Final Score: VCU 73, Coppin State 44
Location: E.J. Wade Arena at Stuart C. Siegel Center (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 1-0, Coppin State 0-1
The Short Story: In front of a record crowd of 4,132, the Rams led wire-to-wire in a rout of the Eagles, holding them to just 30.2 percent shooting. Isis Thrope had a team-high 11 points for VCU while Ashley Pegram added 10.
- The 4,132 in attendance was a program recording, topping the 2,259 that saw the Rams best Coppin State last season on Nov. 13.
- VCU held Coppin State to 0-of-13 shooting from 3-point range and just 16-of-53 from the field overall.
- The Rams held a 38-14 edge in points in the paint and a wide 38-9 margin in bench scoring.
- 13 players for VCU scored with Pegram and Thorpe being in double figures.
- VCU had a 53-31 advantage in rebounds including a 21-10 edge on the offensive glass.
- Keira Robinson had a team-high seven assists to go along with seven points, six rebounds and two steals.
- Curteeona Brelove led the team with 10 rebounds while Thorpe added eight boards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a layup from Robinson, a free throw from Sandra Skinner followed by a jumper.
- Up 11-8 with 58 seconds remaining in the quarter, VCU went on a 6-0 run sparked by a Thorpe layup and she capped it off with a 3-pointer with just four seconds left in the quarter. VCU held a 17-8 lead at the end of the first stanza.
- Coppin State cut VCU's lead to just 19-12 with 8:56 left in the second quarter but that was as close as the Eagles got for the remainder of the contest.
- The Rams went on a quick 8-0 run spanning 2:36 that was capped by a Bria Gibson layup and gave VCU a 29-12 lead with 6:12 before halftime.
- The Eagles made a run to cut the Rams' lead to 33-22 before back-to-back layups from Brelove and Robinson pushed the lead to 15 points.
- VCU went into the locker room at halftime with a 37-23 lead.
- The Rams pushed their lead to 49-30 at the end of the third quarter before scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter.
- The Rams shot 7-of-11 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the final frame.
COACH O'BOYLE ON THE GAME:
"It was a great atmosphere today. I loved having the Richmond area schools come and it was great to get the first win at home in front of our incredible fans. We had a great effort across the board from a variety of players. Our defensive intensity set the tone for us today and I was proud of how the players played."