Feb 04, 2015
- Score: Richmond 67, VCU 63
- Records: VCU (14-9, 5-5), Richmond (14-8, 6-3)
- Location: The Robins Center – Richmond, Va.
- Short Story: The VCU Women's Basketball team just fell short in a true rivalry contest at Richmond, 67-63, Wednesday night at The Robins Center.
How It Happened
- VCU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before the Spiders went on to tie the game at 5-5.
- The Spiders gave VCU a fight as they started to chip away at the Rams' lead. UR came within one before Monnazjea Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer with just under three minutes left in the first stanza to put the Rams ahead, 28-24.
- Isis Thorpe connected on a shot from long range sending the Rams to the locker room with a 33-28 advantage at the break.
- The Rams registered seven steals in the first half.
- The second half was a true tale of the cross-town rivalry as both teams battled tough throughout.
- Richmond cut VCU's lead to two, 56-54, with four minutes remaining. A pair of free throws from Janelle Hubbard tied the game at 56-56 before Liz Brown connected a shot from the charity stripe giving the Spiders their first lead of the game. Hubbard proceeded to hit a shot from long range putting UR ahead 60-56.
- With 27 seconds left, Ashley Pegram went to the charity stripe, knocking down both shots cutting UR's lead to two, 62-60. The Spiders responded with two from the line.
- A huge 3-pointer from Pegram put the Rams within one, 64-63 with just seven seconds left, but Richmond was able to hang on to their lead and pull out a close win.
- "Honestly it was just a great team effort by our team, I know we didn't come out with a win on the scoreboard, but it was an incredible team effort all the way through for 40 minutes. I'm really proud of our effort, and if we play like that going into the A10 Tournament, we will be in a good place." -- Head Coach Beth O'Boyle
- "We will clean up some of the mistakes we made down the stretch, but we are still a young team and at times that continues to come out. We are going to keep building with it, but again it was a really good team effort. We are getting better and we will see those results come the end of the year." -- Head Coach Beth O'Boyle
Beyond the Box Score
- Melanie Royster now sits tied for 5th place on the all-time blocks list at 86.
- Ashlee Mitchell, who made her second start of the season, tallied a career-best nine boards and matched her career-best of four steals
- The series dates back to the 1968-69 season with Richmond now holding the all-time record at 36-35. The two schools will meet again to conclude the regular season at the Siegel Center on March 1.
- VCU will continue its road swing at Duquesne on Saturday, February 7. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. and can be seen on the A10 Network as well as heard on Ram Radio.