Final Score: VCU 52, UMass 48
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU (15-6, 7-1 A-10), Massachusetts (11-10, 3-4 A-10)
The Short Story: VCU led 26-23 with 6:49 left in the third quarter until a 9-3 run gave the Rams their biggest lead of the game at 35-26. The Minutewomen would only get as close as four points the remainder of the contest as the Rams shot 50.0 percent in the fourth quarter to hold onto the lead.
- Dannielle Hammond continued her strong play with 16 points while going a perfect 6-of-6 from the field. She also added seven rebounds and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
- Tera Reed scored 13 points while tying a career-high with six assists. In addition, Reed grabbed four rebounds and four steals.
- VCU last started with 15-6 record in 2015-16, when the team finished 23-10 with an appearance in the WNIT.
- The 7-1 start to conference play is the best since 2009-10 when the Rams started 8-1 while in the CAA.
- The Rams limited UMass, the A-10's best 3-point shooting team coming into the game, to shoot just 29.4 percent from deep.
- VCU outscored UMass 22-12 in points off turnovers after forcing the Minutewomen to turn the ball over 20 times to just 12 for the Rams.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU and UMass exchanged the lead six times in a defensive first quarter as the Minutewomen led 10-7.
- The Minutewomen led 16-11 with 7:47 left before halftime when back-to-back 3-pointers from Reed sparked a 10-2 run that gave VCU the lead back at 21-18 with 3:15 left in the second quarter. The Rams led 22-21 at the half.
- The Rams 9-3 run midway through the third quarter was capped by Olga Petrova's 3-pointer and a free throw from Taya Robinson.
- VCU went 6-of-12 from the field during the final quarter and held off UMass who closed the gap to four points six different times and shot 69.2 percent (9-of-13).
VCU travels to Saint Joseph's for a 2 p.m. tipoff on Feb. 3.