March 25, 2014

RAMS ENGINEER ONE OF NATION'S LARGEST TURNAROUNDS

 

RICHMOND, Va. – You can mark Marlene Stollings as 2-for-2 on turnarounds.

For the second time in three years, Stollings has dramatically altered the direction of a women's basketball program for the better. This season, her second at VCU, Stollings and her staff guided the Rams to twice as many wins as the 2012-13 campaign. In all, the Rams added 11 wins to their total, the 12th-largest turnaround in the country this season.
 
VCU finished 22-10 overall to log the school's sixth 20-win season and seventh postseason appearance, a berth in the WNIT. Those 22 victories represent the third-most in school single-season history.
 
In 2011-12, Stollings initiated a similar revival when she guided Winthrop to an 18-13 mark, just the second winning season in the 26-year history of the program. She was named Big South Coach of the Year for her efforts. In the three years prior to Stollings' arrival, Winthrop was 42-52.
 
In 2013-14, VCU engineered a seismic shift in the program behind the highest scoring offense in school history, as well as an aggressive, turnover-inducing 2-3 zone defense. Along the way, the Rams set a slew of school records and earned a number of awards and honors.
 
Here are a few highlights from the Rams' historic 2013-14 season:
  • This year's team is the highest scoring in program history. VCU averaged 75.8 points per game this season and topped 90 on five occasions. The Rams set a school record with 112 points…twice.
  • VCU ranked fifth in the country in steals per game (11.5) and eighth nationally in turnover margin (+6.28).
  • Senior Robyn Parks was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference, A-10 All-Tournament and A-10 All-Defensive Team. Parks led the league in scoring for the second straight season an ranked 19th nationally in that category (21.6 ppg).
  • VCU set a school record with 235 three-pointers this season, 66 more than the previous mark. The Rams ranked 45th nationally in 3-pointers per game (7.3) and two Rams, Isis Thorpe and Jessica Pellechio, ranked in the top 100 individually.
  • Point guard Keira Robinson dished out 200 assists, third-most in school history and the most ever by a VCU freshman.
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