UNIVERSITY RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond women's basketball team (13-15, 7-8 A-10) welcomes George Washington (19-8, 12-3 A-10) to the Robins Center on Wednesday night to conclude the 2016-17 regular season. Prior to tip the Spiders will honor five seniors, three players and two managers with a special ceremony.
Live Stats can be found on RichmondStats.com. The game will have live video streaming on SpiderTV. Audio play-by-play is available on RichmondSpiders.com. For complete gameday coverage of Richmond basketball, be sure to scroll down for Gameday Central.
|Who||Richmond (13-15, 7-8 A-10) vs. GW (19-8, 12-3 A-10)|
|When||Wednesday, February 22 - 7 PM|
|Where||University of Richmond, Va.|
|Venue||Robins Center (7,201) | Directions | Tickets|
|Game Notes||Richmond | GW | A-10|
|Spider Voices||Unfinished Business, By: Lauren Tolson|
|Spider TV||Ginny Doyle HOF Induction|
|Social Media||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
|Hashtags||#OneRichmond | #UnitedInRed|
Regardless of result opposite George Washington, the Spiders know they will be the No. 9-seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship and will travel across town for Round 3 with VCU on Sunday (Feb. 26) at 2 p.m. The Rams took each of the first two meetings with the Spiders this season but by a combined margin of just nine points. Richmond was without third-leading scorer Lauren Tolson in the most recent meeting (Jan. 31), a two-point loss at the Robins Center.
LAST TIME OUT
Richmond could have folded when trailing by 13 in the fourth quarter at Saint Louis (22-6, 12-3 A-10) but instead battled back to within three in an epic comeback that ultimately fell just short, 73-66. The story of the game was how well the Spiders shot the ball, matching a season best effort by shooting 46 percent from the floor. Leading that charge was Lauren Tolson who came off the bench to score a season-high 20 points in just her second game back after missing seven-straight due to a knee injury.
The Spiders will celebrate careers of four individuals prior to tip against George Washington: Lauren Tolson, Janelle Hubbard and Dazia Hall as well as managers Marianne Dechavez and Lauren Portee.
TOLSON NEAR THE MAGIC NUMBER
Graduate guard Lauren Tolson sat out seven-straight games with a knee injury suffered against La Salle on Jan. 18. She returned to score eight points and grab six rebounds in a win over UMass then followed that up with 20 points off the bench at Saint Louis. The graduate student now rests just SIX points shy of becomming the 23rd member of the Richmond 1,000 point club entering Wednesday’s tilt with George Washington.
Kylie Murphree handed out a team-best and career-high 105 assists last season and has since shattered that mark, already dishing out 126 through 28 games. Murphree already ranks ninth all-time in program history with 310 assists in her career. She currently ranks atop the A-10 and 35th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (2.38), fourth in assists (126) and fifth in assists per game (4.5). All of those numbers are currently career-best marks.
By collecting a eight blocks in the win over UMass, the Spiders easily posted a season-high total in that category. Jaide Hinds-Clarke swatted a career-best three shots, Karleigh Wike contributed two and three others each blocked a single shot. It was the most blocks the Spiders had posted in a single game since Feb. 18, 2015 when they blocked 10 shots at Duquesne.
SHAFER WINS 200th
With the win over UMass, head coach Michael Shafer became the first coach in program history to reach the 200-win milestone. He is already the winningest head coach inprogram history and with win No. 200 is just the seventh coach in Richmond athletic department history to reach that number joining men’s basketball coach Chris Mooney and women’s tennis coach Mark Wesselink as the only other active Spider coaches with at least 200 wins on his ledger. He also joins Cindy Griffin at Saint Joseph’s as the only active A-10 coaches to reach that number at their current institution.