Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hampton takes GSU title; ODU nipped at the wire

Georgia State Invitational
Hampton 77, Georgia State 44: Hampton was supposed to win this tournament, but who would have thought the Lady Pirates would crush the host school by 30 points? It was a complete 40-minute whuppin', too, as the Lady Pirates (8-4), opened the game with a 10-2 run, closed the first half with another 10-2 spurt, started the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers from Jericka Jenkins and Melanie Warner and ended by scoring 19 of the final 21 points. Tournament MVP Quanneisha Perry had 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Lady Pirates, who will take a seven-game winning streak into their final non-conference game on Jan. 6 at Wake Forest. Perry needs just 8 points to become the 21st Lady Pirate to reach 1,000 career points. Warner added 13 and also made the all-tournament team, and Choicetta McMillian chipped in 13 points as well.

Tulane DoubleTree Classic
Tulane 62, Old Dominion 59: Down 60-59 with less than 5 seconds to go and the ball in Jasmine Parker's hands, the Lady Monarchs had a shot. Problem was, they never got a shot. Tournament MVP Tiffany Aidoo poked the ball away from a driving Parker to resign the Lady Monarchs to title-game defeat. In a way, the final sequence was fitting, as it was ODU's 26th turnover. The Green Wave converted those into 24 points, and that's the biggest reason they got to hold up the big trophy. "That's 52 (potential) points," ODU coach Wendy Larry said. "That's a lot of points. We battled on the boards. We did a good job on the glass. We just didn't take care of the ball." Otherwise, Thursday's game capped a pretty successful trip to New Orleans. Wednesday's victory over Charlotte was huge, and turnovers aside, a lot of the strong play they exhibited against the 49ers carried over into Thursday's final. Tia Lewis in particular was a monster, turning in a line of 13 points, 17 rebounds and 4 steals to earn all-tournament honors (if ODU wins this game, she's your tournament MVP, folks). Strange team, this ODU squad. Games like Tennessee and Richmond leave you scratching your head. But efforts like the two they turned in this week remind us that Lady Monarch Pride isn't just the name of a booster club. "I think Old Dominion is really very good," Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. "Their defense is tough and very physical. They're big and they've got some players that can really make plays. They don't have a lot of depth, but what they have they do a lot with. Again, I think Wendy Larry is one of the best coaches in the country and their program is one of the top programs. It was a good win for us."

Richmond 73, Radford 50: Another day, another rout for the Spiders, who scored 17 unanswered points early in the first half and never looked back. Brittani Shells contributed an efficient 22 points (8-15 FGs, 6-7 FTs),  5 assists and 3 of Richmond's 20 steals, and Abby Oliver added 14 points as the Spiders won their fifth straight. As for Radford, well, 34 turnovers are tough to overcome. Brooke McElroy had 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Highlanders (3-10), who closed non-conference play with their fifth straight loss.

James Madison 81, Western Carolina 47: On this night, Dawn Evans (15 points) was just part of the story instead of pretty much the whole show. Lauren Jimenez (14 points), Lauren Whitehurst (13), Courtney Hamner (10) and Jalissa Taylor (10 points on 5 of 5 shooting, 13 rebounds) joined Evans on center stage as the Dukes put on a clinic on how to share the ball (25 assists) without giving it away (9 turnovers).

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