Sunday, February 14, 2010

All by myself: ODU is state's lone winner on Valentine's Day

ODU is looking fat and happy sitting atop the CAA, after many thought they were CAA goners due to the struggles in the nonconference season. Truth is the Lady Monarchs are finding a way to win the close ones, something JMU and VCU failed to do on Sunday. ODU doesn't pick up many style points, but in a CAA where the other teams continue to rough each other up, the Lady Monarchs, like Elton John, are still standing -- alone.

Sunday's results:

Old Dominion 66, George Mason 52
Nice to see Jessica Canady's double-double of 18 and 11. The Lady Monarchs (13-10, 11-2) are sitting pretty atop the CAA thanks to winning a game that GMU cut to nine in the final seven minutes. Patriots (8-16, 1-12), didn't have the offense to inch any closer.

UNC Wilmington 70, James Madison 67
The JMU writeup describes Dawn Evans as the whirling dervish. Down the stretch, she's certainly the player you can count on, though we wonder why she can't get going earlier in the game (Evans was 6-of-22 for 20 points). Had she, perhaps JMU (18-6, 8-5 CAA) wouldn't have found itself 16 back in the second half. Evans rallied JMU to within one, but the Seahawks converted 27 of 32 paved the way for the upset. It's is getting late early in the CAA; are the Dukes, whose losses also include Hofstra and Towson, still in this race?

Drexel 70, VCU 62
The Rams (16-9, 9-4 CAA) found that even with the halftime edge, it's hard to beat a team that shoots 63 percent in the second half. The win gives the Dragons (16-8, 10-3) the No. 2 slot in the CAA. As the season wears on and we look at Ram box scores, we wonder if the VCU starters are getting weary given the lack of bench production.

Towson 63, William and Mary 60
Taysha Pye, who scored 33 four days ago, scored 25, but it wasn't enough to stop Towson from winning at Kaplan Arena. Katherine DeHenzel's 3 didn't fall at the buzzer, but that wasn't what lost it for the Tribe. Those free throws really are free, but W&M (11-13, 4-9) connected on just 12 of 22.

Duke 65, Virginia Tech 53
Nice to see the Hokies (13-12, 2-8 ACC) outrebound the Blue Devils (21-9, 9-1) and especially cool to see a season-high crowd of 3,369 turn out at Cassell. Hokies made Jasmine Thomas and company work for it, but this score certainly is an improvement over the 30-point rout Duke handed Tech just a few weeks ago.

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