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Game Recap: Women’s Basketball | 11/25/2020
BLACKSBURG, Va.– The University of Richmond women’s basketball team scored 44 points in the final two quarters but couldn’t overcome Virginia Tech’s size in an 85-64 loss in the 2020-21 season opener Wednesday at Cassell Coliseum.
“You never want to be happy with a loss,” head coachAaron Roussellsaid. “Coming into an environment like this, I think we are very encouraged with a lot of things that we saw today. We had a really tough matchup against two very good post players and a lot of great shooters. I think we are a really good shooting team but we didn’t shoot the ball well today.”
The Spiders (0-1) finished with three players in double-figures as juniorKate Klimkiewicz(Oakton, Va.) led the team with 14 points and a career-tying four steals. JuniorClaire Holt(Hoover, Ala.) added 12 points and freshmanAddie Budnik(Highland Park, Ill.) scored 12 points in her Spider debut.
FreshmanSiobhan Ryan(Buffalo, N.Y.) had nine points earning her first collegiate start and was 4-for-7 from the field. SophomoreElaina Chapman(Richmond, Va.) had eight points and five rebounds off the bench. Richmond shot 38.3 percentage from the field but was just 5-for-25 (20.0 percent) from the three-point line.
Virginia Tech used their size upfront outrebounding Richmond 40-31 with Elizabeth Kitley finishing with a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds. Asiah Jones added 17 points and five rebounds to lead the frontcourt. Georgia Amoore led all scorers with 19 points and was 4-for-7 from downtown. All five Virginia Tech starters finished in double-figures.
The Hokies finished the game 12-for-29 from the three-point line with Aisha Sheppard hitting 5-of-8 from deep. Virginia Tech started fast with a 24-14 first quarter lead thanks to some hot shooting.
The Spiders trailed 42-20 at halftime after Virginia Tech shot 51.5 percent from the field. The Hokies also hit seven three-pointers, including five Sheppard. Richmond was just 3-for-13 from the three-point line and was held to three free throws.
In the third quarter, Richmond was much more aggressive leading to 21 points alone in the quarter. The Spiders outscored Virginia Tech 21-19 in the third and was 6-for-9 from the free throw line. Ryan scored five of her nine points in the quarter.
The Spiders continued to play well in the final quarter scoring 23 points and shot 69.2 percent from the field (9-for-13). Budnik scored on back-to-back layups to start the quarter to become the first Spider in double-figures. Klimkiewicz scored six points in a two-minute span to finish with 14 points.
With 2:53 remaining, Holt hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 80-57 and Richmond would outscore the Hokies 7-2 to make the final score 85-64.
“I am really encouraged with how we came out after halftime,” Roussell said. “I told our players we should feel much more confident after this game. I thought across the board there was a lot of positives and we will continue to use those going forward in practice.”
FreshmanGrace Townsend(Midlothian, Va.), came off the bench to grab six rebounds and was 3-for-4 from the free throw line. The Spiders return home to host Georgetown in the 2020-21 home opener on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. inside the Robins Center.
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