Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday dribble: Liberty wins ninth straight

Monday's games

Liberty 63, Radford 45: That's nine straight victories for the now-first place Lady Flames (16-4, 7-1 Big South). The win also capped an extremely impressive weekend, as by going on the road and whipping High Point and Radford Liberty has, at least for now, turned the Big South into a two-team race between itself and Gardner-Webb. Devon Brown averaged 24.5 points and 11 rebounds in the two games, and it's starting to look as though Big South teams haven't a clue as to how to slow her down. The Highlanders (5-14, 4-4 Big South) lost its third straight and while not quite in freefall could use something good to happen pretty quickly. That won't be easy, either, as revenge-minded Gardner-Webb (18-3, 7-1 Big South) comes calling on Saturday. On Jan. 4, the Highlanders went to Boiling Springs, N.C. and handed the Lady Bulldogs their only conference loss.

Hampton 64, Maryland-Eastern Shore 48: The fourth straight victory for the Lady Pirates (10-10, 6-3 MEAC), and if it seems as though they're on a mission, it's because they are. "We are trying to end the (regular) season going 12-0," Pirates guard Whitney Hill said. "We've got four wins and we're looking for eight more." Bold words, indeed. But based on the way this team has played of late, we're certainly not ruling it out.

Coppin State 75, Norfolk State 55: Genor Dalton led the Spartans (3-14, 0-8 MEAC) with 11 points, and also posted a team-high 20 in Sunday's loss to Morgan State. It marks the first time since late November a Spartan has been the team's scoring leader in consecutive games. On some teams, this would suggest great balance. For the Spartans, it points up the lack of even one consistent offensive threat.

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