Final Score: VCU 55, Massachusetts 52
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 12-10 (5-4 A-10), UMass 9-14 (3-7 A-10)
The Short Story: Freshman guard Jailyn Maddox scored a career-high 15 points as VCU's bench outscored Massachusetts 22-0 to help push the Rams to their third consecutive Atlantic 10 victory.
- The Rams forced 22 Minutewomen turnovers and outscored Massachusetts 24-12 in points off turnovers.
- Maddox's 15 points were a team-high for VCU.
- Isis Thorpe joined Maddox in double figures with 10 points, five assists and four steals.
- Curteeona Brelove had a team-high 10 rebounds along with four points and three blocks.
- UMass outrebounded VCU 43-37 and led 14-8 in second chance points.
- VCU shot 31.3 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from 3-point range (6-of-19).
- Massachusetts shot 37.5 percetn from the field and 63.6 percent from three (7-of-11).
- Hailey Leidel led UMass with a game-high 18 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- UMass jumped out to an early 9-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game.
- UMass was able to hold the Rams to a four-minute scoring drought while the Minutewomen went on an 8-0 run and took a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
- VCU charged back in the second quarter as the Rams went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-17 lead with 4:24 left before halftime. Maddox drained two 3-pointers during the run.
- The two teams battled back-and-forth before a three-point play from Bria Gibson gave VCU a 23-22 lead at halftime.
- After three lead changes to start the third quarter, the Rams went on a 14-2 run at the end of the third quarter spanning to take a 43-32 lead with with 1:13 left in the quarter.
- A half-court heave from UMass that went in at the buzzer cut VCU's lead to just 43-35 at the end of the frame.
- Maddox pushed VCU's lead to 46-35 with a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter but the Minutewomen would go on a 10-2 run to cut the Rams' lead to 48-45 with 3:05 remaining.
- Though VCU never lost the lead, UMass would get within 53-52 with four seconds left in regulation but two Thorpe free throws sealed the win.
VCU will travel to Richmond for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Jan. 31.