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Game 8: 2016 Atlantic 10 Tournament VCU v Saint Bonaventure

Game 8: 2016 Atlantic 10 Tournament VCU v Saint Bonaventure


Game 8 of the Atlantic 10 WBB tournament and the second game of the quarter finals featured the #5 VCU Rams and #4 Saint Bonaventure Bonnies.  The Rams held the Bonnies to single digits in the first 2 quarters and despite being outscored in the final 2 quarters VCU was able to hold on and claim a 59-50 victory to advance to the semi finals.

The Rams played a well balanced first quarter with Ashley Pegram leading the 5 scoring Rams with 4 points.  The defense held the Bonnies to 21.4% shooting from the field and VCU took an early lead of 13-6.

The Bonnies offensive struggles continued in the second quarter as once again the Ram defense kept them in single digits.  A Ram milestone was met when Adaeze Alaeze passed the 1,000 career point mark with her first basket of the game.  Then Isis Thorpe closed the segment with a bucket followed by a steal off the inbounds pass and a last second three pointer to put the Rams up 29-15 at half time.

Saint Bonaventure outscored VCU 19-15 in the third quarter.  The offense was led by Miranda Drummond who added 7 points for the Bonnies.  Both teams had 2 players with 3 fouls each at the buzzer by the Rams held onto the advantage at 44-34.

The Bonnies outscored the Rams 12-10 in the final quarter but VCU had the advantage from their first half lead and didn’t let the offensive advances distract them.  Post game Alaeze stated “When we play as a team…I feel like there’s nothing that we can’t do and the fact that everyone buys into what we have to do when we play (coach said it today) ‘one step, one rebound, one attack at a time’ and we took everything step by step by step.”  It’s a successful formula for the Rams whose team dynamic means that any player may step up at any time.  Ashley Pegram was a standout with 11 points and 9 rebounds for VCU and was fierce at both ends of the court.  Keira Robinson followed with 10 points and Thorpe with 9.  Alaeze dominated the boards grabbing 13 rebounds.  Jessica Ogunnorin and Curteeona Brelove were also strong forces on the defense.

Coach O’Boyle said “It’s team defense, team offense for us and when you’re in a tournament you just want to keep playing the next day and really looking forward to the semi finals… Defense wins championships.  Us and the Broncos, that’s our goal.”

VCU will play George Washington in the first game of the semi finals on 3/5/16.

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A founding member of 400 North Media LLC, Pamela was the original editor and primary contributor for VCUSports.com when it launched. She currently serves as communications liaison, videographer, and ad hoc contributor. During the day Pamela is a learning consultant for a Fortune 500 company. She's also an avid volunteer who works with several non-profits in Richmond and beyond.

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