Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Richmond rolls, Mason mashes

Wednesday's games

Richmond 66, Towson 50: The 16-point spread only hints at the Spiders' domination, as they led 18-2 before the game was 10 minutes old and were up by 33 midway through the second half. But that shouldn't be surprising, though, as Richmond is rolling while Towson is in serious rebuilding mode. The Tigers have some nice pieces coming in next season. But this year, all signs point to them finishing last in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Spiders would probably win the CAA, as their four-game winning streak has come at the expense of VCU, Old Dominion, William and Mary and now Towson, all by double digits. Brittani Shells led the way with 17 points in 24 minutes as the Spiders substituted liberally. Enjoy the holidays, guys. You've earned some time off.

George Mason 73, Longwood 45: We've been waiting for that breakout game from forward/center Evelyn Lewis, the former Hampton High star/Penn State transfer, and tonight we got it - 17 points, 14 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Lewis hasn't been bad this season (5.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg heading into the game), but we thought the world of her at Hampton and figured she's make a much bigger impact. Now we're not going to hold her to 17 and 14 every night, but, heck, it'd be nice, right? If nothing else, at least Lewis has shown what she's capable of. The former Lady Crabber had plenty of help Wednesday, as Amber Easter went for 15 points and 13 rebounds while Brittany Poindexter added 16 points as the Patriots won their third straight. It wasn't that long ago that we fretted about the Patriots inability to score. But in their three-game winning streak, they're averaging 72 points a game. Now we're sure coach Jeri Porter will say it's the defense that's responsible, and we don't doubt she's right. We're just happy to see the ball going through the net. As for the Lancers (2-9), they were playing for the second straight night and third time in five days, so we feared this might not be their best effort. They went on to shoot 19.2 percent in the first half. Credit Mason's defense for some of that, we don't want to make excuses for Longwood and independents have to take games when they can get them. Let's just say that their schedule did them no favors tonight.

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