RAMS BATTLE DAYTON TO THE WIRE IN 73-69 LOSS

Score: Dayton 73, VCU 69
Location:
UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)
Records:
VCU 17-6 (5-5 A-10), Dayton 14-5 (7-1)

THE BASICS
  • Dayton's Celeste Edwards hit a shot-clock-beating 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to snap a 69-all tie and ultimately deliver the Flyers a 73-69 victory over VCU Wednesday.
  • Robyn Parks scored 16 of her game-high 30 points in the second half to help rally the Rams from a 15-point deficit. She added 11 rebounds to record her eighth double-double of the season.
  • VCU forced 15 of its 26 turnovers in the second half alone, including seven during a 19-2 run midway through the period that erased a 46-31 Dayton lead.
  • Isis Thorpe added 12 points and Monnazjea Finney-Smith pumped in all 10 of her points – including a pair of critical 3-pointers - in the second half to help sustain the Rams. Zakia Williams chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds. She was 8-of-10 at the free throw line in the second half.
  • Edwards led Dayton with 18 points, and Cassie Sant provided 17.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU cranked up its 2-3 zone early in the second half and used seven turnovers to spark a 19-2 blitz that turned a 46-31 deficit with 13:43 left into a 50-48 advantage on a Ryen Henry layup with 7:38 remaining.
  • The lead would eventually change hands five times in the final 5:30.
  • With 51.5 seconds remaining, Williams found Parks all alone under the basket for a layup and a 69-69 tie. On the ensuing Dayton possession, the Rams stymied the Flyers for nearly the length of the shot clock, but Edwards buried a straightaway 3-pointer from 25 feet to beat the horn. VCU had an opportunity to tie, but Edwards came up with a steal and then hit 1-of-2 free throws to clinch the win for Dayton.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • With six 3-pointers Wednesday, VCU set a program single-season record with 175. In Coach Marlene Stollings' two seasons, the Rams have recorded two of the three highest 3-point totals in school history.
  • With six assists, Keira Robinson set a VCU freshman record with 152. The previous mark of 151 had been held by Gabrielle Kyhlstedt since the 1994-95 season. Robinson's total currently ranks sixth in school single-season history.
  • With a pair of 3-pointers, Thorpe moved into a tie with Cyndy Wilks for sixth in VCU single-season history with 58.
  • Parks recorded her third 30-point effort of the season and second in three games.
  • VCU forced 20-plus turnovers for the 17th time in 23 games this season. Wednesday's contest marked the first time this year the Rams have forced as many as 22 turnovers and lost.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns home on Saturday, Feb. 8 to host Richmond at the Verizon Wireless Arena at 2 p.m. The VCU Massey Cancer Center will host a Pink Out, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness.
 
 
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