Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Duke puts down JMU; Florida downs ODU

Wednesday's games

#5 Duke 75, James Madison 58: In order to beat a team of this caliber, the Blue Devils needed some special things to happen. They got one - the play of Lauren Jimenez. In just her third game back from a foot injury, the Dukes center was a flat-out beast, scoring 7 of her team's first 8 points and finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds. But nothing else JMU did was at the level required to take down Duke. The supremely talented Blue Devils made sure of that, attacking relentlessly (38-16 advantage on points in the paint) and hounding Dawn Evans throughout. "They were the aggressors tonight," JMU coach Kenny Brooks said. "They beat us on the boards. They went out and manhandled us sometimes, especially getting offensive rebounds and second-chance points." As the game wore on, JMU foul trouble mounted. And when the Dukes did get some open looks, the shots wouldn't go down (JMU hit just 3 of 21 3-point attempts). Evans finished with 20 points on 8 of 22 shooting, and Jimenez was a near-perfect 7 of 8 from the field. But Lauren Whitehurst was the only other JMU player to make more than one field goal (2 of 4). Again, Duke had a lot to do with that. But there are no more Dukes on JMU schedule. Let's just hope Jimenez can continue to play at or near this level. Attendance: 3,319.

Florida 63, Old Dominion 55: Late in the second half this game was just laying there for someone to take, and the more aggressive Gators (6-1) took it by making just enough (21) of their 36 free throw attempts. The Lady Monarchs, by contrast, got to the line only 13 times (making 8). Of course, you can't count on a friendly whistle on the road, so it's especially important to value your possessions. But ODU committed 25 turnovers, way too many in this relatively low-scoring game. Shadasia Green led ODU with 14 points.

Liberty 91, Glenville State 75: Hope the Lady Flames enjoyed this one because they won't have another game in their Vines Center until Jan. 17, nine games down the road. As for Tuesday's game, Liberty trailed 14-9 before seizing command with a 24-3 run. Avery Warley had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jasmine Gardner 10 points and 13 boards and Jelena Antic chipped in 16 points in just 17 minutes.

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