Monday, March 1, 2010

Tuesday dribble: Sound familiar?

Liberty and Norfolk State both turned in predictable results (not a good thing in NSU's case) while Radford's late-game strategy added more fuel to a long-time debate. But before we get to that, we tip our caps to:

- Virginia's Monica Wright, who collected the first of what will be several accolades for her senior season when she was named first-team All-ACC. The league's Player of the Year award will be announced Thursday; let's just say we like Wright's chances. Virginia Tech's Utahya Drye was a honorable mention All-ACC pick.

- Old Dominion's Jackie Cook, who shared CAA Rookie of the Week honors with Hofstra's Shante Evans. Although the Lady Monarchs went 13-3 in conference play and clinched the top seed in the CAA Tournament, Cook is the first ODU player to earn Player or Rookie of the Week recognition this season. Says a lot about the all-hands-on-deck way the Lady Monarchs have gotten things done.

Monday's results

Liberty 55, Presbyterian 40: Lady Flames sizzle at the free throw line (22 of 26), are otherwise pedestrian offensively but shine on defense (what else is new?), forcing 22 turnovers and mauling the Blue Hose on the boards (33-15).

UNC Asheville 75, Radford 68 (OT): When you're up three in the waning seconds, do you foul before your opponent has a chance to launch a game-tying 3-pointer? There are good arguments on both sides. In this case, Radford didn't foul, Asheville's Lindsey Thompson splashed a game-tying 3 with 3 seconds left and the Highlanders went on to lose in overtime. Then again, the Highlanders' 9-of-22 free throw shooting probably cost them much more than rolling snake eyes on the the to-foul-or-not-to-foul issue.

Coppin State 73, Norfolk State 50: Spartans had no answer for Lady Eagles 6-3 sophomore Jeanine Manley, who had her way to the tune of 28 points (on 12-of-16 shooting) and 9 rebounds.

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