VCU's Pellechio Named A-10 Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU freshman guard Jessica Pellechio was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Rams secure a berth in this week's conference tournament.

Pellechio, who leads all A-10 freshmen with 11.2 points per game, averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game last week.  The Annadale, N.J. native also went 9-of-15 from 3-point range and a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. 

She scored 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc at Charlotte, while tallying four assists and four rebounds.  Pellechio followed with 19 points, including 5-of-9 from long range, to go along with two assists and three steals against Rhode Island.

Pellechio has been a welcomed 3-point threat for VCU this season as she leads the A-10 with 2.9 treys per game.  Her league-leading 73 triples also rank third on VCU's single-season list despite missing four games in January with an illness.  She also ranks sixth in the A-10 averaging 2.2 steals per outing.

The rookie has scored in double figures in seven straight and 17 of her 25 games this season.

VCU, which secured the No. 12 seed after defeating Rhode Island in its regular season finale, opens tournament play Friday against fifth-seeded Duquesne.  Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Pa.  Check for complete coverage.