Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ODU, VCU and Hampton on tap tonight

Old Dominion and VCU will look to snap short losing streaks while Hampton tries to keep its recently discovered good times rolling at East Carolina.

Wednesday's games

Hampton (3-4) at East Carolina (4-4), 7 p.m.
Talk about shaking off the rust. In her first game since Nov. 15, Lady Pirates guard Jericka Jenkins scored 0 points on 0-for-4 shooting in Saturday's first half against Howard, 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second. Hampton coach David Six has been telling us Jenkins is his most important player, and now we see for ourselves. In the two games Jenkins has played all the way through, the Lady Pirates average 68.5 points. In the four games in which Jenkins didn't appear, they averaged 48.5. Having said all that, the Lady Pirates have a big challenge tonight against an ECU team that returns virtually everyone from last year's 23-win team. Hampton fell 65-61 against these guys a year ago in Hampton.  Hampton 66, ECU 63

George Washington (4-3) at Old Dominion (3-3), 7 p.m.
Nice opportunity for the Lady Monarchs to get the taste of Sunday's 30-point loss to Tennessee out of their mouths. Until ODU's injury situation clears up - and even after it does, ODU could use more production from Jackie Cook, who is just 4 of 20 from 3-point range over her last four games. And what has happened to Jo Guilford? After exciting us with 19 points in ODU's final exhibition - and earning a start in the season opener - Guilford has scored just 16 points combined in the six games and has yet to make a 3-pointer. Both Cook and Guilford are capable of much more. The Colonials have won 4 of their last 5 but are 0-3 in road/neutral contests. Former Forest Park High star Danni Jackson has rebounded well from last year's broken leg and leads GW with 11.9 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Game also marks a homecoming for Colonials freshman forward Chelisa Painter, a former star at Chesapeake's Indian River High.  ODU 67, George Washington 65

Virginia Commonwealth (2-3) at Coppin State, 7 p.m.
The Rams beat the Eagles 70-40 in Richmond a year ago, but of course, most of those Rams are gone. Forward Courtney Hurt is still around, though - is she ever - and began the week as Division I's No. 2 scorer (25.8 ppg) and No. 4 rebounder (12.2). Coppin State already has a win over a CAA foe, as the Eagles won at Towson 75-68 in their season opener. VCU will be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since the 2005-06 season.  VCU 62, Coppin State 50

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