November 17, 2012

Old Dominion Continues Undefeated Start, Hands VCU 74-51 Setback in Norfolk

FINAL: Old Dominion 74, VCU 51 (Ted Constant Convocation Center - Norfolk, Va.)

VCU STARTERS: #3 Green, #22 Williams, #23 Pellechio, #24 Parks, #30 Henry

OLD DOMINION STARTERS: #1 Kelley, #11 Betz-White, #12 Hall, #14 Cook, #53 Richards

THE BASICS: Old Dominion continued its undefeated start to the season Saturday night, handing VCU a 74-51 loss in front of 2,512 fans at Ted Constant Convocation Center.  Junior Robyn Parks posted her first double-double of the season with a team-best 14 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Shekinah Henry added nine points and a game-high 12 boards for the Rams 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Neither team led by more than three points during the first 10:20 of the contest.
  • A jumper by Parks at the 9:52 mark made it a one-point game, but Old Dominion scored seven quick points to pull ahead 20-12 a minute later.
  • A traditional three-point play from Henry, who grabbed nine first-half rebounds, with 7:09 showing cut VCU's deficit to five.  However, the Lady Monarchs scored 11 of the next 13 points and built a 31-17 advantage on a triple from Ashley Betz-White with 4:04 to go in the half.
  • A free throw from freshman Kaneisha Atwater pulled the Rams within 10 less than a minute later before Betz-White drove to the basket with :02 showing and gave Old Dominion a 38-26 lead at the break.
  • The Lady Monarchs converted 52 percent of their shots in the second half and went on to build a 57-32 advantage with 15:01 remaining.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • A season-high nine different players scored for VCU.  In addition to Parks and Henry's offensive output, freshman Adaeze Alaeze added eight points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench.
  • Both teams shot a combined 3-for-22 in the early going as VCU held a narrow 4-3 advantage at the 14:27 mark.
  • VCU outrebounded Old Dominion 31-23 in the first half, including a 49-41 advantage spanning both periods.
  • Saturday's game marked the 70th meeting all-time between VCU and Old Dominion.  The Lady Monarchs snapped a four-game losing skid against the Rams, including three in a row at home.

WHAT'S AHEAD: After three straight road games to begin the season, VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 20 for its home opener against UMKC.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.

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