Greensboro turns early lead into 55-41 upset of No. 13 Mary Washington
The Pride trailed for a total of 1:36 as it rolled past No. 13 Mary Washington 55-41 on Saturday at the Methodist Turkey Shootout. Greensboro nearly led wire-to-wire and broke open a tight game in the second half for its first win of the season.
After falling behind 2-0, the Pride used a 9-1 spurt to grab a 9-3 advantage just over four minutes into the game. The lead grew to 20-12 following a lay-up by Alicia Burr with 9:46 on the first half clock.
Mary Washington clawed its way back, pulling to within 20-19 after a 7-0 run. Greensboro pushed the margin to 27-21 before going into the break with a 27-24 lead.
The Eagles took their second lead of the night in the opening minutes of the second half, going ahead 30-29. The Pride responded with a 6-0 run to go back on top 35-30 and never trailed again.
Greensboro continued to add cushion, gradually growing the advantage to double digits at 45-35 on a three-pointer by Kamia Strickland with eight minutes remaining. Strickland's three capped a 16-5 Pride run that spanned six minutes.
Mary Washington came no closer than eight points down the stretch as Greensboro pulled away to 55-41.
Bianca Richburg led all scorers on the night with 17 points. She notched a double-double, with a game-high 12 rebounds. Also contributing double figures in scoring was Chevena Pickard with 16 points. Pickard recorded 11 of her points in the first half.
Overall, Greensboro shot 44 percent from the field while limiting the Eagles to 34 percent shooting, including a dismal 1-9 from beyond the arc. The Pride won despite being outrebounded 45-35.
Greensboro is now 1-1 on the season and will conclude the Turkey Shootout on Sunday against Virginia Wesleyan.