UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond used a dominating effort to end its skid against Saint Joseph's, 78-59, Saturday at the Robins Center.
The Spiders won their first game against the Hawks since 2007. Richmond had previously dropped four straight in the series. St. Joes fell to 14-8, 4-4.
Richmond improved to 18-5, 6-3 overall. The 18 wins matches last year's total, and marks the fourth consecutive season with at least 18 victories or more.
Today's win was head coach Michael Shafer's 120th at Richmond. The 18-5 mark is Richmond's best record since 2004-05, the last year the program went to the NCAA Tournament.
After the score was knotted-15 all at the 9:58 mark in the first half, Richmond went on a pivotal 12-0 run to take control of the game at 27-15 with 5:30 remaining. The Spiders clearly gained momentum and confidence with the spurt and went into the break with 33-25 lead.
The Spiders did not miss a beat in the second half, even pushing their lead to a game-high 22 advantage, 58-36, with 10:11 left.
Four Spiders scored in double-figures, led by the team's constant, Abby Oliver, and her 19 tallies. Two-sport wonder Becca Wann posted her third career double-double of 18 points (tying a career-high set against Hartford, Dec. 22, 2011) and 10 rebounds. Wann also led the team with five assists.
The Spiders decimated the Hawks on the glass, 42-26, and had 15 assists to the Hawks' eight. Richmond had 46 points in the paint and got 19 points from its bench.
The win was Richmond's third in a row.
The Spiders enjoy their bye week before returning to action next Saturday, Feb. 11 at home-and-home rival GW in Washington, D.C. Tip is slated for 2 p.m.