Hurt becomes Queen of VCU Hoops

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –  Drexel tried their hardest, but the Dragons could not deny Courtney Hurt from becoming a record-setter.  The senior forward became VCU's all-time leading scorer Thursday night, breaking a 22-year-old school record en route to 1,755 career points. Visiting Drexel spoiled the festivities handing the Rams a 47-41 setback at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Hurt moved in front of Kelly Hoover (1985-89) on the Rams' all-time scoring list with a free throw at the 10:03 mark in the second half.  The Conyers, GA., native, who entered the game just five points shy of the record, netted VCU's first four points to give the Black & Gold an early 4-3 lead less than four minutes in.  However, the Dragons kept Hurt off the board for the nearly 26 straight minutes before she went to the line midway through the second stanza.

Drexel, which handed VCU its first home loss since Dec. 1, 2011, increased the Rams' losing skid to a season-long three games.  The Dragons have won five of their last six with their only loss coming at #16 Delaware.

Senior Andrea Barbour finished with a team-high 14 points, while Hurt added nine to go along with 15 rebounds.  Sophomore Robyn Parks chipped in six and freshman Aprill McRae contributed four points and a career-best 12 boards for VCU.

VCU concludes its brief two-game home stand against Georgia State on Sunday, Jan. 29.  Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.  The Rams then hit the road for back-to-back games at Towson and Delaware.

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