Spiders top UMass as Shafer becomes winningest coach

Spiders women top UMass as Shafer becomes winningest coach

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond head coachMichael Shafer recorded his 167th-career win when the Richmond women's basketball team cruised by the UMass Minutewomen, 64-44, Saturday afternoon at the Robins Center.

In his 10th season at Richmond, Shafer is 167-134 all-time and with this win surpassed the famous Spider Fanny Crenshaw to become Richmond's most winningest coach in women's basketball history. Crenshaw was 166-58-6 throughout her 35 years (1919-1955) as Richmond's head coach.

The win improved the Spiders to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in the A-10, while UMass fell to 8-11 on the season and 2-5 in the league.

After back-and-forth play for the first 10 minutes, Richmond pulled away on an 11-2 run over a three-minute span starting at the 11:53 mark when the Spiders and Minutewomen were tied at 13. Richmond held UMass to three more points to go into halftime with the 33-18 lead.

The Spiders shot 39 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes and went 5-for-5 from the free throw line, while forcing 13 UMass turnovers off of eight steals. Junior Lauren Tolson led the floor with eight points and five rebounds.

Richmond pulled away in the second half and never looked back. The Spiders led by as many as 26, which came at the 6:42 mark, thanks to 52 percent shooting percentage for the entire half.

Overall, the Spiders only missed one free throw as they went 13-for-14 for a 92.9 percentage. Redshirt-senior Genevieve Okoro led the way with an 8-for-8 performance. She ended the day leading the floor with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Senior Liz Brown followed Okoro with 10 points and six rebounds. She was also perfect from the line, going 2-for-2.

Joining Okoro and Brown in flawless free-throw percentage was freshmen Karleigh Wike (2-2) and Kylie Murphree (1-1).

Richmond shot 44 percent from the floor and went 43.8 percent (7-16) from behind the arc, while holding UMass to 32 percent from the floor and only putting the Minutewomen on the line four times. The Spiders ended the day with 14 steals and caused 22 UMass turnovers for 22 points.

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