Final Score: Radford 79, VCU 62
Location: Radford, Va. (Dedmon Center)
Records: VCU 1-7, Radford 4-3
The Short Story: VCU trailed Radford 50-43 at the beginning of the fourth quarter but a 10-2 run by the Highlanders opened a 60-45 lead with 6:20 remaining. The Rams got back within eight points with 4:45 remaining but were ultimately unable to mount a comeback.
- Danielle Hammond scored a career-high 18 points while shooting 7-of-13 from the field.
- Bria Gibson was just shy of a double-double with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.
- Jailyn Maddox had 11 points and three boards.
- Niya Johnson had five points and five rebounds.
- VCU shot just 36.7 percent from the floor (22-of-60) while Radford shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54).
- Radford was led by Destinee Walker, Jayda Worthy and Claudia Quevedo who each scored 15 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Radford jumped out to an early 12-2 lead with 3:39 left in the first quarter but VCU was able to close the quarter on a 7-3 run and trailed 15-9 at the end of the first.
- After the Highlanders opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer, VCU went on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to just 18-14 with 7:32 left in the frame.
- The Rams got as close as 26-23 after Maddox hit a 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining in the second quarter but Radford took a 31-25 lead into halftime.
- Radford out scored VCU 14-6 to start the third quarter and led 45-31 with 4:36 left in the third but the Rams again used a 6-0 run to make it 45-37.
- The two teams headed into the fourth quarter with the Highlanders leading 50-43.
- Radford used a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter to build a 60-45 lead and VCU was unable to overcome the deficit despite getting back within eight points.
VCU has a week off before facing Coppin State on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena.