Feb. 28, 2010
ST. LOUIS, M.O. -
The Spiders (17-11, 6-7) conclude their regular season today at Saint Louis on CBS College Sports at 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Chaifetz Arena. Richmond looks to secure the No. 8 seed in next weekend's A-10 Tournament.
Thanks to Abby Oliver's career-best 27 points, Richmond completed its second-straight home and home sweep over rival GW with a 78-54 win at the Charles E. Smith Center Friday afternoon. Oliver went a career-high 9-for-14 from the field and 4-for-6 from long range. Oliver also went a spotless 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Shells followed with 17 points, from 8-for-14 shooting, while Katie Holzer contributed with a team-high five assists.
The Spiders nailed 9-of-21 from long range, which was just one shy three of tying a season-high. Richmond also recorded 21 assists (good for second all year) and 11 steals.
Shells continues to lead the Spiders and the A-10 at 16.7 ppg and 2.7 steals per game. Shells has notched eight 20-point or better games, and one 30-pointer. (Career-high 32 points vs. Morgan State, 12/30/09). Shells is averaging 15.2 ppg and shooting 43 percent from the field in conference action. Shells is currently in seventh place (1,384 points) on Richmond's all-time scoring list. Shells moved into fifth place with three steals at GW.
In A-10 games only, both Oliver and Shells lead the pack connecting on 44 percent of their shots. While Shells leads the Spiders at 15.3 ppg, Oliver closely follows at 13.2 ppg. The Spiders are shooting 40 percent from the field in league action.
The Spiders are 2-3 all-time against the Billkens. The Spiders are coming off a three-game week, having lost to Temple Wednesday, defeated GW Friday and facing Saint Louis in today's contest.
Richmond snapped a three-game losing skid to Saint Louis in last year's victory at the Robins Center.
Both teams have met once on a neutral court with Saint Louis downing the Spiders in the first round of the A-10 Tournament in 2007.
The Spiders are looking to lock up the No. 8 seed in next week's A-10 Tournament. Richmond will play UMass (#8 seed) with a win and Saint Louis (#9 seed) in the event of a loss. Richmond went to the program's first-ever title game last March.
The Spiders play Friday at noon in the opening game of the 2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament in Upper Marlboro, Md.