Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday's recap (better late than never)

Wasn't feeling writing this, no doubt because the news is pretty depressing. And now with Old Dominion and Providence exiting the WNIT in the second round, we're running out of teams still in action. VCU, it's all on you now.

Providence 76, Old Dominion 61: Old Dominion turnovers - 22. Providence points off those turnovers -32. Any more questions? Didn't see this game, but we suspect that several of the turnovers were the kind of sloppy, unforced, can't-believe-they-did-that mistakes that have bedeviled ODU (19-14) all season. This Lady Monarchs team was guilty of this stuff even on its best days. It's hardly surprising that the turnover problem was front and central as to why their season came to an end.

Syracuse 69, Richmond 55: The Spiders (20-13) were an above-average team in just one area - forcing turnovers (they would have loved to match up with Old Dominion). When they Spiders turned teams over, they could compete with just about anyone. When they couldn't, they struggled. Monday night's game illustrated this perfectly. In the first half, the Spiders had six steals, forced 15 turnovers and led 29-23. In the second half, they had one steal, forced four turnovers and were outscored 46-26.

VCU (22-12), which is in the WNIT third round for the first time in program histoy, will take its shot at Syracuse (24-10) on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Manley Field House in Syracuse, N.Y.

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