Tuesday, December 8, 2009

So close, but......

While we continue to digest the jarring news about Dawn Evans, two of the state's teams put in impressive showings tonight against two formidable opponents.

Tuesday's results:

Temple 54, Hampton 51:
Know how the Redskins felt on Sunday in that debacle against New Orleans? The Pirates can empathize, dropping a heartbreaker of their own, despite looking as if they were going to pull the upset for 39 minutes. The Owls didn't lead until 52-51 at the 1:13 mark and Hampton still had a chance to win only to have Bernadette Fortune miss a layup with 27 seconds left. Free throws sealed the deal for the Owls. In case you're wondering, this is no down year for Temple (7-1), which has wins over Rutgers and Auburn.

North Carolina 74, Radford 48:

Highlanders coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba called this her team's best performance of the season and you gotta figure Radford was pretty stoked after trailing by just five at the half against the 11th ranked team in the nation. All credit to the Highlanders (1-6), whose 17-4 run put them back in it after they were outscored 12-0 at the tip. Many elite teams can't run with the high-octane Tar Heels. Radford ran with them for a half.

Virginia 74, Furman 43:

The Cavaliers took out the frustration of falling to JMU by two against a Furman team that trailed by as many as 31. Debbie Ryan called it "paramount to play well," and preached defense ever since Sunday's final whistle. Judging by the stats - the Paladins shot 21 percent and committed 26 turnovers - the Cavaliers got the message. Monica Wright did beyond her usual damage with 31 points, nine steals, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Wednesday's game:

Mount St. Mary's (3-5) at Virginia Tech (5-3), 5:30 p.m
We suspect Tech will dominate the Mountaineers much like they did against North Carolina Central on Sunday. The doctor orders this type of games as exams approach. Virginia Tech 77, Mount St. Mary's 54

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