Final Score: VCU 74, Rhode Island 39
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU (13-5, 5-0 A-10), Rhode Island (7-10, 2-3 A-10)
The Short Story: VCU used stifling defense and jumped on Rhode Island early, leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and cruised to its seventh straight win. It marks VCU's best start in conference play since 2009-10.
- VCU's seven-game win streak is the longest since a 13-game winning streak in 2013-14.
- The VCU defense didn't allow a single 3-pointer from Rhode Island as URI went 0-of-13. It marked the first time VCU held an opponent without a 3-pointer since a game vs. Coppin State on Nov. 11, 2016.
- Tera Reed tied a career-high with four 3-pointers as she scored a team-high 16 points and added five rebounds.
- VCU forced 20 Rhode Island turnovers and outscored URI 25-4 in points off turnovers.
- 13 of 14 players scored for VCU and Olga Petrova joined Reed in double figures as she scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
- VCU shot 47.2 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from deep, tying a season-high. Rhode Island shot 28.9 percent from the floor and 0.0 percent from 3-point range.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Leading 5-4 with 6:47 left in the first quarter, VCU held Rhode Island without a point for the next 8:54 of game play as the Rams went on a 20-0 run to lead 26-4 with 8:03 left before halftime.
- VCU limited Rhode Island to shoot just 4-of-21 from the field (19.0 percent) in the first half along with 14 turnovers as VCU led 38-12 at halftime.
- VCU continued to build its lead to its largest margin of 37, leading 72-35 with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.
- VCU led the entire game and the score was never tied after tipoff.
VCU travels to George Washington for a 7 p.m. tip on Jan. 23.