FINAL: VCU 57, Coppin State 46 (Baltimore, Md.)
VCU STARTERS: #1 Atwater, #22 Williams, #23 Pellechio, #24 Parks, #30 Henry, S.
COPPIN STATE STARTERS: #12 Holsey, #14 Craig, #20 Coleman, #30 Spotwood, #34 Carter
THE BASICS: VCU picked up its third straight win and fifth in its last six games Saturday afternoon with a 57-46 victory at Coppin State. Junior Robyn Parks led all scorers with a game-high 19 points, freshman Jessica Pellechio chipped in 13, and junior Shekina Henry posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Rams used a strong second half performance for the third game in a row, holding Coppin State scoreless during a 10-minute stretch. VCU also held its second straight opponent under 50 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Trailing 8-3 at the 15:24 mark, Coppin State used a quick 10-2 spurt, including six straight points during a 20-second span, to pull ahead 13-10 four minutes later.
- VCU halted the rally with 13 straight points from five different Rams, kept the Eagles off the board for more than seven minutes and built a 23-13 advantage with 4:23 left in the opening period.
- Coppin State then came to life, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers, while adding four straight from the free throw line to take its first lead, 25-23, since the 11:02 mark.
- A layup from Leola Spotwood gave the Eagles a two-point advantage with seven seconds left, but freshman Kaneisha Atwater drew a foul as time expired and converted a pair from the line to knot the score at 27-27 at the break.
- Trailing 34-33 with 15:03 remaining, VCU erupted hitting four 3-pointers (4-of-7), including three straight from Pellechio, and used a 24-6 run to put the game out of reach.
- The Rams locked down on defense and outscored Coppin State 15-0 during a 10-minute stretch late in the second half.
- VCU eventually took its largest lead of the game, 57-40, with 2:59 to go.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Junior Zakia Williams added seven points, five rebounds, a team-high four assists and four steals.
- Parks added a career-best six steals, while Pellechio grabbed a career-high tying six rebounds to go along with four steals.
- For the first time this season, VCU was held without a first-half 3-pointer (0-of-5), but knocked down four of its first seven to start the second stanza.
- VCU's defense forced a season-high 26 turnovers.
- The Rams held Coppin State to 28.6 percent shooting (16-of-56). It was the third straight game VCU has held an opponent to less than 30-percent from the field.
WHAT'S AHEAD: After playing seven of its first nine games on the road to start the season, VCU returns 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.