Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gimme five! - Vol. 4

Can't wait for Friday's season openers? Then check out our week-long preview - five thoughts on five topics each day for five days.

Previous editions

5 coaches, and the actors who would play them in a Hollywood movie

Wendy, is that you?
 5. William and Mary's Debbie Taylor, played by Meg Ryan: Call it "When William Met Mary ..."

4. Hampton's David Six, played by Ving Rhames: He'll tell his team to "get medieval" on their opponents.

3. Old Dominion's Wendy Larry, played by Sigourney Weaver: Who is actually as tall as Wendy.

2. VCU's Beth Cunningham, played by Jodie Foster: Call it "The Silence of the Rams".

1. Virginia's Debbie Ryan, played by Frances McDormand: She won an Oscar in "Fargo," but can she win the ACC in Charlottesville?
5 players poised for breakout seasons

Jelena Antic

5. Simone Egwu, Virginia: Why? Because Chelsea Shine said so. And we're going to be like the rest of the Cavaliers this season - when Chelsea speaks, we're listening.

4. Jo Guilford, Old Dominion: Injury-free, she could be the go-to scorer the Lady Monarchs need.

3. Rachel Gordon, Norfolk State: You know that "Help Wanted" sign that used to be on the Spartans' locker room? Good news, NSU fans. In Gordon, help has arrived.

2. Tarik Hislop, James Madison: It's tough standing out when you play next to Dawn Evans, but this year we expect the talented sophomore to seize more of the spotlight.

1. Jelena Antic, Liberty: Macedonia's finest put up monster numbers at European U20 World Championships last summer.

5 musical acts we'd like to book for halftime shows

5. Stevie Wonder plays at the JMU Covocation Center: The pep band supplies the horn section on "Sir Duke"

4. Led Zeppelin plays at Virginia: Since the arena was named after bass player John Paul Jones.

3. The Who at Richmond: They bring the house down with "Boris the Spider"

2. Queen, Prince and Kings of Leon at Old Dominion: Because they're all monarchs.

1. Maroon 5 at Virginia Tech: Because, like, Tech wears maroon and there are five players on a basketball team ... get it?

5 players who will make Virginia proud at an out-of-state school

Sugar Rodgers
 5. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, North Carolina (T.C. Williams) - Now healthy - and about 15 pounds lighter, look for talented sophomore to start consistently playing like the Top-10 recruit she was two years ago.

4. Doreena Campbell, UCLA (Thomas Edison): A two-time All-Pac-10 pick that is somehow still underrated? That's Campbell.

3. Lynetta Kizer, Maryland (Potomac): A leaner, meaner Kizer could challenge for ACC Player of the Year honors, although she'll have to really go off to beat out...

2. Jasmine Thomas, Duke (Oakton): The reigning preseason choice for ACC's best player.

1. Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown (King's Fork): Forget her scoring. Watch Rodgers set screens. We love how Sugar creates cavities in the defense.

5 common names

5. Lauren Jimenez, JMU; Lauren Whitehurst, JMU; Lauren Shute, Richmond

4. Emma Zieverink, Longwood; Ema Reskoska, Radford; Emilee Dunton, Longwood; Emily Fazier, Longwood, Emily Correal, JMU

3. Rachel Connely, JMU; Rachael Bilney, Richmond; Rachel Gordon, NSU; Rachel McLeod, Liberty

2. Jasmine Gill , JMU; Jasmine Parker, ODU, Jasmine Spence, Longwood, Jazmin Pitts,Virginia; Jasmine Gardner, Liberty

1. Brittany Campbell, ODU, Brittany Campbell, Liberty; Brittani Shells, Richmond; Brittni Montgomery, Va. Tech; Brittany Gordon, Virginia Tech; Britny Edwards, Virginia; Brittany Eley, George Mason; Brittany Poindexter, George Mason; Brittanni Billups, Longwood

TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR: The big finish!

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