Women's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker at VCU, 78-73
Nov. 24, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. - A season-high 25 points from Jasmine Young was not enough to hold off VCU Friday night, as the Rams held off a late ECU run, winning their fifth straight, 78-73. With the win, the Rams remain unbeaten at 5-0 while East Carolina falls to 1-4, heading into its first home game this weekend.
East Carolina jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, before a D'Andra Moss lay up cut the Lady Pirate lead to two, 6-4 with 16:32 on the clock. ECU increased its lead to four on a Jessica Slack jumper in the paint, but the Rams tied the game at 8-8 on a Miranda Smith layup with 13:57 remaining in the half. The Lady Pirates went on a 9-2 run over the next five minutes, increasing their lead to seven, at 17-10, with ten minutes on the clock. VCU answered, however, going on their own run, taking their first lead of the game on a Krystal Vaughn jumper at the 7:04 mark. Vaughn and the Rams increased its lead to eight, at 29-21, with 4:57 remaining in the half, on back to back Vaughn baskets. A LaCoya Terry jumper ended the VCU run briefly, but Moss connected on two straight baskets, increasing the Rams lead to ten at 33-23 with under three minutes to play in the half. ECU cut the lead to seven on a pair of free throws and a jumper by Young, making the score 38-31 in favor of VCU at the break.
Moss led all scorers with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Vaughn added 10. Terry led the Lady Pirates with 10 points and three rebounds. ECU outshot the Rams in the first half 52.4 to 46.9 percent and pulled down 15 rebounds to VCU's 12.
VCU opened the second half much like it ended the first, with Vaughn connecting on a jumper, extending the Rams lead to nine, 40-31. ECU cut the lead to four, 42-38 on a three-pointer by Young and a layup by Cherie Mills with 17:07 to play in regulation. Another Vaughn basket increased VCU's lead to six, but Young cut it back to four on a finger roll layup with 16:20 on the clock. Gabriela Husarova's jumper in the paint at the 14:21 mark cut the VCU lead to two, 44-42, but back to back baskets by the Rams put them back up 50-44 before a Terry layup cut the lead back down to four with 11:50 on the clock. A Young basket at the 7:13 mark cut the VCU lead to one, at 61-60. The Rams extended their lead to five, 65-60, with 5:43 to play. A pair of Vaughn free throws with 36.8 seconds increased VCU's lead to nine, but a Young three point play with 14.7 seconds remaining cut the lead to six. A Terry steal and layup put the Lady Pirates within four with 1.8 seconds to play, but it was not enough, as the Rams held on for the 78-73 win.
Young led all scorers with a season-high 25 points, adding three assists and two steals. Terry chipped in 14 points and five rebounds. Impris Manning led the Lady Pirates on the boards with eight, adding five points and two steals. Vaughn led the Rams with 24 points and seven rebounds while Moss and Quanitra Hollingsworth each scored in double figures, adding 17 and 13 points respectively. VCU out shot the Lady Pirates 49.1-47.3 percent on the night, while ECU outrebounded the Rams 40-26.
The Lady Pirates will open the home portion of the 2006-07 season this Sunday, Nov. 26, as the team hosts Florida A&M. Tip-off from Minges Coliseum is set for 1:00 p.m.