VCU Rides Strong Second Half to 64-51 Win at St. Bonaventure

FINAL: VCU 64, St. Bonaventure 51 (Olean, N.Y.)

VCU STARTERS: #1 Atwater, #5 Royster, #14 Adebayo, #20 Alaeze, #23 Pellechio

ST. BONAVENTURE STARTERS: #3 Walker, #4 Ortega, #21 Rueter, #33 Michael, #42 Healy

THE BASICS:

  • Junior Robyn Parks led all scorers with a game-high 21 points and freshman Jessica Pellechio added 16 as VCU used a big second half en route to a 64-51 victory at St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Rams erased a three-point halftime deficit and outscored the Bonnies 43-27 in the final stanza to pick up their second Atlantic 10 road win of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • St. Bonaventure jumped out to an early 10-5 advantage less than eight minutes into the contest before VCU reeled off six straight, including a stick-back from senior Daphne Adebayo, which gave the Rams an 11-10 lead with 6:31 left in the half.
  • After a seven-minute scoreless streak midway through the opening stanza, the Bonnies came back to life, scoring on four straight possessions to take an 18-13 lead, their largest of the game, with four minutes showing.
  • Junior Zakia Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a layup to tie the game at 21-21 with 53 seconds remaining in the half.  However, Ashley Zahn knocked down a triple with one second left to give St. Bonaventure a two-point halftime lead.
  • VCU scored six straight points to open the second half and took a 27-24 lead on a 3-pointer from Pellechio at the 17:06 mark.  Both teams traded leads for nearly six minutes before the Rams used a big 19-6 run spanning 9:52, and pulled ahead 53-41 with three minutes to play.
  • After St. Bonaventure hit a pair of threes during the first five minutes of the second half, VCU held the Bonnies to just two field goals over the next 12-plus minutes.
  • St. Bonaventure tried to rally multiple times late but VCU answered each time, including hitting 12 of its final 13 from the free throw line.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Parks scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the final 15 minutes, while pulling down nine rebounds.  It was her eighth 20-point performance of the year.
  • Pellecho, who scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half, finished with four rebounds and a game-high five steals.  She also knocked down four 3-pointers.
  • Freshman Adaeze Alaeze chipped in nine points, while senior Carleeda Green dished out six assists for the ninth time this season.
  • VCU forced 20 turnovers for the eighth time this year as St. Bonaventure turned the ball over 22 times on Sunday.
  • The Rams held the Bonnies to 29.6 percent shooting in the second half.
  • VCU improved to 9-2 this season when holding its opponent to fewer than 60 points.

WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Feb. 17 against La Salle for it's annual "Pink Out" to raise breast cancer awareness.  The Rams will also attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Game of Knockout" following the game.  VCU then travels to cross-town rival Richmond on Feb. 20.  Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.

 

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