February 26, 2014

VCU COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

Score: Richmond 73, VCU 60
Location:
Richmond, Va. (Robins Center)
Records:
VCU 21-8 (9-7 A-10), Richmond 13-15 (7-8)

THE BASICS
  • Senior Robyn Parks scored 27 points and booked her 21st career double-double, but VCU's comeback attempt fell short at Richmond Wednesday night at the Robins Center.
  • Plagued by poor shooting, VCU fell behind by as many as 23 points before mounting a comeback behind Parks, the A-10's leading scorer and rebounder. VCU would pull within 10 in the waning moments before the Spiders held on for the win.
  • Genevieve Okoro led five Richmond players in double figures with 17 points and 16 rebounds. With the win, the Spiders drew a regular-season split with VCU, which won a 63-62 decision Feb. 8 at the Siegel Center.
  • Sophomore Adaeze Alaeze added seven points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Rams. Freshmen Keira Robinson and Isis Thorpe added nine points each.
  • VCU shot 33 percent (23-of-70) from the field in the game, while Richmond shot 47 percent (27-of-58). The Rams, who lead the A-10 with an average of 7.5 three-pointers per game, were just 4-of-26 from long range.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Plagued by shooting woes, VCU saw the Spiders build their lead to as much as 60-37 with 8:07 remaining.
  • Parks wouldn't let VCU go quietly. During one stretch, she scored 19 of 25 points for VCU as the Rams chipped away at the Richmond lead. A short jumper by Alaeze drew VCU within 64-54 with 2:19 left, but the Spiders made 7-of-8 free throws in the final moments to hold off the Rams.
  • The Spiders raced out to a 46-34 halftime lead on the strength of 54-percent shooting (14-of-26), while the Rams were 11-of-33 from the floor in the opening period.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU's regular season is complete. The Rams, 9-7 in the A-10, have a bye during the final weekend of league action, and could wind up with a conference tournament seed anywhere from 5-8. The Rams are eliminated from contention for a top-four seed and a bye in the first round.
  • Parks now has exactly 1,500 points in her VCU career and is ranked sixth on the Rams' all-time list. She also moved into third on VCU's single-season scoring list with 631 points.
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams will wait out the final weekend of A-10 play to learn their next opponent. VCU will return to action on Thursday, March 6 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament first round at the Richmond Coliseum. Game time is to be determined.
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