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Minnesota Hands VCU Their First Loss of the Season

The VCU Women’s Basketball Team had a rough night on Tuesday when the Minnesota Gophers came to town handing VCU its first loss of the season.

It didn’t start off bad for VCU as they jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter and they led after one 13-12. The second quarter is where everything went downhill for the Rams as they were outscored 29-9 in the quarter by the Gophers led by Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell. Those two gave VCU fits all night as they finished with 26 and 24 points, respectively.

Going into halftime, Minnesota led 41-22, but the Rams continued to play hard as defense became their calling card. Down by 20 with about eight minutes left in the third quarter, VCU went on a 20-10 run to cut the deficit to 10 with just under a minute left to play in the quarter. However, the Gophers were just too much for VCU. The Rams got as close as eight points twice during the fourth quarter but fell to the Golden Gophers 79-69.

Also during the second quarter, Camille Calhoun, who missed all of last season due to a torn ACL, injured the same leg during the second quarter. While she was able to walk off on her own power, she didn’t return to the game and returned to the sidelines with crutches for precautionary reasons. dsc_5193-6

Minnesota only outscored VCU in one quarter, when the Golden
Gophers took the lead in the second, but that’s why it’s important to play all four quarters and not to take a quarter off.

Senior guard Keira Robinson had a team-high 20 points, with 13 of them comingdsc_5434-16 in the second half, to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Graduate transfer Mooriah Rowser and senior Isis Thorpe each had 10 points.

It was a great early season test for VCU to see where they need to improve as the season goes on and a teaching point for Head Coach Beth O’Boyle to use in practice.

VCU’s next home game will be Tuesday, November 22nd at 6 p.m. as they will take on Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

VCU Pulls Away In The Second Half To Win Season Opener

After a disappointing loss to Queens (N.C.), a Division 2 school in Charlotte, NC last Friday in an exhibition game, the VCU Men’s Basketball team made sure tonight wouldn’t be a repeat of last week.

Led by senior Mo Allie-Cox, VCU was able to pull away from the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the second half to win their season opener 80-65.

The first half saw nine lead changes and three ties before VCU went into halftime with a 36-30 lead. VCU used a 9-2 run, sparked by junior Jonathan Williams to create a 43-35 lead early in the second half and UNC Asheville wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the night. VCU would use another 9-0 minutes later to effectively bury UNC Asheville.

VCU had contributions from almost everyone tonight as the Rams had five guys in double figures.

Allie-Cox who led the team in scoring tonight with 15 points, came off the bench for the first time in two seasons because VCU Head Coach Will Wade said, “Mo wasn’t guarding anyone.”

Senior guard Doug Brooks provided 12 points, four assists, and three steals in one of the most spirited games of his career. Junior forward Justin Tillman finished with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with pulling down six rebounds.

Williams and redshirt freshman Samir Doughty each added 10 points. Two other key freshman Malik Crowfield and De’Riante Jenkins, only combined for three points in the game, but both are expected to play key roles for VCU as the season progresses.

The Rams shot better than 50 percent from the field and bullied UNC Asheville on the inside, outscoring the Bulldogs 44-30 in the paint and outrebounding them 35-25.

VCU hits the road for the first time this season on Tuesday, Nov. 15, when it takes on Liberty at 8 p.m.



VCU Dominates Coppin State In Front Of Record Crowd

In front of a record crowd of 4,132 at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, the Virginia Commonwealth Rams defeated the Coppin State Eagles in a rout, 73-44.

The game was never in doubt, up 11-8 with about a minute left in the first quarter, VCU went on a 6-0 run that gave them a 17-8 lead at the end of the first period. Then another quick 8-0 run in the second period, extended VCU’s lead to 29-12 before going into halftime up 37-23.

The Rams completely stifled the Eagles in the third quarter, holding them to only seven points, before putting on an offensive clinic in the fourth quarter. The Rams shot 7-of-11 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line to score 24 points in the final frame.

The Rams calling card was defense last year and it looks like it will be again this year. VCU held Coppin State to 0-of-13 shooting from 3-point range and to 30 percent shooting from the floor.

In about every statistical category, the Rams had the advantage. They had a 38-14 edge in points in the point and there was no competition between the teams’ benches. VCU held a 38-9 margin in bench scoring and if you thought that was it, well you were wrong. The Rams also had a 53-31 advantage in rebounds including a 21-10 edge in offensive rebounds.

Senior guard Isis Thorpe had a team-high 11 points for VCU to go along with eight rebounds. Backcourt mate and senior guard Keira Robinson had a great all-around game to open her season filling the stat sheet. She finished with a team-high seven assists to go with seven points, six rebounds, and two steals. Junior forward Curteeona Brelove led the team with 10 rebounds.

