The Rams of VCU Women’s Basketball was in search of a rebound win after coming up short in Norfolk against Old Dominion. UNC Greensboro awaited VCU inside the Siegel Center Sunday afternoon where the Rams had a total team performance for a much-needed feel-good win.
Siegel Center was the home of a first quarter shootout between VCU and UNCG. Both teams were shooting the lights out at high percentages. With every Ram that scored the Spartans had an answer for on offense. UNCG had the hotter hand shooting the ball as high as 80% from the field during a 7-0 scoring run.
As the first quarter continued VCU hit a cold streak offensively. The Rams went nearly three minutes without a bucket as the Spartans starting pulling away. A two-woman show on offense for UNCG performed by Nadine Soliman (9) and Bailey Williams (10) scored the Spartans’ 19 points in the quarter.
VCU Amps Up D & UNCG Turnovers
The game quickly cooled off the Spartans in the second quarter. GG Goodhope and Ashley Pegram were able to get the ball rolling for VCU as the Rams drew level. The UNCG duo of Soliman and Williams once again added breathing room with a 6-0 scoring run.
VCU was held scoreless for about three minutes until Keira Robinson reignited the Rams from downtown. The defense was also raising the temperature in the Stu as VCU forced seven turnovers by the Spartans. The Rams also held UNCG scoreless for the last 4:52 of the second quarter.
Sandra Skinner sent VCU back into the locker room on a high note with a physical And-1 bucket leading to a three-point play from the free throw line. VCU led UNC Greensboro 32-28 as the half-time buzzer sounded throughout the Siegel Center.
After a hot start to the game, VCU and UNC Greensboro struggled offensively in the third. Mooriah Rowser got the festivities started for VCU from midrange followed by a 3 Ball from Goodhope. After that sequence, VCU was held scoreless for almost five minutes.
UNC Greensboro was unable to get anything going themselves. The Spartans shot 18% on 2-of-11 shooting in the third quarter. Turnovers once again were on UNCG’s bad side coughing up the ball nine times. All these problems hurt the Spartans on the scoreboard as UNCG was held scoreless for nearly eight minutes.
The Rams outscored UNCG 15-8 and lead 47-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
Three Point Queen Crowned in Victory
Senior Isis Thorpe was one three-pointer away from making VCU history. She was able to hit her lone three-pointer of the game in the fourth quarter as Thorpe surpassed Anna Pavlikhina to become the new leader in three-pointers made with 197 career threes.
The Rams were on cruise control towards the finish line. Robinson led VCU with 15 points on the day while Ashley Pegram contributed nine points from the bench. A total team performance by VCU with their bench outscoring UNCG’s 26-16 and scoring 25 points off of UNCG’s 23 turnovers.
Spartans did not go out quietly. Williams lead UNCG with 20 points and Soliman added an additional 17. With limited time remaining, the Spartans mustered a comeback fight but there was not enough on the clock. VCU held off UNC Greensboro to grab a 65-54 victory on their home floor to improve to 6-5 overall.
VCU Women’s Basketball is back on the road on Saturday, December 17th taking on Ole Miss. Tip-off is set for 2 PM in the Magnolia State.