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VCU Women’s Basketball had their hands full on Senior Day versus Dayton at the Siegel Center. Ashley Pegram, GG Goodhope, Ashlee Mitchell, Mooriah Rowser, Keira Robinson and Isis Thorpe celebrated their VCU achievements while the Flyers added another win on their 2-month winning streak.
Flyers Flew First
Dayton flew all over the court just seconds after tip-off. Kelley Austria opened the game with a layup followed by a JaVonna Layfield 3 Ball for 5 quick Dayton points. The Flyers were able to lock down the Rams for over 2 minutes without a basket while adding to their lead.
The three-pointer was Dayton’s weapon of choice going 60% and connecting on 3-of-5 from downtown. Keira Robinson kept VCU in the game with 6 points and GG Goodhope gave the Rams a momentum boost with a layup just before time expired. Dayton held a 17-10 lead heading into the second quarter.
Rams Bring The Ruckus
VCU brought out the physicality in the second quarter. Coach O’Boyle got some productivity off the bench from Curteeona Brelove and Katherine Strong going up against Dayton’s lengthy front court. Brelove and Goodhope assisted Robinson in the scoring department as VCU started chipping down the deficit.
When it appeared that the Rams made a breakthrough, Dayton quickly stopped VCU’s momentum. Layfield halted VCU from downtown to end a 2-minute scoring drought for the Flyers; Jayla Scaife did the same later in the 2nd quarter as Dayton hit the reset button on offense.
The defense was a major key for VCU causing 7 Dayton turnovers and 4 steals. Despite Dayton’s height advantage, VCU was able to outrebound the Flyers 19-18. As underdogs, VCU was putting up a good effort but trailed Dayton 31-21 at half-time.
An Offensive Chill In The Stu
As the third quarter began, VCU was in an offensive funk. 0-for-7 to start the quarter for the Rams offensively from the field; Lauren Cannatelli and Dayton took advantage by increasing their lead to 20 points with 5:19 left in the quarter.
Katherine Strong was able to break the ice with a much needed Black & Gold layup. A rough third for the Rams finishing the quarter at 14% on 2-of-14 shooting from the field. Dayton flourished at 50% from the field with buckets from Cannatelli, Layfield, and Scaife.
Dayton Flies To Victory
The game was in Dayton’s grasp with a 52-31 lead going into the final quarter. Ashley Pegram gave VCU hope with a three-pointer to start the quarter. VCU continued to fight but Dayton was just too much to overcome on Senior Day.
GG Goodhope led the VCU senior class with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Keira Robinson added 8 points and led VCU with 3 assists on the day. Ashley Pegram collected 5 points while Katherine Strong put in 9 points and 7 rebounds from off the VCU bench.
JaVonna Layfield had a career performance against VCU with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Dayton had 5 players score in double-figures as the Flyers defeated VCU 68-48.
VCU falls to 6-5 in Atlantic 10 play as their 4-game winning streak is broken. The Rams are 13-11 overall this season. Dayton improves to 10-1 in conference play as the A-10 leaders win their 10th straight game.
VCU Women’s Basketball returns to Atlantic 10 play on Wednesday, February 8th at Saint Louis. Tip-off is set for an 8 PM start time.