CHARLESTON, S.C. - Four College of Charleston women's basketball players scored in double-figures to power the team to a 82-74 victory over Richmond Friday at TD Arena.
The Cougars victory over Richmond is their first victory over an Atlantic 10 Conference school since beating Charlotte 78-59 during the 1980-81 season.
Senior Megan Fischer led the Cougars (5-5, 2-0) with a season-high 18 points and fellow senior Latisha Harris added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior Cathryn Hardy, who had nine offensive rebounds for the Cougars, scored 13 points and point guard Jillian Brown recorded her fifth career double-digit assist game with 10 assists. Junior Alyssa Frye added 15 points.
Fischer got the Cougars going as she scored the team's first four points to help the Cougars to an early 6-2 lead. Richmond (7-6, 0-0) would respond as they used an 11-0 run to capture the lead at 13-6 with 12:21 to go in the first half.
Freshman Shannon Hines, who had seven points off the bench hit a three-pointer to get the Cougars back on track and Hardy, who went three-of-four from beyond the arc hit a three-pointer and the Cougars surged to a 36-32 halftime lead. For the game the Cougars hit 11 three-pointers, their third most for a single game in school history.
The Cougars opened the second half on a 6-0 to take a 42-32, but Richmond answered again as they got within two at 56-54 with 7:09 to play in the game.
Frye, who is among the top-10 in NCAA DI in three-pointers made per game stepped up and hit a three-pointer on the next possession to put the Cougars up five at 59-54 with 6:48 to play. From there the Cougars hit timely baskets and free-throws to secure the victory.
For the game the Cougars had 20 assists on 27 field goals and forced Richmond into 18 turnovers, converting 17 points off those turnovers.
HEAD COACH NATASHA ADAIR
On getting the win over Richmond
"We were prepared. Whenever we go over the scouting report they take head to what the game plan is and they try their best to execute it. When we walked out of the locker room we talked about what Richmond was going to do, but what we needed to do to be successful. I'm proud of my players for how they kept fighting. We beat a very good Richmond team and I can't be more proud of my players than I am right now."
On Richmond closing the gap to two in the second half
"When I addressed the team it was about understanding that we were still in the lead. We talked about playing to win. After every timeout our kids did a phenomenal job of adjusting. We had four players in double figures and had a lot of players step up."
JUNIOR POINT GUARD JILLIAN BROWN
On getting the victory over Richmond
"Coming back from break we had two good practices and the coaches did a great job getting us ready for this game. We came together and played great on the defensive end, which is something we really emphasized."
On pushing the pace and sharing the ball
"I love to run and think we can get easy points that way. When the team comes together and we are all on the same page about running the floor good things happen."