No. 8 VCU Battles for First-Round Victory Over City Rival Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. – Led by seniors GG Goodhope and Keira Robinson, the eighth-seeded VCU Rams defeated ninth-seeded Richmond, 72-64, in the First Round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship on Sunday at E.J. Wade Arena.
With the win, the Rams (16-14) advance to the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship where they will face top-seeded Dayton on Friday, March 3, at the Richmond Coliseum at 11:00 am. All four quarterfinal games will air on American Sports Network (ASN) and online at americansportsnet.com/live.
VCU battled back after trailing early as the Spiders had control throughout the first half, outscoring the Rams 22-18 in the first quarter and 14-13 in the second, giving Richmond a three-point lead at the break.
The Rams used a strong third quarter to break open a lead, outscoring the Spiders 17-8, as junior, Curteeona Brelove hit a layup with 1:31 left, giving VCU a six-point lead headed into the final frame.
Richmond (13-17) responded with 21 points in the fourth, keeping it close down to the wire, as Micaela Parson hit a layup with just under two minutes to go closing the gap to one. The rally wasn’t enough for the Spiders as VCU’s Robinson hit a three with 27 seconds left, sealing the victory. Four scorers finished in double figures for the Rams, led by Robinson’s 16 points,
Parson led the Spiders in scoring with 18 points, 8-of-10 from the field. She was joined in double figures by Janelle Hubbard who had 16 and Lauren Tolson who added 12.