|Spiders Catch Seahawks In Web, 64-49|
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.
3 – Kelva Atkins
22 – Amber Reeves
25 – D’Asia Cain