UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond hosts North Carolina A&T at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Robins Center.
Richmond won its first two games of the Cancun Challenge Thanksgiving weekend with wins over Minnesota and Wichita State. In Richmond's 58-46 win over the Gophers, Genevieve Okoro pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds and had 12 points. The 17 rebounds were the most by a Spider since Kate Flavin recorded 22 rebounds in a win over GW in 2002. The Spiders gutted out the win over the Shockers, 49-46, behind Rachael Bilney's season-high 20 points. Richmond eventually fell to Wisconsin-Green Bay the following day to conclude the tournament. Okoro suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the game against Wichita State, sidelining her for the rest of the 2012-13 season. Okoro's 11.0 rebounds per game ranked first on the team, second in the A-10 and 25th in the country. Okoro had registered three double-doubles this season. She was tabbed to the A-10 Preseason All-Conference second team.
Scouting North Carolina A&T
The Aggies enter Wednesday with a 3-2 mark, with a 2-0 record at home and 1-2 in games away from Moore Gymnasium. North Carolina A&T is led by off-the-bench player Amber Calvin and her 11.8 points per game. Calvin is averaging 23.4 minutes per game and has seen action in every game this season. Calvin is shooting a team-leading 20-of-41 from the field (49%) and 10-of-17 (59%) from long-range. JaQuayla Berry follows with 8.8 ppg and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. Berry has started every game this season and has made a team-best 13 free-throws. The Aggies have won three-straight with victories over Iona, Siena College and Winston-Salem State. North Carolina A&T dropped its firs two contests of the season at #18 Nebraska and at Omaha. The Aggies are shooting 26-of-70 (37%) from behind the arc and are grabbing nearly 10 steals a game. The Aggies are dishing almost 13 assists per game.
Richmond meets North Carolina A&T for the first time in series history. Richmond is 2-1 against first-time opponents this season, with wins over Minnesota and Wichita State (Wisconsin-Green Bay accounts for the loss).
The Spiders travel to in-state rival JMU for a 2 p.m. Sunday contest in Harrisonburg.