RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For the first time since the death of assistant coaches Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis, the Richmond women's basketball team will take the floor for an official game. Doyle and Lewis passed away in a hot air balloon accident in May.
The Spiders tip off their season against Providence on Friday at 4:00pm, and the memory of Doyle and Lewis will be very much present. There will be a halftime ceremony honoring their families during both the men's and women's games at the Robins Center, moments of silence will be held and video tributes will be shown.
Head coach Michael Shafer says it will be an emotional night. The challenge for Shafer will be finding the balance between the emotion and having to compete in a game. The head coach spoke very highly of his team's off-season performance and now is anxious to see how that carries over to game action.
After the Spider women face Providence, the men will take on Radford at 7:30pm. Click on the above video to hear from Shafer and senior Genevieve Okoro about the emotional night ahead.