Richmond, Virginia – The University of Richmond women’s basketball team lost 65-63 to George Washington on Saturday afternoon, giving the Spiders their fourth straight victory in the opening game of the Atlantic 10 conference for both teams at the Robins Center.
Richmond are now 10-4 on the season and 0-1 in the league and are on their way to the next two A-10 matchups, first against league rookies Loyola Chicago. On Sunday, January 8 at 1 p.m. Davidson will air his two games on his ESPN+. GW has 9 wins and 5 losses for the year, and 1 win and 0 losses in conference action.
‘Today was a tough loss for us,’ said head coach Aaron Russell Said. “I knew it was going to be a back and forth match, but I was a little worried about their physicality.”
“We’re doing pretty well with the boards that come into the games. You can sit there and say it was just 12 people, but they really made a lot of them pay.”
George Washington outscored rebounding Richmond 38-29, had a five-board (12-7) advantage on the offensive grass, and grabbed four second-chance points.
Richmond held on to a 24-19 lead after the first quarter after closing out the period with a 7-0 run. Sydney Boone Coming off the bench, he paced the Spiders with a season-high 5 of 10 points. That includes his 3-pointer, which he put the Spiders up four with 1:32 remaining, and three rebounds. Adi Budnick When Emilia Christa Glaba Both scored 4 points, Grace Townsend, Kayla Williams When Katie Hill All scored 3 points.
In the second quarter, GW outscored UR 12-8, but the Spiders held a one-point lead at 32-31 in the first half. The Spiders forced him into a 7 GW turnover but could only capitalize on 2 points.Hill put his UR behind him by 4 points, with Townsend and Siobhan Ryan They are missing 2 points each.
The teams traded four draws and two lead changes in the third quarter. Grava made a driving layup with 1:24 left to give UR a four-point lead, 43-45, but GW was the I kept looking for ways to fight back with two layups. Boone hit his 3-pointer, his second of the game, with 26 seconds remaining, helping UR take his 48-45 lead in his final 10 minutes.
Lead changes were exchanged in the fourth as teams continued to trade buckets. GW went 10-4 with over 2 minutes of action to take a 6-point lead 65-59 with 1:30 remaining. Budnik got the jumper within four of him with a minute remaining, giving UR the momentum to force back-to-back turnovers, including a Townshend steal. Grabah found Hill for driving his layup to bring the Spiders within two seconds of him with less than ten seconds remaining. UR took two shots with time up, but both shots limped out.