Richmond, Va. – Behind the first-class career night Maggie Dogan, the University of Richmond women’s basketball team won a key A-10 battle against George Mason 73-58 on Saturday evening at the Robbins Center. With the win, the Spiders snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the A-10, while the Patriots fell to 10-10 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
“I think the hustle was there today,” the head coach said. Aaron Russell. “The physicality in today’s game was much better. It spoke volumes for our team’s strengths and the way we were able to beat a team that shot the ball well by double digits speaks volumes for our team.”
Dogan led the team with 18 points and 12 rebounds in addition to back-to-back double-doubles and her first career start. She also recorded a career-high five field goals, a career-high two three-pointers, a career-high six steals and a career-high three blocks. Jr Addie Budnik 14 points on 4 of 8 from the field as a junior Siobhan Ryan He is the third Spider in double figures, recording 13 points in addition to an assist.
As a team, the Spiders shot 24 of 47 (51.1%) from the field, 7 of 18 (38.9%) from deep and 18 of 24 (75%) from the line. The team had 45 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and nine blocks.
The Patriots shot 19 of 60 (31.7%) from the field, 6 of 24 (25%) from deep and 14 of 22 (63.6%) from the line. George Mason was led by Taylor Jameson’s 16 points and Neku Mitchell had a team-high six rebounds.
Budnick started the scoring campaign for UR, with a quick second-chance layup 35 seconds into the game. Dogan followed with another layup to give UR an early 4-0 lead. Later, a huge trey from Duggan gave the Spiders a six-point lead with 4:25 left in the quarter. Graduation Emilia Christa Grava He ended the first quarter with a jumper for the Spiders to give UR a 20-8 lead at the break.
In the first 10 minutes, the Spiders were paced by Duggan, who scored eight points while four other Spiders managed two points. Jr Grace Townsend Doogan and Budnik each recorded a block while dropping two dimes in the quarter.
In the second quarter, Hill started the scoring effort as the Patriots went on a 4-0 run. Jr. at 4:06 p.m Siobhan Ryan The sophomore scored a great trey Kate Hill And then followed the game with another three-pointer, increasing the lead to 42-19 in favor of the Spiders. George Mason’s final layup with 1:02 left in the half sent the Spiders into the locker room leading 42-21.
Duggan continued to lead the Spider offense with 10 points in the first half, shooting 4-for-7 from the field, 2-for-4 from deep, and added five rebounds and two blocks. Ryan scored eight points in the first 20 minutes and dropped a dime, while Budnick and Hill each had five points.
As a team, the Spiders were 17 of 26 from the field (65.4%), 6 of 12 from deep (50%) and a perfect 2 of 2 from the free throw line. UR scored five points off of eight Patriot turnovers as the Spiders bench rallied by 10 points at the half.
He scored five free throws from Hill and Doogan to maintain a 20-point lead, 47-27, before the Patriots began to chip away at the lead in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 47-36. Two minutes later, Doogan made a layup to push the Spiders’ lead to 56-42 and Budnik continued to maintain a 14-point lead, 60-47, with a pair of free throws to end the quarter.
In the final 10 minutes, UR was able to lead by 16 points thanks to the efforts of Budnik and Ryan, and the teams traded points in the first five minutes. After Budnik scored a pair of free throws, George Mason responded with two free throws of his own, but the Spiders pulled away with a double-digit victory, 73-58.
The Spiders are back in action on Wednesday, January 29 before playing host to St. Joseph on the road at Fordham at 1 p.m. for the Play4K/National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration at the Robins Center presented by CarMax.