FINAL: VCU 70, UMBC 41 (Richmond, Va. – Verizon Wireless Arena)
VCU STARTERS: #1 Atwater, #22 Williams, #23 Pellechio, #24 Parks, #30 Henry
UMBC STARTERS: #2 White, #12 Seymour, #15 Harris, #22 Crowell, #24 Lambert
THE BASICS: Freshman Jessica Pellechio led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, while classmate Kaneisha Atwater and junior Robyn Parks chipped in 12 apiece, and VCU rode a big second half to a 70-41 victory over UMBC Wednesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. It was the Rams' fourth win in their last five games.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A jumper from Bria White gave UMBC (3-6) an 8-7 advantage at the 17:41 mark and a layup by Raven Harris knotted the score at 10-10 less than two minutes later.
- It was as close as the Retrievers would get the rest of the game, however, as VCU (4-4) pushed its lead to as many as five points on five different occasions during the next 10 minutes, before building a 27-18 lead with 2:15 remaining in the first half.
- UMBC scored the final four points of the opening stanza to cut its deficit to five at the break.
- The Retrievers pulled within four twice early in the second half before VCU used an 11-0 run spanning nearly 2:30 and took its largest lead at the time, 41-26, on a 3-pointer from Pellechio with 15:58 left.
- UMBC kept within striking distance when Kayla Seymour knocked down a triple to make it 41-31 with 13:09 remaining, but it was as close as the Retrievers would get as VCU scored 29 of the final 39 points.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- VCU, which picked up its fourth win in its last five games, improved to 2-0 at home this season.
- The Rams went 12-of-31 from 3-point range, including 9-of-17 in the second half. Their 12 makes were one shy of the school record, which the team already set earlier this season in a win against UMKC on Nov. 20.
- VCU had three players score in double figures for the fourth straight game. The Rams also reached the 70-point mark for the fourth time in their last five outings.
- Atwater dished out a career-high seven assists, while junior Zakia Williams also collected a career-high six assists.
- Pellechio, who leads the nation in 3-point field goals, knocked down a game-high four from long range.
- VCU allowed a season-low 41 points against UMBC, including 19 in the second half.
- The Rams have outscored their opponent 91-48 in the second half of their last two games (both wins).
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU travels to Coppin State on Saturday, Dec. 8 for its seventh road contest in its first nine games of the season. The Rams then return to the Verizon Wireless Arena for a season-long three-game homestand beginning against East Carolina on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.