HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Richmond fought off JMU for a crucial road win over its Commonwealth rival, 70-66, Sunday afternoon in Harrisonburg.
"I am so proud of our ladies for beating a very good JMU team in a great environment," said head coach Michael Shafer. "We found a way to win a tough game on the road, which we needed. I thought the rebounding edge was huge for us. Kris [King] had a career night offensively, but did a great job defending. I thought Becca [Wann] was relentless on the boards and she got a lot of help because we had several people boxing out giving her free range on the boards. I am so happy for our ladies with what we have endured to this point in the season. We have to prepare for a very tough Virginia Tech team coming to the Robins Center Wednesday."
Kristina King scored a career-high 29 points, going 10-of-19 from the field, 8-of-10 from the line. King's drives to the basket could not be contained as she poured in her game-high total. Becca Wann added a career-high 21 points and 15 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, sixth of her career.
The Spiders improved to 5-4, while JMU fell to 3-4. It was Richmond's third-straight win over the Dukes and first victory at Madison since 1998.
Richmond staved off numerous JMU comebacks, most notably when the Dukes took the short-lived lead 61-60 with 2:44 left. Richmond immediately responded with a Rachael Bilney three-pointer to retake the lead it would not relinquish at 63-61 with 2:26 left.
King's 29 points were the most by a Spider this season and the most by a Richmond player since Rachael Bilney scored 32 points in a win over GW Jan, 11, 2012.
Wann's silencing three-pointer cut a JMU momentum swing and allowed Richmond some breathing room going ahead 60-55 with 3:59 left.
In the first half, Richmond took the momentum when it pieced together a 11-0 run to take lead at 23-15 at the 6:42 mark. The Spiders kept the Dukes at arm's length the rest of the half, taking an eventual 31-28 lead into the lockerroom.
Richmond was buoyed by the brilliant play of King, who finished the half with 14 first half points, going 6-of-14 from field. Wann tied her season-high with 13 first-frame points and led Richmond rebounding with eight boards.
The Spiders went a season-high 22-of-27 from the line and outrebounded JMU, 51-43. Richmond had season-highs in free-throws (22) and rebounds (51).
Richmond returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. as it hosts the Hokies of Virginia Tech.
NOTES: Richmond secured its first win at Madison since 1998...The win was Richmond's third-straight against the Dukes...Today marked Richmond's first non-neutral site road win of the season...Richmond moved to 2-0 against Commonwealth foes (Wins over Longwood, Madison)...King's 29 points were the most by a Spider since Rachael Bilney had 29 against GW Jan, 11, 2012...King and Wann accounted for 50 points of Richmond's 70 points...Wann recorded her sixth career double-double, first this season.