Friday, November 20, 2009

Sis boom bah, Spartans!

Yea, Spartans! We're not against cheerleading here at Lady Swish (we'll get into a debate about whether that's a sport at another time.) Right now it's great to see Norfolk State get a win in November. Granted, it's over a Division II team, but, hey, these Spartans are light years ahead of the debacle that took the floor last season.

Norfolk State 77, St. Paul's 74
: Four, count 'em, four Spartans scored in double figures led by Whitney Long's 19. NSU finished 21 of 29 from the line and improves to 1-2. First win for coach Debra Clark, who has that curious interim label that NSU loves to saddle its coaches with.

Liberty 63, Tulane 52: Flames on fire! Liberty is 3-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Boosted by an early 24-2 run, Liberty never trailed and is in today's championship game of the Navy Classic.

Longwood 73, Utah Valley 51
: Now that's more like it Lancers! (Excuse our glee. We're still excited about Norfolk State.) A 14-0 second half run turned a close game into a blowout and gives Longwood its first victory of the season. (Extraneous fact of the night: Utah Valley hosts Boise State on Tuesday. Admission is $1 if you're from Idaho and you get in free if you're from Boise. (OK, so you don't get a free hotdog like you do in Charlottesville on Sunday when Virginia hosts Tennessee....). Why's Boise so big at Utah Valley. It's all in honor of senior Blake Reynolds who hails from Boise.

Drexel 67, Richmond 52: The squeaky clean Spiders only turned it over nine times. But the stat of the night is Gabriela Marginean and Jasmina Rosseel scoring 43 of the Dragons' 67 points. The 21 was a career high for junior guard Rosseel, who drained five of Drexel's nine 3s.

Virginia Commonwealth, 72, Arkansas State 43
: It was a blue night for the Red Wolves, who managed just 14 field goal versus the Rams' defense. VCU is 2-0.

A quick peek ahead to Saturday......
Mount St. Mary's at Radford, 7 p.m.: It's been a long wait between games for the Highlanders, who lost by 30 at William and Mary on Sunday. We're hoping for Radford to score its first win here, but funny thing is Radford is 0-4 at home against The Mount. Since we like writing The Mount, here's two more tidbits: Mount St. Mary's plays 10 of its first 13 on the road and is 1-1 (the win is over Canisius). Mount St. Mary's 62, Radford 51.
Liberty at Navy, 7 p.m.: It's gotta be about defense, something you'd think Navy would know a thing or two about. The Midshipmen drained 11 treys to romp over Loyola, but we still like the Flames in this one. Liberty 68, Navy 60.
Virginia Commonwealth vs. Morgan State: The Bears killed the gate by knocking off host Seton Hall. Look for VCU to roll. Virginia Commonwealth 79, Morgan State 48

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