Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nightly dribble

Saturday's results:

Georgetown 78, Richmond 63:
Washington, D.C., is all about power, and quietly the Hoyas are making their way up the ranks with performances like today's. The Hoyas won their eighth straight behind 10 3-pointers and a career-high 24 points from junior Monica McNutt. Suffolk's own Sugar Rodgers -- last week's Big East Rookie of the Week -- continued to shine with 18 points of her own, and Georgetown shot 50 percent for the game. In case you didn't know, Terri Williams Flournoy (as in Boo Williams' sister) coaches these Hoyas and she's already signed two top players from Big Brother's Elite squad.

West Virginia 74, Longwood 43:
Another rugged road trip for the Lancers (2-8), whose bright spot today was Emma Zieverink. The sophomore - who incidentally is also a cheerleader at Longwood - came off the bench to lead the Lancers in scoring with 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds.

George Mason 62, Howard 55:

Congratulations, Patriots, who are 6-0 at home for the first time in school history. As thrilled as Jeri Porter must be with the win, the second-year Patriots coach must be a bit baffled at Howard shooting 19 percent in the first half and 52 percent in the second. Kudos go to Pitt transfer Ashleigh Braxton, whose 20-point effort is her best as a Patriot. A nod also goes to Bison junior Zykia Brown, who will sleep well tonight after notching 23 on 8-of-23 shooting in 40 minutes.

VCU 70, Radford 53:
It's wasn't exactly a warm homecoming for former Rams assistant and current Radford coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba. Beth Cunningham praised her team's sense of urgency coming off two straight losses as D'Andra Moss racked up 23 points. VCU's dominating presence on the boards (plus 16) makes last Sunday's lackluster rebounding performance against Richmond even more puzzling.

East Carolina 65, Hampton 61:

Pirates beat Pirates. Or rather Greenville's Pirates eek past Hampton's Pirates, who fell in agonizing fashion to Temple in their last game only to come oh-so-close again. Hampton (2-6) drops its sixth straight and has a week to prepare for its Battle-of-the-Bay matchup against Old Dominion. Side note: Sharon Baldwin-Tener, who becomes the winningest coach in ECU history with this win (No. 111), started her career as the inaugural coach at Life University. Never heard of Life? The Marietta, Ga., school is best known for its doctorate program in chiropractic medicine.

Sunday's game:

Siena at James Madison, 2 p.m.

The good news is the Dukes are finally at home after three weeks of road games. The bad news: Dawn Evans is sidelined with a kidney disorder on the heels of her dazzling 38-point performance in last Sunday's squeaker over Virginia. The good news: Siena is 1-6 and even without Evans, JMU (6-0) should have enough to keep the winning streak alive. The good news: JMU doesn't play again until Friday. The bad news: that game is at Duke and though no specific date was given for Evans' return, the statement coach Kenny Brooks released on Monday said she would be "prohibited from physical contact for several weeks."

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