The Spiders overcame a halftime deficit and hung on late to beat Wichita State,49-46, Friday at the Cancun Challenge.
Hartford maintained a 30-23 lead going into the break, but it was the Spiders who struck early to get the score to within 34-31 with remaining.
After Richmond went ahead 37-36 with 16:41 remaining in the game, Boston went on a 9-2 run to swing momentum its way and take its biggest lead at 45-39. Richmond would counter with an Okoro jumper, but Boston managed to keep its lead a two-possession game.
The pesky Spiders pieced together a mighty second-halfcomeback after finding themselves down 49-34 with 15:22 remaining in the game. The Hurricanes opened the second frame with 13 unanswered points and looked to put the game away early in the last half.
The Spiders improved to 7-1 in season openers under head coach Michael Shafer and recorded their fifth consecutive season-opening win. Richmond moved to 23-12 in the series against the Lancers.
Oliver’s 93.8 percent mark (106-113) from the charity stripe ranked first in the nation. As a team, Richmond sunk 405-512 free-throw attempts for a 79.9 percent accuracy from the line to rank third nationally.
The Roanoke, Va. native finished her decorated four-year career as the program’s seventh leading scorer (1,488 points) and the nation’s best at the charity stripe (106-113,94%)…
The Spider senior subbed out at the 12:48 mark, with the score even at 9, and returned four minutes later to a 16-12 deficit…
Sophomore Genevieve Okoro scored a team-high 19 points to lead four Spiders in double figures as Richmond rolled past Miami (OH), 76-54, on Thursday night at the Robins Center…