Saint Joe's women edge Fordham 47-46 for A10 title

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Natasha Cloud scored 15 points to help Saint Joseph's rally to beat Fordham 47-46 and win the Atlantic 10 on Saturday night, earning the Hawks their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2000.

Trailing 47-45 with 30 seconds left, Fordham's Erin Rooney hit the first of two free throws. Her second shot rolled off the rim, but Saint Joseph's couldn't corral the rebound giving the Rams one final chance. They couldn't get a shot off as Samantha Clark was called for an offensive foul with 6.7 seconds left.

Fordham fouled Chatilla van Grinsven a few seconds later. She missed both free throws, but Marah Strickland's heave from the opposite foul line was way short setting off a wild celebration.

Strickland scored 16 points to lead the Rams (24-8), who were trying for their first NCAA bid since 1994 when they won the Patriot League.

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