March 5, 2011
LOWELL, Mass. -
Fourth-seeded Richmond trailed by as many as 17, and staged a furious comeback late in the second half to get to within 59-56 but ultimately fell to No. 5 Charlotte, 68-63, Saturday afternoon in the 2011 A-10 Quarterfinals at the Tsongas Center.
Richmond found itself down 57-42 with 9:35 left in the game, but put together a 14-2 run over the next six minutes to slash the deficit to 59-56 with 3:57 remaining. Richmond held Charlotte to zero field goals in this spurt and forced the 49ers to commit six turnovers in this span.
The Spiders' run was jumpstarted by off-the-bench sparkplug Genevieve Okoro's layup in the lane at the 9:03 mark. An Abby Oliver three in the corner got the Spiders to within 10, and the momentum was evidently shifting to the Spiders' favor.
Sam Bilney then had a jumper, followed by a Brittani Shells layup. Shells had three layups in this spurt, two of which came off steals. The program's all-time steals leader finished with a game-high five.
Richmond got to within 59-56 after two Shells free tosses went through, but Charlotte stopped the bleeding with the game's next seven unanswered points to push its lead back to 65-59 with 1:33 remaining.
Another Shells layup got the Spiders to within 65-61 and Charlotte's Shannon McCallum missed the front end of a one-and-one to boost the Spiders' hopes. But Bilney's long-range attempt hit the front end of the rim with 32 seconds remaining and Charlotte would seal the game with free throws at the end.
The Spiders trailed by as many as 17 in the first frame due in large part to McCallum's 17 first-half points.
Shells ended with a game-high 23 points, her 18th such performance of the season. Shells also had four assists. Oliver followed with 15 tallies, going 3-of-4 from long range and recorded three assists. Goring had 13 points and 10 boards, her 11th double-double of her career, eighth this season.
Richmond went 15-for-19 from the charity stripe. The Spiders await their opponent in the 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament announced next week.