Slow Start Fells Rhody in 64-48 loss at VCU

Slow Start Fells Rhody in 64-48 loss at VCU

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Bullard, Lewis

VCU Starters
Pegram, Alaeze, Robinson, Thorpe, Royster

How It Happened
Rhode Island (9-5, 1-1 A-10) could not overcome a slow start as it fell at VCU, 64-48 Thursday.

VCU (10-5, 1-1 A-10) opened the game on an 11-0 as it held Rhody without any points for the first 6:35 of the game. VCU's pressure defense caused 12 first-half turnovers that led to 14 points. Rhody was held without a field goal for the final 4:57 of the half as VCU closed on a 14-4 run, helping it go into the break up 40-17.

Rhody battled throughout the second half and got the deficit down to 12, but was unable to complete the comeback as URI lost its first Atlantic 10 game of the year.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Symone Bullard finished with a career-high 18 points, marking the third time in four games she has reached double digits. She also had five rebounds and five steals.
  • Senior Sydney Lewis matched her season high with 12 points to go with eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
  • Freshman Charise Wilson had 14 points to extend her streak of double-digit scoring to 13 games.
  • VCU was 5-of-11 from the arc in the first half and 7-for-16 overall. Monnaz Finney-Smith did the bulk of the damage from outside, hitting four of her six attempts.
  • Rhode Island played better defense in the second half, holding VCU to 8-for-28 shooting from the floor.
  • VCU had a 22-6 advantage in fast-break points and a 44-33 edge in rebounds. 
  • VCU has won 11 straight games at home. 

Stat of the Game
22 – Rhode Island committed 22 turnovers, snapping a stretch of seven games with less than 20.

What's Next
Rhode Island stays on the road for a visit to A-10 newcomer Davidson on Sunday at 2 p.m. It will be the second meeting ever between the schools. Rhody beat the Wildcats 75-55 on Dec. 2, 1995 in a contest played in Pittsburgh, Pa.