March 20, 2014

PRINCETON HOLDS OFF VCU IN WNIT FIRST ROUND

Score: Princeton 94, VCU 76 (WNIT First Round)
Location:
Princeton, N.J. (Jadwin Gymnasium)
Records:
VCU 22-10, Princeton 21-8

THE BASICS
  • Senior Robyn Parks scored 25 points in her final collegiate game as VCU fell to Princeton 94-76 in the first round of the Women's NIT. Parks scored 21 of her points in the first half alone as the Rams remained even at 36-all with the Tigers at intermission.
  • The game remained close throughout, and VCU trailed 80-73 with 2:08 remaining before free throws exacerbated the final margin.
  • Sophomore Jessica Pellechio knocked down 4-of-8 three-pointers and scored 17 points to help bolster the VCU attack. Freshmen Monnazjea Finney-Smith and Keira Robinson added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
  • Alex Wheatley led Princeton with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while three other Tigers scored 18 points apiece.
  • Princeton shot 50 percent (30-of-60) in the game and outrebounded VCU 48-30.
  • The Tigers also knocked down 10-of-23 from beyond the 3-point arc.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Princeton opened the second half with a 14-4 run, fueled by five points from Michelle Miller, to take a 50-40 lead it would not relinquish.
  • The Rams kept nipping at the Tigers' heels and eventually pulled within 78-71 on a conventional three-point play by Robinson with 2:32 left. But Princeton converted on 14-of-16 from the free throw line in the final 2:20.
  • The first half was a back-and-forth affair. VCU trailed 31-24 with 4:01 left before a 3-pointer by Pellechio and a three-point play by Parks fueled a 10-0 VCU run that gave the Rams a 34-31 lead. A layup by Finney-Smith with 19 seconds remaining in the period tied the game at 36-36.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • With 25 points Thursday, Parks will finish her career with 1,561, the sixth-most in school history. She scored at least 11 in her final 61 contests. Parks also ranks third on VCU's career list in free throws, seventh in rebounds, 10th in steals, fifth in double-doubles and second in games played.
  • Pellechio's four treys gave her 63 for the season, sixth-most in program history. Pellechio now owns two of the six-most prolific 3-point seasons in VCU history.
  • With seven assists, Robinson became just the third Ram to hand out 200 in a season.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU's 2013-14 season is complete.
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