Final Score: VCU 65, UNCG 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU 6-5, UNCG 5-5
The Short Story: Trailing 28-21 with 4:52 left before halftime, VCU used a 17-0 run spanning across halftime to take a 38-28 lead with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter. UNCG would get no closer than six points for the remainder of the contest.
- Isis Thorpe set a new school record for 3-pointers made in a career with 197. She broke the previous mark set by Anna Pavlikhina (1990-93) a 3-pointer with 4:54 remaining in the game to push VCU's lead to 54-44.
- Keira Robinson had a team-high 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point range. She also had five rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.
- VCU had a 33-28 rebounding edge over UNCG and outscored the Spartans 25-13 in points off turnovers.
- The Rams forced 23 UNCG turnovers and limited the Spartans to 28.6 percent shooting from three.
- The Rams shot 43.4 percent from the field and had 17 assists on 23 field goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU fell behind early as UNCG opened the game with a 16-8 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter.
- The Rams were able to close the deficit to 19-14 thanks to a Bria Gibson layup with just seven seconds left before the end of the quarter.
- VCU tied the game 20-20 with 6:42 left before halftime after outscoring the Spartans 12-4 since the 4:10 mark in the first quarter.
- The Spartans pulled away again briefly, this time on a quick 8-1 run to take a 28-21 lead with 4:52 remaining in the second quarter.
- The Rams charged back to take the lead with an 17-0 run that started with Robinson hit a 3-pointer followed by two made free throws. Ashlee Mitchell's layup gave VCU a 29-28 lead with 1:10 remaining before halftime.
- The Rams continued that run through halftime and led 38-28 with 8:05 left in the third quarter.
- UNCG got as close as six points on two different occasions in the second half but VCU was able to stave off any comeback.
COACH O'BOYLE ON THE GAME
"Our team earned a good win after a challenging week of games. It was exciting to see Isis become the all-time leading 3-pointer scorer. We are looking forward to our week of exams and heading back on the road to face Ole Miss."
VCU will have almost a week off before traveling to play Ole Miss on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. EST.