Official VCU Game Summary
Final Score: Middle Tennessee 54, VCU 46
Location: Richmond, Va. (Seigel Center)
Records: VCU 0-1, MT 2-0
The Short Story: VCU trailed by as many as 25 points early in the third quarter before mounting a furious comeback. Janika Griffith-Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to make it 49-44 with 36 seconds left but VCU fell just short.
- Janika Griffith-Wallace scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. She went 2-of-5 from 3-point range
- Mykel Parham grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds while adding one point
- Taya Robinson scored five points while adding six rebounds
- VCU shot just 29.4 percent from the floor but limited Middle Tennessee to 32.2 percent shooting. The Blue Raiders shot 26.1 percent from 3-point range, going 6-of-23 with VCU shooting 18.8 percent and 3-of-16
- Middle Tennessee was led by Dor Saar who scored 18 points and had three rebounds
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Middle Tennessee jumped out to a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 33-11 at halftime
- VCU opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run that was capped off by a Griffith-Wallace layup on an offensive rebound. The Rams trailed 36-20 with 5:21 left in the third
- The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter and Middle Tennessee led 42-24 heading into the final 10 minutes
- The Rams turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter and went on a 20-7 run to get within 49-44 with 36 seconds left
- With VCU fouling, the Blue Raiders went 5-of-6 at the free-throw line to close the game and hold off the Rams’ comeback attempt
VCU hosts North Carolina Central on Wednesday, Nov. 17 for a 6 p.m. tip. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Hold Off Fourth Period Surge to Beat Boston College
BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points. VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.
Final Score: VCU 69, Boston College 65
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-2, Boston College 6-2
The short story: Efficient scoring efforts from graduate guard Taya Robinson and redshirt junior forward Samantha Robinson led four Rams in double figures as VCU held off a hard-charging Boston College for their second straight win.
- Including the Rams’ 60-47 win over Washington on Nov. 25, VCU now has two wins against current members of Power 5 conferences in the same season for the first time since 1995-96.
- Taya Robinson scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while adding four steals and three rebounds.
- Samantha Robinson added a season-high 11 points, sinking five of her six field goal attempts.
- Redshirt senior guard Janika Griffith-Wallace and sophomore guard Sarah Te-Biasu poured in 15 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the Rams in double figures. Te-Biasu also collected four steals, while Griffith-Wallace had three.
- Redshirt junior forward Chloe Bloom grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
- Sophomore guard Dasia Townes tied her career high with seven points.
- VCU forced the Eagles into 30 turnovers, including 15 steals, converting that into 29 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU scored the first four points of the game with a Griffith-Wallace floater in the lane, and a driving lay-up form Te-Biasu.
- Samantha Robinson started 3-for-3 from the floor, finishing a driving lay-up from the baseline to put VCU ahead 11-9.
- Taya Robinson scored all 11 VCU points in the second quarter, including the first six points of the period. After BC took its first lead with 1:44 left in the half, Griffith-Wallace drove and kicked a pass to Robinson, who drained a three to put VCU back up 24-23.
- After trailing 25-24 at halftime, the Rams outscored the Eagles 22-10 in the third quarter.
- Taya Robinson opened the third with a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead for VCU, but BC responded with a lay-up to go up 27-26, their last lead of the game.
- Griffith-Wallace knocked down a three off an assist from Taya Robinson to give VCU a 29-27 advantage. After Te-Biasu stole a BC pass on the ensuing possession, redshirt senior guard Madison Hattix-Covington hit a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 31-27.
- Moments later, Taya Robinson intercepted an Eagles pass, then threw the ball ahead to a sprinting Hattix-Covington under the basket, who pulled the ball out and dished to redshirt freshman Grace Hudson for a wide-open three.
- The Rams continued to capitalize off BC turnovers as Samantha Robinson finished a reverse lay-up with a flourish after a Griffith-Wallace steal.
- VCU scored the final five points of the third quarter to claim a 46-35 lead.
- Samantha Robinson opened the fourth quarter by making a driving lay-up on one end, and stealing a pass on the other. The Rams led by as many as 17 points early in the fourth.
- BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points.
- VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.
The Rams travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to face perennial Mid-American Conference contender Buffalo on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.
Photos and Game Summary: Bench Comes Up Strong as VCU Defeats Campbell
VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5 as the Rams win by 4 points.
Score: VCU 65, Campbell 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 4-4, Campbell 6-2
The short story: Four Rams scored in double figures as VCU overcame a slow start and outlasted Campbell 65-61 Saturday evening in the Siegel Center.
- Senior forward Vince Williams put in a complete performance to lead VCU. The Toledo, Ohio native provided 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks. He connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the floor
- Senior guard Keshawn Curry added 12 points, two rebounds, one assist, and four steals for the Black and Gold
- VCU freshman guard Jayden Nunn and graduate forward Levi Stockard III each contributed 10 points, while Stockard grabbed six rebounds
- Freshman forward Jalen DeLoach gave VCU a boost off the bench with six points and four rebounds, three offensive
- Cedric Henderson and Jesus Carralero contributed tallied 20 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Campbell
- Campbell used an early 17-0 run to build a 20-4 with 13:20 left in the first half, but VCU continued to chip away. A 14-2 VCU run, punctuated by a DeLoach stickback, pulled the Rams within 22-18. Later, Williams buried a 3-pointer from the wing to push VCU in front 43-40 with 15:11 remaining
- The teams traded baskets in the middle part of the second half, but a 12-0 burst, which included five straight points from sophomore guard Josh Banks, as well as a 3-pointer by Curry, gave the Rams the lead for good at 63-54 with 4:18 left. Campbell eventually whittled that advantage to just 63-61 with 26 seconds on the clock, but Nunn converted both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 20 seconds left to seal the VCU victory
- VCU and Campbell battled in a back-and-forth second half that featured seven lead changes and four ties
- Saturday’s win marked the first time this season four Rams have scored in double figures
- The win extends VCU’s record against Campbell to 3-0
- The Rams outscored the Camels 21-17 off turnovers and 13-5 in second-chance opportunities
- VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5
- Stockard has topped double figures in three of the past four games
VCU hosts Jacksonville State for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The game will air on MASN and ESPN+.
Photos and Game Summary: Ram Fall to Chattanooga
Score: Chattanooga 56, VCU 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 2-2, Chattanooga 4-0
The short story: Chattanooga’s Malachi Smith hit a short jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Mocs past VCU in a tough, back-and-forth contest.
- Vince Williams led all scorers with a career-high 21 points and six rebounds. He connected on 7-of-10 attempts, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range
- Freshman guard Jayden Nunn tallied 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and added a pair of assists for the Black and Gold
- Senior guard KeShawn Curry contributed nine points in the contest for VCU
- In addition to the game-winning shot, Malachi Smith paced Chattanooga with 20 points and five rebounds
- Chattanooga owned a 30-26 edge on the glass. The Mocs corralled 11 offensive boards, which produced nine second-chance points
- Williams scored seven of VCU’s final 10 points and tied the game twice in the last 65 seconds, once on a pair of free throws with 1:05 remaining (52-52) and again with a lefty floater in the lane with 25 seconds on the clock (54-54)
- VCU trailed by as many as nine points, at 44-35 with 9:22 left, but the Rams embarked on a 9-0 run, capped by a Williams 3-pointer, to tie the game at 44-all
- The game featured 10 ties, including six in the second half, and three lead changes
- VCU shot a season-high .478 (22-of-46) in the game, including .571 (12-of-21) in the second half
VCU travels to Paradise, Bahamas to face Syracuse in the Battle 4 Atlantis at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 24. The game will air on ESPN2.