Friday, November 20, 2009

Daily Dribble

Thursday's results

Maryland 84, Old Dominion 67: More learning the hard way for the Lady Monarchs, who as in their opener against Stanford were exploited by bigs inside (Maryland's 6-3 Diandra Tchatchouang and 6-4 Lynetta Kizer combined for 41 points). The bright spots: another determined second-half effort to fight off an impending blowout, success with their pressure defense and a career scoring night from Jasmine Parker (24 points).

Parker's performance was even more stunning given her personal tragedy. Classy tweet from Maryland coach Brenda Frese: Admiration for the toughness of Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker. Played great against us while dealing w/family tragedy. Wish her the best!

Virginia Tech 70, George Mason 41: 26-percent shooting will cost you every time. Great Tech defense, or poor Mason offense? For the Patriots' sake - and Tech's too, for that matter - let's hope it's the former.

Hampton 71, William and Mary 66: Once again for William and Mary, the worst things in life were free. The Tribe spoiled an otherwise solid effort with 19-of-37 shooting from the line, with the lowlight a 5-of-13 performance by All-Everything Else forward Tiffany Benson. Wonder what these guys are working on this afternoon.

Friday's games

Drexel (1-1) at Richmond (2-0), 7 p.m.
- The Dragons typically take a few games to fine-tune their precision offense; the veteran Spiders already seem to have their stuff down cold. Richmond 62, Drexel 58

VCU (1-0) vs. Arkansas State (2-1) (Seton Hall Classic), 8 p.m.
- The Rams better come braced for battle - on Monday Arkansas State pulled off an 80-79 overtime win at Kansas State. The winner faces either Seton Hall or Morgan State tomorrow. VCU 74, Arkansas State 72

Liberty (2-0) vs. Tulane (1-0) (Navy Classic), 4:45 p.m.
- Maybe it's the number - Megan Frazee wore No. 40 through four star-studded years at Liberty. The number now belongs to redshirt freshman Devon Brown, who has scored 26 points in both of the Lady Flames' games. Today's winner faces either Navy or Loyola (Md.) for the title. Liberty 68, Tulane 56

Utah Valley (2-2) at Longwood (0-2), 5 p.m.
- Lancers must cut down their turnovers (24 per game) to give themselves a chance. Utah Valley 67, Longwood 62

St. Paul's (0-1) at Norfolk State (0-2), 6 p.m.
- A Division II opponent, at home, should be just the ticket for the improved Spartans to break into the win column...shouldn't it? Norfolk State 71, St. Paul's 55

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