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Women’s Basketball (15-7, 4-5)
The Rams defeated crosstown rival Richmond Spiders last Monday 53-42. The Rams defense held the Spiders leading scorer, Janelle Hubbard to three points in the game. Curteeona Brelove led the Rams in scoring with 18 points and seven rebounds of the bench while senior, Adaeze Alaeze finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
On Wednesday, VCU defeated the Fordham Rams 61-51. VCU trailed Fordham going into half 37-22. The second half played out much differently for VCU as they locked down Fordham defensively by allowing them to score 14 points in the second half. Fordham shot 22% in the second half only making four of their 18 shots in the half. Keira Robinson led VCU in scoring with 15 points while also gathering three steals.
VCU would end the week on a sour note by falling to the Duquesne Dukes on Sunday afternoon 71-67. Duquesne’s April Robinson led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Both teams played a very back-and-forth, fast-paced game that saw 14 lead changes and nine ties. VCU went up by as much as five with 4:07 to go in the third quarter before closing the quarter on a 16-6 run leading 58-53 going into the fourth quarter. VCU would not recapture the lead for the rest of the game. Adaeze Alaeze finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds for VCU.
This Week: VCU will face the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at the Siegel Center on Wednesday at 7:00 before hitting the road to face the La Salle Explorers on Sunday in Philadelphia at 1:00.
Men’s Basketball (16-5, 8-0) (AP: RV, Coaches: RV)
In their lone game of the week, the VCU Rams defeated the Davidson Wildcats 79-69 in Davidson, North Carolina. The win for the Rams was their 11th victory in a row while improving to 8-0 in the Atlantic 10 conference. JeQuan Lewis finished the game 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and four steals and Mo Alie-Cox had 18 points and 11 rebounds giving him his second career double-double.
VCU blitzed Davidson early going up 29-7 within the first 12 minutes of the game. The Wildcats were able to withstand VCU early barrage by going on a 11-0 run in the final three minutes of the first half to trim VCU’s lead down to 10, 38-28. VCU pushed the lead back up to 15 in the first seven minutes of the second. Davidson would cut the VCU’s lead down to two with baskets from with a 17-2 run Jack Gibbs, Andrew McAuliffe, and Brian Sullivan would spearhead a 17-2 run for the Wildcats that trimmed their deficit down to two with 6:49 to go. This would be the closest Davidson would get for the remainder of the game as VCU would answer with a 15-4 run capped off by a vicious slam by Mo Alie-Cox that would seal the game for VCU.
Jack Gibbs scored 37 points for the Wildcats making it the seventh time this season that he has scored 30 or more points. The loss for Davidson was their first loss at home this season. Davidson won their first 10 games at the Belk Center this season.
This Week: The Rams will travel to Philadelphia to face the La Salle Explorers (5-14, 1-7) on Wednesday at 7:00 before returning to the Siegel Center to play the George Washington Colonials (16-5, 5-3) this Saturday at 12:00.
Men’s Tennis (5-1)
VCU was swept on Friday when they faced the Indiana Hoosiers 4-0. The loss was VCU’s first one this season. However, the Rams were able to rebound to sweep the Marquette Golden Eagles 5-0.
This week: VCU will face the Radford Highlanders at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
Women’s Tennis (0-1)
Even though VCU’s, Olga Barshcheuskaya defeated No. 35 Martina Frantova, the Rams came up short against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday 4-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This week: The Rams will face the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday at 4:00. The Rams will also have a pair of matches this weekend facing Wake Forest on Saturday at 12:00 and Morgan State on Sunday at 3:00 to round out their slate for the week. Each match will take place at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
Track and Field
The Men’s and Women’s Track & Field team competed in the Patriot Games in Fairfax, Virginia. The men finished in third place while the women’s team took left the event in first place.
Racheed Davis finished in first place in the triple jump with a 14.09m leap for the men.
Kia Carson finished in first place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.67. Carina Peter finished in first place in the triple jump with a jump of 11.88m.
This week: Both teams will participate in the Akron Invite on Friday February 5 in Akron, Ohio.
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On Wednesday, the VCU Rams defeated the Duquesne Dukes 93-71 in what was the first of two sellout crowds this week at the Siegel Center. The Rams never trailed during the game while shooting 53% from the field. The Rams shot 52% from the field. Doug Brooks and Mo Alie-Cox led the Rams in scoring with 16 points. Brooks and Alie-Cox both had impressive efforts on the defensive side of the ball as Brooks gathered five steals and Alie-Cox had four blocks.
