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Rams win Stollings' home opener

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VCU's first game in their home arena with their new coach was her first victory in Black and Gold.

Freshman Jessica Pellechio netted a career-high 30 points, including nine 3-pointers, and junior Robyn Parks posted her second straight double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead VCU to a 79-55 victory against UMKC Tuesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. 

The Rams' 13 3-pointers were the most in school history, while Pellechio finished one shy of tying the program's single-game record. 

A 3-pointer from Lauren Dudding gave UMKC an early four-point advantage at the 14:46 mark, but VCU responded with an 18-2 run spanning nearly seven minutes and pulled ahead 23-11 on a traditional 3-point play from Parks with 7:28 remaining in the first half. 

Lexis Hardiek eventually nailed a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to cut the UMKC's deficit to 32-26 at the break; however, it was as close as the Kangaroos would get the rest of the game.

Back-to-back triples from Pellechio quickly put VCU ahead by 12 less than a minute into the second half.  She later gave VCU its largest lead at the time, 48-30, on another trey with 15:17 left. The Rams increased their lead to as many as 20 points over the next six minutes before UMKC attempted to make one final push.  The Kangaroos pulled within 64-53 on a jumper from Eilise O'Connor with 6:11 remaining, but VCU scored 15 of the final 17 points to pull away.

VCU's 13 3-pointers were the most in school history, while Pellechio finished one triple shy of tying the program's single-game mark.  Pellechio also attempted a school record 18 three's.

As a team, the Rams shot a program record 31 shots from long range, while knocking down 57.1 percent (8-of-14) of its 3-point attempts in the second half alone.

Pellechio and Parks combined to score 54 of the team's 79 points.

VCU collected a season-high 17 assists, while committing a season-low 12 turnovers.

The Rams outrebounded their opponent for the third straight game, holding a 41-36 advantage on the glass.

After playing three of its first four games away from the Verizon Wireless Arena to start the season, VCU returns to the road for three straight beginning at Maine on Nov. 24.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.  check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage. 

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