Rams Push Win Streak to Five, Parks Joins 1,000-Point Club in Dominating 87-61 Victory at Wagner

FINAL: VCU 87, Wagner 61 (Spiro Sports Center- State Island, N.Y.)

RECORDS: VCU (6-1), Wagner (1-5)

VCU STARTERS: #21 Mitchell, #22 Williams, #24 Parks, #44 Calhoun, #45 Thorpe

WAGNER STARTERS: #1 Nwajei, #14 Rowe, #22 Amoroa, #24 Peck, #33 Nwaigwe

THE BASICS:

  • Senior Robyn Parks led all scorers with a game-high 24 points and 15 rebounds, including her 1,000th career point, and VCU pushed its win streak to five, (fourth straight on the road), with a convincing 87-61 victory at Wagner on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Rams, who picked up their fourth straight double-digit road win, improve to 6-1, their best start in five years.  It's also VCU's first five-game winning streak since Dec. 2011.
  • VCU, which opened the second half on a 24-3 run, had four players score in double figures for the sixth time this season as freshman Isis Thorpe and sophomore Adaeze Alaeze registered 13 points apiece, and freshman Ashlee Mitchell added 11 in her first career start.
  • Parks became the 20th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.  She accomplished the feat at the free throw line early in the second half.  It was also her 100th career game.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Thorpe keyed VCU early as she scored eight points en route to a 19-9 advantage at the 12:24 mark.  Freshman Keira Robinson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Rams' lead to 11 less than two minutes later.
  • Trailing 25-15 with 10:07 showing, Wagner caught fire and used a quick 10-2 spurt and pulled within 27-23 with 8:18 remaining.  Alaeze halted the rally with a triple from the right wing on VCU's next possession, but the Seahawks continued to push and Jordyn Peck eventually capped a 21-9 run with a basket inside, which gave Wagner its first lead, 33-32, with 3:25 to go.
  • The lead changed hands twice over the next two minutes before VCU moved back in front for good on a jumper by Parks with 1:54 to go in the half.  Mitchell lobbed a pass to senior Zakia Williams underneath, who then converted a layup as time expired to give the Rams a 43-39 lead at the break.
  • Thorpe knocked down her third triple on VCU's first possession of the second half, which ignited a massive 24-3 run spanning 8:32.  The Rams held Wagner to just one field goal during the first 10 minutes of the second stanza, while pushing their lead to 67-42.
  • VCU led by at least 21 points the remainder of the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • VCU held Wagner to 29.7 percent shooting, including 7-of-40 (17.5 percent) in the second half.
  • The Rams, who lead the Atlantic 10 with 8.0 3-pointers per game, kept pace with eight against Wagner.
  • VCU dished out 21 assists, which marked the second time this year the Black & Gold has collected 20 or more.  Williams, Thorpe and Robinson had four apiece.
  • Parks (10-of-11) and Mitchell (8-of-12) went a combined 18-of-23 at the charity stripe.

WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU concludes its season-long five-game road trip with a visit to UMBC on Dec. 7.  The Rams then return home to the Verizon Wireless Arena for three straight beginning with Cleveland State on Dec. 15.  Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

 

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