Three days after losing during the final seconds, the University of Richmond women's basketball team lost another tight ball game to Temple University, 77-67, on Wednesday night at the Robins Center.
After Richmond pulled to within one point during the final minutes, Temple went on a 10-0 run to seal the game.
The Spiders shot 31 percent from the field. Additionally, the Owls outscored the Spiders 34-14 in the paint.
Junior Brittani Shells led the Spiders with 21 points. Abby Oliver, who had scored in double figures during the last six games, was held to just 4 points. She played only 21 minutes because of foul trouble.
"It was a tough loss," junior Crystal Goring said. "We're getting better and better with every game we play but it's still frustrating when we lose."
Goring scored a season-high 13 points during the loss.
Despite shooting 34 percent from the field during the first half and turning the ball over 12 times, the Spiders only trailed 39-35 at halftime.
Richmond kept a close pace to begin the second half.
The team took its first lead in more than 20 minutes midway through the second half when junior Katie Holzer put back an offensive rebound and got fouled in the process. She converted the three-point play to put the Spiders up 51-50.
After Kara Powell made two free throws to put Richmond up by three with less than five minutes to play, Temple went on a 6-0 run to take a 61-58 lead.
Temple outscored Richmond 16-9 during the final three minutes.
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This was the final Richmond home game during the 2009-10 season. The team will play its final two games of the season on the road, starting with a rescheduled game at George Washington University on Feb. 26 and at St. Louis University on Feb. 28.
Contact staff writer Nick Mider at firstname.lastname@example.org
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