There will be a homecoming of sorts when the Fordham women’s basketball team (8-5) takes the hardwood at the Smith Center Jan. 4 at 1 pm against American (7-5).
The Lady Rams include a local trio led by former Maryland star Marah Strickland. She left College Park after starting for the Terps between 2007 and 2009. The NCAA granted Strickland a hardship waiver which gives her a sixth year of eligibility last April. Strickland averaged 8.8 points per game for South Carolina in 2010-2011.
Strickland is second on the team in scoring averaging 13.5 ppg. Erin Rooney leads the Rams with 13.8 ppg.
American comes home riding a two game road winning streak. Ti’Asia McGeorge hit a 3-pointer with 15 second left and Alexis Dobbs scored a layup at the buzzer to pull the Eagles over Mount St. Mary’s 48-46 Dec. 30.
Jen Dumiak is AU’s top scorer averaging 14.2 ppg. Dobbs adds 11.8.
Catholic welcomes Landmark Conference foe Merchant Marine Academy to the DuFour Center Jan. 5 at 4 pm. The Cardinals are now nationally ranked in two polls, checking in at No. 21 in the USA Today Top-25 poll and No. 20 in D3Hoops.com. CU is one of only seven Division III schools in the country with both its women’s and men’s teams nationally ranked.
Clarksburg High alum Tia Johnson’s 21 points led Bowie State (4-5, 1-0) past Livingstone (4-6, 0-1) 76-61 Jan. 3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association action. Four Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures and the team hit 47 percent of its shots from the floor and 17 of 27 from three-point range.
BSU hosts Johnson C. Smith (4-7, 1-1) Jan. 5 at 5:30.
George Mason’s women’s basketball team fell to East Carolina 71-53 Jan. 2. Janaa Pickard led two Patriots in double-figures as Mason dipped to 5-6 with the loss, while ECU improved to 10-3.
For the contest, Pickard was just one point shy of matching her career-high with 16 points, while Joyous Tharrington equaled her career-high of 14 points.