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Spiders Begin Cancun Challenge Thursday
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 11/21/2012
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CANCUN, MEXICO -- Richmond squares off against Minnesota Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET in the opening game of the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.

Spiders Lately
Richmond (1-3) fought Hartford to the end, but fell 59-54, Sunday afternoon at Chase Arena. Liz Brown posted a season-best performance with 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes. Brown went 6-for-10 from the field. Rachael Bilney followed Brown with 11 points, while Genevieve Okoro added 10 points. Off-the-bench sparkplug Becca Wann chipped in with seven points, nine rebounds and four assists. The Spiders square off against Minnesota at 1 p.m. ET. Richmond continues action against Witchita State Friday at 1 p.m. and concludes play against Wisconsin Green-Bay at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday.  Richmond meets each of its Cancun Challenge opponents for the first time in program history. Two of the three teams the Spiders face have unblemished marks (Minnesota, 4-0 and  Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2-0).

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Richmond vs. Minnesota, 1 pm ET
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Scouting Minnesota
The Gophers enter the Cancun Challenge a perfect 4-0 on the season. Rachel Banham leads Minnesota scoring at 20.3 points per game, while Micaella Riche follows with 18.5 pp. Riche also grabs a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. Minnesota is outscoring opponents by over 20 points per game and are shooting at a 48 percent clip from the field. Minnesota has connected on 17-of-45 of its three-point shots (37.8%) and is besting counterparts on the boards by almost 15 rebounds per game. Minnesota is dishing 16.8 assists per game and is grabbing 10.3 steals per game. Minnesota's first game of the season was a double-overtime win over Washington State, 87-83. Since then, the Gophers have won by double-digit margins. Mikayla Bailey was named Big Ten Rookie of the Week after 9.5 ppg in the Subway Classic.   

Witchita State vs. Richmond, 1pm ET
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Scouting Witchita State
The Shockers have three players average double-figures, led by Jessica Diamond's 12.3 ppg. Jazimen Gordon follows with 11.0 while Alex Harden follows with 10.7 ppg. Harden leads the team with 6.3 rpg. Witchita State comes into the Cancun Challenge with a 2-1 mark, its only blemish being a two-point loss to LSU. The Shockers grabbed their first win of the season with a 60-51 win over Arkansas State and followed that with a victory over UTSA. Witchita State is outscoring its opponents by 7.0 ppg and is shooting 43 percent from the field. The Shockers are also grabbing just under eight more boards per game than their peers.  

Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. Richmond, 1pm ET
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Scouting Wisconsin-Green Bay
The Phoenix come into the Cancun Challenge with a 2-0 mark, led by Adrian Ritchie's 20.5 ppg. Sarah Eichler follows with 14.5 ppg, while Stephanie Sension comes in at 13.5 ppg. Ritchie leads board totals with 7.0 rpg. Wisconsin-Green Bay has wins over Northern Iowa and Central Michigan. The Phoenix is outscoring opponents by 14.0 ppg and shooting at a 44 percent clip from the field. Green Bay is dishing 14.0 apg and is committing 6.0 less turnovers than its opponents. Wisconsin Green-Bay is also averaging 10.5 steals per game. The Phoenix is receiving votes in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.

Up Next
The Spiders host North Carolina A&T Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the men's team.

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