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VCU Holds Off UNCG To Secure The Victory 65-54

The VCU Rams returned back to the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center Sunday afternoon to face the UNCG Spartans after playing three straight road contests at George Washington, Furman, and Old Dominion. The Rams came into this game losing three of their last four games, which included a loss to former CAA rival Old Dominion, 70-60 in their last outing.

The Rams got off to a slow start in the first quarter as they struggled to defend Nadine Soliman and Bailey Williams as the two combined to score 19 points in the first quarter. Heading into the second quarter down by 5, the defensive energy by the Rams picked up and crashing the offensive glass was a key factor as well in the quarter. Unlike the first quarter, Williams and Soliman struggled to find a rhythm, and it made it difficult for the Spartans to generate any offense as VCU was able to take a 32-28 lead heading into halftime thanks to an 11-0 run.

The Rams defense had a profound impact in this game. VCU scored 13 points off 11 Spartans turnovers.

VCU led throughout the second half and the game was never in question down the stretch as senior guard Keira Robinson hit a corner three to seal the win for VCU.

Robinson led VCU with 15 points and senior guard Ashley Pegram added 9 points.

VCU will play its final nonconference game of 2016-17 at home against Brown on Dec. 29. The Rams will begin Atlantic 10 play with a New Year’s Day home matinee against La Salle.

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 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.

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