VCU Battles No. 17/15 Dayton, Rams Second Half Rally Comes Up Short in 60-49 Loss to Flyers
FINAL: No. 17/15 Dayton 60, VCU 49 (Richmond, Va. – Verizon Wireless Arena)
VCU STARTERS: #1 Atwater, #3 Green, #14 Adebayo, #20 Alaeze, #24 Parks
DAYTON STARTERS: #2 Deane, #11 Malott, #14 Mackay, #24 Hoover, #22 Sant
- Junior Robyn Parks registered her seventh double-double of the year with a game-high 17 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman Adaeze Alaeze added a career-best 14 points but VCU's second half rally came up just short Wednesday night in a 60-49 loss against No. 17/15 Dayton at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
- Down by 25 with 6:21 left, VCU (8-13, 1-5 A-10) mounted a furious comeback. The Rams outscored the Flyers 17-1 during a nearly five-minute stretch, and eventually cut their deficit to 58-49 with 1:18 to play.
- VCU held Dayton (18-1, 6-0 A-10) to 20 points below its season average. The Flyers entered the game leading the Atlantic 10 in both scoring (80.3 ppg) and scoring margin (+24). Wednesday also marked Dayton's closest conference victory of the season, while its 60 points matched its fewest in a win this year. The Flyers also scored 60 against Michigan State on Dec. 8, 2012.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Freshman Jessica Pellechio gave the Rams an early three-point lead with a triple from the left wing two minutes into the contest.
- A jumper from Parks later knotted the game at 13-13 with 10:12 showing before Dayton settled in and used a 24-2 spurt spanning more than eight minutes. The Flyers eventually pulled ahead 37-15 on a layup from rookie Amber Deane with 1:26 left.
- Following a missed jumper from freshman Jodie Cornelie, Pellechio found senior Daphne Adebayo with 22 seconds remaining. Senior Olivia Applewhite missed a layup on Dayton's next possession and Pellechio again fed Alaeze to cut the Rams' deficit to 37-19 at the break.
- Dayton pushed its lead to as many as 25 three times during the first 14 minutes of the second half before VCU mounted its comeback. Trailing 57-32 with 6:21 remaining, the Rams caught fire and used a 17-1 run during the next five minutes, and Parks made it a nine-point game on a layup with 1:18 to go. The Rams hit 4-of-6 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line during their outburst, but ultimately ran out of time.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Parks, who entered the game as the A-10's leading scorer (17.8 ppg), logged her seventh double-double of the year. She also went 8-of-12 from the field.
- Alaeze registered a career-high 14 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and a game-high five steals.
- Freshman Kaneisha Atwater chipped in six points, seven boards, a team-high five assists, three steals and a block.
- VCU outscored Dayton 30-23 in the second half.
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU travels to Fordham on Feb. 3. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. The Rams then return to the Verizon Wireless Arena against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 6 before traveling to St. Bonaventure on Feb. 10. Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.