RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond women's basketball team rallied past the Georgetown Hoyas, 65-57, to start the season 2-0 Sunday afternoon at the Robins Center.
The Spiders are now 2-0 over BIG EAST squads this season, after they downed Providence on opening night this past Friday. The Hoyas dropped to 1-1 overall.
Richmond had three Spiders in double figures that all scored over 15 points. Redshirt-senior Genevieve Okoro and sophomore Janelle Hubbard led the squad with 17 points apiece for their second-straight contest with double figures. Junior Lauren Tolson followed in with 16 points, which is one shy away from her career high.
In such a defensive battle from start to finish, the Spiders forced 20 Hoya turnovers with the help of 11 steals, including four from both Hubbard and freshman Kylie Murphree. Richmond also held Georgetown to just 27.5 percent from the field and just three three-pointers (3-14, 21.4%) all game.
Okoro also led the team with nine rebounds, while senior Liz Brown pulled down five and recorded three blocks. Murphree also added four rebounds and four assists to go along with her four steals.
Richmond went out to another fast start as it took a 7-0 lead after tip-off, but Georgetown made it a one-point game (11-10) six minutes in. It was back-and-forth play from then on as the lead changed four times in the first half, but the Spiders went into the break up 33-27.
Okoro was flawless in the first 20 minutes as she went 4-for-4 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the line to lead both teams with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks heading into halftime.
Coming out of the half, the Spiders held on to their lead until the 11:06 mark when the Hoyas tied the game up at 46 on their 17th free throw of the half. Georgetown went on to hit four-straight points, which was its largest lead of the day, but Richmond capitalized on an 8-0 run with four minutes to go that eventually proved to be enough to secure the win.
The Spiders will conclude its three-game homestand Thursday, Nov. 20 when they host Longwood at 7 p.m.