Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Around the state

Since the season is less than a week old, it's hardly surprising that there's little movement from the preseason poll in this second batch of rankings. Always look for this list on a Tuesday; this way we can fold in the results of the handful of marquee games that typically are scheduled on Mondays.

1. Virginia (2-0) Last week - 1
- Tune-ups against UMBC, Manhattan and USC Upstate (Thursday) sound like a perfect way to spoon-feed a young team before serving up a heaping helping of Tennessee on Sunday. Next: Wednesday vs. USC Upstate

2. James Madison (0-0) Last week - 2
- Freshman guard Tarik Hislop scored 20 points and Dawn Evans was Dawn Evans in Friday's exhibition. But watch out for Georgetown, where the Hoyas' "Sugar" enjoyed a sweet debut. Next: Wednesday vs. Georgetown

3. Richmond (2-0) Last week - 4
- The fast start should be no surprise - the Spiders are now 8-0 in November games since the 2007-08 season. Next: Friday vs. Drexel

4. Old Dominion (0-1) Last week - 3
- Jessica Canady is a warrior. So here's a request for the ODU coaching staff - please don't let your warrior play until her knee can at least see 100 percent. Next: Thursday at Maryland

5. VCU (1-0) Last week - 5
- We're still not sure who all of these Rams are, but that was one heck of an introduction Monday. Next: Friday vs. Arkansas State in Seton Hall Tournament

6. Liberty (1-0) Last week - 6
- Another group that looks to be smoothly retooling on the fly. Next: Tonight vs. UNC Greensboro

7. William and Mary (1-0) Last week - 8
- Congratulations, Emily Correal. But some of those rebounds should belong to Tiffany Benson. Let's get it together, Tiff. We want to see you out there dominating again. Next up: Thursday at Hampton

8. Virginia Tech (1-1) Last week - 7
- With 2 3-pointers so far, freshman sharpshooter Abby Redick only needs 455 more to catch big brother J.J. Next: Thursday vs. George Mason

9. George Mason (1-1) Last week - 9
- Rookie point guard Rahneeka Saunders is going to be a star, but her numbers so far (28 percent shooting, 7 assists, 13 turnovers) tells you how tough it is to learn to run a team. Next: Thursday at Virginia Tech

10. Radford (0-1) Last week - 10
- Sunday's disaster at William and Mary was a classic case of stage fright for a host of newcomers. Next: Saturday vs. Mount St. Mary's

11. Longwood (0-2) Last week - 11
- One bright spot - 6-4 freshman Heather Tobeck is averaging 4.5 blocks per game. Next: Friday vs. Utah Valley

12. Hampton (0-0) Last week - 12
- With no (public) exhibitions and no games so far, the Pirates remain something of a mystery. Next: Thursday vs. William and Mary

13. Norfolk State (0-1) Last week - 13
- Among the reasons why the Spartans should improve on last season's debacle - a more sensible schedule. Goodbye, Utah and Old Dominion; hello St. Paul's and Savannah State. Next: Wednesday at Wofford

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