SERIES: Richmond leads 12-5
This is the 18th meeting between the two teams and Richmond leads 12-5 in a series that dates back to 2002. The Spiders and the Dukes last met Feb. 22, 2012 when Richmond clinched its 22nd season win with a 59-45 victory. The Spiders have won the last two meetings over Duquesne.
The Spiders are coming off a 56-39 victory at La Salle Wednesday night to even its A-10 record to four. Richmond is 10-11 overall and 4-4 in the conference as it returns to the Robins Center. The Spiders are shooting 38.1 percent from the floor and are averaging 8.6 steals per game, which ranks third overall in the conference.
The Dukes enter Wednesday 15-6 on the season and 7-1 in the conference as they lead the A-10. Duquesne’s lone A-10 loss was against VCU (71-68) on Jan 1. The Dukes are on a six-game winning streak and are shooting 42.7 percent from the field. Raegan Moore leads four Dukes in double figures with 15.6 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Janelle Hubbard and senior Kristina King led the Spiders past the La Salle Explorers, 56-39, in A-10 action Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena. In her fourth-straight game in double figures, Hubbard led the way with 18 points, while King followed with 17 points and six rebounds. Redshirt-junior Genevieve Okoro led the Spiders on the glass with eight to go along with nine points. Richmond held La Salle to just 24.5 percent from the field, the lowest for an opponent all season, with zero three-pointers the entire contest. The Spiders shot an impressive 88 percent from the free throw line with the help of King going 9-of-9.
HUBBARD STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE
After winning the starting job five games ago and Richmond’s leading scorer going down against St. Bonaventure, Hubbard has stepped up to the plate helping the Spiders clinch three conference wins. The freshman is averaging 17.3 points per game, shooting 42.2 percent from the field and has gone 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the last four contests.
HEALY’S IMPRESSIVE FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END
Reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week, Olivia Healy, suffered a season-ending injury at Saint Louis Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Reading, Mass., native had her best game of the season, leading both teams with a career-high 22 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes played. Healy leads the team in scoring average (12.3), field goal attempts (217), field goals made (91) and steals (42). She finished the season with nine double-digit scoring games, four 20-point outings, four double-doubles and three games with five or more assists.
The Spiders will stay in Richmond to face city-rival VCU after a week break on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.