Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday dribble...better late than never

Monday's games

Florida A&M (10-6, 3-3 MEAC) at Hampton (7-10, 3-3 MEAC), 6 p.m.
We figured any team that could handle Florida and Alabama of the SEC would have its way in the MEAC. But so far the Lady Rattlers have been nothing special in their own conference (2-3 in their last five MEAC games). Hampton guard Jerica Jenkins is coming off a career-high 31 points in the Lady Pirates' 81-44 dismantling of Bethune-Cookman. Now Hampton can't count on the streaky Jenkins nailing 8 of 14 3-pointers again - two games ago, Jenkins was 0 of 10 from distance against Norfolk State. But Quanneisha Perry seems to be getting it done every night, as she's averaging 22.7 points and 11.5 rebounds over her last four games. Hampton 61, Florida A&M 55

Liberty (13-4, 4-1 Big South) at Coastal Carolina (12-5, 3-2 Big South), 7 p.m.
After vanquishing Radford Saturday, the Chanticleers are 8-0 at home. On the other hand, Liberty has won 31 straight meetings in this series, including victories of 25 and 33 points in the two head-to-head matchups last season. Nothing's a given, of course, but like several other Big South teams, the Chanticleers are going to have to prove they can compete with Liberty, let alone actually beat the Lady Flames. Liberty 68, Coastal Carolina 53

Norfolk St. (3-11, 0-5 MEAC) at South Carolina St. (5-12, 0-5 MEAC), 5:30 p.m.
Game should bring back pleasant memories for Raychele Payne and the Spartans. In fact, it was the only pleasant memory for NSU during the 2008-09 season, a 23-point spanking of State at Echols Arena for the Spartans' only victory of the season. Payne had a career-high 36 points in that game. Down to just nine players, these Spartans aren't equipped to blow anyone out. But this is a great opportunity to collect their first MEAC victory. Norfolk State 52, South Carolina St. 50

Radford (5-12, 4-2 Big South) at Charleston Southern (9-9, 1-4 Big South), 7 p.m.
Big spot for the Highlanders, who came up small in Saturday's loss at Coastal Carolina. Good teams rebound after tough outings; let's see how these Highlanders measure up. Radford 62, Charleston Southern 60

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