UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond had its four-game win streak snapped by Florida Gulf Coast, 70-62, Wednesday evening at the Robins Center.
The Spiders fell to 7-5, while Florida Gulf Coast improved to 6-4.
The Eagles led by as many as 48-38 with 12:06 left, but Richmond went on a 7-0 run to get to within 48-45 with 10:24 left. The scoring spree was spearheaded by Becca Wann who poured in a 13 second-half points, after being held scoreless the first frame. Wann sat the majority of the first half on the bench due to foul trouble, but provided the spark the Spiders needed to get back within striking distance.
FGCU would counter with a bucket to push the game to two possessions. Richmond eventually tied the Eagles 59-59 at the 5:36 mark after a pair of Rachael Bilney free-throws, but the Eagles retook the lead with a pair of free tosses of their own.
Richmond would get to within 63-60 with 2:51 left but could not convert chances down the stretch to steal the win.
Bilney led Spider scoring with 16 points and went 5-for-5 for the line. Wann added 13 points, while Sam Bilney chipped in with a season-best 10 points and three assists. Ryann Dannelly led Richmond with eight boards.
Richmond trailed 27-24 at the break, its first first-half deficit since Nov. 24 against Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Spiders were led by Dannelly's seven points and five rebounds.
The first half saw two ties and seven lead changes. The Eagles hit the go-ahead by way of a three-pointer with 39 seconds left.
The Spiders resume play after the holiday break at the College of Charleston Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Richmond suffered its first loss since Nov. 24...The Spiders fell to 0-2 in the all-time series...Richmond moved to 3-1 in December games...Richmond moved to 4-2 at the Robins Center...The Spiders had their three-game win-streak at home snapped...Becca Wann is averaging 17.0 ppg in her last four games.