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SLU, VCU, Dayton & Richmond Earn #A10WBB Wins

Release: 02/19/2014
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
Dayton 84, La Salle 69
PHILADELPHIA –  No. 22 University of Dayton women’s basketball (19-5, 12-1 A-10) came back from an early first half, 12-point deficit to defeat La Salle (12-14, 7-7 A-10) 84-69 Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena in an Atlantic 10 clash.

Sophomore Amber Deane led UD with 22 points, the seventh time in her career she has scored 20+ points. She also added eight assists and three steals. Junior Andrea Hoover contributed 19 points and tied her career-high for steals (4). Junior Ally Malott notched her 11th career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Freshman
Celeste Edwards scored 12 points, all in the second half.

After trailing most the first half, the Flyers finished with a flourish, outscoring the Explorers 31-12 in the final 11 minutes of the first half.  Dayton had another solid shooting performance, making 46.3 percent of its shots (31-of-67).

The Flyer defense held the Explorers without a three-point field goal in the second half. UD also won the battle of the boards 48-38.
Alicia Cropper drained 16 of her game-high 24 points in the first half to lead La Salle. Micahya Owens added 14 for the Explorers (12-14, 7-7 Atlantic 10) and Jasmine Alston chipped in 10 along with a team-best six assists.

Richmond 89, UMass 76
AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore Lauren Tolson was one of five Spiders in double figures as she set a career-high 17 points to lift the Richmond women’s basketball team over the UMass Minutewomen, 89-76, Wednesday at the Mullins Center.

Richmond (12-14, 6-7 A-10) scored a season-high 89 points thanks to 49 percent from the field, while holding UMass (3-24, 0-13 A-10) to 45 percent and 9-of-14 free throws (64%). The Spiders forced 14 turnovers to pick up 15 points.

In addition to her career high, Tolson tallied seven rebounds. Senior Kristina King led the team with nine boards and tallied 16 points. Senior Amber Nichols tied her career-high 14 points, while bringing down five rebounds and two steals. Frehsman Janelle Hubbard also tallied 14 points and a career-high nine assists. Redshirt-junior Genevieve Okoro rounded out the pack with 11 points and two steals.

The Spiders came out hot in the first half, shooting a blazing 53 percent from the floor. Richmond raced out to a 20-11 lead 10 minutes in with the help of a 6-0 run at the start. Hitting seven treys to end the first 20 minutes with shooting 50 percent from three-point range, Richmond held the commanding 47-31 lead at halftime.

Hubbard led both teams with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in the first half, while Tolson followed with nine points and five rebounds as she went 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

Richmond kept its momentum rolling in the second half. The

Minutewomen tried to battle back, coming within nine three times under the 10-minute mark, but the Spiders held on for the win.

Jasmine Harris scored 21 points to lead UMass. Kim Pierre-Louis added her fifth career double-double, and the fourth in the last eight games, with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Seven of her boards came on the offensive end while she went 6-for-12 on field goals and added three points through four trips to the free throw line.

VCU 74, St. Bonaventure 57
RICHMOND, VA -- The VCU women's basketball team used a huge second half to roll past second-place St. Bonaventure, 74-57, en route to the program's sixth 20-win season in program history.

VCU outscored the Bonnies 47-16 after halftime, forcing 15 turnovers and holding SBU to just four field goals. Freshman Isis Thorpe finished with a game-high 19 points, 16 of which came in the second half, while senior Robyn Parks added 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Bonaventure showed why they entered Wednesday's matchup as the second-place team in the Atlantic 10 with a 7-0 start to the game. However, the Rams responded with a 13-3 run of their own capped off by a 3-pointer by Thorpe to grab a 13-10 VCU lead with 14:13 to play in the first half.

SBU's Katie Healy would slowly start to take over the first half, leading an 11-1 run and then continuing to extend the Bonnies' lead, reaching as much as 17.

A 3-pointer from Jessica Pellechio in the final minute of the first half cut into SBU's lead as VCU headed to the break down 41-27.

VCU came alive in the second half, forcing eight SBU turnovers in the first eight minutes of the stanza en route to a 20-4 VCU run to give the Rams their first lead since early in the game at 47-45 with 11:57 to play.

The Bonnies answered and regained the lead at 51-47 with 10:32 to play. SBU would score six points the rest of the way.

Thorpe scored 11 of VCU's final 27 points as the Rams closed out the game on a 27-6 run to blow away the Bonnies.

Saint Louis 57, Rhode Island 53
ST. LOUIS – Erin Nelson and Denisha Womack combined for 31 points, and Saint Louis held off a stubborn Rhode Island team for a 57-53 Atlantic 10 Conference victory Wednesday night at Chaifetz Arena.

The Billikens, who have won six of their last eight, improved to 11-15 overall and 6-7 in the A-10. Rhode Island (7-20, 2-12) suffered a fourth consecutive defeat.

Nelson, who tied her career high for 3-point field goals with a 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc, scored 16 points. Womack posted her fifth double-double and seventh double-digit rebound total of the season with a 15-point, 15-rebound performance. She tied her career high for total rebounds and grabbed a career-high six offensive boards.

Olivia Jakubicek and Desirae Ball tallied nine points apiece for SLU, which committed just 10 turnovers. The Billikens have suffered 12 or fewer turnovers in four straight and six of their last eight outings.

Rhode Island’s Samantha Tabakman scored a game-high 17 points and collected eight rebounds. Sydney Lewis had nine points and nine rebounds, Teneka Whittaker netted nine points, Kerry Wallack gathered eight boards and Symone Bullard recorded a game-high five assists.

The difference in the game was 3-point shooting. Saint Louis connected six times from distance, while Rhode Island was held without a trey.
Rhode Island scored the first six points of the second half to forge a 31-31 tie. Nelson drained a 3-pointer and followed with a layup to put Saint Louis back on top 36-31.

The Billiken lead was narrowed to one on two occasions before the Rams tied it at 38 on a Tati Johnson free throw with 11:56 remaining. Nelson responded immediately with another trey that gave SLU the lead for good, and Jamesia Price connected from deep for a 44-38 Billiken edge.

Saint Louis twice led by nine in the second half, the second time a 51-42 cushion with 7:01 to play. Rhode Island whittled away, however, and trailed 55-52 when Tabakman made a layup with 1:26 left.

Ball and Jakubicek came up with crucial offensive rebounds on the Bills’ next possession, and Jakubicek hit a free throw for a 56-52 lead with 21 seconds to play. Bullard’s free throw with 14 seconds left made it a one-possession game again.

Womack rebounded the miss on Bullard’s second attempt from the line, was fouled and sank one of two from the stripe to provide the final margin.

Saint Louis tallied the first seven points of the game and kept URI off the scoreboard until the 15:06 mark. A Nelson triple gave the Billikens their largest first-half lead, 17-8, with 8:47 remaining.

Rhode Island used a 7-0 run to shrink the Saint Louis lead to 17-15. But Sadie Stipanovich’s layup and a Ball 3-pointer put the Bills up by seven less than a minute later, and SLU took a 31-25 lead to the locker room.
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