On what was supposed be a Saturday afternoon basketball game, VCU defeated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 84-76 on Sunday afternoon. The win for VCU was their 10th straight victory keeping their lead in the Atlantic 10 conference. Also, it is the second consecutive that the Rams have started 7-0 in conference play. JeQuan Lewis finished the game with 26 points, seven assists, two steals and zero turnovers. VCU led for the majority of the first half before the Bonnies took the lead at the end of the half 34-33 courtesy of a tip-in from Denzel Gregg. St. Bonaventure guard, Marcus Posley caught fire at the beginning of the second half scoring the Bonnies first 16 points of the half giving them a 50-41 lead with 13:32 to go in the game. VCU would come close to retaking the lead multiple times but would not until Mo Alie-Cox converted on a tip-in with 6:40 left in the game. The Rams did not trail for the remainder of the game going up by as much as 13 before the final buzzer. Posley led all scorers with 30 points.
This Week: VCU will travel to Davidson, North Carolina to face the Davidson Wildcats this Friday at 6:00
The VCU Rams fell to the George Mason Patriots 70-54 in a Wednesday night tilt in Fairfax, Virginia. Patriots guard, Taylor Brown had a game-high 21 points with five rebounds. The Rams shot 33% from the field while Ashley Pegram was the only player for VCU to finish in double figures with 11 points. The Patriots had an efficient night offensively shooting 53% from the field en route to their eighth victory of the season.
VCU’s game at the University of Richmond that was originally scheduled for Sunday at the Robins Center has been pushed to Monday January 25 at 7:00 at the Siegel Center. The Rams and the Spiders will play each other at the Robins Center on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00.
This Week: VCU will face the Richmond Spiders at the Siegel Center tonight at 7:00. VCU will also host the Fordham Rams Wednesday night at 7:00 and the Duquesne Dukes on Sunday January 31 at 1:00.
This Week: VCU will travel to Bloomington, Indiana for a pair of matches as they will face the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday and the Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday.
This Week: The VCU Rams will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to face North Carolina State at 4:00.
VCU will participate in the GMU Patriot Games on Saturday in Fairfax, Virginia.
Men’s Basketball: Current Record (13-5, 5-0)
VCU Rams smoked the Fordham Rams 88-54 on Wednesday night. Sophomore Justin Tillman led the Rams in scoring with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Tillman’s double-double was his third one this season. VCU took the game by storm scoring the first points of the game and never trailed Fordham. VCU shot 61% from the field in the game. Defensively, the Black and Gold scored 28 points off of 18 Fordham turnovers.
The Rams followed up with a road victory against the Richmond 94-89 in overtime. Jequan Lewis finished the game with 29 points. Both teams played a hard fought game to the end as the lead changed 20 times and featured 11 ties. Justin Tillman tied the game with 35 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 84. Melvin Johnson hit a pair of free throws to give VCU the 90-89 lead with 2:05 to go in overtime. Richmond’s, Terry Allen, missed a go-ahead jumper from the free throw line with four seconds left. Melvin Johnson hit another pair of free throws and Mo Alie-Cox sealed the deal with a steal off an inbound pass that led to a dunk.
This Week: VCU will host the Duquesne Dukes (12-6, 2-3) at Wednesday at 7:00 and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (12-4, 4-1) on Saturday at 2:30.
Women’s Basketball: Current Record (13-5, 2-3)
The VCU Women’s Basketball rebounded after losing back-to-back games by defeating the Dayton Flyers 74-72. Keira Robinson scored a season-high 20 points with nine assists. VCU went up with an Isis Thorpe three-pointer with 8:01 to go in the third and never trailed for the remainder of the game. Dayton cut the lead down to one with 30 seconds to go, but the Rams held them off. The win for the Rams was their first ever win against the Flyers after losing the previous four games.
However, the Rams fell to the Davidson Wildcats at home Sunday evening 56-50. Mackenzie Latt and Dakota Dukes both finished with 18 points for Wildcats. The Wildcats went on an 11-0 run between the final 2:47 of the third quarter and the first 2:24 of the fourth quarter to obtain their largest lead of the game of 13 points, 50-37. The Rams were able to cut the deficit down to two, 52-50, with 1:02 to go, but VCU would get no closer. Davidson hit four free throws down the stretch to ice the game. Isis Thorpe led the Rams in scoring 17 points.
This Week: The Rams will travel to Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday to face the George Mason Patriots (7-11, 2-3). Following their game against George Mason, the Rams will travel to the Robins Center to face the Richmond Spiders (9-9, 2-3) on Sunday at 3:00.
VCU won all four of their matches this weekend in the VCU 4-1 Invitational at Thalhimer Tennis Center hosting Morgan State, Howard, and Georgetown. On Saturday, the Rams defeated the Morgan State Bears and the Howard Bison 5-0. VCU followed up with two more victories on Sunday defeating the Georgetown Hoyas 4-1 and Morgan State 5-0. VCU senior Michal Voscek was the only player to win all four of his matches in straight sets.
This Week: VCU will host the Radford Highlanders and the Norfolk State Spartans in the VCU 4-1 Invitational on Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. Action starts at 11:00.
