VCU Women’s Basketball entered the Siegel Center for one last Atlantic 10 dance. The Rams tangoed with Davidson in the regular season finale with an A-10 tournament seed on the line for VCU. Emotions were high as the Rams grinded out a much-needed victory to solidify their playoff spot.
Wildcats Attack, Rams Bounce Back
Davidson established dominance early with an 8-0 scoring run out the gates. Kayla Seymour scored 4 points while Chloe Johnson and Justine Lyon scored a bucket each. As Davidson leaped ahead, VCU was stuck in the mud while shooting 0-for-4.
After a needed timeout, VCU was able to hit the reset button for their offense. Sandra Skinner was able to break the ice with the Black & Gold’s first bucket near the basket. Keira Robinson cut down the deficit with another bucket while Davidson was cooling off with a scoreless 2 minutes of action.
Bria Gibson stepped up her game from under the basket as VCU’s main scoring threat from inside. Gibson was able to put the Rams within striking distance as Mooriah Rowser finished the job from downtown just before the 1st quarter expired. VCU lead 11-10 and looked to add more buckets in the 2nd.
Back & Forth, Back & Forth
VCU and Davidson continually traded the lead as the 2nd quarter progressed. Lyon put the Wildcats on her back as she scored 9 points in the 1st half; Davidson looked to take advantage of VCU’s turnovers problem with the Wildcats scoring 9 points from 10 VCU turnovers.
While Gibson continued giving the Wildcats problems inside, the Rams added to Davidson’s headache defensively. Ashlee Mitchell and Ashley Pegram kept getting their hands on the ball as the Wildcats had 9 turnovers in the first half; both teams collected 4 steals each.
Layups were traded constantly in the final minutes of the 2nd quarter. An offensive hardship for the Black & Gold shooting 20% in the quarter. The Rams were able to stay afloat with Davidson only trailing 23-20 at halftime.
A 10-0 Black & Gold Resurgence
Justine Lyon made an instant impact in the 3rd quarter with two And-1 opportunities. Davidson burst out to a 6 point lead as VCU searched for answers once again. GG Goodhope supplied the Rams with a breakaway steal & layup combo followed by Pegram tying the game at 29 with a VCU layup.
With 2:21 left in the 3rd, VCU got the last laugh with a 10-0 scoring run. Multiple Rams were able to find the net with ease while Davidson suddenly went cold on offense. The exclamation point was scored by Gibson as she scored a put-back just before the buzzer expired; VCU returned to the locker room ahead 39-32.
Grinding To The Playoffs
The 4th quarter showcased a war at the free throw line. VCU went 8-of-10 at the line for the quarter while Davidson shot 5-of-6 free throws. The Rams still held strong defensively including a big block by Gibson that kept the momentum Black & Gold.
As time winded down, VCU made their move. Isis Thorpe hit a jumper to put the Rams up followed by Rowser who doubled-down. Robinson nearly sealed the deal from downtown connecting on a clutch 3 Ball with 1:32 remaining; Robinson led VCU with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Gibson had a big day for the Rams and nearly had a double-double with 12 points and 9 rebounds. With less than a minute remaining, Robinson made three consecutive trips to the free throw line and went 4-of-6. The final buzzer sounded and VCU’s postseason dancing dreams were realized with a 54-47 win over Davidson at the Siegel Center.
VCU Women’s Basketball finished Atlantic 10 play at 8-8 on the season. The Rams confirmed a home game at the Siegel Center in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball tournament.
Now the Rams await the final standings to see who VCU will face on Sunday, February 26th in the first round of the Atlantic 10 WBB Tournament.