RAMS OUTLAST PIRATES, 53-40

Final Score: VCU 53, ECU 40

Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)

Records: VCU (2-2), ECU (1-4)

The Short Story: VCU used an early 12-2 run to build a 12-4 lead midway through the first quarter and took the lead for good in front of the second-largest crowd in program history. The Rams' stingy defense held off the Pirates for the remainder of the contest in front of a Siegel Center crowd of 3,924 on Education Day.

QUICK FACTS

  • Madison Hattix-Covington scored 10 points and tied for a team-high with seven rebounds. She also added three steals and two assists.
  • Tera Reed scored 10 points, going a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range.
  • Danielle Hammond was the third Ram in double figures also with 10 points, shooting 3-of-4 from the field.
  • VCU shot 50 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range while limiting the Pirates to just 27.4 percent shooting overall and 33.3 percent from deep.
  • ECU was led by Lashonda Monk who had a game-high 16 points and seven steals.
  • A major difference in the game was bench scoring, as VCU's bench outscored ECU's 20-6.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • ECU scored the game's first basket before the Rams used a 12-2 run to take the lead for good at 12-4 with 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
  • The Rams continued to extend their lead and led 23-10 after a layup from Kseniya Malashka with 5:28 left before halftime.
  • ECU ended the half on an 8-3 run to cut the VCU lead to 30-21 at halftime.
  • The Pirates clawed back to 35-30 to start the third quarter before VCU went on a 9-1 run capped off by a Hammond layup to lead 44-31 with 29 seconds left in the quarter.
  • VCU led by double digits the entire four quarter to hold off any ECU comeback.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU travels to Boston College to face the Eagles at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.