RAMS' COMEBACK FALLS JUST SHORT AT SAINT LOUIS

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.

 

 QUICK FACTS 

  • 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.
 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will travel to Duquesne on Feb. 12 for a 3 p.m. tip on American Sports Network.

 

 

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