VCU COMPLETES SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON SWEEP OF OLD DOMINION WITH 67-56 VICTORY IN NORFOLK
NORFOLK, Va. – Senior forward Courtney Hurt posted her third 20-20 game of the season, leading all scorers with 21 points and 20 rebounds, and VCU held Old Dominion to just two field goals during the final 8:47, both of which came during the last 38 seconds, and completed its second straight season sweep against the Lady Monarchs after a 67-56 victory Sunday afternoon in front of a season-high 4,725 fans at the Constant Center.
After trading leads on four straight possessions midway through the second half, a basket by JoNiquia Guilford put Old Dominion (9-18, 6-9 CAA) in front, 43-42, for the final time with 11:41 remaining, before VCU responded with a 22-6 run to build a 15-point advantage with just over a minute to play.
VCU, which held Old Dominion to just 23.7 percent shooting (18 of 76), has won four straight and six of the last seven in the series, including three in a row in Norfolk.
Senior Andrea Barbour added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Rams, while classmate Chelsea Snyder added 10 points and nine boards. Freshman Christina Carter dished out a career-high nine assists (with just one turnover) to go along with eight points and a pair of steals.
VCU (15-11, 8-7 CAA) hit four straight and five of its first seven from the field and jumped out to a 13-2 advantage on a jumper by Hurt with 13:17 showing. The Rams came out strong on the defensive end as well, holding Old Dominion to 0-for-11 shooting and just a pair of free throws through the first seven minutes of the game until a 3-pointer from Ashley Betz-White halted the drought and pulled the Lady Monarchs within 13-5 with 12:54 left.
Hurt answered with a triple on VCU's next possession to put the Rams back up by 11, before Old Dominion scored five straight to cut the deficit to 16-10 with 9:58 to play in the opening stanza.
Trailing 20-10 with 7:38 remaining, the Lady Monarchs rallied with a 14-2 run spanning nearly five minutes to take their first lead with 1:48 to go. Old Dominion forced a VCU turnover and its leading scorer Tia Lewis, who finished with just four points, hit a jumper in transition to put her squad on top 24-22
Barbour later fed a pass to sophomore Robyn Parks under the basket to tie it up with 51 seconds left in the half but Brianca Washington came off the bench and hit a layup with 32 seconds remaining to hand Old Dominion a 26-24 advantage at intermission.
Just as it did to start the game, VCU came out of the locker room hot, scoring nine of the first 11 points to regain the lead. Barbour nearly converted a traditional 3-point play but after she missed the free throw, Hurt grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked down a jumper to give the Rams a 33-28 advantage with 17:41 left.
Down by five with 16:30 showing, Old Dominion, which shot just 20.5 percent (9 of 44) in the second half, scored eight straight and eventually pulled ahead 38-35 on a pair of free throws by Mairi Buchan with 13:51 showing.
The lead would change hands five times over the next two minutes before a jumper by Hurt at the 11:12 mark but VCU back in front for good.
Ten different players scored for Old Dominion, led by Guilford's 13 points. Jackie Cook added 12 and Myeisha Hall chipped in six off the bench.
VCU continues its two-game road swing at Georgia State on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The Rams return to the Verizon Wireless Arena against George Mason on Feb. 26 for their final home game. VCU closes out the regular season at Drexel on Feb. 29.