Score: North Carolina A&T 69, VCU 58
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-8, North Carolina A&T 8-5
The short story: Tera Reed poured in a career-high 29 points for VCU, but it wasn't enough to stop sharpshooting North Carolina A&T Monday night at the Siegel Center.
- Reed erupted for 22 second-half points to lead VCU's comeback attempt. She connected on 7-of-16 shots from the floor on the night and tied career highs for free throw makes (14) and attempts (16). She added five rebounds and two steals for the Black and Gold.
- Taya Robinson also supplied 10 points, five boards and a career-high five steals for VCU.
- Senior forward Danielle Hammond blocked four shots on the night for the Rams, her fourth game this season with four or more.
- VCU forced 25 turnovers in the game.
- Nyra Williams dished out a season-high five assists and turned it over just once for the Rams
- Jayla Jones-Pack converted her first eight field goal attempts and scored 20 points to lead the Aggies, while C'Coriea Foy contributed 15 points.
- North Carolina A&T shot 54 percent (25-of-46) from the field, including 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc.
- The Aggies also owned a 41-27 rebounding advantage and outscored VCU 34-18 in the paint.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The two teams battled in a back-and-forth quarter as N.C. A&T led 15-12 after the first quarter.
- The Aggies pushed their lead to 24-15 with 6:11 left in the second quarter but VCU went on a 10-5 run to cut the deficit to just 29-25 at the half.
- VCU tied the game early in the third quarter, but North Carolina chipped away at the Rams and took a 48-40 lead on a 3-pointer by Foy with 9:19 left in the contest.
- Reed scored five straight points to kick off a 13-4 VCU run that pulled the Rams within 54-53 with 5:19 remaining.
- North Carolina A&T answered as Deja Winters buried a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 12-4 Aggie run down the stretch.
VCU returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 4 when it opens Atlantic 10 Conference play at Rhode Island. Tip-off is scheduled for noon and the game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.