Feb. 26, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -
Brittani Shells became just the second-ever Spider in program history to record 2,000 points as the Richmond beat Saint Louis, 68-57, on Senior Day Saturday at the Robins Center.
The program's second-leading scorer notched her 2,000th point at the 17:19 mark with a crafty reverse layup. Shell is just the second-ever Spider in program history to surpass the milestone. All-time leading scorer, Karen Elnser, who was in attendance, holds the mark at 2,367 points.
Shells scored 17 points to put her career tally total at 2,006 points. Shells also grabbed two steals passing Jackie Israel for the program's all-time steals leader. Shells also had eight rebounds and three assists.
A-10 Rookie of the Week Genevieve Okoro continued her impressive play with another double-double of 16 points (tied a career-high) and 10 boards. Okoro also went a career-high 12-of-13 from the charity stripe. Abby Oliver led Richmond with 18 tallies with a stellar shooting day of 5-for-8 from the field, including 2-of-2 from long range, 6-of-6 from the line.
The Spiders were in control for the majority of the game, and broke open the contest with a 13-0 run midway through the first half. Richmond closed the first frame outscoring the Billikens 28-6 to take a commanding 36-17 lead into the break.
Richmond pushed its lead to 46-23, its largest of the game, with just under 17 to play but Saint Louis dug in and went on a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 13. After Richmond looked to close the door at 54-36 with 8:48 remaining, Saint Louis went on a 14-3 run to cut the deficit to 57-50 with 3:38 left. A Jacy Bradley three would scare at 61-55 with 2:28 left, but Shells netted a much-needed long ball to give the Spiders breathing room.
Bradley led Saint Louis with a career-high 25 points, and went 5-for-15 from long range.
Richmond outrebounded the Billikens, 45-37 and had its best game all season from the charity stripe, sinking 21-of-23 tries.
Richmond ended its regular season with an 18-10 overall mark, 9-5 in league play.
The Spiders await seeding for next week's A-10 Tournament in Lowell, Mass. Stay tuned to RichmondSpiders.com for updates.