WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Richmond downed UNC-Wilmington, 53-42, Sunday in its final road non-conference game.
The Spiders improved to 8-6, while UNCW fell to 1-9.
After both teams struggled from the field in the first half, Richmond found its rhythm in the second frame, going 10-of-25 (40%) to pull away for the win.
Richmond scored two quick baskets to start the second half to push the deficit to 28-16 with 18:16 left. It was that key sequence that set the tone for the rest of the game. UNCW would get to within a seven-point deficit twice but could not overcome the Spiders.
Kristina King led Richmond with 17 points, while Keri Soppe scored a season-high nine points and tied a career-best with six assists. Rachael Bilney also scored nine points and Becca Wann pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds.
King led Richmond with 10 first-half points, going 4-of-8 from the field. Both teams struggled from the field, as Richmond went 9-of-34 (26.5%), while UNCW went 7-for-22 (31.8%). Richmond went on a 7-2 run to close the half, leading the Seahawks 23-16 at the break.
NOTES: Richmond snapped its two-game losing skid...The Spiders improved to 3-3 in road play...Richmond improves to 30-10 against the Seahawks and are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. Sunday was the Spiders' first win in Wilmington since 2001...Richmond plays three of its next four games at home...The 42 points allowed was a season-low for a Richmond opponent.