COLD SHOOTING SENDS RAMS TO 70-51 LOSS AT SAINT JOSEPH’S

Score: Saint Joseph's 70, VCU 51
Location:
Hagan Arena (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Records:
SJU 17-5 (6-3 A-10), VCU 17-5 (5-4 A-10)

THE BASICS

  • Saint Joseph's pulled away from VCU in the second half behind a game and career-high 27 points by Erin Shields.
  • Senior Robyn Parks led VCU with 13 points, while freshman Isis Thorpe added 12 and sophomore Jessica Pellechio chipped in 10.
  • The Rams were ultimately undone by 7-of-34 (21 percent) shooting in the second half. VCU shot 29 percent (21-of-72) for the game overall.
  • Sophomore Adaeze Alaeze turned in a solid all-around performance off the bench for VCU with four points, seven rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes.
  • With the win, the Hawks earned a split of the season series with the Rams. VCU topped Saint Joseph's 73-69 on Jan. 12 in Richmond

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU led by as much as seven points in the first half and was up 33-29 at the break. But the Rams endured a six-minute scoreless stretch in the second half as the Hawks assumed a 45-37 lead.
  • The Rams eventually pulled within 49-42 on a jumper by Thorpe with 9:29 left, but then watched as Saint Joseph's – led by six points by Sarah Fairbanks - embarked on a 19-2 run over the next six minutes.
  • The first half was a tight affair and featured seven lead changes. VCU used a 10-2 burst late in the period, sparked by a Parks layup and a Pellechio 3-pointer, to take a 29-22 lead with 3:03 left in the half. The Hawks eased within 31-29, but freshman Keira Robinson knocked down a jumper with 24 seconds remaining to push the margin to 33-29 at intermission.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • VCU came into the game as the Atlantic 10 Conference leader in 3-pointers per game (7.9), but shot 3-of-18 from beyond the arc. The Rams found the second half rims particularly unkind, as VCU shot 1-of-12 from long distance following the break.
  • Parks has scored in double figures in all 22 of VCU's games this season.
  • Robinson handed out four assists and needs just six more to set the Rams' single-season mark for freshman.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU hits the road and will take on Dayton on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at UD Arena.
 
 
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