FINAL: VCU 74, Maine 58 (Orono, Maine)
VCU STARTERS: #1 Atwater, #22 Williams, #23 Pellechio, #24 Parks, #30 Henry, S.
MAINE STARTERS: #4 Anderson, #5 Walczak, #23 Roberts, #31 Wood
THE BASICS: Junior forward Robyn Parks paced four Rams in double figure scoring with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds, and VCU never trailed on its way to a 74-58 victory at Maine Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- VCU forced Maine turnovers on three straight possessions to start the game, hit five of its first seven from the field and raced out to a 13-4 advantage less than six minutes in.
- A layup from Chantel Charles cut the Black Bears' deficit to eight with 8:05 showing; however, VCU answered with 14-4 run, capped by a four-point play from senior Carleeda Green to give the Rams their largest lead at 35-17 with 4:16 left in the opening stanza.
- Trailing by 18, Brittany Wells erupted scoring 10 of the next 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers – one from each corner – and pulled Maine within 39-30 at the 1:48 mark. VCU went back ahead by 12 twice the remainder of the half before a layup by Corinne Wellington as time expired made it 44-34 at the break.
- Junior Zakia Williams, who scored six of the first eight points for VCU in the second half, knocked down a jumper with 19:48 left to extend the Rams lead to 12, but Maine wouldn't go away and scored nine of the next 11 points to pull within 48-43 with 16:56 left.
- VCU, with its lead cut to five, scored 10 straight points, including six from Parks, to go back up by 15 four minutes later.
- The Rams pushed their lead to as many as 17 points on three different occasions the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Seven different players scored for VCU, including four in double figures.
- Parks led all scorers with a game-high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds for her third straight double-double.
- Williams added a career-best 16 points to go along with a pair of assists and three steals. Her previous career-high was six points, which occurred twice so far this season.
- Freshman guard Kaneisha Atwater, who made her second straight start, poured in a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. She also added three assists. Classmate Janniina Koivunen also chipped in a career-best 11 points off the bench.
- VCU has averaged 77 points per game during its last two outings.
- The Rams shot 42.9 percent from long range, knocking down six 3-pointers.
- VCU outrebounded its fourth straight opponent, 41-37.
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU continues its early season road swing with visits to Cleveland State (Nov. 28) and Florida A&M (Dec. 1), before returning to the Verizon Wireless Arena against UMBC on Dec. 5. Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.