UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond's second-half rally fell short as Saint Louis edged the Spiders, 52-49, Wednesday afternoon at the Robins Center.
The Spiders dropped to 11-9, 1-3 while Saint Louis improved to 8-11, 2-2 overall.
The Spiders started the second half hot, going on a 12-2 run to take a 30-24 lead with 13:34 remaining. The Spiders started 6-for-10 to start the last frame, while Saint Louis did not make a field goal until the 10:21 mark.
The Spiders had their largest advantage at 38-29 after a nice drive by Amber Nichols in the lane. Saint Louis hung around by forcing itself to the charity stripe, drawing the Spider foul.
Saint Louis retook the lead at 43-42, with 3:04 remaining on a Desirae Ball jump shot. Bria Powell, making her first collegiate start, put Richmond ahead 44-43 after a jumper of her own.
Kristina King sunk a jumper in the corner to boost Richmond's lead to 47-45 with 2:05 left. Two free-throws by Jones knotted the game at 47-all with 1:38 left. The Billikens made two key shots within the last minute to seal the win.
In the first frame, Richmond struggled from the field, connecting on 9-of-32 field goals (28.1%) and went 0-for-10 from long-range. Richmond's 18 first-half points tied a season-low.
The Spiders shot significantly better in the second half, going 12-of-30 (40%), but Saint Louis hit 13 free-throws to the Spiders' four to notch the win.
King led Richmond with 13 points, three steals and two blocks. Five other players scored six points.
The Spiders host Xavier Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on CBS Sports Network.
NOTES: Richmond suffered its first loss to the Billikens since 2008, snapping a four-game win streak in the series...Richmond fell to 5-4 in the series...The loss snapped Richmond's four-game win-streak at home...Richmond suffered its first A-10 home loss of the season, and first loss at the Robins Center since Dec. 19...One thousand local schoolchildren were in attendance for today's game as part of the Richmond Athletics initiative, Dream Big Day.