UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond's first-half scoring flurry led to a 65-51 victory over Virginia Tech Wednesday night at the Robins Center.
Richmond won its second-straight and five of its last six games as it improved to 6-4 overall. Virginia Tech fell to 4-3.
The Spiders connected on 12 of their first 15 baskets (80%) to take their largest lead of the half at 34-17 with 5:30 remaining. Richmond took a comfortable 41-29 advantage into the break, as Rachael Bilney led all scorers with 11 first-half points. Bilney was a large part of the success, going 4-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from long range.
Richmond's 41 points were the most first-half points Virginia Tech has surrendered this season. The Spiders' bench outscored the Hokies 21-7 at the break and dished 11 assists. Richmond's accuracy from the field was staggering (15-of-25, 60%) as was its long-range excellence (6-of-7, 85.7%).
The Spiders were held scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half as Tech edged to within 41-33 with 14:23 left. But Bilney ended the drought with a layup to push the deficit to double-digits. The short-lived eight point deficit was the closest Virginia Tech would get the rest of the way.
Bilney ended her hot-shooting night with a team-high 16 points, going 6-of-10 from the field, 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Off-the-bench sparkplug Becca Wann added 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Sam Bilney had a season-high eight points, going 2-of-2 from long range.
Richmond made 12-of-14 (85.7%) free throws and went 9-of-14 (64.3%) from the three-point line. The Spiders went 22-of-47 (46.8%) for the game. The Spiders ended the game with 16 assists and nine steals. Richmond's bench outscored the Hokies, 31-10.
The Spiders play at UNC Greensboro Saturday at 2 p.m.
NOTES: Richmond snapped Tech's three-game win streak...The Spiders evened the series at 5-5 overall...Richmond snapped its four-game losing streak in the series...The Spiders recorded their first win over Virginia Tech since Dec. 19, 1996...Richmond moved to 3-0 against Commonwealth opponents (Longwood, JMU, Virginia Tech)...Rachael Bilney's 151 career three-pointers tie Amber Goppert for ninth all-time.