RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Spider women's basketball team shot the lights out Wednesday night at the Robins Center, and one player put her name in the record books. Rachael Bilney scored a career-high 32 points, behind a single-game record eight threes as the Spiders beat GW, 74-57.
The Spiders improved to 13-3, 1-1 while GW fell to 8-8, 1-1. It was Richmond's seventh-straight win over its home-and-home rival.
Besides being a career-high, Bilney's 32 tallies was a Spider season-high and the most point production from a Richmond player since Brittani Shells scored 34 points to open the 2010-11 season at Western Carolina Nov. 12, 2010.
Bilney's eight long-range bombs set a single-game record for three-point shots in a game. Bilney surpassed five other Spiders who had currently sunk seven threes in a game. The most recent to hit seven threes in a game was Araceli Gil against Fordham Jan. 22, 2006.
Bilney ended her memorable night with a career-high 32 points, behind 9-of-11 from the field, 8-of-9 from long range, 6-of-6 from the line, five rebounds, career-high six assists and three steals.
Oliver followed Bilney with 17 tallies and three assists. Richmond, ranked second in the country in free-throw percentage, went a pristine 16-of-16 from the charity stripe. The Spiders hit a season-high 12three-point shots, the most long-range buckets since Jan. 8, 2011 against GW. (The Spiders also made 12 three-pointers).
Richmond led 32-30 at the break after a slow start, but picked up the pace shortly into the last frame. The Spiders outscored GW 42-27 in the second half as they improved to 7-2 at the Robins Center.
Richmond plays four of its next five games on the road, starting with UMass Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Amherst.
VCU women beat ODU in OT
Senior Andrea Barbour recorded a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds, while classmate Courtney Hurt added 22 points and 16 boards, and VCU used a strong second half on its way to a hard fought, 76-72 overtime victory against league rival Old Dominion Wednesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
VCU (10-5, 3-1 CAA) used an early 12-0 second half run to erase an 11-point deficit, and made key stops on defense down the stretch to pick up its fifth straight home win.
Junior Chelsea Snyder (pictured, left), who finished with five points and 10 rebounds, converted a layup to tie the game at 70-70 with 1:30 left in regulation. The Lady Monarchs would have the ball with the final shot but Snyder stood strong underneath and denied Old Dominion's leading scorer Tia Lewis a solid look to force overtime.
Hurt scored five straight to start the extra period and VCU kept Old Dominion off the board through the first 4:05 until a layup from Myeisha Hall with 55 seconds left cut the deficit to 75-72. The Lady Monarchs again had a chance to get a shot off at the end of overtime but Hall traveled with two seconds left and junior Robyn Hobson hit a free throw on the ensuing possession to secure the win.
Sophomore Robyn Parks added 10 points, while freshman Christina Carter chipped in seven and a game-high six assists for VCU.
After losing 46 of 48 games against Old Dominion from 1975-2009, including a stretch of 17-straight CAA titles, VCU has won three in a row and five of the last six against the Lady Monarchs. Five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by an average of 3.5 points.
Old Dominion (5-11, 2-2 CAA) raced out to a 24-17 advantage on a pair of free throws from Mairi Buchan at the 9:32 mark before VCU scored seven straight to knot the score for the third time less than two minutes later. It was as close as the Rams would get the remainder of the half as a jumper from Lewis put the Lady Monarchs back in front on their next possession.
Buchan then capped off a 10-2 run spanning three minutes to give Old Dominion a 34-26 advantage at the 4:41 mark. The Lady Monarchs eventually pushed their lead to 11 with 1:50 showing before back-to-back triples from Hurt and Carter quickly pulled VCU within 41-36 with a minute to go.
The Lady Monarchs pushed their lead back to 11 less than a minute into the second stanza before the Rams, who held Old Dominion to just one field goal during a six-minute stretch, erupted for a 12-0 run, including seven points from Hurt, and Barbour (pictured, right) knotted the score at 47-47 on a fast break layup with 15:43 remaining.
VCU would continue to battle and tied the score three more times over the next 5:41 before taking its first lead of the game on a look underneath from freshman Aprill McRae with 10:02 to go.
VCU begins a three-game road trip at William & Mary on Jan. 15. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. The Rams then face UNCW for the third time in four games on Jan. 19 before closing their road swing at George Mason on Jan. 22.