December 22, 2013

VCU Ties School Record With Ninth Straight Win In 94-67 Thrashing of Florida A&M

FINAL: VCU 94, Florida A&M 67 (Richmond, Va. – Verizon Wireless Arena)

RECORDS: VCU (10-1), Florida A&M (6-7)

VCU STARTERS: #22 Williams, #23 Pellechio, #24 Parks, #32 McCann, #34 Robinson

FAMU STARTERS: #3 Hines, #5 Grice, #22 Harris, #30 Foreman, #32 Rubin

THE BASICS:

  • Senior Robyn Parks paced four Rams in double figure scoring with a game-high 25 points, and VCU tied a school record with its ninth straight victory in a 94-67 thrashing of Florida A&M Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
  • Senior Zakia Williams added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Jessica Pellechio contributed 12 points and a game-high five steals, and freshman Isis Thorpe chipped in 11 points off the bench for VCU.
  • The Rams, who are off to their best start in six years, improve to 10-1 for the first time since 2007-08, and just the third time in the program's 40-year existence. 
  • VCU's last nine-game winning streak came in 1994-95.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Neither team led by more than four points during the first nine minutes before back-to-back buckets from Williams and freshman Ashlee Mitchell gave VCU a 19-11 advantage with 10:03 showing.
  • Taneka Rubin pulled FAMU within five with a triple just over a minute later but freshmen Monnazjea Finney-Smith and Keira Robinson came up big with a pair of shots on consecutive possessions to push the Rams' lead to 26-16 at the 7:41 mark.
  • The Rattlers scratched back and got within 28-26 with five minutes left in the opening period but VCU scored seven of the final 10 points of the half and took a six-point advantage into the locker room.
  • The Rams remained stingy on defense forcing six turnovers, while scoring 17 of the first 20 points of the second half, and quickly pushed their lead to 52-32 on a jumper by Pellechio with 14:26 remaining.
  • Patrice Collie trimmed FAMU's deficit to 18 with a traditional 3-point play a minute later but it was as close as the Rattlers would get as VCU eventually pushed its lead to 68-42 on a fast break layup from Robinson with 10:28 to go.
  • The Rams remained aggressive and went up by as many as 32 points with 5:30 to play.  Their lead never dipped below 24 the rest of the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • VCU scored 37 points off 28 FAMU turnovers.  It was the fourth straight game and ninth time in 11 outings this season the Rams forced 20-plus miscues.
  • The Black & Gold has logged double digit steals in five straight outings (17 vs. FAMU), including 16.0 spg in its last four.  VCU entered the week ranked 10th in the nation averaging nearly 13 steals per game.
  • Robinson dished out a game-high nine assists.  She has tallied at least eight in her last three outings, while averaging 9.3 apg in four home games this year. 
  • As a team, the Rams recorded a season-high 24 assists against the Rattlers. 
  • Sunday's game marked the seventh time this season the Rams have had four players score in double figures.
  • Parks, who scored in double figures in 39 straight contests, posted her third straight (8th overall) 20-point game of the year to go along with nine rebounds.
  • VCU's 94 points against the Rattlers were its second-most this season.  The Rams have scored 70 or more points in all but one game, including six outings with 85-plus and three with 90-plus.
  • The Black & Gold held a 46-24 advantage in the paint and a 22-2 edge in fast break points.

WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU returns to action on Dec. 28 when it visits NJIT for a 2 p.m. contest.  The Rams then host former Colonial Athletic Association rival Old Dominion Dec. 30 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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