RICHMOND, Va. – Senior forward Courtney Hurt posted her 16th double-double of the season with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, and became VCU's all-time leading rebounder with 1,117 boards, but the Rams fell to a pesky William & Mary squad, 66-63, Thursday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Trailing by seven, its largest deficit of the game, with 5:21 to go, VCU scored six straight to pull within 58-57 with 3:32 left; however, a pair of layups from Taylor Hilton and Jaclyn McKenna pushed William & Mary's lead back to five with just over a minute remaining. The Rams made it a two-point game twice the rest of the way, including 65-63 on a triple from Robyn Hobson with 1.1 seconds left, but it was as close as they would get.
Hurt (pictured, left), who surpassed former Ram Quanitra Hollingsworth (2005-09) on the schools' all-time rebounding list, paced three VCU players in double-figure scoring. Hobson, who made her fifth straight start, added 13 points, while freshman Aprill McRae chipped in 12 (5 of 6 shooting) to go along with six rebounds off the bench. Freshman Christina Carter grabbed a career-high nine boards.
William & Mary, which snapped its 10-game losing streak against VCU, defeated the Rams for the first time since March 1, 2007. Taysha Pye and Katherine DeHenzel scored 15 apiece to lead the Tribe offensively, while Hilton added 10 points in a reserve role.
Kyla Kerstetter pulled William & Mary within 10-9 at the 12:47 mark before VCU used a 9-2 spurt to take its largest lead of the game at 19-11 with 9:13 left in the half. Pye eventually halted the run on a jumper with 7:53 showing, and the Tribe scored nine of the next 10 to tie it a 20-20 less than two minutes later.
A 3-pointer by Hobson gave the Rams a 29-26 lead with 40 seconds left, but DeHenzel answered with a triple of her own to knot the score for the eighth time with 16 seconds remaining. A jumper by Hurt right before the buzzer allowed VCU to take a narrow 31-29 advantage into the locker room.
McRae extended the Rams' lead to 43-39 with 13:38 left before William & Mary scored four straight to go back on top three minutes later. Carter tied it up for the final time at 47-47 following a jumper with 9:16 left, but a McKenna 3-pointer at the 9:01 mark gave the Tribe the lead for good.
William & Mary would go up by as many as seven with 5:21 to go but VCU, which outrebounded the Tribe by 15, could only get within a point the rest of the game.
VCU begins a two-game road swing at Old Dominion on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. The Rams then travel to Georgia State on Feb. 23.