The 11-5 Explorers welcomed the Richmond Spiders (12-6) to the Tom Gola arena. The Explorers had just come out of a win against George Mason on the road, and were looking to continue their two-game win streak. Fueled by the presence of all of the students coming back onto campus, the Explorers were looking to avoid a loss similar to the one the men’s team had faced.
The game began with a shootout between the two teams, without either team being able to surpass the other by more than two points. After a short media time out, the Explorers were able to score nine points, giving them a 20-13 lead over the Spiders at the end of the first quarter. At the start of the second quarter, the Explorers were able to score seven unanswered points, giving the team an 11-point lead. Although the Spiders were able to cut the deficit down to eight points, the Explorers managed a turnover in the last 16 seconds of the game, giving the Explorers a 10-point lead heading into the half.
Junior guard Claire Jacobs was the real story of the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first four minutes of the quarter, and with her seventh bucket of the game, scored her 1000th point of her Collegiate career, becoming the 22nd person to ever hit that mark, and being the third fastest player in the program’s history to do it. With her team-high 17 points, Jacobs was able to lead the Explorers to a 77-57 win over the Spiders, moving the Explorers to 11-6 in the season, and 4-1 in conference play.
The Explorers hope to continue their win streak heading into Wednesday, as they are on the road against the 9-8 St. Bonaventure Bonnies.