For VCU star forward, Courtney Hurt, there’s nothing more rewarding then going down in school history as the all-time leading scorer on her home floor; except, perhaps a conference victory against the Drexel Dragons.
Out of the gate, Hurt needed only five points to become the all-time leading scorer in VCU Women’s Basketball history, but came out flat footed and often struggled early to match up against the Dragons tough interior defense. She managed only nine points, but did hit the boards hard as she picked up game high 15 rebounds, and passed former all-time leading scorer, Kelly Hoover, with a career total of 1,755 points on a late fourth quarter free-throw. Soon thereafter, VCU Head Coach Beth Cunningham called a timeout and cheers of “Courtney!” rang out through Verizon Wireless Arena to honor the record setting senior. Hurt looked shaken on the offensive side of the ball, however, shooting 4-of-10 from the field and 0-of-2 from long distance. For much of the game, the Dragons utilized heightened full-court pressure that resulted in 19 turnovers for VCU.
Help sharing the scoring load was senior guard Andrea Barbour, who contributed a team best 15 points to add to a seven rebound performance. However, it was little consolation due to the defensive-minded play from Drexel, who forced VCU to take low percentage shots and force passes into the paint for easy turnovers.
Playing a zone defense for much of the game, the Rams allowed Drexel to shoot 6-for-14 from 3-point land (42.9 percent), which gave them the opportunity to break the game wide open late in the second half. Drexel Senior Guard Kamile Nacickaite scored a game-high 17 points, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Her ability to penetrate the lane and convert easy buckets made her a matchup nightmare for VCU throughout the contest. The Rams tried to surge late in the second half, but ended up falling short to their conference rival 47-to-41for their third consecutive loss.
The Dragons improved their record to 10-8 (6-2), while the Rams continued their losing ways, dropping their third game in a row and making their record 11-8 (4-4) this season. They will look to regroup on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Wireless Arena, as they face off against the Georgia State Panthers in another important CAA clash.