VCU Uses Balanced Attack in Dominating 69-50 Win Over La Salle

FINAL: VCU 69, La Salle 50 (Richmond, Va. – Verizon Wireless Arena)

VCU STARTERS: #3 Green, #5 Royster, #20 Alaeze, #23 Pellechio, #24 Parks

LA SALLE STARTERS: #2 Beslow, #10 Mosley, #14 Jones, #15 Dupree, #33 Harrison

THE BASICS:

  • VCU used a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures and picked up its second straight victory with a dominating 69-50 win against La Salle on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,313 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
  • The Rams erupted for a 23-2 run midway through the first half and put the game out of reach early. 
  • Four different VCU players finished with 11 points apiece, including three freshman, while all 10 Rams who appeared in the game scored.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • La Salle held a narrow 10-6 lead at the 11:34 mark before VCU caught fire and used a 23-2 outburst spanning nearly seven minutes to take control early. Back-to-back 3-pointers from freshmen Jessica Pellecho and Janniina Koivunen ignited the run, while the Rams shot better than 55 percent from the field during that stretch.
  • La Salle closed the gap scoring eight of the final nine points to cut its deficit to 30-20 at the break.
  • Three straight baskets from freshmen Pellechio, Melanie Royster and Adaeze Alaeze pushed VCU's lead back to 36-20 less than a minute into the second stanza.
  • The Rams, who scored 26 of the first 35 points out of the locker room, continued their surge and eventually built a 58-29 advantage on a pair of free throws by senior Carleeda Green with 10:26 to go.
  • VCU's never dipped below 19 points the rest of the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Alaeze finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go along with a game-high tying three steals.
  • Koivunen, who missed the last six games, added 11 points off the bench in her first action since Jan. 20.  She also went 4-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
  • Pellechio, who also added 11 points, knocked down three triples for the 11th time this year.  She leads the A-10 with 2.8 treys per game.
  • Green, who finished with a game-high seven assists, dished out at least six for the second straight game and 10th time overall this season.
  • VCU knocked down six 3-pointers for the second game in a row.  The Rams rank second in the Atlantic 10 with 5.7 triples per game.
  • The Black and Gold, which ranks second in the A-10 with 11.0 steals per outing, recorded 12 against the Explorers.
  • VCU's bench outscored La Salle 26-4.  The Rams also held a 28-18 advantage in the paint.
  • VCU held La Salle to 27 percent shooting, which marked the eighth time this season an opponent has shot less than 30 percent from the field.
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU travels to cross-town rival Richmond on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The Rams return to the Verizon Wireless Arena for a 1 p.m. matchup against Xavier on Feb. 23.  Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.
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