FOUR RAMS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES, LIFT VCU PAST SAINT LOUIS IN OT

Final Score: VCU 84, Saint Louis 74 (OT)

Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)

Records: VCU 7-20 (4-11 A-10), Saint Louis 14-14 (8-7, A-10) 

The Short Story: VCU shot a season-high 49.2 percent and poured in 18 points during the overtime period to outlast Saint Louis. It was a physical game that saw four players foul out but the Rams scored in double figures led by Tera Reed's 24 points.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Tera Reed recorded her fourth 20-point game of the season with 24 points along with six rebounds. Reed was 9-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
  • Nyra Williams scored a career-high 15 points while adding three steals and four rebounds. She was 4-of-5 shooting and also went 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
  • Danielle Hammond had 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Taya Robinson also added 14 points and six rebounds.
  • VCU went 25-of-37 at the free throw line while the Billikens were 15-of-25.
  • Saint Louis had a slight 42-38 edge in rebounds and outscored VCU's bench 27-13.
  • VCU's starters combined outscored the Billikens 75-57.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams jumped out to a 6-2 lead with 7:02 left in the first quarter, eventually building a 14-8 advantage midway through the period.
  • Saint Louis outscored the Rams 11-6 as VCU held a slim 20-19 advantage going into the second frame.
  • A back-and-forth second quarter saw four lead changes and the scored tied three times. Saint Louis held a 29-28 lead with 1:40 left before halftime but the Rams got a 3-pointer from Del Sparks and went on a 7-0 run to close and take a 35-29 lead into halftime.
  • VCU continued the run into the third quarter, eventually building a 43-32 lead, a 14-3 run overall, with 5:25 left in the third quarter.
  • The Rams kept Saint Louis trailing by at least six points until the final two minutes.
  • VCU held a 70-60 lead with 3:13 remaining but the Billikens scored the final 10 points of regulation to force overtime.
  • In the overtime period, the Rams jumped on Saint Louis and built a 81-73 lead with 1:33 left. The Billikens got as close as four points but timely free throws and defensive stops allowed VCU to hold on for the victory.

 

WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will host its final regular season game at Davidson at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24.

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