February 8, 2014

RAMS EDGE RICHMOND IN PINK OUT THRILLER 63-62

Score: VCU 63, Richmond 62
Location:
Richmond, Va. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
Records:
VCU 18-6 (6-5 A-10), Richmond 10-13 (4-6 A-10)

THE BASICS
  • VCU's Robyn Parks scored 19 points and Richmond's final basket was waived off after officials determined it was released after the clock had expired, as the Rams held on for a 63-62 win over crosstown rival Richmond before a season-high crowd of 1,602.  
  • On the final play, Richmond's Genevieve Okoro gathered an offensive rebound off teammate Lauren Tolson's miss on the left block. Okoro laid the ball into the basket, but it was immediately waived off by officials. The officiating crew confirmed the call after reviewing video replay.
  • VCU freshman Isis Thorpe hit a go-ahead jumper from the right wing with 4:42 left that gave the Rams a 58-56 advantage and finished with 11 points. Sophomore Jessica Pellechio added 10 points for VCU.
  • Richmond's Kristina King led all players with 21 points, and the Spiders' Janelle Hubbard added 19.
  • Saturday's game was VCU's annual Pink Out game, presented by Massey Cancer Center, which seeks to raise breast cancer awareness.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU led by as many as 10 Saturday, but the Spiders began chipping away midway through the second half.
  • The Spiders tied the game at 56-56 on an Okoro jumper, followed a short time later by three Tolson free throws with 4:53 remaining. On VCU's ensuing possession, Thorpe drove right around a screen, pulled up and knocked down a jumper that gave the Rams a 58-56 edge.
  • Parks extended VCU's lead to 60-56 with a layup with 3:30 left and added a free throw at the 2:38 mark. Thorpe struck again a short time later with VCU's final bucket of the day, with 1:39 showing, to push the Rams' lead back to five at 63-58. But King followed with 17-foot jumpers on back-to-back possessions to pull Richmond back within 63-62.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • With the victory, VCU snapped a five-game losing streak to its intra-city rival. The Rams' last win over the Spiders came during the 2007-08 season.
  • With 19 points, Parks became just the eighth player in school history to reach 1,400 in her career.
  • Parks has scored in double figures in all 24 games this season.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns to the road on Thursday, Feb. 13 when the Rams take on George Washington at 9 p.m. at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
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