Feb. 25, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -
Rebecca Kretchman will be all be honored at 1:45 p.m. Saturday for Richmond's senior day game against the Saint Louis Billikens. Head coach Michael Shafer will also be recognized for his 100th win.
Richmond led by as many as 16, but had to weather a 19-4 La Salle run to edge the Explorers, 69-65, Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena. The first half was nearly flawless for Richmond, as the Spiders shot 58 percent from the field (18-for-31) and 6-of-11 (55%) from long range. The Spiders were buoyed by the stellar play of Abby Oliver, who had 13 first-half points and had three treys in the first frame. Oliver finished with a game-high 20 tallies, her eighth 20 point game, sixth this season. Oliver tied a career-high with four threes.
Brittani Shells followed with 15 points, and now is only 11 tallies shy of the 2,000-point mark. The program's second-leading scorer goes for the milestone on her senior day Saturday. She will be the second-ever Spider to record 2,000 or more points. (All-time leading scorer Karen Elsner has 2,367 career points.)
Coincidentally, Richmond men's basketball player (and 2010 A-10 Player of the Year) Kevin Anderson and Shells both have 1,989 points and go for the 2,000 point milestone Saturday. (The men play at Charlotte). It would be the first time in college basketball history that a men's and women's player from the same school scored 2,000 career points on the same day.
Crystal Goring also notched double-figures with her second-straight double-double of 11 points and 11 boards. Goring has recorded 11 career double-doubles, including six this season. Samantha Bilney chipped in with seven points, three assists and three steals, while A-10 Rookie of the Week Genevieve Okoro added five points and Leah Johnson had another solid game off the bench with six points.
Richmond recorded 17 assists, one shy of tying a season-high. At one point, the Spiders had 14 assists on 18 first-half buckets. Eight different Spiders recorded dishes. The Spiders also had 11 steals. Shells had two and is only two grabs shy of being the all-time steals leader.
Okoro was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week (second time this season) after recording 14 points and pulling down a career-best 16 boards off the bench.
Richmond's 10 road wins ranks among the top-20 in the country. Three other A-10 teams have 10 road wins or more.
The series is deadlocked at 3-3, but Richmond has taken the last two meetings.
The largest margin of victory in the nip-and-tuck series has been eight points.
Richmond awaits seeding for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament. First round tips Friday, Mar. 4 in Lowell, Mass at the Tsongas Center.