UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond erased an 18-point deficit to rally past Navy, 65-59, Friday night at the Robins Center.
It was Richmond's largest rally since coming back from a 19-point deficit at Duquesne, Jan. 19, 2011. Richmond improved to 9-6, as it won its second-straight. Navy fell to 7-7.
Richmond came out in the second frame on fire, scoring the half's first 14 points to take a 40-34 lead with 16:33 left. At the under-16 media, the Spiders had outscored Navy 12-2. Navy missed its first six shots to start the half. The Midshipmen would keep it close, getting to within one point three times before succumbing to the Spiders.
Richmond shot 15-for-33 (45.5%) in the second half, compared to 9-for-30 (30%) from the Midshipmen. Kristina King scored all of her 13 points in the second frame, as the Spiders outrebounded the Midshipmen 23-18.
Becca Wann led Richmond with 17 points off the bench and grabbed a career-high eight steals. The 17 points is the third-highest total for Wann this season. Wann also led Richmond with six rebounds.
Kind followed with 13 points, while Rachael Bilney chipped in with 10 points. The Spiders dished 16 assists and grabbed 11 steals.
Richmond outscored Navy 34-18 in the paint, and the Spider bench accounted for 32 points.
To start the game, Navy burst out to a 20-2 lead in the opening six minutes. The Midshipmen made their first eight shots to build the dominant lead. Richmond settled in, and went on a 13-2 run to get to within 22-15. Much of the run can be credited to Becca Wann, who had seven points in that stretch and finished with 11 for the half.
The Spider bench responded to the challenge, scoring 22 points in the first frame to keep Richmond afloat. The Spiders closed the half on a 10-3 run to get to within a 34-28 halftime deficit.
Richmond plays its final non-conference game against La Salle Monday at 7 p.m. in the Robins Center. The two teams do not face each other in A-10 play, therefore the league allowed the contest to be counted as a non-conference game.
NOTES: Friday was Richmond's first game against Navy at home since 1986...The Spiders won their second-straight in the series as they improved to 5-2 overall against the Midshipmen...Richmond improved to 4-2 at home and won its first game at the Robins Center since Dec. 5.