VCU Women’s Basketball returned to the Siegel Center on a Wednesday evening after two consecutive road defeats. The Rams took on Radford in hopes of reversing their losing funk only for the Highlanders to sneak away towards the win.
All Reed, All Night
Tera Reed started the first quarter off well for the Black & Gold on offense. Reed put up 4 points in 3 minutes alongside Sofya Pashigoreva knocking down a jumper for a 6-0 VCU scoring run. Radford was able to responded offensively to jump back in front just before the opening quarter came to an end. Taya Robinson tied things up at 10-10 with a last second layup.
Defense Joins The Fray!
Defense was a standout for both teams. VCU held Radford to 21% from the field on 3-of-14 shooting. The Rams went 4-of-12 in the 1st half with Pashigoreva and Reed leading the team with 4 points each. Destinee Walker gave Radford the 19-18 advantage at halftime with a mid-range jumper.
Ready For Buckets!
VCU went all out as the third quarter commenced. Reed still had the hot hand in the 2nd half shooting wise and Madison Hattix-Covington knocked down the three ball. The Rams got out a 10 point lead thanks to defense causing Radford turnovers that turned into points. VCU outscored the Highlanders 19-10 in the third quarter.
Highlanders Laugh Last
Trailing 29-37, Radford rocked VCU with an 8-0 scoring run to begin the fourth. A three pointer by Savannah Felgemacher tied the game at 37-37. Felgemacher did not cool off after the VCU timeout as she scored the Highlanders next 5 points including another three pointer.
VCU went over 5 minutes without a basket in the fourth quarter until Tera Reed layed in a fast break bucket. Reed put the Black & Gold on her back and scored 20 points in the game. At the free throw line, Reed went 14-of-16.
Troubling Times on Broad Street
Turnovers broke VCU’s back with 19 turnovers against Radford. The Highlanders scored 13 points off those turnovers. Radford did damage from the free throw line and VCU could not come up with a bucket late as the final buzzer sounded.
Siegel Center was not kind to the Rams on this night with VCU falling to Radford 54-49. Radford outscored VCU 25-12 in the fourth quarter. This is the Rams’ third consecutive defeat. VCU now sits at 6-5 overall.
Next up for VCU Women’s Basketball is a road trip to N.C. A&T (2-8) on Friday, December 21st. Game time is set for 2 PM.