Final Score: Richmond 59, VCU 54
Location: Henrico, Va. (Robins Center)
Records: VCU 6-20 (3-11 A-10), Richmond 12-15 (7-7, A-10)
The Short Story: Trailing 56-45 with 1:08 left in the game, VCU mounted a furious rally and went on a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to just 57-54 with 13 seconds left. The Spiders made both of their free throws after being fouled to seal the game.
- Tera Reed snagged a career-high 16 rebounds and added 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting. It marked the fourth double-double of the season for the freshman.
- Taya Robinson recorded her first career double-double as she had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
- Sydnei Archie was the third VCU player in double figures as she added 13 points and three rebounds for the Rams.
- VCU shot 40 percent from the floor compared to Richmond's 32.8 percent and held a 42-32 edge in rebounding.
- VCU led 11-3 in second chance points but Richmond's bench outscored VCU 31-14.
- Jaide Hinds-Clarke and Micaela Parson each scored 12 points to lead Richmond.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game opened with a competitive first quarter that featured four ties and three lead changes as Richmond clung to a 14-13 advantage heading into the second.
- The Spiders outscored the Rams 17-9 in the second quarter and took a 31-22 lead into halftime.
- VCU started the second half with a quick 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 31-26 but the Spiders responded with a 6-0 run to build a 37-26 lead with 4:40 left in the frame and maintained their advantage, leading 42-33 heading into the final 10 minutes.
- The Rams trailed by as many as 11 points during the final quarter but used timely fouling and solid offensive possessions to go on a 9-1 run to get back within three points with 13 seconds left before the Spiders made two free throws for the final points of the contest.
VCU will host its final home game of the regular season on Feb. 21 against Saint Louis at 6 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena.