 14-3).

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Dayton held George Washington to just 29.9 percent shooting from the floor en route to posting an 89-68 victory over the Colonials in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball tournament at the Richmond Coliseum March 6.

The Colonials’ shot just four-of-21, contributing to a 39-25 halftime deficit.

Hoover, led the Flyers with a game-high 22 points and added eight rebounds and two assists. Ally Malott recorded 19 points and nine rebounds, while Andrijana Cvitkovic chipped in 11 points and nine boards.

Danni Jackson led the Colonials with 19 points and seven assists, while Hannah Schaible tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Schaible also went a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. Megan Nipe finished the game with 11 points.

George Mason closed its season on a high note, sort of. The Patriots topped UMass 85-75 in overtime in March 3’s play-in game at the Atlantic 10 tournament in Richmond. Trailing 64-57 with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Patriots took off on a 12-7 run to close the game and force overtime.

Mason outscored the Minutewomen 16-6 in OT to secure the victory behind career nights from sophomore Taylor Brown (McNamara and Georgetown) and senior Kyana Jacobs (Potomac, Va.) who both had career-highs in points. Brown missed the all-time tournament record of 36 by just one point, with 35 on the night. Jacobs registered her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Things didn’t work out so well the next night. Despite Janaa Pickard scoring 15 points to finish her career with GM as the 17th Patriots to score 1,000 points, the Pats (8-23, 1-15 A-10) lost 89-55 to Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.