Richmond falls to Virginia in WNIT

Charlottesville, VA (WWBT)- Richmond fell to Virginia Monday night in the second round of the WNIT, 68-55, at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.  The Spiders end the season with a 23-9 overall record.

The first half was back-and-forth as the score was tied five times, and the lead changed hands six occasions. Virginia sprinted out to a 12-3 run to go ahead 24-15 at the 7:17 mark but Richmond countered with an 8-2 run of its own to pull to within 26-23 with 3:47 left in the first frame. Virginia took a 32-28 lead into the break.

Virginia opened the second frame with the game's hot hand, pushing its advantage to 48-34 within the first five minutes, but Richmond chipped away at the lead, getting to within eight twice but timely Cavalier shots down the stretch sealed the win.

In her final collegiate game, senior Abby Oliver ended with a team-high 16 points.  Sophomore Becca Wann recorded her fifth double-double on 12 points and a team-best 11 rebounds, while classmate Kristina King finished just one point shy of her career high with 12 points off the bench.

Oliver finished as the program's seventh leading scorer (1,488 points) and the nation's best at the charity stripe (106-113, 94%). Oliver was a All Conference first team selection after leading the league in points per game (16.5). Oliver ranks fourth in three point field goals (152), second in games played (129), eighth in free throws (296) and ninth in field goals (519) in program history.

Oliver led Richmond scoring in 21 games this season, and amassed 72 career double-figure games, 28 this season. Oliver had 18 20-point or better games, and one career double-double. She is the lone senior on this year's squad.

Richmond reached the WNIT for the fourth-consecutive year and won 20 games or more for the third time in the last four seasons.  The 2011-12 squad became the seventh team in program history to win 22 or more games in a season. Oliver won a remarkable 85 games in her storied four-year career. Richmond's nine losses are the program's fewest since 2004-05.

Virginia moves on to the quarterfinals and will host Appalachian State on Thursday at John Paul Jones Arena.

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