VCU TOPS CHARLOTTE IN WNIT FIRST ROUND, 65-52

Final Score: VCU 65, Charlotte 52

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

Records: VCU (24-9), Charlotte (18-13)

The Short Story: Tera Reed poured in a team-high 18 points and VCU never trailed to earn its first postseason and WNIT win since 2012.

QUICK FACTS

  • Reed scored 18 points along with six rebounds and five assists.
  • Danielle Hammond scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added two rebounds.
  • Sydnei Archie scored seven points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.
  • VCU shot 46 percent from the floor while limiting the 49ers to just 33.3 percent.
  • The Rams also shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range (5-of-12) while Charlotte shot 21.4 percent (3-of-14).
  • The 49ers were led by Jade Phillips and Mariah Linney who each scored 13 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU opened the game on an 8-2 run that was capped by a Taya Robinson jumper.
  • The 49ers outscored VCU 7-4 to cut the Rams' lead to just 12-9 but the Rams got the last three points of the quarter to lead 15-11.
  • The Rams shot 46.7 percent in the second quarter while limiting Charlotte to just 26.7 percent to build a 31-22 lead at the half. The nine points was tied for the largest lead of the game at that point.
  • After VCU scored the first bucket of the half to go up 34-22, Charlotte went on a 7-0 run to cut its deficit to just 34-29 with 7:07 left to play in the third quarter.
  • VCU got its lead back to 10 points twice during the final 5:33 of the quarter but Charlotte was able to trim its deficit to just 48-43 heading into the fourth.
  • Charlotte stayed close but with the Rams leading 57-52, Robinson scored to start an 8-0 VCU run to end the game.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.