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Spiders Suffer Hard-Fought Loss on Senior Night, 63-44
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 02/22/2017
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women’s basketball team (13-16, 7-9 A-10) battled on Wednesday night but the shots just weren’t falling as George Washington (20-8, 13-3 A-10) was able to pull away in the second half to claim the, 63-44, victory.

Prior to tip on Wednesday night the Spiders recognized the careers of seniors Dazia Hall, Janelle Hubbard and graduate Lauren Tolson in addition to senior managers Marianne Dechavez and Lauren Portee. In a special ceremony, that group was honored for their dedication and many contributions to the women’s basketball program over the last four, and in Tolson’s case, five years.

Only Micaela Parson was able reach double-figures for the Spiders, notching 13 to her tally, crossing the 800-point plateau for her career in a night marked by another significant milestone. Lauren Tolson scored exactly the six points she needed to reach 1,000 points for her career and become just the 23rd player in Richmond women’s basketball program history to do so. Janelle Hubbard added nine points and Jaide Hinds-Clarke tossed in four points and six boards.

The Spider defense was up to the task of battling the potent Colonial offense but the lid on the rim proved to be the best defensive player in the gym as the Spiders managed to shoot just north of 30 percent for the game.

George Washington took control early in this one, quickly jumping out to a 7-0 lead, forcing Coach Shafer into an early timeout. The break proved affective as the Spiders immediately responded with a 10-2 run to take the lead, 10-9, by the 2:44 mark in the first quarter. It was started by a baseline lay-in from Hinds-Clarke off a nice feed from Tolson in the lane. Tolson then scored her first bucket of the game on the very next possession. After a brief lull, Wiseman scored her first points in transition and Parson capped the run with a jumper in the lane. The Colonials then closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 17-10 lead.

That run extended into the second quarter as the visitors built a 23-10 lead before the Spiders scored again on a Hinds-Clarke jumper at the 6:13 mark. Once again though, George Washington matched the Richmond basket with a big run to take a 20-point lead. The Spiders were not going to fold. Parson hit a pair of free throws and Dee Hatcher buried a triple at the buzzer to close the half on a 5-0 run to take just a 15-point deficit into the locker room.

George Washington scored first in the third but Hubbard immediately responded with her first points of the game off a fading jumper. She scored the first seven points of the second half for Richmond as the lead was cut to 14 by the media timeout at the 4:41 mark. It was basket trading the rest of the quarter however as the G.W. lead never dipped below 15. Richmond trailed, 45-28, entering the fourth and final quarter.

Richmond did its best to hang around but the Colonials had answers every step of the way down the stretch in the fourth quarter. The deficit was cut to 17 before the final media timeout but that was as close as the Spiders came in this one as the visiting side managed to limit the damage and come away with the win, earning a share of the A-10 regular season title.

Regardless of the 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). 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, a two-point loss at the Robins Center. Be sure to check in on for Championship game times, ticket info and bracket.

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