Feb. 22, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -
Richmond (16-10, 7-5) travels to La Salle for a 7:00 p.m. tip Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena in its final conference road game of the season.
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 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. 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.
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 win was Richmond's sixth in a row over the Colonials, capping a three-year home-and-home sweep of the rival.
Shells comes in second in the conference and 19th in the nation at 19.5 ppg. Shells is just 26 points away from 2,000. Shells would only be the second player in program history to record as many points (Karen Elsner, 2,367 pts).
Goring is averaging a near double-double at 10.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg. Goring's 8.8 rpg is third in the A-10 behind Xavier's Amber Harris and T'Shia Phillips.
Richmond's nine road wins ranks among the top-20 in the country. Three other A-10 teams have nine road wins or more.
Richmond has won the last five meetings, and have taken seven of the last nine.
Head coach Michael Shafer is 5-1 against the Explorers.
Last Time Out: Brittani Shells poured in a game-high 23 points in each teams' conference opener as Richmond beat La Salle, 65-52 last January in the Robins Center.
The Spiders host Saint Louis for their senior day Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Robins Center. Seniors Rebecca Kretchman will all be honored prior to tip. Shafer will also be honored with a presentation of a game ball for recording his 100th win.