TEANECK, NJ - The FDU women made it two straight at Rothman Center. The Knights rolled over Delaware State 71-45 in a non conference meeting on Tuesday.
The end of the first period saw the score tied at five. No misprint on that score. Neither team was able to find the range. Both clubs shot 2 of 15 from the floor for an icy 13% percentage while posting a 31 offensive efficiency. Ouch!
"We started slow offensively," FDU coach Ang Szumilo admitted. "We had good looks but were not hitting our shots. On the other hand our defense held them (Delaware State) to five points as well."
Defense, they say, is a constant. Offense can be like the stock market with its ups and downs. Good defense is something that can keep you in games when the offense is below par.
"I’ve always been a defense first coach," Szumilo noted. Little surprise as she assisted defense minded Stephanie Gaitley for years at Fordham prior to crossing the Hudson to go to FDU. "If you have good defense and your offense is struggling you have a chance. If your offense struggles and your defense is poor you have almost no chance."
FDU found the range in the second half. Celia Carbonell and Abby Conklin were deadly from beyond the arc. They both finished shooting 4 of 8 from downtown. "At halftime I told the team if you have a good shot take it," Szumilo said. "As a shooter you can’t second guess. If the shot is there do not hesitate."
The FDU offense clicked. The defense stayed tough turning a game, FDU led by seven at the break into a rout. The Knights scored 48 second half points, more than the Lady Hornets registered the entire night.
The victory put FDU at 4-4 while Delaware State remained winless dropping to 0-7. Szumilo is pleased with recent results but feels, "our defense still has to get better." After exams the Knights will host Western Kentucky on the 17th before venturing to Rose Hill where Szumilo will face her former head coach as they play Fordham."Both games will be a test. We are looking forward to the challenge. A year ago we were on the bus ready to go to Fordham when the game got cancelled due to Covid. That will be a test given how Fordham is playing. We just have to keep working and improving."
Offensive efficiency: FDU 106, Delaware State 67
Following the slow start, the Knights caught fire the second half en route to an impressive efficiency mark. Defensively, as noted, they forced the Lady Hornets into a sub par outing.
Bench points- 48-0 FDU. This number jumped off the stat sheet. "Second half we had a big lead so we gave everyone playing time," Szumilo said. "We have very good depth as well, that’s something I like about this team."
Turnovers- FDU has had a problem with this area. For the game they committed only nine. "Delaware State zoned and didn’t press," Szumilo observed. "We have been emphasizing caring for the ball and eliminating turnovers as well."
Leading scorers: FDU- Carbonell 14 points (Conklin added 12)
Delaware State- Joy Watkins 12 points
Field goals made distribution:
Paint- FDU 12 Delaware State 9
Mid range- FDU 4 Delaware State 3
Three pointers- FDU 11 Delaware State 3
+/- Not a big fam of plus-minus but the category is worth a look. Carbonell of FDU led the way with a +22. The Knights’ Devyn Scott was close behind at +19. Scott scored two points but on a closer look did hand out 6 assists, commit one turnover and grab 4 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. The sophomore guard’s contributions on this evening transcended points scored.