VCU Improves to 8-2 With 69-39 Win At High Point

Score:  VCU 69, HPU 39
Location: High Point, N.C. (Millis Center)
Records: VCU 8-2, HPU 3-7
 
The Short Story: VCU women's basketball improved to 8-2 after a 69-39 win over the Panthers at High Point on Wednesday. Juniors Isis Thorpe and Ashley Pegram led the charge offensively for the Rams.
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OPENING TIP
  • Pegram and Thorpe again finished in double-figures for the Black and Gold. Thorpe finished with a team-high 15, while Pegram trailed her at 13 points. This was Pegram's sixth time in double-figures and Thorpe's fifth as the two continue to put up points for VCU.
  • Thorpe also finished with five rebounds to tie for team lead with Adaeze Alaeze. Alaeze dished out four assists, adding a block and a steal.
  • Curteeon Brelove put up solid numbers for the second straight game. The sophomore scored eight points and grabbed six boards.
  • Jessica Ogunnorin and Katherine Strong each recorded four rebounds. Keira Robinson chipped in five points and four assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Pegram scored six points in the first two minutes of play as the Rams jumped out to a 6-3 lead. She had nine points in the first quarter.
  • A Robinson layup made it an 18-15 game after one quarter of play.
  • The Rams have dominated opponents in the second and fourth quarters this season and continued the theme against the Panthers. VCU outscored HPU 16-5 in the second quarter as the Black & Gold took a 14-point cushion into the half.
  • VCU kept the foot on the gas after the half, scoring the first six points after the break to add to the advantage.
  • The Black & Gold outscored the Panthers 17-7 down the stretch to pull ahead by 30. The Rams are now 3-2 on the road.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The Rams forced double digit turnovers for the ninth-straight game, outrebounding the Hawks 38-26.
  • VCU has now kept opponents to under 40 points in back-to-back games.2
  • The Rams outscored HPU in the paint 36-12 and 27-10 off of turnovers.
  • The Black & Gold's depth continued to be a plus. Eight Rams scored at least four points and the VCU bench put up 30 points for the second-straight game.
  • The Rams advanced to 3-1 all-time against the Panthers.

QUOTABLE

  • "Our team played with a sense of urgency and intensity for 40 minutes. It's great to be able to control tempo and that's definitely attributed to our team depth." - Head Coach Beth O'Boyle

WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will look to stay undefeated at home when the Rams return to the Seigel Center on Saturday, Dec. 19th as they take on ODU. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.