UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond used a late run to clip La Salle, 67-62 in its non-conference finale Monday night.
Because of the number of teams in the league this year, Richmond and La Salle do not face each other in the A-10 regular season. The league office agreed the two teams could play in non-conference action.
Richmond won its third-straight and improved to 10-6 while La Salle fell to 5-10.
The Spiders found themselves down 42-35 with 12:11 to go but was jumpstarted by Bria Powell's three-point play to mount their comeback. One possession later, Wann hit a jumper to cut the lead to 42-40 with 11:09 remaining.
Richmond took its first lead of the second half when veteran Rachael Bilney drained a three on the wing to put the Spiders ahead 52-50 with just under six minutes to play. The Spiders would not relinquish their lead. La Salle got to within 64-62 with 40 seconds left but Becca Wann came through in the clutch with a steal and lay-in to secure the win.
Liz Brown led Richmond with a team-high 14 points (one shy of her career-high), while Wann added 11 points and tied a career-best with 15 rebounds. Kristina King added 10 points, while Ryann Dannelly, Bilney and Amber Nichols all had nine points.
Richmond outrebounded La Salle in the second half, 30-19, winning the total board total 45-43. The Spiders dished 11 assists and only committed nine turnovers while grabbing 13 steals. Richmond attempted a season-high 73 field goals.
In the first half, after Richmond led 21-13, La Salle went on a 10-0 run to take back the lead at 23-21 with 3:55 left. The Explorers closed the game on a 16-4 run to lead 29-27 at the break. Richmond shot 12-of-37 (32.4%) from the floor, and Liz Brown led Spider scoring with eight points. Richmond only committed four first-half turnovers and grabbed eight steals.
The Spiders travel to Saint Joseph's for their A-10 opener at Hagan Arena Saturday at 2 p.m.
NOTES: Richmond won its eighth-straight over La Salle...The Spiders improved to 14-6 over the Explorers...Richmond won its second-straight at home as it improved to 5-2 at the Robins Center...The Spiders improved to 8-1 at home against La Salle...Wann's 15 rebounds tied her career-high which she set at James Madison Dec. 2...Liz Brown was one point shy of tying a career-high she set against Boston University last year.