Feb. 7, 2001
RICHMOND, Va. - Four players scored 15 or more points as Virginia Commonwealth cruised past American 97-68 in a Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball game Wednesday night at the ALLTEL Pavilion. The victory gave the Rams a sweep of the season series against American in the final CAA meeting between the two schools. The Rams improved to 13-8 on the season and 4-6 in the conference, while American dropped its fourth in a row to fall to 4-17 overall and 2-8 in the CAA.
The Rams used stifling defense and solid shooting to spark a 28-4 run in a span of 8:44 in the first half to build an insurmountable 41-15 lead with 4:13 remaining in the half. Senior guard Liz Remus swiped three of her career-high six steals to help the Rams force 11 Eagle turnovers during that stretch. American finished the half with a whopping 20 turnovers, including 12 steals by the Rams, and trailed 55-21 after the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, the Eagles managed to outscore the Rams 47-42 while committing only three turnovers, but it was not enough to change the outcome of a game that the Rams led from start to finish.
Sophomore forward Kristine Austgulen led Virginia Commonwealth with 22 points and eight rebounds, the eighth time she has led her team in both categories. Junior guard Rochelle Luckett tallied 18 points, eight assists and five steals, while freshman guard Meagan Evans matched her career high with 16 points. Remus finished with 15 points and hit 3-of-6 from three-point range.
Forward Maria Werries made all three of her three-point attempts en route to 17 points to lead the Eagles, who will compete in the Patriot League next season. Forward Hollie Steinman recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while forward Jina Lewis added 14 points and eight boards in a losing effort.
Rams head coach David Glass felt this was one of his team's best performances this season. "I was really impressed with our quickness on defense in the first half," Glass said. "From start to finish, this is probably the best game we've had. In a blowout situation, you don't want to get sloppy, and we had some people like Meagan come in and play well despite having such a large lead."
Virginia Commonwealth looks to get back in the CAA race as the Rams host William & Mary (8-13, 4-6 CAA) Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. at the ALLTEL Pavilion. The game will be televised locally on HTS.