Final Score: Minnesota 108, VCU 63
Location: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)
Records: VCU 0-2, Minnesota 3-0
The Short Story: After trailing 33-18 at the end of the first quarter, the Rams opened the second stanza on a 7-0 run. The run was sparked by a Nyra Williams layup and capped by back-to-back jumpers from Tera Reed that brought VCU back within 33-25. The Golden Gophers ultimately closed the quarter on a 22–4 run and led 55-29 at halftime.
- Reed scored a career-high 18 points and added three rebounds.
- Sydnei Archie scored 14 points with four rebounds.
- Delphynia Sparks had 13 points and three rebounds
- Danielle Hammond had six points and five boards.
- Minnesota outrebounded VCU 50-38 and outscored VCU 25-8 in points off turnovers.
- Destiny Pitts and Kenisha Bell each scored 20 points to lead the Golden Gophers.
- Minnesota only shot 30.8 percent from 3-point range but shot 50.0 percent from the field overall. VCU shot 34.3 percent from the floor.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Archie scored the first nine points for VCU as the Rams trailed Minnesota 14-9 with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
- The Golden Gophers held a 33-18 lead at the end of the first frame.
- The Rams had a 7-0 run to start the second quarter and cut the deficit to just 33-25 but the Gophers took a 55-29 lead into the break.
- The Rams only had four turnovers in the second half but Minnesota outscored VCU 53-34 during the third and fourth quarters.
The Rams will travel to UNCG for a 5:30 p.m. tip against the Spartans on Nov. 21.