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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