Final Score: VCU 64, Dayton 62
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU (19-6, 11-1 A-10), Dayton (12-10, 7-4 A-10)
The Short Story: Trailing by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter, VCU rallied to tie the game at 58-58 with 3:19 remaining. The two teams traded the lead until Kseniya Malashka hit the game-winning shot with 4.8 seconds remaining. The Rams played without leading scorer Tera Reed.
- Taya Robinson scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
- Malashka scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-11 from the floor and tied a career-high with nine rebounds. She also had two steals, two blocks and two assists.
- Danielle Hammond tied a season-high with 17 points and went 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
- VCU shot 40 percent from the field while Dayton shot 37.5 percent from the floor. The Fylers did shoot 45.5 percent from 3-point range (10-of-22) against VCU's nation-leading 3-point defense.
- Dayton was led by Jayla Scaife who scored a game-high 19 points and Lauren Cannatelli scored 18 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Dayton jumped out to an 8-2 lead with 4:42 left in the first quarter and led 11-7 after the quarter.
- The Flyers pushed their lead to 20-11 with 3:28 left before halftime but the Rams scored 11 of the half's final 19 points to cut the deficit to just 28-22.
- The Flyers had their largest lead of the game at 45-33 with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.
- VCU's offense came to life as the Rams went on a 20-8 run to tie the game 53-53 with 6:27 left in the fourth quarter.
- The game was tied three more times in the final few minutes until Malashka hit the game-winning basket on a baseline pass from Danielle Hammond with 4.8 seconds left.
- The Flyers' Scaife missed a contested layup that would have tied the game at the buzzer.
VCU travels to George Mason Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.