UR tops VCU in women's hoops

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU and the University of Richmond's first meeting as A-10 rivals on the women's basketball court had plenty on the line Wednesday night. The pair are battling for a spot in the Atlantic-10 Tournament, and the Spiders now have the upper hand.

The Spiders made a season-high 12 three-pointers en route to a 66-62 victory over city-rival VCU Wednesday.

Richmond improved to 14-13, 4-7 while winning its fifth-straight win over its cross-town rival. The Spiders have taken 12 of the last 14 over the Rams. VCU fell to 10-16, 3-8.

Richmond now finds itself in the thick of the conference standings as it looks to clinch a spot at the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Philly next month. VCU falls to 13th place in the A-10, with only the top 12 making the tournament.

Robyn Parks, the second-leading scorer in the league, led VCU with 29 points and 20 rebounds.

The Bilney twins spearheaded the winning effort by both reaching special milestones on the night. Rachael Bilney, honored in a pregame ceremony for scoring her 1,000th point over UMass Sunday, finished with a team-high 17 points. Bilney also moved into second all-time in career three-point shots (190) with a game-high five threes.

Twin Samantha Bilney poured in a career-high 14 points, making 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Becca Wann added 12 points and six assists off the bench. Kristina King tied a career-high with eight assists.

Richmond went a season-high 12-of-29 (41.4%) from behind the arc and shot at a 25-of-56 (44.6%) clip from the field. The Spiders had 18 assists and nine steals.

Richmond's bench outscored VCU 23-6. The Spiders led by as many as 14 with 7:09 left in the game.

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