Final Score: VCU 66, Appalachian State 38
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU (1-0), Appalachian State (0-1)
The Short Story: After trailing 7-0, VCU went on a blistering 37-2 run to take a commanding 37-9 lead and never looked back. The run lasted nearly 16 minutes, spanning across the first and second quarters.
- Madison Hattix-Covington poured in a career-high 19 points. She was 7-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. She also added seven rebounds and two steals.
- Danielle Hammond scored 13 points and tied a career-high with five blocks. Hammond was 6-of-7 from the field and also grabbed four rebounds.
- Nyra Williams led a balanced offensive attack with nine points, six rebounds and four assists.
- Kseniya Malashka had nine points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
- VCU shot 48.2 percent from the field while holding App State to just 28.6 percent including a cold 11.1 percent from behind the arc. VCU was 6-of-20 from 3-point range (30.0 percent).
- The Black and Gold forced 18 turnovers that led to a 14-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
- VCU had a slight 37-34 edge in rebounding but had 14-6 edge in assists on the Mountaineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After falling behind 7-0 just under two minutes into the game, VCU came out firing after a timeout and exploded on a 37-2 run that lasted 15:57 of game time.
- During the run, the Rams held the Mountaineers scoreless for a span of 10 minutes and 49 seconds. VCU led 37-9 with 1:32 left in the second quarter.
- The Rams took a 37-11 lead into halftime and App State did not record a single made field goal in the second quarter.
- VCU outscored Appalachian State 29-27 during the second half and cruised to the win.
VCU will travel to Seton Hall to face the Pirates at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12.