RAMS TOPPLE MONARCHS

Final Score:  VCU 68, Old Dominion 39
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU 1-6, Old Dominion 1-8

The Short Story: VCU jumped out to 19-2 lead on ODU at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as the Rams cruised to a win over the Monarchs. The 29-point win marked the largest margin of victory by the Rams in the VCU-ODU rivalry spanning 75 games.

QUICK FACTS

  • Tera Reed scored a career-high 22 points while also notching six rebounds and four assists. Reed poured in 7-of-9 shots from the floor with three coming from behind the arc.
  • Jailyn Maddox and Niya Johnson each scored 11 points and combined for eight rebounds.
  • Danielle Hammond scored 10 points of her own and had a career-high three blocks and two assists.
  • Nyra Williams provided seven points, three steals and six assists.
  • Kelly Loftus led the Monarchs with 11 points and three steals. Loftus was followed by freshman Victoria Morris who scored 10.
  • The Rams were exceptional from the free throw line going 21-24 on their attempts.
  • VCU went 21-of-46 from the floor and limited the Monarchs to shoot just 14-of-56.
  • VCU outrebounded Old Dominion 43-26.
  • Old Dominion's two first quarter points were the fewest VCU has given up in a single quarter since the NCAA adopted the four-quarter format.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams got things going early by jumping out to a 20-2 first quarter lead.
  • 12 of VCU's first quarter points came from Reed and Bria Gibson. In that period, the duo combined to go 4-of-4 from the floor with four rebounds.
  • Old Dominion struggled to find baskets early, starting the game 1-14 from the field.
  • Old Dominion found a rhythm in the second quarter after knocking down three straight shots from 3-point range, cutting VCU's lead to just nine points but the Rams were able to take a 31-19 lead into halftime.
  • In the third quarter, the Monarchs went on a 10-2 run to again narrow the gap.
  • Old Dominion's momentum was quickly capped when Hammond was fouled on a layup, giving VCU a three-point play and a commanding 16-point lead going into the fourth.
  • VCU outscored Old Dominion 18-5 in the fourth quarter. on their way to the 68-39 victory.

WHAT'S NEXT
On Sunday, VCU travels to Radford to take on the Highlanders. This will be the first matchup between the two squads since the 2010-11 season.