Spiders, VCU victorious on women's basketball court

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Sunday was a successful day on the women's basketball court for both Richmond and VCU.

Rachael Bilney became the 19th Spider to notch 1,000 points as Richmond dominated UMass, 81-63. The Spiders improved to 13-13, 3-7 in Atlantic 10 play.

Four Spiders scored in double-figures, led by Kristina King's 17 points. Bilney added 16, while Becca Wann scored 15. Yazmean Burgess came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points.

Bilney's 1,000th point came from a familiar (and special) source when twin sister Sam dished to her for a layup at the 17:17 mark in the second half.

Bilney also recorded two three-point shots moving into sole possession of third-place on Richmond's all-time list with 186 career bombs.

The Spiders snapped a season-long four-game losing streak, as they recorded their first win since Jan. 27.

Meanwhile, VCU faced La Salle in its Pink Out game, as the Rams partnered with Massey Cancer Center to promote breast cancer awareness.  Several Massey patients served as guest coaches and were honored during the game.

The Rams certainly brought their A-game, using an 23-2 first half run to take the lead and never looked back, en route to a 69-50 win over the Exporers.  VCU improves to 10-15, 3-7 in conference play.

Four Rams scored eleven points in a balanced scoring attack and VCU held La Salle to 27 percent shooting.

Richmond and VCU will meet for their first battle as Atlantic 10 foes on Wednesday at the Robins Center.  Tip-off is set for 7:00pm.

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