RICHMOND, Virginia – Junior Genevieve Okoro scored a game-high 18 points, including all nine of a critical 9-2 spurt late in the contest, to lead Richmond to a 64-49 victory over UNCW in collegiate women’s basketball action Saturday at the Robins Center.

The Spiders improved to 4-5 on the season with the 15-point victory while the Seahawks slipped to 1-8 overall as they saw their losing skid extended to six games.

Okoro was 5-of-7 from the floor to lead a Spiders attack that shot 49.0 percent (24-of-49) from the field for the game, including 13-of-23 (.565) in the first half. Freshman Janelle Hubbard joined Okoro in double figures with 10 points.

Junior Kelva Atkins tallied 10 points to lead UNCW, who shot a frosty 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the floor for the contest, including 7-of-25 (.280) in the second half. Atkins was the only UNCW player to reach double figures as three players – freshmen Brie Mobley, Amber Reeves and Johanna McMillan – chipped in eight points apiece. Four players grabbed seven boards each to give the Seahawks a 38-32 advantage on the glass.

Nursing a 55-47 lead with less than three minutes remaining, Okoro knocked down three of four attempts at the free-throw line during consecutive possessions to expand the Spiders lead back to double figures, 58-47.

Freshman D’Asia Cain converted a pair of shots from the charity stripe to bring the Seahawks back within single digits, 58-49, only to see Okoro score in each of Richmond's final three possessions to give the Spiders the victory.   

Earlier in the contest, the Spiders held a 25-24 lead with less than three minutes to play in the first half when a jumper by Okoro set off a 17-2 run that lasted more than six minutes and gave the Spiders a 42-26 lead with 15:33 on the clock.

A 3-pointer from the top of the key by freshman Naqiayyah Teague brought the Spiders run to a close and led the Seahawks on an 8-3 stretch that pulled UNCW within eight, 45-37, with 10:32 remaining.

Three straight baskets over a 55-second span pushed the Spiders advantage back to double figures, but the Seahawks responded with free throws from Atkins and Mobley to make it a 55-47 contest and setup up Okoro’s decisive spurt.

Richmond opened the game on a 7-0 run as the Seahawks missed their first seven shots from the floor before a jumper by Mobley at the 13:13 mark sparked UNCW to seven unanswered points and a 7-all tie.

The Spiders regained their lead moments later, using a driving layup by Hall to ignite a 14-7 run that broke a 9-all tie and gave Richmond a 23-16 advantage with 5:41 remaining in the opening frame. A layup by Teague led the Seahawks to score eight of the next 10 points and get within one, 25-24, before the Spiders’ rattled off 17 of the next 19 points to build their first double-digit cushion.  

UNCW returns to action Dec. 16 when it faces its third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent of the season with a 7 p.m. contest at Wake Forest. Richmond is back on the floor Dec. 14 in a 3 p.m. matinee versus Colonial Athletic Association newcomer College of Charleston.

GAME NOTES

  • Richmond extended its lead in the all-time series to 31-10 as it improved to 16-3 all-time against the Seahawks at the Robins Center.
  • UNCW shot a season-high 91.7 percent (11-of-12) from the free-throw line during the contest, breaking the previous season high of 87.5 percent (14-of-16), set against Northern Kentucky.
  • The Seahawks shot below 32 percent from the floor for the fourth time this season and the first time in three games as it finished with a .304 field goal percentage (17-of-65) for the contest.
  • UNCW out-rebounded its opponent for just the third time this season and the first time in four games since posting a 41-40 edge on the glass against Tulane.
  • Both teams shot below 25 percent from 3-point range as UNCW was 4-of-22 (.182) from beyond the arc while Richmond was 2-for-9 (.222) from downtown.
  • Richmond held a 21-4 advantage in points off turnovers as it forced the Seahawks into 18 miscues for the contest.
  • The Spiders never trailed in the contest as the Seahawks manage to tie the game just twice during the contest.
  • UNCW moved to 23-77 since the start of the 2007-08 season and 0-7 this season when it trails at the half.
  • The Seahawks slipped to 14-83 since the start of the 2007-08 season and 0-8 this season when trailing 10 or more points in a contest.

PLAYER NOTES

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Reached double figures in points for the ninth time this season and the 15th straight contest dating back to the end of last season.
  • Led team in scoring for the eighth time this season and the 14th time in her career.
  • Dished out four assists to pace squad in assists for the eighth time this season and the 22nd time in her career.

22 – Amber Reeves

  • Tallied eight points to match season high in that category, set on two previous occasions.

25 – D’Asia Cain

  • Established a new season high with seven rebounds, breaking previous season best of five, set on two occasions.