Track & Field
The Men’s and Women’s Track & Field team participated in the Hampton Tri-Meet in Hampton, Virginia with the Norfolk State Spartans and the Hampton Pirates. The men finished third in Hampton Tri-Meet on Wednesday and the women finished in first place. Calvin Wood was the lone Ram on the men’s team to win an event finishing in first in the one mile run. Iman Lee, Elizabeth Stump, Emily Dyke, and Briana Ratchford finished in first place in their respective events (400 Meter Dash, One Mile Run, 3000 Meter Run, and Shot Put).
This Week: Both the Men’s and Women’s teams will participate in the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational on Friday.
This Week: VCU will take on the Georgetown Hoyas and the Morgan State Bears on Friday. On Saturday, they will take on Atlantic 10 foe, the George Mason Patriots, and the Howard Bison. All four matches will be a part of the VCU 4-1 Invitational at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
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Philadelphia – After being down as much as 13 points in the second half, the VCU Rams (10-5, 2-0) were able to fight back and leave the City of Brotherly Love with an 85-82 win against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (11-3, 1-1). Melvin Johnson scored 25 points for the Rams and moved into third place on the VCU made three-pointers list.
The Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first half. Despite the cold start from the Rams, starting out 2-13 from distance, they were able to chip their way back into the game. VCU’s defense stepped up as they were able to force the Hawks to commit eight turnovers. After starting the game making four of their first six shots, the Hawks shot 8-27 from the field. After JeQuan Lewis and Mo Alie-Cox scored on consecutive plays giving VCU their first lead of the game, 27-26, with 5:37 to go. VCU went into halftime with a 38-35 lead. JeQuan Lewis finished the half with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
The second half started out much like the first as the Hawks went on a 13-0 run to take a 46-38 lead after the Rams committed two early turnovers. The Rams started to chip away at the lead before the Hawks went on a 13-6 run to go up by as much as 13 with 7:11 to go spearheaded by Isaiah Miles who finished the game with 31 points, 21 of which was in the second half. From there, the Rams on a 21-7 run with Alie-Cox scoring the latter eight to take the lead back from the Hawks 78-77 with 1:34 to go. The Rams would now trail for the duration of the game. With six seconds to go, Johnson split two free throws which gave DeAndre’ Bembry had a chance to send the game into overtime, but missed a three at the buzzer.
“I think we are certainly growing,” VCU Coach Will Wade said postgame. “We needed this win against a top three or four team in the Atlantic 10 on the road. We got away from our formula a bit to start the game and to start the second half, but we battled back.”
“In the timeouts, we had faith that we were going to come back,” Alie-Cox said. “We’ve been in positions like this last year plenty of times and this year a couple of times. Everyone was just real excited that we came in here and got a road win because we know that is real hard to do in conference.”
The win for the Rams was their fifth in a row. They will travel to Saint Louis to face the Billikens on Sunday at 4:00.
Richmond, Va. – The VCU Rams picked up their third consecutive victory against the North Florida Ospreys Wednesday night 80-68. Melvin Johnson led the team in scoring with 23 points. VCU was able to get contributions elsewhere as Mo Alie-Cox scored a career-high 19 points and Korey Billbury finished with 22 points off the bench. Jequan Lewis only scored four points, but had a career-high 10 assists and three steals.
North Florida got off to a quick start in the first half jumping out to a 9-0 lead, but the Rams charged back with nine points to tie the game. Both teams alternated the lead before the Rams took control of the game jumping out to an eight-point lead at halftime. North Florida shot 50% in the first half, but had a hard time holding on to the ball in the halfcourt turning the ball over 10 times.
The Rams were able to carry the momentum they established in the first half into the second half shooting 57% from the field. Melvin Johnson and Korey Billbury hit a trio of shots from behind the arc to further establish pull away from the Ospreys. Mo Alie-Cox asserted himself down low scoring 13 of his 19 points in the half, including a dunk that blew the roof off the Siegel Center. The Rams went up by as much as 18 after a layup from Ahmed Hamdy, 61-43. The Ospreys would not go away as they cut the deficit down to eight with 2:51 to go. This was the closest the Ospreys would get as the Rams would pull away from the Ospreys.
North Florida’s, Dallas Moore, scored a team-high 24 points. North Florida, known for their three-point shooting making 12.9 per game (first in the nation), was held in check as they were 5-18 from downtown.
“Now we got some momentum,” VCU coach Will Wade said emphatically after the game. “We’ve won three in a row. You want to go into the conference season winning. I think we’re as tested or more tested than any team in our conference. Now, we have to continue to play well, continue to get better, understand what’s led to our winning streak, and us playing better.”
With the win, VCU improves to 8-5 as they finished their out-of-conference play. The Rams start conference play with this Saturday at the Siegel Center when they take on the George Mason Patriots. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00.
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