Women's Basketball Victorious At VCU, 80-64
Jan. 22, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. ? Virginia Commonwealth senior Cyndy Wilks (Bridgeton, N.J./Bridgeton) delivered a game-high 27 points but the Rams could not overcome a significant first-half deficit in an 80-64 loss to Colonial Athletic Association rival Old Dominion Thursday night at the ALLTEL Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
All five Lady Monarch starters scored in double-figures as the 12-time defending CAA champions improved to 10-6 overall and 5-1 in conference games. VCU dropped to 5-9 on the season and 2-4 in league play after suffering its second straight defeat.
ODU held the Rams scoreless for nearly a 10-minute stretch in the first half and strung together 17 unanswered points to take a commanding 30-9 advantage with 5:44 remaining before intermission. VCU closed out the opening period with a 6-0 run which cut its deficit to 36-21 at the break, then got to within 13 points of the Lady Monarchs' lead when Wilks converted a three-point play with 12:04 remaining to make the score 55-42 in favor of ODU.
The Lady Monarchs responded with eight straight points to go up 63-42 with just over 10 minutes left to play, but Wilks, who netted 25 points in the the second half, fueled a furious late rally to get the Rams within striking distance. The co-captain poured in 10 points during a 16-3 VCU run and drained a three-point field goal with 4:08 remaining which trimmed ODU's cushion to 68-60.
The Lady Monarchs finally put the Rams away by scoring 12 consecutive points after Wilks' trey, capped by back-to-back fast-break baskets by sophomore Lawona Davis and senior Max Nhassengo. Nhassengo topped ODU with 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Davis amassed 17 points, eight boards and four steals in the win. The Monarchs also received 11 points and nine assists from senior guard Shareese Grant, while teammates Monique Coker and Myriah Spence each added 14 points on the night.
Junior Maria Giovannetti (Richmond, Va./St. Gertrude's) also contributed 11 points for VCU, which dug itself into an early hole by committing 19 first-half turnovers but managed only six giveaways after the break. Rams' forward Lauren Hogan (Prince George, Va./Prince George) nearly compiled a double-double in the loss, as the junior finished with nine points and a game-best nine rebounds.