Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sunday dribble: The Wright time is now

It'll be Monica Wright Day at UVa. as the Cavaliers will honor one of the greatest players in program history. At game's end we think her teammates should carry Wright off the court; after all, she's been carrying them all season.

Meanwhile, Old Dominion will look to clinch first place in the Colonial and exact some revenge for the severe spanking the Rams gave them in Norfolk a few weeks ago. And in other CAA news, Delaware star Elena Delle Donne is expected to return to the Blue Hens lineup today at Towson, the News-Journal's Kevin Tresolini reports. Delle Donne sat out Thursday's home victory over Northeastern after stepping in a pothole (seriously) and spraining her right ankle.

Sunday's games

Virginia Tech (15-13, 4-9 ACC) at Virginia (20-8, 8-5 ACC), 1 p.m.
Here's hoping Cavaliers fans pack John Paul Jones Arena for the final home appearance of Monica Wright, Virginia's all-time leading scorer and the soon-to-be ACC Player of the Year. We were at Wright's first game at JPJ four years ago, which was also the first game in the history of the building. The then-freshman Wright had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists as the Cavaliers routed Old Dominion 92-72, and we remember looking at Wright's frame, poise and skill-set and thinking, this kid is really going to be something. She's turned out even better than we thought.

Old Dominion (15-11, 13-3 CAA) at VCU (18-10, 11-5 CAA), 2 p.m.
Should be an emotional Senior Day as the Rams celebrate the stellar careers of stalwarts D'Andra Moss, Kita Waller, Stephanie Solomon and La'Tavia Rorie, who had her career end prematurely last month after an ACL tear. Still, it's hard to imagine the Rams playing with more spunk and physicality than they did on Feb. 7, when they came to ODU's Constant Center and crushed the Lady Monarchs 75-56. ODU backed down when the Rams grabbed them by the throat in that game, but the Rams should expect a 40-minute fight from the Lady Monarchs team that is one victory away from clinching the top seed in the CAA Tournament.

Richmond (17-11, 6-7 Atlantic 10) at St. Louis (11-17, 5-8 Atlantic 10), 1 p.m.
Regular-season finale for both. The Spiders can clinch the 8th seed in this week's A-10 tournament with a victory. Even with a loss, there's a good chance the Spiders will still be in the 8-9 game and have a rematch with these Billikens.

William and Mary (11-16, 4-12 CAA) at James Madison (21-6, 11-5 CAA), 2 p.m.
When these teams met on Feb. 11, Dawn Evans didn't play, Taysha Pye went nuts (33 points) and the Tribe stunned the Dukes 64-56. Think the Dukes might be a bit fired up about a rematch?

George Mason (9-18, 2-14 CAA) at Georgia State (14-13, 5-11 CAA), 2 p.m.
The Patriots' last chance to get a road win (0-12), and it may be a halfway decent chance if GSU's leading scorer Danyiell McKeller can't go. McKeller injured her hamstring in the first minute two games ago and hasn't played since. Then again, even without McKeller the Panthers had enough to take down Drexel on Thursday.

Saturday's games

Hampton 47, Delaware State 41: A win is a win, but this must have been an eyesore of a contest as the Lady Pirates won despite shooting just 29 percent. Hampton played without star forward Quanneisha Perry, who sat out with a sore knee that's been troubling her for a few games now.


Liberty 94, UNC Asheville 66: If you justs told us the Lady Flames (21-5, 11-2 Big South) won by 28 points, we'd have guessed a score more like 65-38. That's how Liberty usually gets its routs, so this show of offensive muscle must have been fun to watch.

Radford 70, Presbyterian 60: Speaking of offense, the Highlanders (6-19, 5-9 Big South) reached the 70-point plateau for the third time in four games - and added a little defense this time - for their first victory since Jan. 18.

Morgan State 80, Norfolk State 62: As expected, unfortunately. Game was tied at 39 with 16:44 left in the second half before the Lady Bears said that's enough, NSU.

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