Final Score: Saint Louis 77, VCU 72
Location: Saint Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Arena)
Records: VCU 13-12 (6-6 A-10), Saint Louis 19-6 (9-3 A-10)
The Short Story: The Rams overcame an 18-point third quarter deficit to take a 68-66 lead over Saint Louis and led as late as 72-71 with 1:46 remaining. The Billikens made back-to-back 3-pointers to retake the lead 74-72 with 1:07 left and held off the Rams for the victory.
- VCU had five players in double figures led by Keira Robinson's double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
- Ashley Pegram had a season-high 12 points.
- Curteeona Brelove added 11 points and six rebounds.
- VCU shot 40 percent from the field (29-73).
- The Rams forced 16 Saint Louis turnovers and led 21-10 in points off turnovers.
- VCU also held a 43-38 edge in rebounds and a 19-11 advantage in offensive boards.
- The 18-point deficit was the largest deficit overcome by the Rams during a game this season, topping a 16-point deficit in a come-from-behind win against Fordham on Jan. 21.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Saint Louis started the game on a 9-2 run before the Rams made three straight field goals.
- The Rams responded with a 7-0 run where they shot 5-of-6 from the floor to eventually cut the deficit to just 20-18.
- After the teams traded buckets to start the second quarter, Saint Louis went on an 8-0 run over 1:37 to push the Billikens lead to 30-20 with 7:14 left in the frame.
- VCU trimmed the Billikens' lead to 39-31 on a Jailyn Maddox 3-pointer from the wing with 3:09 remaining before half.
- Saint Louis outscored VCU 8-3 to end the half and took a 48-33 lead into the break.
- The Billikens' lead got as big as 55-37 with 5:33 left in the third quarter before the Rams fought their way back into the game.
- VCU used a 14-6 run to cut the deficit to just 61-51 at the end of the third quarter.
- The VCU run eventually got as big as 22-6 as VCU took the lead for the first time in the game at 64-63 on a Pegram layup.
- After the two teams went back-and-forth, the Rams held a 72-68 lead until back-to-back 3-pointers from Jordyn Frantz put Saint Louis up for good 74-72 with 55.5 seconds left.
- Saint Louis' Jackie Kemph made three free throws in the final 14.9 seconds for the final margin.
VCU will travel to Duquesne on Feb. 12 for a 3 p.m. tip on American Sports Network.