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WVCW Sports Recap: January 26-February 1

VCU Forward, Adaeze Alaeze has racked up two double-doubles this seasonn
VCU Forward, Adaeze Alaeze has racked up two double-doubles this season Photo Credit: WVCW

 

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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WVCW Sports Recap: January 11-17

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.

Men’s Tennis

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.

Women’s Tennis

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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WVCW Sports Recap: January 5-10

Men’s Basketball

  • The Rams traveled to Philadelphia for their first conference road game taking on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (12-3, 2-1). After the Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first half, The Rams were able to chip away at their deficit to take the lead going into halftime. Much like the first half, the Hawks jumped out to a big run. The Hawks went up by as much as 13 in the half. The Rams fought back as they outscored the Hawks 28-12 in the final 7:11 of the game to get the win 85-82. Mo Alie-Cox scored 10 straight points for the Rams during that stretch which gave the Rams the lead. Melvin Johnson finished the game with 25 points, seven rebounds, and three steals.
  • They returned to action Sunday afternoon in St. Louis defeating the Saint Louis Billikens (6-9, 1-2) 72-56 thanks to a smothering effort on defense. In the first half, the Rams held the Billikens to 15% shooting in the first half and forced the Billikens to commit 12 turnovers. Due to VCU’s core players being in foul trouble for much of the half, the Rams gained little separation from Billikens going into halftime. With their core players able to contribute in the second half, the Rams were able to go up by as much as 24 in the half en route to their sixth consecutive win. Mo Alie-Cox led the Rams in scoring with 16 points, 10 of which came from the charity stripe.
  • Overall Record, Conference Record: (11-5, 3-0) T-1st in the Atlantic 10
  • This Week: VCU will face the Fordham Rams (10-4, 1-2) on Wednesday at 7:00 at the Siegel Center. On Saturday, the Rams will take on crosstown rival, Richmond Spiders (9-6, 1-2), at the Robins Center at 2:00.

Women’s Basketball

  • The VCU Rams rode a six-game winning streak into Thursday game against the Saint Louis Billikens. Both teams went on a series of runs early alternating leads throughout the game. However, the Billikens would go on a 15-2 run in the second half that would give the lead for the remainder of the game. In the midst of that run, Adaeze Alaeze committed a technical foul that would shift the momentum of the game into the hands of the Billikens. The Rams cut the Billikens lead down to run, but with 15 seconds the go, but the Billikens iced the game with their free throw shooting leading to a 77-72 win. Alaeze finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Billikens guard, Jackie Kemph, finished the game with 23 points.
  • VCU returned to the court on Sunday looking to rebound after their loss to the Billikens on Thursday. Both teams fought a very close and competitive game down to the wire. The Hawks and the Rams alternated the lead 11 times. Isis Thorpe hit a three to give VCU their first lead in the half 55-54 with 5:31 to go. Ciara Andrews knocked down an open three-pointer to give the Hawks a 65-63 lead with 11 seconds to go. Adashia Franklin hit one of two free throws with a three seconds to go. Keira Robinson had a chance to send the game into overtime with a three, but was able to knock it down. Isis Thorpe led the Rams in scoring with 16 points. Andrews finished the game with a game-high 20 points.
  • Overall Record, Conference Record: (12-4, 1-2) T-7th in the Atlantic 10
  • This Week: The Rams will hit the road for a date this Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio with the Dayton Flyers at 7:00. They will return to the Siegel Center next Sunday to face the Davidson Wildcats at 6:00.

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WVCW Sports Review: November 16-22

Men’s Basketball

  • The VCU Men’s Basketball team finished the week 1-2 as they defeated Radford at the Stu 92-74 Monday before traveling to Madison Square Garden for the 2K Classic to play the reigning national champions, the #5 Duke Blue Devils on Friday and national finalist, Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday. The Rams took losses in both games as they fell to the Blue Devils 79-71 and the Badgers 74-73.
  • The Rams and Highlanders came out battling as the game was even at 30 with 5:09 left in the first half. From there, the Rams went on a 13-2 run to end the first half. The Rams went by as much as 27 in the second half before Radford went on a 17-3 run late in the half, but the Rams were able to thwart the late push by scoring eight unanswered points to win. Senior, Melvin Johnson finished with a game-high 24 points.
  • The Rams proved that they could hang with the very best as they fought Duke down to the wire under the bright lights of New York City. The Rams led at halftime 39-38. Both teams played a back-and-forth ballgame before Duke went on a 17-4 game-clinching run that gave the Blue Devils as 70-58 lead with 5:41 left in the game. The VCU trimmed the lead down to 6, but free throws sealed the game for Duke. Duke’s, Grayson Allen came off the bench for Duke and scored 30 points. Melvin Johnson finished with 24 points and knocked down six three pointers.
  • Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig converted a layup with 6.2 seconds left to give the Badgers the one point victory. Both teams competed in hard-fought game where both teams led multiple times throughout. With 2:10 left in the game, both teams were tied at 71. The Badgers took the lead off of a free. Melvin Johnson then converted on a jumper from the free throw line before Koenig made the game-winning layup. Johnson led the Rams in scoring with 21 points.
  • The Rams are 2-2 on the young season. This week, the Rams will face American at 7:00 pm on Wednesday. They will host in-state rival, Old Dominion on Saturday at 4:00. Both games are at the Siegel Center.

Women’s Basketball

  • The VCU Women’s Basketball team finished the week with a 1-1 record as they defeated Iona on the road Tuesday 74-58 before losing to IUPUI on Saturday 70-69.
  • The Rams forced Iona to commit 22 turnovers as they Rams surged to a 16-point victory in New York. All five starters for the Rams (Alaeze, Calhoun, Clay, Robinson, and Pegram) finished in double figures scoring, led by Adaeze Alaeze and Camille Calhoun as they both scored 16 points.
  • Following the victory on Tuesday, the Rams traveled to Indianapolis to face IUPUI in what was a hard-fought game. Junior, Isis Thorpe made her return after missing the first two games of the season due to injury. The Rams were down as much as 19 points to the Jaguars. The Rams fought their way back into the game and even took the lead late in the game. Mikale Rogers converted on a three-point play for the Jaguars with 6.9 seconds left in the game to give the Jaguars the victory by 1. Thorpe led the Rams with 17 points.
  • VCU added four signees for next season. G Jailyn Maddox (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), G Nyra Williams (Hampton, Va./Bethel) G Niya Johnson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth), and F Danielle Hammond (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Baldwin School) signed their letters of intent to commit to RamNation in the fall of 2016. “We are very excited about 2015-16 recruiting class,” Coach Beth O’Boyle said. “Nyra, Danielle, Niya, and Jailyn are all high quality student-athletes who will exceed both in the classroom and on the court. “
  • The Rams are now 2-1 this season. They return to the Siegel Center for two games this week as they face Campbell on Tuesday at 7:00 and Furman at 1:00 on Sunday.

Women’s Volleyball

  • The VCU Women’s Volleyball were eliminated from the Atlantic 10 Volleyball tournament after falling to host school, George Washington, in three sets (25-16, 25-16, 25-18). Freshman Sahbria McLetchie, finished the match with 12 kills. Senior, Kalah Jones, had eight kills of her own as she finished her VCU career with the sixth-most kills in school history with 1,118 kills. The Rams conclude the season their season with a 14-17 record.

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