HAMMOND AND REED LIFT VCU TO 52-48 WIN OVER UMASS

Final Score: VCU 52, UMass 48

Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)

Records: VCU (15-6, 7-1 A-10), Massachusetts (11-10, 3-4 A-10)

The Short Story: VCU led 26-23 with 6:49 left in the third quarter until a 9-3 run gave the Rams their biggest lead of the game at 35-26. The Minutewomen would only get as close as four points the remainder of the contest as the Rams shot 50.0 percent in the fourth quarter to hold onto the lead.

QUICK FACTS

  • Dannielle Hammond continued her strong play with 16 points while going a perfect 6-of-6 from the field. She also added seven rebounds and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
  • Tera Reed scored 13 points while tying a career-high with six assists. In addition, Reed grabbed four rebounds and four steals.
  • VCU last started with 15-6 record in 2015-16, when the team finished 23-10 with an appearance in the WNIT.
  • The 7-1 start to conference play is the best since 2009-10 when the Rams started 8-1 while in the CAA.
  • The Rams limited UMass, the A-10's best 3-point shooting team coming into the game, to shoot just 29.4 percent from deep.
  • VCU outscored UMass 22-12 in points off turnovers after forcing the Minutewomen to turn the ball over 20 times to just 12 for the Rams.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU and UMass exchanged the lead six times in a defensive first quarter as the Minutewomen led 10-7.
  • The Minutewomen led 16-11 with 7:47 left before halftime when back-to-back 3-pointers from Reed sparked a 10-2 run that gave VCU the lead back at 21-18 with 3:15 left in the second quarter. The Rams led 22-21 at the half.
  • The Rams 9-3 run midway through the third quarter was capped by Olga Petrova's 3-pointer and a free throw from Taya Robinson.
  • VCU went 6-of-12 from the field during the final quarter and held off UMass who closed the gap to four points six different times and shot 69.2 percent (9-of-13).

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU travels to Saint Joseph's for a 2 p.m. tipoff on Feb. 3.

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