Final Score: No. 1 VCU 58, No. 8 Saint Joseph's 47
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)
Records: VCU (22-8), Saint Joseph's (12-19)
The Short Story: With VCU clinging to a lead to a 40-39 lead with 3:28 left in the third quarter, the Rams' defense held the Hawks scoreless for the next 8:48 of game time to blow the game open. VCU went on a 13-0 run during the stretch to lead 53-39 with 4:27 remaining in the game.
- VCU advances to the A-10 Semifinals for the first time since 2016 and only the second time since joining the league in 2012-13.
- First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection Tera Reed scored a game-high 21 points, shooting 8-of-15 from the floor. She also added five rebounds.
- Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team member Kseniya Malashka scored 13 points along with a career-high six blocks. Malashka also tied a career-high with nine rebounds and went 5-of-8 from the field.
- Danielle Hammond scored six points and had six rebounds. Taya Robinson also added six points, four rebounds and two assists.
- VCU shot 42.0 percent from the floor while Saint Joseph's shot just 28.8 percent. The Hawks were able to keep the game close early with their 3-point shooting and finished the game 8-of-19 from behind the arc (42.1 percent).
- The Rams outrebounded the Hawks 48-30 and had a 14-4 advantage in second chance points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU opened the game on a 9-2 run spanning the first 4:11 of game time and led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter.
- The Hawks opened the second quarter with a quick 5-0 run and cut VCU's lead to just 17-15 with 9:04 left to play before halftime.
- The Rams pushed their lead back to 24-18 with 4:10 remaining in the quarter and took a 29-25 lead into halftime.
- Saint Joseph's took its first and only lead of the game at 32-31 with 7:03 to play in the third quarter. The teams battled back-and-forth and VCU took the lead for good at 40-37 with 3:47 left to play in the quarter after Hammond completed a three-point play.
- After a Saint Joseph's basket on the ensuing possession, VCU went on a 13-0 run and held the Hawks scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter.
- VCU led by as many as 15 points during the final quarter and held off any potential rally by the Hawks.
VCU faces the winner of No. 4 Dayton and No. 5 Davidson at 11 a.m. in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network.