Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thursday's WNIT report

State teams in action

Richmond (19-12) at Delaware (21-11), 7 p.m.
We're expecting a raucous crowd at the Carpenter Center, but a chunk of those fans will be cheering for Richmond star and Camden, Del. native Brittani Shells, who grew up about 30 miles from the UD campus and played against Blue Hens star Elena Delle Donne (and point guard Kayla Miller) in high school. Richmond's pressure defense should cause the Blue Hens guards fits, but the Spiders have no answer for Delle Donne. Then again, as we've seen several times this season, a strong team effort can trump the Blue Hens even on nights when Delle Donne gets hers - and sometimes, everyone else's too.

VCU (20-12) at St. Joseph’s (17-14), 7 p.m.
The Rams are led by seniors D'Andra Moss and Kita Waller, and it's always interesting to see how badly seniors want to keep playing in this non-NCAA event. The good news for VCU fans is Moss and Waller seem like ultra-competitive types who wouldn't dog it in a game of checkers, let alone tournament basketball. For what it's worth (not much), St. Joe's is 3-0 against teams from Virginia (George Mason, Old Dominion, Richmond).

Best of the rest

Hofstra at Penn State, 7 p.m. - The Lady Lions will have to adjust on the fly because, since most Hofstra games aren't on TV, coach Coquese Washington said she had trouble finding recent Pride film to break down.

Providence at Boston University, 7 p.m. - The winner will host Old Dominion most likely on Sunday or Monday. Providence looks to be the superior team, but as we've discussed before homecourt advantage is huge in this tournament.

The rest
Eastern Washington at Oregon
Pepperdine at BYU
Houston at Texas Tech
Eastern Illinois at Marquette
Mississippi at Samford
Gardner-Webb at Charlotte
North Carolina A&T at Wake Forest
South Florida at Florida
Florida Gulf Coast at Miami
Robert Morris at St. Bonaventure
Duquesne at Northwestern
Harvard at Syracuse

Wednesday's results

Old Dominion 63, American 55
Purdue 56, Eastern Michigan 50
Kansas 82, Prairie View A&M 70
Illinois State 57, Butler 54
New Mexico 66, SMU 51
Arizona State 84, New Mexico State 61
California 74, UC-Davis 69 (OT)

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