Richmond women’s basketball dropped a home contest to the visiting Elon Phoenix Thursday night at the Robins Center, 71-50. Sophomore Addie Budnik posted a career-high seven blocks and scored all nine of Richmond’s points in the fourth quarter as the Spiders fell to 1-2 on the year while Elon improved to a perfect 3-0.
“Pretty disappointing result and process tonight,” said head coach Aaron Roussell. “I felt good about the matchup. I knew Elon was a good team, and we went into it saying we had to control the boards. I thought we did a good job of that in the first quarter and really in the whole first half. I don’t think overall we made [Elon] feel very uncomfortable today, and we’ve got to address that. On the offensive end, it was a little frustrating. I thought we made a lot of the same mistakes and that’s obviously something we’ve got to address, and we’ve got to learn how to bounce back from that.”
Richmond kept things close early on, trailing by just one point at the end of the first quarter. After getting down 7-2, the Spiders fought back and Grace Townsend’s and-1 at the 5:10 mark evened things up at 9-9. She later tied things back up at 12-12 with another and-1. Budnik’s second-chance layup in the closing seconds of the frame made it 18-17 Elon after the first 10 minutes.
Elon began to pull away in the second quarter, but Kylee Lewandowski connected on a 3-pointer with 4:33 to go in the first half to cut Richmond’s deficit back down to two points at 26-24.
The Spiders came out firing in the third frame with a pair of treys in the first minute of the period. Kate Kilmkiewicz’s second triple of the quarter later cut Richmond’s deficit back down to single digits, but Elon pushed its lead back to 16 to close the frame and used an 11-0 run in the fourth to cruise to the win.
- Addie Budnik scored all nine of Richmond’s points in the fourth quarter on 4-of-4 shooting from the field to end up leading the Spiders in scoring with 15 points. Her seven blocks tonight surpassed her previous career-high most recently set in the season opener against Charlotte. She also led the Spiders on the glass with seven rebounds.
- Grace Townsend also scored in double-figures on the night with 13 points, one point shy of tying a career-high. She added six rebounds and a lair of steals to her stat line.
- Kate Klimkiewicz contributed eight points, breaking her nine-game double-digit scoring streak.
- Richmond shot 35.1 percent from the field, including 4-for-20 from beyond the arc.
The Spiders return to action on Sunday, Nov. 21 when they host UMBC at the Robins Center. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Dominates Saint Joseph’s
The Rams outscored the Hawks 38-14 in points in the paint and led 14-6 in second chance points.
Official VCU Game Summary
Score: VCU 70, Saint Joseph’s 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-6 (4-2 Atlantic 10), Saint Joseph’s 8-9 (2-4)
The short story: Senior forward Vince Williams Jr. tied a career-high with 21 points and VCU forced 27 turnovers on the way to a 70-54 win Saturday at the Siegel Center.
- Williams also corralled seven rebounds and connected on 7-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Williams is 8-of-14 from 3-point range in across his last two games
- Sophomore guard Ace Baldwin Jr. grabbed a career-high seven steals while scoring 11 points along with six assists and five rebounds
- Senior guard KeShawn Curry was the third Ram in double figures at 12 points while adding five rebounds and two assists
- VCU led 27-13 in points off turnovers, forcing Saint Joseph’s into 27. The turnovers allowed the Rams to lead the Hawks 18-2 in fast break points
- The Rams outscored the Hawks 38-14 in points in the paint and led 14-6 in second chance points
- VCU led Saint Joseph’s 53-48 with 6:49 remaining before graduate forward Levi Stockard III scored off a turnover and jumpstarted a 17-6 run to close the game
- The Black and Gold limited Saint Joseph’s to shoot just 28.6 percent in the first half but trailed 25-24 at the half. The Hawks were able to shoot 10-of-10 at the free throw line in the first half
- VCU started the second half on an 8-0 run and led 32-25 after a Curry dunk with 18:45 remaining. The Hawks responded with a quick 7-2 run to cut the Rams’ lead to 34-32 with 16:52 left
- The Rams were slow to pull away from Saint Joseph’s until the Hawks turned the ball over with 6:28 left and Stockard III’s layup allowed VCU to go on the 17-6 run
- Treveon Graham became the sixth Ram to have his jersey retired in a pregame ceremony. Graham is VCU’s second all-time leading scorer and led VCU to four NCAA Tournament appearances
- The 27 Saint Joseph’s turnovers were the most VCU has forced this season
- VCU shot a season-high 46.2 percent from 3-point range, going 6-of-13 from behind the arc
The Rams will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 26 when they face Davidson at Belk Arena. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: VUU Men Fight Back for Hard Fought Win Against Lincoln
The Panthers trailed until the final four minutes before getting the lead and never letting it go.
Lincoln (PA) 90, Virginia Union 97
Virginia Union University’s Keleaf Tate scored a team-high 21 points to lead VUU to a 97-90 come-from-behind win over Lincoln University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 22, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
Virginia Union trailed until four minutes left in the game when the Panthers took a 78-77 lead on a dunk by Jordan Peebles.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to Lincoln, because they played a great game,” said VUU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Butler. “They put up 90 points on us and that’s the most we’ve had scored against us in a long time. We scored 65 points in the second half, and that was a great offensive performance. We needed to get some stops down the stretch and we got them when we needed them.”
Peebles scored 18 points while teammate Tyriek Railey added 16 points.
The win raised Virginia Union’s record to 13-4 overall and 6-1 in the CIAA. Lincoln fell to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in CIAA play.
Virginia Union now travels to Fayetteville, N.C., to face Fayetteville State University at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25.
Photos and Game Summary: Women Panthers Fall to the Lions
Poor second half dooms the Panthers.
Lincoln (PA) 69, Virginia Union 51
Virginia Union University’s Ymani Breedlove scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but Lincoln University of Pennsylvania defeated the Lady Panthers 69-51 on Saturday, January 22, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
“We came out with a rough third quarter, scoring only six points to their 24,” said VUU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tierra Terry. We had a game plan to limit (Lincoln’s Bryanna Brown)’s scoring, yet she still scored 19 points in the game. One of our team goals was 12 assists and we only had 10. We came out of halftime flat and we didn’t get scoring from where we usually get scoring from.”
Virginia Union now travels to Bluefield State College to face the Big Blue at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 24.