FINAL: VCU 86, Florida A&M 57 (Tallahassee, Fla.)
VCU STARTERS: #3 Green, #22 Williams, #23 Pellechio, #24 Parks, #30 Henry
FAMU STARTERS: #2 Martin, #5 Grice, #12 Sparkman, #23 Liriano, #33 Collie
THE BASICS: VCU's "high octane" style was on display Saturday afternoon as the Rams erupted for a 48-14 run spanning nearly 19 minutes and cruised to an 86-57 victory at Florida A&M. Junior Robyn Parks led five VCU players in double-figure scoring with 19 points. Freshmen Jessica Pellechio, Kaneisha Atwater and Janniina Koivunen combined for 39 points, while senior Robyn Hobson chipped in 10. The Rams shot 63 percent (17-for-27) in the second half and knocked down eight 3-pointers in the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A fast break layup from Atwater, a Fort Pierce, Fla. native, gave VCU a 17-10 lead at the 12:39 mark, before FAMU settled in, hit back-to-back 3-pointers and used a 13-5 run spanning nearly four minutes to pull ahead 23-22.
- Trailing by one with 6:17 left, VCU responded by scoring 12 of the next 13 points, capped by two straight triples from Pellechio and the Rams built their largest lead of the half at 36-26 with less than a minute to go.
- FAMU's Jasmine Grice, who entered the game tied for second in the nation scoring 25.0 ppg, cut the deficit to eight following a jumper with 35 seconds showing; however, Koivunen answered with a basket on VCU's next possession to give the Rams a 10-point lead at the break.
- Back-to-back buckets from Parks extended VCU's lead to 42-28 with 18:36 to play.
- FAMU pulled within nine just over a minute later before the Rams erupted scoring 16 straight points, including 30 of the next 36 and took their largest lead, 72-39, on a jumper by Hobson with 6:42 left.
- FAMU knocked down five 3-pointers during the final 10 minutes but couldn't keep pace with VCU.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- A season-high 10 different Rams scored, led by Parks' 19 points.
- VCU shot a season-high 57.7 percent (34-for-61) from the field, including 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from 3-point range. The Rams held the Rattlers to just 29.7 percent shooting in the game.
- Junior Shekinah Henry finished with eight points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds for VCU.
- Atwater completed her homecoming effort with 13 points (5-for-6 shooting) to go along with a game-high six steals and a team-high tying four assists.
- The Rams forced 18 turnovers and finished with a season-high 16 steals.
- VCU had three players score in double figures off the bench.
- Three different Rams collected four assists apiece.
WHAT'S AHEAD: After playing six of its seven games on the road to start the season, VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Dec. 5 to face UMBC. The Rams then travel to Coppin State on Dec. 8 before a season-long three straight home games from Dec. 16-21. Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.