Final Score: Duquesne 70, VCU 51
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)
Records: VCU 13-13 (6-7 A-10), Duquesne 14-12 (7-6 A-10)
The Short Story: The Rams fell behind Duquesne 29-6 at the end of the first quarter and despite outscoring the Dukes for the remainder of the game, were unable to overcome the early deficit.
- Isis Thorpe had a team-high seven points.
- Danielle Hammond scored a career-high six points.
- Ashley Pegram had six rebounds along with four points and two assists.
- VCU outscored Duquesne's bench 28-18 and in fast break points 17-10.
- Duquesne outscored VCU 22-5 in points off turnovers despite the teams having 17 and 16 turnovers, respectively.
- The Dukes had a slight 41-37 edge in rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Duquesne opened the game by outscoring the Rams 29-6 in the first quarter.
- The Dukes' lead got as big as 39-15 but VCU ended the half on a 7-2 run that was sparked by Thorpe who hit jumper and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to close the deficit to 41-22 at halftime.
- The VCU defense was able to limit Duquesne to those two points for the final 5:40 of the second quarter as the Rams chipped away at the deficit.
- VCU made 4-of-5 field goals during a stretch while limiting Duquesne to 1-of-6 from the floor and cut the Dukes' lead to 50-32 with 4:15 left in the third quarter.
- VCU went on a 7-0 run midway through the third quarter to cut it to 50-34 over a span of 2:20.
- The Dukes responded with their own 7-0 run to close the frame with a 57-34 lead.
VCU returns home on Feb. 15 to face Saint Joseph's at 6 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.