Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Liberty, ODU, Tech head into break with wins

Games over, time for break, and Liberty, Old Dominion and Virginia Tech head into the holiday on a win streak.

Liberty 59, VCU 57
The Flames (4-6)  eeked out their first road win of the season and survived a furious Rams comeback. VCU whittled a 13-point halftime deficit to one behind Courtney Hurt's layup with two seconds left. But Devon Brown hit 1 of 2 free throws, and the Rams (4-5) didn't get off another shot. The win spoiled another amazing effort by Hurt  (26 points, 15 boards). The Flames, meanwhile, got theirs by committee behind Jelena Antic (12 points, 10 rebounds), Emily Frazier (12 points) and Brown (10 points). After a tough nonconference road, this is exactly the kind of win the Flames needed before they enjoy their Christmas cookies.

Old Dominion 71, Stony Brook 47
We didn't think the Lady Monarchs (5-4) would have much trouble with Stony Brook (3-8), and they didn't behind a season-high 22 points from Tia Lewis, who added 11 boards. Our only quibble is 28 turnovers including 5 apiece by Lewis and Shadasia Green and four by Jasmine Parker. The Lady Monarchs head into the break without a road win and that's where they'll be after the holidays when they take on Charlotte in New Orleans in the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic.

IPFW 78, Longwood 62
The Lancers (2-8) didn't have the offense to match IPFW (7-4), which nailed nine 3-pointers on the night. Chelsea Coward scored 17 for Longwood, which could overcome three IPFW players in double figures and a minus 13 rebounding disadvantage.

Virginia Tech 78, Radford 62
With both teams shooting in the 30s, this one was about as pretty as Duke/Xavier. But in addition to the win, the bright spot for Tech (7-4) is the play of freshman Nia Evans (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Monet Tellier (17 points). Da'Naria Erwin Spencer led Radford with 14 and Brooke McElroy came through with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but the Highlanders (3-8) couldn't keep pace at the free-throw line. The Hokies went there 32 times to Radford's 14.

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