Feb. 19, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -
Head coach Michael Shafer became the third coach in program history to record 100 wins and freshman Genevieve Okoro notched the first double-double of her career, as the Spiders beat GW, 72-60 Saturday afternoon at the Robins Center.
Shafer joins Fanny Crenshaw and Stephanie Gaitley in the 100-win club. Crenshaw, Richmond's longtime coach of 35 years, compiled a 166-58-6 record spanning 1919-1955. Gaitley held a 116-63 mark from 1985-90. Shafer moved to 100-84 in his sixth season.
Okoro was Richmond's star, recording 14 points--only two shy of her career-high, and pulled down a career-best 16 boards. Crystal Goring's 17 rebounds against ODU on Dec. 12 just edged Okoro's total for a Spider season high. Okoro also chipped in with two assists and two steals.
The win was Richmond's sixth in a row over the Colonials, capping a three-year home-and-home sweep of the rival.
George Washington made the game interesting down the stretch by cutting the deficit to one twice, but Richmond's Brittani Shells had the answer. The Colonials got to within 54-53 with 10:21 left in the game, but Shells responded from a Danni Jackson three with a gutsy and-one conversion to swing the momentum back in the Spiders' favor.
The Colonials again got to within 58-57 with 6:52 left but in a key possession, Shells forced a jump ball by grabbing on a bobbled dribble by Jackson. The heady move paid off as Richmond got the ball back and scored with a Goring layup a possession later.
From there, Richmond put the game out of reach with a 7-0 run to go up 65-57 with 2:30 left.
Following Okoro was another stellar game from Goring, who recorded her fifth double-double of the season, 10th of her career, with 14 points and 12 boards. Shells led with a game-high 21 tallies, while Johnson had another big game off the bench with a career-best seven points and five rebounds.
The Spiders got 24 points from their bench and recorded a game-high 30 points in the paint. Richmond also made 22-of-28 free throws, which was just one free toss shy of setting a season-high.
The Spiders travel to La Salle for their final road game of the season Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.