The Crosstown Showdown between VCU Women’s Basketball and Richmond made way for the second chapter at the Siegel Center on Alumni Day. VCU took advantage of a depleted Richmond offense that faced shooting struggles to get the sweep and stay ahead of the pack in the Atlantic 10.
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The first quarter featured buckets aplenty with the visitors holding a narrow lead. Taya Robinson got VCU going with a three for the Rams first bucket. Danielle Hammond and Tera Reed added to VCU’s offense to keep within striking distance of Richmond.
Aniyah Carpenter kept the Spiders ahead with 7 points in the 1st quarter. Madison Hattix-Covington responded with 5 quick VCU points in under 60 seconds to end the first quarter.
Mama, There Goes The Rams!
VCU made moves out to the front thanks to a pair of scoring runs. Just under a minute into the 2nd quarter, VCU created a 7-0 run to jump ahead 19-16. Sofya Pashigoreva and Hattix-Covington connected on jumpers with Robinson hitting another three pointer for the Rams.
Richmond’s offense stalled on and off as the Black & Gold kept the pressure on. Hattix-Convigton created a 4-0 run by herself with a basket in the paint and two free throws off a Richmond shooting foul. The VCU freshman out of Texas led the team with 13 points in the first half.
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Offensive struggles continued for the Spiders. Richmond went 3-of-14 from the field in the 3rd quarter and 0-for-5 behind the arc. Tera Reed erupted after a scoreless half for VCU with 7 points.
Reed quickly went to work from three for her first basket of the contest. She capped off a 6-0 scoring run for the Black & Gold with a drive to the basket putting VCU up 9. Reed scored her final two points at the free throw line.
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Sydnei Archie brought VCU’s lead into double-digits after scoring the Rams final four points of the quarter. Ram fans were cheering loudly in appreciation of VCU’s 45-43 lead going into the final quarter.
The 4th quarter was the Spiders worse on offense shooting the ball. Nothing was falling for Richmond as the Spiders finished at 5.9% on 1-of-17 shooting. Trailing by double digits, Richmond hoisted 7 three pointers and none of them connected.
Malashka and Petrova had no probably hitting the three for VCU as the game got well out of the Spiders’ reach. Richmond went scoreless for the last 6:34 of the game as VCU collected the 58-37 win over their crosstown rivals.
Madison Hattix-Covington led VCU with 13 points and 3 rebounds. VCU finished the game at 42% from the field and turned 13 Richmond turnovers into 13 points. VCU’s bench put up 28 points and the Rams scored 20 inside the paint.
A Black & Gold sweep for the Rams over Richmond put VCU at 10-1 in Atlantic 10 Play. This victory puts VCU on a 5 game winning streak and 18-6 overall this
Coming Up Next!
VCU Women’s Basketball returns to the Siegel Center versus Dayton on Thursday, February 14th. Tip-off goes up at 6 PM on ESPN+.