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Fordham, Richmond Win Thrillers; St. Bonaventure & Duquesne Victorious As Well

Release: 01/15/2014
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

Richmond 67, George Mason 64 (ot)
– Freshman Olivia Healy led the Richmond women’s basketball team over A-10 newcomer George Mason, 67-64, Wednesday afternoon in front of a crowd of 1,876 for Dream Big Day at the Robins Center.

The win lifted the Spiders to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while the Patriots lost their fifth-straight to fall 6-12 on the season and 0-5 in the A-10.

Healy led three other Spiders in double-figures with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for her fourth double-double of the season and her second-straight game with seven assists.  

Redshirt junior Genevieve Okoro and freshman Janelle Hubbard followed with 13 points apiece, while Okoro brought down eight rebounds. And Kristina King tallied 11 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes played.

The Spiders shot 41.4 percent from the floor, while holding George Mason to just 36.8 percent. Richmond forced 17 turnovers, which it converted to 10 points. The Spiders outscored the Patriots, 30-16 in the paint.

Both teams were even in the first two regulations. The two teams went into the half tied at 24, before forcing overtime tied at 54. Richmond outscored George Mason 13-10 in overtime to clinch the victory.

With two minutes left in overtime, the Patriots tied the score at 62 with a put-back layup. The freshman duo Healy and Hubbard put the Spiders up four with a layup from each to hold off Mason.

Duquesne 67, Massachusetts 52
The Duquesne women's basketball team improved to 12-6 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference after defeating Massachusetts 67-52 on Wednesday night.

Raegan Moore led the Dukes with 17 points. Wumi Agunbiade recorded a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Olivia Bresnahan added 11 and Amadea Szamosi 9 for the Dukes who have won three straight games.

The Minutewomen (3-15, 0-4 A-10) were led by Kim Pierre-Louis who scored 17 off the bench.

The Dukes jumped all over the Minutewomen from the start, getting out to an early 10-2 lead at the first media timeout behind a pair of 3-pointers from Moore.

The Minutewomen ended the half by scoring the final six points as the Dukes took a 10-point lead into halftime, 35-25.

A pair of Moore foul shots at the 12:49 mark of the 2nd half put the Dukes at the 50 point mark and increased their lead to 16 points. Amadea Szamosi's 3-pointer four minutes later stretched the Duquesne lead to 20 points at 58-38 with nine minutes remaining. The closest UMass would come to tying the game was 15 points with 1:09 left in the contest.

Fordham 76, VCU 73
The Rams of Rose Hill outscored the Rams of Richmond 15-3 down the stretch, clinching Fordham's fourth Atlantic 10 win of the year, 76-73.
In the win, Erin Rooney accomplished something that had not been done in nearly 22 years at Fordham (15-3, 4-1 A-10).  The Christchurch, New Zealand, native tallied 11 points, 11 assists, and ten rebounds, becoming the first Ram since Kelly Roche on February 1st, 1992, to record a triple-double.
Abigail Corning scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the first half, while junior forward Emily Tapio scored 14 of her 16 in half number two.  Hannah Missry hit two huge three pointers and sank a pair of free throws down the stretch, finishing with 17 points.

VCU’s  Robyn Parks led all scorers with a game-high 26 points, while freshman Keira Robinson added 15 points to go along with seven assists, and classmate Isis Thorpe chipped in 13 points for VCU.  Senior Zakia Williams also finished with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Down 70-61 with 2:22 on the clock, Corning kicked off the run with a three-pointer from the corner.  One minute later, Rooney sank both ends of a one-and-one, pulling Fordham within four.  With her team's lead hanging in the balance, Isis Thorpe of VCU (15-3, 3-2) made one of two from the charity stripe to move ahead by five, but Missry responded with a three off the glass, making the deficit just two points with 1:14 to go. 

On the following offensive possession, Missry nailed another from deep, this one nothing but net, and the Rams grabbed their first lead since the 12 minute mark, 72-71.  Fordham came up with a huge stop on the ensuing VCU possession, and Rooney nailed another pair of free throws, putting the Rams up by three.  Following yet another stop, Missry sank two from the line, putting the game out of reach.

St. Bonaventure 58, La Salle 35
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team topped La Salle on Wednesday night at the Reilly Center by the score of 58-35.

This was the first conference loss of the season for La Salle, as they entered the contest 4-0. With the victory, the Bonnies improve to 13-6 overall and 2-2 in the A-10. The 35 points allowed by St. Bonaventure is the lowest point total by an opponent this season. 

The Bonnies (13-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10) were led by Katie Healy's double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Hannah Little added 13 off the bench.

No Explorer reached double figures. Micahya Owens led with nine points, while Leeza Burdgess and Alicia Cropper chipped in seven each for the Explorers (9-8, 4-1 Atlantic 10).

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