Women's Basketball Falls at Richmond, 74-57
Spiders Pull Away with 16-0 Second-Half Run
Jan. 11, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond guard Rachael Bilney scored 32 points, including eight 3-pointers, as the host Spiders defeated the George Washington women's basketball team, 74-57, on Wednesday evening at the Robins Center.
GW falls to 8-8 overall and 1-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference play, while Richmond improves to 13-3 overall and 1-1 in the A-10.
The game remained close for the first 30 minutes, as neither team led by more than six points. The Colonials used a 19-9 lead early in the first half to take a 19-14 advantage at the 10:56 mark, as senior Tara Booker and sophomore Chelisa Painter each had six points in that stretch.
The teams traded 7-0 runs, but Richmond scored seven of the final nine points of the half to take a 32-30 advantage into the break.
The Colonials started the second half fast, making three of their first five attempts in an 8-2 spurt to regain a five-point advantage, 39-34, with 16:42 to go. The Spiders responded with a 15-5 run with seven points by Abby Oliver and six from Bilney to take the lead for good.
Still, GW was within one point with 10:16 remaining after a 3-pointer by senior Tiana Myers and a put-back by Booker before Richmond took control of the game with 18 straight points over the next 5:33.
A 3-pointer by Booker broke up the hosts' run at the 4:31 mark, but the Colonials would get no closer than 14 points, and Bilney capped her career night with her eighth trey with five seconds remaining. The Spiders shot 60 percent from the floor in the second period, including 7-of-9 from long distance.
Booker and junior Danni Jackson led GW with 14 points apiece. Booker made 6-of-9 attempts from the field and added a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks, while Jackson was a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line and tallied four steals and two assists.
Bilney's 32 points came on 9-of-11 shooting, including 8-of-9 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, and she added six assists and three steals, while Oliver tallied 17 points and three helpers.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, when they host A-10 rival Charlotte at 2 p.m.
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