Final Score: VCU 75, Furman 61
Location: Greenville, S.C. (Timmons Arena)
Records: VCU 5-4 (0-1), Furman 4-6
The Short Story: With the Rams leading 13-12 halfway through the first quarter, VCU closed the stanza on a 6-0 run to take a 19-12 lead. The Rams seized control of the game from that point forward and pulled away, leading by as many as 24 points halfway through the fourth quarter.
- Four Rams finished scoring in double figures, led by GG Goodhope who had 13 points.
- Mooriah Rowser had 11 points, Katherine Strong had a career-high 10 points and Isis Thorpe added 10 points.
- Curteeona Brelove had nine points and seven rebounds.
- Keira Robinson also added nine points and four rebounds.
- The Rams shot 43.9 percent from the field overall.
- VCU limited Furman to just 3-of-18 from 3-point range (16.7 percent) for a team that, coming into the game, averaged 35.9 percent from 3-point range.
- VCU had a dominant 51-28 edge in rebounds.
- The VCU bench outscored Furman 34-14 for the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU opened up the game on a 7-2 run that was capped off by a Robinson 3-pointer.
- Furman closed the deficit and tied the game at 9-9 with seven minutes left in the first quarter.
- The two teams battled back and forth with VCU holding a 13-12 lead with 3:12 remaining in the first quarter before the Rams went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter leading 19-12.
- VCU pulled away against before the Paladins closed the gap again to seven points two more in the second quarter but the Rams outscored Furman 8-0 and led 40-26 at the halftime.
- Out of the break, Furman used a quick 6-0 spurt to get back within 41-32 with 8:17 left in the third quarter.
- The Rams responded with a 9-0 run sparked by two quick baskets from Goodhope and the Paladins wouldn't come within double digits for the remainder of the contest.
- Strong scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter that gave VCU its largest lead at 71-47 with 5:30 remaining and the Rams coasted to the win.
VCU will head to Norfolk to take on Old Dominion on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.