Final Score: VCU 57, Saint Louis 47
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU (14-6, 6-1 A-10), Saint Louis (8-12, 3-4 A-10)
The Short Story: The Rams held a 36-32 lead over the Billikens with 5:26 left in the third quarter before closing out the quarter on an 11-0 run. Saint Louis would get no closer than eight points for the remainder of the contest.
- Playing without the team's leading scorer in Tera Reed, Danielle Hammond scored a team-high 13 points off the bench along with five rebounds. She went 7-of-9 at the free throw line.
- Sydnei Archie scored nine points and had a team-high eight rebounds.
- Sofya Pashigoreva had seven points and seven rebounds. She shot 3-of-4 from the floor.
- VCU shot 36.0 percent from the field while Saint Louis shot 32.7 percent. The Billikens also went just 4-of-19 from 3-point range (21.1 percent). The Rams went 19-of-25 at the free throw line while the Billikens were 7-of-11.
- VCU outrebounded Saint Louis 42-32.
- The Billikens were led by Ciaja Harbison who scored a game-high 19 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU and Saint Louis battled back-and-forth in a first quarter with five lead changes and three ties. The Rams held a 13-12 advantage heading into the second.
- After going on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, VCU led 21-12 with 6:08 left before halftime.
- The Billikens responded with a 7-2 run to make it 23-19 with 2:40 remaining in the quarter but the Rams took a 30-22 lead into halftime after a 7-3 run of their own.
- Saint Louis cut VCU's lead to 36-32 midway through the third quarter but an 11-0 run, with nine points coming from Hammond, gave VCU control of the game.
- The Rams led by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter and held off the Billikens by scoring all of their fourth quarter points at the free throw line.
VCU hosts Massachusetts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 30 at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.