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NORFOLK, Va. – If nothing else, the VCU Women’s Basketball team sounded like a championship contender after Thursday night’s heart-pounding, 63-60, victory at Old Dominion. Like a team in mid-season form, the clichés were out in full force.

“…any time you can go on the road and win in the CAA is big.”
“We’ve got to take it one game at a time…”
“…it’s just another game…”

Etcetera, etcetera. Rinse and repeat.

Yup, the Rams said all the right things. They tried to be overtly humble and show a sense of perspective. They tried to act like it was just another game, but it’s really not that simple.

The magnitude of Thursday’s victory over the Lady Monarchs (11-6, 5-1 CAA), previously unbeaten in the CAA, is much greater than that. Considering that VCU (10-6, 5-1 CAA) once went 37 seasons between victories in Norfolk until a 75-56 triumph last season, it’s impossible to call any victory in the Ted Constant Center just another win. Not if you want anybody to believe you, anyway. READ MORE…


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So, first I missed out on the lotto for $350 million or whatever it was and now yesterday’s gig as an extra in a Virginia Lottery commercial failed to yield any future acting work. So much for Hollywood. I suppose that means you’ll see me in the office the rest of the week.

There was plenty of action this weekend, however. Both the VCU men and women beat Northeastern, a maneuver also known as the Huskie Sweep. I’ve already talked a bunch about the men’s game on Saturday, so perhaps some thoughts on the women’s contest?

Frankly, this team women’s team is better than most of us expected. Courtney Hurt is better than we thought. The bench is better than we thought. Newcomers Sonia Johnson and Andrea Barbour are better than we thought. Everything.

The Rams topped Northeastern on Sunday, 79-58. Hurt dumped 19 points and 13 rebounds for her 14th double-double in 15 games.. VCU also got 17 points, six assists and three steals from Barbour (feature on her forthcoming) and 12 points from Johnson. Junior point guard Jennifer Lane also dished out seven assists.

So, we know the Rams are pretty good. The only problem is that we don’t know how good. But, in this world of instant gratification, we wait for nothing. The Rams (9-6, 4-1 CAA) meet both Old Dominion (Thursday) and James Madison (Sunday) on the road this week. By Monday, we’ll know much more about this squad than we did yesterday.


  • As good as Barbour has been, and she has been good, I think her best is yet to come. Barbour is a special type of athlete. She can literally do everything. Not only can she score, she can rebound (6.5 rpg), defend (3.0 spg) and handle the ball (2.8 apg). She’s too athletic and big for most of the guards in the CAA to match up with and she’s too quick for most post players.
  • Speaking of Barbour. She made her first start the other day. Senior Jessica Taylor had started the Rams’ first 14 contests, but was said to have told Coach Beth Cunningham that she was perfectly comfortable coming off the bench and would be more than happy to give way to Barbour in the starting lineup. Taylor knocked down 2-of-3 3-pointers yesterday and finished eight points.
  • The Rams had 19 assists yesterday and turned the ball over just 10 times.
  • Robyn Parks grabbed seven rebounds and scored five points in just 12 minutes off the bench Sunday.
  • Hurt’s double-double (19 points, 13 rebounds) was her 14th of the season. She needs five more to establish a new VCU single-season record.


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