March 20, 2014

Women's Basketball Gameday Central: VCU at Princeton (WNIT First Round)

2014 WNIT
Women's NIT Bracket
Who: VCU (22-9, 9-7 A-10) at Princeton (20-8, 11-3 Ivy)
When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7 p.m. EST
Where: Princeton, N.J.
Arena:

Jadwin Gymnasium

TV: Ivy League Digital Network ($)
Ram Radio: VCUAthletics.com (Play-by-Play: John Jay Schwartz)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Game Notes: VCU
Social Media: VCU Athletics Twitter | VCU Athletics Scores Twitter | VCU Athletics Facebook

THE TIP-OFF
VCU's contest with Princeton marks the Rams' sixth WNIT appearance in school history. The Black and Gold last appeared in the WNIT in 2012, when VCU defeated Bowling Green and Saint Joseph's on the road before falling at Toledo in the third round.

The Rams are 6-6 all-time in WNIT contests.

LAST TIME OUT
VCU will return to action following a 13-day break. The Rams bowed out of the Atlantic 10 Championship in the quarterfinals after a 62-61 loss to top-seed Dayton. VCU defeated Richmond 61-52 in the first round of the tournament.

Senior Robyn Parks was named to the Atlantic 10's All-Tournament Team after she averaged 18.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games. Parks was the only All-Tournament honoree from a team that didn't reach the championship game.

AWARDS HAUL
Senior forward Robyn Parks was named All-Atlantic 10 First Team, as well as to the league's All-Defensive Team on March 4. Parks, who leads the A-10 in scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg), was a Third Team pick in 2012-13.

In addition, freshman phenom Keira Robinson was selected to the A-10's All-Rookie Team. Robinson averages 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She has won four A-10 Rookie of the Week awards.

20/20 VISION
VCU's win over St. Bonaventure on Feb. 19 was the Rams' 20th of the season. It's VCU's sixth 20-win season all-time and first since 2009-10. VCU has won 11 more games than it did all of last season, which it finished 11-19.

VCU 20-Win Seasons (all-time)
Season     W-L       Pct.    Coach
1986-87    21-8      .724    Mike Dunavant
1994-95    20-10    .667    Susan Walvius  
2007-08    26-8      .765    Beth Cunningham
2008-09    26-7*    .788    Beth Cunningham
2009-10    22-13    .629    Beth Cunningham
2013-14    22-9      .724    Marlene Stollings
* - Made NCAA Tournament

OFF TO THE RACES
This year's Rams are the highest scoring team in program history. VCU is averaging 75.8 points per game this season, a shade better than the previous mark.

Points Per Game, VCU History
    Season    PPG    Games    Points
    2013-14    75.8    31        2,350
    1988-89    75.5    29        2,189
    1986-87    73.0    29        2,117

YOUTH MOVEMENT
Stollings' initial seven-player VCU recruiting class was turning heads even before the season. Not only was the class ranked tops in the A-10, but recruiting services ranked it one of the 40 best in the entire country. VCU's freshman class has accounted for 1,020 points, the sixth-highest total in the country. In all, 43.5 percent of VCU points this year have been produced by its seven true freshmen.

NCAA 2013-14 Freshman Class Scoring
School                    Points     % of Scoring
North Carolina        1,661           62.4
Abilene Christian    1,429           62.5
Indiana                  1,272           60.0
UNC Wilmington     1,199           70.3
Arkansas                1,048           52.5
VCU                        1,020           43.5

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