February 22, 2014

FRESHMAN FINNEY-SMITH, ROBINSON SPARK 74-67 SENIOR DAY WIN

Score: VCU 74, Saint Louis 67
Location:
Richmond, Va. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
Records:
VCU 21-7 (9-6 A-10), Saint Louis 11-16 (6-8 A-10)

THE BASICS
  • Freshman Monnazjea Finney-Smith stole the show on Senior Day, scoring all of her 17 points during one six-minute stretch of the second half to lead VCU to its 21st victory.
  • Finney-Smith buried four consecutive 3-pointers to fire a personal 12-0 run that gave the Rams their largest lead of the game at 59-42 with 12:28 remaining. Between the 14:08 and 8:25 marks of the second half, she scored 17 straight VCU points.
  • Freshman Keira Robinson filled up the stat sheet for VCU. The Columbia, S.C. native scored 14 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed eight rebounds and three steals.
  • Senior Robyn Parks, playing in her final regular season home game, provided her 20th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Sophomore Alaeze Adaeze also chipped in with nine points and 10 rebounds for VCU.
  • Erin Nelson led the Billikens with 20 points.
  • In all, four Rams scored in double figures, and VCU owned a 35-18 edge in bench scoring.
  • VCU also owned a 47-39 advantage on the glass. The Rams grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU trailed 34-33 at halftime, but had pulled ahead 47-42 midway through the second half when Finney-Smith began her flurry of 3-pointers. By the time Finney-Smith was done scoring her 17, VCU held a 64-51 advantage with 8:25 remaining.
  • The Billikens eventually fought back late in the game, using a 12-0 run to pull within four, but Robinson hit five free throws in the final 1:07 to hold off the rally.
  • The Rams led by as many as eight points in the first half, but saw Saint Louis close the period on a 9-3 burst. Desirae Ball's baseline jumper with two seconds left gave the Billikens their only lead of the half.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU has won 10 more games than last season, when it finished 11-19.
  • With 12 points Saturday, Parks moved into fifth place on VCU's single-season scoring list with 604. She also moved into sole possession of eighth on the Rams' career rebounds list.
  • VCU improved to 11-2 at home this season, its most victories at the Siegel Center since 2008-09.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will head to crosstown rival Richmond for its final regular season contest. The Rams and Spiders will tip off at the Robins Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
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SENIOR DAY TRIBUTE
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HIGHLIGHTS: VCU VS. SAINT LOUIS
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