Nov. 24, 2004
Virginia Commonwealth recorded its second-straight home opening win under head coach Beth Cunningham, as the Rams defeated non-conference opponent Siena 63-52, Tuesday evening at the ALLTEL Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. With the win, VCU improves to an even 1-1 on the season, while bettering its home season opening mark to 20-10 overall and stretching its home win streak to five games.
Against Siena (0-2), the two teams traded opening baskets, until a lay-up from freshman Brittany Pinkney (Clinton, Md./The Patterson School), just over two minutes into the contest gave VCU the 6-4 lead - a lead the Rams would never relinquish. The visiting squad, however, would make things interesting, pulling within one point at the 16-minute mark and cutting the deficit to only two points on three separate occasions.
The final time Siena would pull within two points during the opening stanza, came at the 10:06 mark, where another lay-up from Pinkney sparked an 11-2 Ram-run, including back-to-back treys from senior Meagan Evans (Sherbrooke, Australia/Nunawading) (pictured left) to help VCU to its largest lead of the half - an 11-point margin over the Saints.
During the second session, VCU fended off two rallies by Siena, most notably, a 7-2 run with eight minutes remaining that allowed the visiting squad to cut the margin to just four. The Rams quickly rebounded and used a 9-0 run of their own - including four of Evans' team-high 16 points - to earn a commanding 15-point advantage over the Saints with just under three minutes to go. VCU utilized its significant lead and held off any further attempts by Siena to come up with the home triumph.
In addition to Evans' team-leading, double-figure outing, classmate Maria Giovannetti (Richmond, Va./St. Gertrude's) and Pinkney also contributed double-digits, adding 12 and 10 points, respectively. As a team, the Rams shot an impressive 44.2 percent (21-51) from the field, including 41.7 percent (5-12) from