UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond sustained a second-half Liberty rally for a 66-54 victory over the Flames on Tuesday at the Robins Center. The Spiders improve to 9-2 on the season with the win, marking the team's best opening stretch since 2008.
After taking a 41-22 lead into the half, the Spiders received a tough test from Liberty midway through the second. On the heels of some hot shooting by both senior Avery Warley and junior Devon Brown, the Flames closed to within six points with three minutes remaining in the game.
The tide quickly turned, however, when junior Rachael Bilney drained a long-range bomb at the 2:49 mark to spark a 9-2 Spider run down the stretch.
Senior Abby Oliver matched a season-high 23 points on 6-for-10 shooting and a career-best 10-for-10 clip from the line. She would add a game-high three assists to lead the Spiders to their third-straight victory.
Sophomore Becca Wann also cashed in on a career outing against the Flames, hitting 4-of-8 shots and 5-of-6 from the stripe to finish with a career-best 14 points to go with six rebounds. Bilney went 2-for-5 from behind the arc to add 10 tallies, while sophomore Genevieve Okoro and freshman Keri Soppe were solid defensively with six boards apiece.
Richmond went 22-of-58 (38%) from the floor and an impressive 18-of-23 (78%) from the line in earning its third straight-win. The Spiders limited Liberty to just 18-of-56 (32%) shooting and 1-of-18 from (5.6%) from long range while also securing eight steals and forcing the Flames into 15 turnovers.
Junior Devon Brown led Liberty with 17 points on a 6-of-14 outing. She was joined in double figures by senior Avery Warley, who finished 4-of-7 from the floor.
Richmond returns to the hardwood on Thursday when it welcomes Hartford for a 2 p.m. tilt at the Robins Center.