Final Score: VCU 72, William & Mary 55
Location: Williamsburg, Va. (Kaplan Arena)
Records: VCU 1-0, William & Mary 0-1
The Short Story: William & Mary scored the first bucket of the game but the Rams quickly took the lead and never trailed again, building their lead to the final 17-point margin.
- Sydnei Archie scored a career-high 15 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor. Archie also added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.
- Taya Robinson scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.
- Tera Reed scored 11 points and was 4-of-9 from the floor.
- Madison Hattix-Covington scored 10 points and went 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
- Nyra Williams had a team-high nine rebounds along with four assists.
- In all, seven Rams scored at least five points.
- VCU shot 49 percent from the floor and 86.4 percent from the line, a 19-of-22 effort.
- Bianca Boggs led the Tribe with 15 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tribe scored the first basket of the game before the Rams answered with a 9-0 run to take a 9-2 lead with 5:36 left in the first quarter.
- William & Mary cut the lead to 12-10 and the two teams battled with the Rams holding a 22-17 lead at the end of the first.
- After VCU took a 31-24 lead, the Tribe again battled back within 31-29 before VCU closed the first half on a 6-1 run that was capped off by a Sofya Pashigoreva free throw. The Rams led 37-30 at the break.
- Robinson and Pashigoreva made back-to-back baskets to start the second half to push the Rams' lead to 41-30 with 9:01 left in the third quarter.
- VCU controlled the rest of the game and didn't allow the Tribe to get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
VCU hosts Longwood at 11 a.m. on Friday Nov. 9 in its annual Education Day game at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.