Final Score: No. 1 VCU 61, No. 4 Dayton 52
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)
Records: VCU (23-8), Dayton (17-13)
The Short Story: Trailing 37-31 at the end of the third quarter, VCU's offense came to life as the Rams' exploded for 30 points in the fourth to retake the lead and outlast Dayton. The Rams reached their first Atlantic 10 Championship game and just the second conference championship game in program history.
- It marked the fifth comeback win for VCU when trailing by 10 or more points this season. It marked the second time against Dayton, as VCU overcome a 12-point deficit in a 64-62 win on Feb. 14.
- The 30 points were the most in a quarter by VCU this season as they outscored the Flyers 30-15 in the final 10 minutes.
- Taya Robinson scored a team-high 16 points along with seven rebounds. She went 10-of-12 at the free throw line and added three assists.
- Danielle Hammond scored 11 points and went 9-of-10 at the free throw line.
- Olga Petrova had eight points and went 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
- VCU outrebounded Dayton 47-31 and the Rams' bench outscored the Flyers 28-9.
- The Rams went 27-of-36 at the free throw line while Dayton was 16-of-20.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU opened the game on a quick 4-0 run just 2:10 into the contest.
- The Flyers tied the game at 8-8 with 5:39 left in the first quarter before closing the quarter on an 8-2 run to lead the Rams 16-10.
- Dayton pushed its lead to 10 points during the second quarter at 22-12 with 7:10 left before halftime. The Rams were able to trim the deficit slightly and were behind 27-20 at the break.
- VCU went on a 10-3 run midway through the third quarter to get within 32-30 but the Flyers outscored VCU 5-1 to end the third with a 37-31 lead.
- After a 3-point from Dayton to open the fourth quarter, VCU answered with a 14-2 run to take a 45-42 lead with 4:12 remaining. It was VCU's first lead since being ahead 10-9 with 2:35 left in the first quarter.
- The Rams never relinquished the lead and went 14-of-16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
VCU faces the winner of No. 2 Fordham and No. 3 Duquesne at noon in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.