With 13 players scoring for VCU, head coach Beth O’Boyle was proud of the all-around team effort in the season opener in front of the record crowd.

“It was a great atmosphere today. I loved having the Richmond area schools come and it was great to get the first win at home in front of our incredible fans. We had a great effort across the board from a variety of players. Oudsc_4008-3r defensive intensity set the tone for us today and I was proud of how the girls played,” O’Boyle said.

The Rams will be back in action on Tuesday, November 15th at 6 p.m. as they take on the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel dsc_3980-1Center.


Fall Sports Recap: 10/25/16 – 10/30/16

VCU Volleyball vs. Norfolk State (10/25/16)

Records: VCU 16-10, Norfolk State 6-16

The VCU Rams gave a dominant performance Tuesday night defeating the Norfolk State Spartans 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15). VCU only trailed once the entire match as VCU won its third straight game. VCU made quick work of the Spartans, defeating them in just over an hour. VCU also limited Norfolk State to only 18 kills, forced the Spartans to commit 23 errors, and served seven aces in the match.

It was all about the freshman Tuesday night. Freshman Vicky Giommarini led VCU with eight kills and provided 11 digs. Teammate and freshman Jasmin Sneed contributed seven kills and added three blocks, while another freshman, Madalon Simpson, dug a match-high 13 balls and served an ace.

VCU Men’s Soccer vs. William & Mary (10/26/16)

Records: VCU 5-8-3 (3-2-1 A-10), William & Mary 9-6-2 (2-3-2 A-10)

It was a tough night for the VCU Rams on Tuesday night as they fell to the Tribe of William & Mary 4-0.

Right from the start, it was all William & Mary as they would score first just 18 seconds into the first half. Then unfortunately for the Rams, four minutes later William & Mary would score another goal that put VCU down 2-0 just five minutes into the game. That would remain the score for the rest of the half, as VCU only managed to muster up one shot in the first half.

The Rams would give up two more goals in the second half as the Tribe would end up cruising to an easy victory over VCU.

Both teams managed six corner opportunities, but the Tribe led in shots with 14. Brandon Eaton led VCU in shots for the game with three and goalkeeper Pierre Gardan made five saves on nine shots in the loss.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Louis (10/27/16)

Records: VCU 7-10-1 (3-6 A-10), Saint Louis 13-3-2 (6-1-2 A-10)

In a thrilling overtime game on Thursday night, the VCU Rams fell to the Saint Louis Billikens by a final score of 2-1.

Maddi Santo would put VCU ahead early in the 18th minute with a goal from the box to make the score 1-0 VCU. From that point it was a defensive stalemate from both teams, until the Billikens broke through late in the 82nd minute to tie the game and force overtime with a goal by Maddie Pokorny.

In overtime, it took about three minutes before Saint Louis found the back of the net for the game-winning goal by Lindsay Sands that sealed the 2-1 win for the Billikens.

Julia Suarez took a team-high three shots and seven different Rams took shots in the game. Goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson made six saves in the losing effort.

VCU Volleyball vs. Fordham (10/28/16)

Records: VCU 17-10 (7-3 A-10), Fordham 10-15 (3-7 A-10)

Freshman Jasmin Sneed recorded a VCU season-high 12 blocks to lead the VCU Rams past the Fordham Rams 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-21).

Behind Sneed, VCU tied a season-high with 17 blocks and Sneed’s 12 blocks were just two shy of the school record of 14, set in 2012. VCU recorded seven blocks in the first set alone and held Fordham to a season-low of 9 points.

With the win VCU is 14-4 since beginning the season 3-6 and are still in contention for one of two first round byes for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

VCU Men’s Soccer vs. Davidson (10/29/16) 

Records: VCU 6-8-3 (4-2-1 A-10), Davidson 3-12-1 (1-5-1 A-10)

In a tough and grinded out game Saturday night, the VCU Rams defeated the Davidson Wildcats 2-1 on the road.

In the first half, it was all VCU as they had great opportunities to score throughout the half. However, the Rams only managed to score once in the 14th minute with a goal by Greg Boehme, his first of the season.

Coming out of halftime with the 1-0 lead, VCU didn’t managed to score again until the 75th minute with soaring shot by Luc Fatton that would put VCU ahead 2-0. Davidson would get on the board late in the 83rd minute with a goal by Maxi Pragnell, but VCU would hang on to the 2-1 lead.

Davidson had nine corner kick opportunities in the game, while VCU only had two for the game. Goalkeeper Pierre Gardan made one save in the winning effort.

