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Hinds-Clarke, Tolson Big Nights Fall Short at VCU, 62-55
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 01/05/2017
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RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women’s basketball team (7-8, 1-1 A-10) battled cross-town rival VCU (9-7, 2-1 A-10) from start to finish on Thursday night in the Siegel Center but it was VCU that was able to hold off the surging Spiders down the stretch to pick up the, 62-55, victory.

Jaide Hinds-Clarke continued her rise to prominence with the first double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) of her career alongside veteran Lauren Tolson who dropped 17 points for the second-straight game and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Spiders on offense. Ragan Wiseman joined that duo in double figures with 10 points after knocking down a trio of three balls. Richmond knocked down eight from long range in the game.

Micaela Parson chipped in seven points and five rebounds. Janelle Hubbard had eight points off the bench for the Spiders who shot 31 percent in the game. The real difference came at the free throw line where Richmond knocked down nine of 14 tries while VCU cashed in 21 of 27 attempts.

The first half of this game was typical of any rivalry game; the tension was thick and the teams played up to the hype. Both sides shot over 50 percent from the floor over the first five minutes and we went into the media timeout with the game knotted 12-12. VCU closed the quarter on a 6-2 run to take a four-point advantage into the first break.

The Rams stretched the lead to six early in the second but a Tolson triple cut the deficit in half with 8:32 remaining. No bucket was scored until the 6:10 mark when VCU converted a layup but Richmond answered right back with a Kylie Murphree triple to cut it to a two-point game. The home side bounced right back though and pushed its lead out a seven before take a 33-27 lead into halftime.

Coming out the locker hot was Richmond who quickly went on a 5-0 run that consisted of a Parson driving layup and a Wiseman three to cut the deficit to just one at the 8:41 mark. VCU rebounded and led by four when Hinds-Clarke flexed her muscle, drawing a foul and knocking in one free throw before converted a lay-in on the next possession. The Spiders took the lead on the following trip on a Hubbard jumper in the lane but that did not last. After some back and forth, VCU took a four-point advantage into the final quarter break.

The Spiders weren’t done yet however, forcing turnovers on each of VCU’s first three possessions, resulting in four points and a tie game. VCU reclaimed the lead thanks to a pair of free throws with 8:25 left but the Spiders battled and tied the game once again, 53-53, with just 2:13 to play. A pair of free throws put VCU on top with 1:02 left and Richmond was never able to recover. The Rams made free throws down the stretch to seal this one.

Atlantic 10 Conference play continues on Saturday when the Spiders welcome 2016 NCAA Tournament team St. Bonaventure (6-9, 1-1 A-10) to the Robins Center for a 3 p.m. tilt. 

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