Friday, November 19, 2010

Norfolk State, JMU, LadySwish all winners

Whitney Long, NSU

-Scored 23 points to lead the Spartans past Houston Baptist. NSU, which meets Central Arkansas on Saturday, hasn't been 2-0 since 2005.


--We're going to Vegas. Check out how well we did as prognosticators.

--Pirates come close but don't win against Charlotte, but does anybody in the state really want to play them?

--Dukes get back on track with their first victory of the 2010-11 season.

Norfolk State 60, Houston Baptist 50: Kudos to Norfolk State for turning a one-point halftime lead into an easy victory in the first game of the Comfort Inn & Suites Classic at Morehead State. And speaking of kudos, pat us on the back (we predicted 66-50 NSU). Credit Whitney Long for a 23-point performance that included knocking down five of her eight 3-point attempts.Freshman Rae Corbo came through with 10 points, including eight in the second half,  five assists and four steals, and  NSU was plus-10 on the boards. NSU did it without birthday girl Rachel Gordon (she turned 19 on Thursday). Gordon had 20 in NSU's season opener against St. Paul's, but is still battling stiffness in her back after a fall in the game.

Davidson 69, William and Mary 47: Ten point in the first half? We imagine Debbie Taylor had a few words for her Tribe in the locker room and they responded with a crisper second period, but it wasn't enough to rally past the Panthers (1-3). The ballgame can be explained by this stat. W&M (0-2) took 17 more shots than Davidson, but converted six fewer, shooting 26 percent to the Panthers' 48 percent. Emily Correal and Taysha Pye combined for 34 points, while the rest of the Tribe connected on just 5 of 23 field goals. And outrebounded by 18? Things are going to get better, Tribe fans. We're just not sure when.

High Point 68, Longwood 65: (We hate to see a state team lose, but we just want to point out that our prediction was 68-59.....) Nice effort for the Lancers (1-2) behind 19 from Chelsea Coward and 16 from Brittani Billups. Free throws were costly for Longwood, which finished 13-of-25 from the line, while High Point (3-1) hit 22 of 33.

Charlotte 64, Hampton 57: Um, are we on a roll or what? (We predicted Charlotte 62-58 in this consolation game of the preseason WNIT. This is our last 'atta boy of this post). Speaking of a roll, while the Pirates (1-2) didn't get the win here, they continue to be impressive, battling toe to toe against a team that has made eight consecutive postseason appearances. Hampton was able to hang with the 49ers, who picked up just a few more rebounds (nine), a few more assists (seven ), a few more steals (one) and a lot more blocks (11) than the Pirates. Choicetta McMillian and Quanneisha Perry each racked up 16 points, and if you didn't think Hampton was a contender before, believe.

James Madison 64, St. Francis 49: Five days after being stunned by Hampton in their season opener, the Dukes (1-1) returned to form in the consolation round of the preseason WNIT. Dawn Evans scored 18 and Tarik Hislop added 10, but we suspect Kenny Brooks would have preferred a bigger lead than two at the half. The Dukes, who have a better post game than they've shown in two games, shot just 37 percent from the field.

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