RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A career-high performance of 24 points by senior forward Liz Brown helped lift the Richmond women's basketball team over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 79-72, Sunday afternoon at the Robins Center.
Brown went 8-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from three-point range to tally a career-high 24 points and lead all players. The Baltimore, Md., native also grabbed seven rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
In addition to Brown, four other Spiders charted double figures. Redshirt-senior Genevieve Okoro grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds, while sophomore Janelle Hubbard scored 14 points in her first start of the season. JuniorLauren Tolson added 12 points and sophomore Olivia Healy followed with 10 of her own.
Coming out of the half with a four-point lead, Richmond (4-4) used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to secure the win. With 16:02 on the clock, Okoro gave the Spiders the momentum turning a put-back into a three-point play after a Deacon foul. The run was capped off at the 13:14 mark off a corner three from Healy to force a Wake Forest timeout and put the Spiders up 11 (60-49).
The Demon Deacons could only cut the Spider lead to three, which came at the 5:49 mark, but Richmond held on for victory.
The Spiders shot 46.7 percent from the floor, including 53.8 percent from three-point range, while holding Wake Forest to 40.3 percent from the field. Dearica Hamby led the Deacons with 20 points, 17 of which came in the first half. Richmond shut down Wake Forest's leading scorer to just three free throws in the final 20 minutes of play, as she was 0-for-7 in field goals.
The win improves the Spiders to 7-3 all-time against Wake Forest and 12-11 since 2003 against ACC opponents. And with the wins against Virginia Tech and Miami last season, Richmond is currently on a three-game win streak against Atlantic Coast Conference foes.
Richmond will be back in action when it kicks off a five-game road swing Wednesday, Dec. 17 when it heads to UNC Wilmington for a 4:30 p.m. tip.