VCU returns to action Saturday, November 5th when they host Dayton to close out their regular season. Game time is set at 1 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs. Richmond (10/30/16)

Records: VCU 8-10-1 (4-6 A-10), Richmond 9-9-1 (4-6 A-10)

The VCU Rams won a thrilling overtime game against their cross town rival, the Richmond Spiders 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Not much was doing for either team through 90 minutes of play as they headed into overtime with a 0-0 score. But it only took 112 seconds into overtime for Julia Suarez to score the game-winning goal for the Rams to give them the 1-0.

Then Rams held Richmond to only two shots on goal, with goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson making both saves in the winning effort.

Despite the win, the Rams will miss out on the Atlantic-10 Championship based on common opponents. A three-way tie between VCU, Richmond, and Rhode Island went to Rhode Island.

VCU Volleyball vs. Rhode Island (10/30/16)

Records: VCU 17-11 (7-4 A-10), Rhode Island 14-9 (9-2 A-10)

In a highly competitive match on Sunday afternoon, VCU fell to Rhode Island 3-2 (18-25, 25-13, 25-16, 20-25, 16-14) in a battle for the second seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

VCU led the final set 13-10, but a 4-0 burst by Rhode Island keyed their run to a 16-14 win over VCU that clinched the victory for Rhode Island in VCU’s last home game of the season.

Sophomore Julia Adler registered 12 kills and was one of three VCU players to record at least 10 kills with Vicky Giommarini (11) and Alica Kandler (10) crossing that barrier. Sophomore Tori Baldwin provided a match-high seven blocks for the Rams.

VCU will head to face Davidson next on Saturday, November 5th at 2 p.m.


Expect A Big 2016-17 Season For VCU Men’s Basketball

Coming off a 2015-16 campaign, where it was Will Wade’s first year at the helm and losing their two best players, Treveon Graham and Briante Weber, to graduation, a lot of people didn’t expect much from the VCU Men’s Basketball Program. Yet, once again VCU proved their doubters wrong.

The Rams finished in a three-way tie for the Atlantic 10 regular season title with Dayton and St. Bonaventure at 14-4. VCU did fall to St. Joseph’s in the A-10 championship game, but their bid into the NCAA Tournament had but all been secured.

VCU would go on to defeat Oregon State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament before losing to No. 2 seed Oklahoma in the Round of 32, thanks in most part to Big 12 Player of the Year, Buddy Hield. But enough about last year, let’s talk about what to expect this season from the VCU Men’s Basketball team.

VCU has a strong core returning for the 2016-17 season led by the backcourt of JeQuan Lewis and Jonathan Williams alongside a trio of frontcourt players that will cause problems for the A-10 all season with Mo Allie Cox, Justin Tillman, and Ahmed Hamdy.

However, the two X-factors for VCU I believe are seniors, Doug Brooks and Jordan Burgess, who shot 33.9 percent and 33.5 percent respectively, during their careers. During the Black and Gold Game last Saturday both played well and under control with each scoring 12 points.

“If Jordan can increase his percentage, and we can get Doug shooting where he shot it as a sophomore from 3, which I think he can do, it’s a jolt. It’s what you need,” Wade said, after the Black and Gold Game.

But the question is, can they do that when the season starts November 11?

VCU is also welcoming a talented batch of freshman guards: De’Riante Jenkins, Malik Crowfield, Marquell Fraser, and Samir Doughty, who redshirted last season. The two to watch out for in my opinion though are, Doughty and Jenkins.

Doughty, a 6-4 guard, can finish around the rim and just knows how to put the ball in the basket. His scoring ability will be much needed, especially with the departure of the Rams’ leading scorer from last season, Melvin Johnson.

Jenkins, a 6-5 wing and top 100 recruit, will provide VCU with a lot of mismatch opportunities throughout the season and with his size and length on the defensive end, he can have an impact on the game more ways than one.

Now when you look at VCU’s non-conference schedule this season, I believe it’s pretty good, while I know there’s others who don’t believe so. Last season, VCU struggled to defeat the good teams they played out of conference, like Duke, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and Cincinnati, which made it all more important that they performed well in the A-10. This year the narrative can be different, a good showing in the Battle for Atlantis Tournament, defeating teams such as Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Middle Tennessee State among others, VCU can better position themselves when it comes to seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

Overall, with a year under their belt in Wade’s system I expect VCU to be much better than they were last season. They have a much deeper team who will be able to find various ways to score and to go along with their patented “havoc” defense; VCU once again will be in the running for another A-10 championship and well on their way to their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

WVCW Sports Regular Season Prediction:

  • Projected Record: 23-6 (14-4 A-10)