Women's Basketball Gameday Central (VCU at Charlotte - Feb. 28, 2013)

Who: VCU (10-17, 3-9 A-10) vs. Charlotte (22-4, 11-1 A-10)
When: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 - 7 p.m.
Where: Charlotte, N.C.
Arena: Halton Arena
Live Video: 49ers All-Access
Ram Radio: None
Live Stats: Gametracker
Game Notes: VCU | Charlotte
Social Media: VCU Athletics Twitter | VCU Athletics Scores Twitter | VCU Athletics Facebook

LAST TIME OUT
Xavier 65, VCU 54 (Feb. 23) | Box | Recap
Charlotte 73, La Salle 56 (Feb. 24) | Box | Recap

RANKINGS
Both VCU and Charlotte are not ranked.

VCU HEAD COACH MARLENE STOLLINGS
Stollings (Ohio, '98) is in her first season at VCU.  She joined the Rams after spending the 2011-12 campaign as head coach at Winthrop University, where she was named 2012 Big South Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to more than 40 school records.

CHARLOTTE HEAD COACH CARA CONSUEGRA
Consuegra, who is in her second season at Charlotte, has guided the 49ers to a 22-4 start this season, including an 11-1 mark in A-10 play.  She led Charlotte to the Postseason WNIT last year. 

SERIES HISTORY

  • Tonight's game marks the 29th meeting between VCU and Charlotte.  The 49ers hold a 20-8 series advantage.
  • VCU and Charlotte meet for the third straight season and first as members of the Atlantic 10.
  • The 49ers have won four of the last five meetings dating back to the 2002-03 campaign.
  • Charlotte last defeated VCU inside Halton Arena, 68-65, on Dec. 11, 2010.
  • The Rams' last victory came in the 2008 Postseason WNIT, an 80-67 triumph on the road.

TALKING POINTS

  • VCU looks to snap a two-game losing skid tonight when it faces Charlotte for the third straight season.  The 49ers, who have won two straight and four of the last five in the series, have defeated VCU in two of its last three trips to Halton Arena.
  • The Rams are coming off a 65-54 setback against Xavier on Saturday despite junior Robyn Parks' second straight double-double.  Parks, who had 29 points and 20 rebounds at Richmond on Feb. 20, followed with game-highs of 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and five assists against the Musketeers.
  • Parks, who currently leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring (18.1 ppg), has nine double-doubles to go along with 10 20-point games so far this year.  She also ranks eighth in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and fourth in steals (2.4 spg).  Parks has scored in double figures in 26 straight games.  She is VCU's top returner from 2011-12 at just 6.6 ppg.
  • Four of VCU's top six scorers are freshmen.  At least one rookie has scored in double figures in all but three games this year.  The Rams are also 6-3 when two or more freshmen score 10+ points in a game.  Meanwhile, VCU's freshman class has accounted for nearly 75 percent of the team's 3-pointers and more than 40 percent of the total offense.
  • Freshman Jessica Pellechio, who leads the A-10 with 2.8 treys per game, is tied for third on VCU's single-season 3-pointer list with 64, despite missing four straight games in January (illness).  Pellechio is averaging 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.2 steals in her last five games.  She has scored in double figures 15 times this season.
  • Eleven Rams are averaging double-digit minutes, including all four freshmen, three of which play more than 20 per game.  However, rookie Adaeze Alaeze, who sees 15.4 mpg, is averaging 22.9 minutes in her last 15 outings, including 12 straight starts.  Alaeze is the only VCU player to start all 12 A-10 games this year.
  • VCU, which ranks second in the A-10 in steals (11.1 spg), is averaging nearly 13 thefts in its last 12 outings.  Parks ranks fourth in the A-10 in steals (2.4 spg), while Pellechio is tied for fifth at 2.3 spg.  The Rams have also forced 20 or more turnovers nine different times
  • Prior to its recent two-game skid, VCU had won back-to-back outings by an average of 16 points per game.  In addition, nine of the Rams' 10 wins this year have come by 11 points or more.  VCU's average margin of victory is 17.7 ppg.

WHAT'S AHEAD
VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena to close out the regular season on March 3 against Rhode Island.  Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.  The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.  Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.

 

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