BRONX, NY – Fordham scored 23 points in the third quarter Friday to build a double-digit lead against Furman, then protected that edge through the final minutes to post a victory in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT.
The Rams (1-0) will travel to Notre Dame for a Round 2 game, with tipoff set for Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET.
Fordham got 12 points each from Danielle Burns and Lauren Holden; Kate Kreslina added 10 points and eight rebounds. Furman cut the lead to 55-47 with 2:22 to go, but Fordham’s defense rose to the occasion and held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way.
The Paladins (0-1) got off to a cold start, but bench reserves Le’Jzae Davidson and Tierra Hodges (both freshmen) each chipped in four points as Furman slowly recovered from scoring just five points in the opening quarter. DeAnneisha Jackson scored 16 points to go with six rebounds, and Whitney Bunn added 12 points.