Wednesday, December 29, 2010

UVa.'s Shine shines; ODU topples Charlotte

Wednesday's results

Old Dominion 81, Charlotte 75: Big-time result from the Lady Monarchs (6-4), who basically went off offensively to hand the 49ers (10-3) their first loss in eight games. Jasmine Parker (16 points), Kquanise Bryd (a career-high 14), Tia Lewis (14), JoNiquia Guilford (12) and Shadasia Green (11) all scored in double figures. In addition, the team dished out 19 assists and shot 9-of-18 from 3-point range in the type of efficient offensive performance we weren't sure they had in 'em, especially away from the Constant Center. The final score is a bit misleading as ODU led by 18 with 2:56 to play before Charlotte pressed and bombed their way back to within three. Fortunately for the Lady Monarchs, Byrd went 4-of-4 from the line in the final 18 seconds to close the 49ers out. The victory boosts ODU into Thursday's title game with host Tulane (9-2). The Green Wave advanced courtesy of an 84-65 decision over Nicholls State. And long-term, a win over Charlotte (RPI 32), coupled with the victories over Georgia Tech and Louisville, pretty much assures the Lady Monarchs will get serious at-large NCAA tournament consideration barring a complete collapse during Colonial Athletic Association play. Again, a big-time result.

Virginia 83, East Tennessee State 66: Cavalier Classic MVP Chelsea Shine continues to, well, shine for the Cavaliers. The junior scored 22, leading a 51 percent shooting effort played out in front of a pretty nice crowd (3,018) considering break. Virginia (9-5) won its own tournament for the seventh straight year. Cavaliers freshman Ataira Franklin also earned all-tournament honors.

George Mason 72, Norfolk State 45: The Patriots (6-5) rolled to a 39-19 halftime lead, shot 47 percent for the game and outdid the Spartans (5-4) at the free-throw line to win their fourth straight game. NSU, which hadn't played in 10 days, had trouble generating offense; Whitney Long was the lone player in double figures with 16 points. Meanwhile George Mason's Amber Easter scored 19 and Brittany Poindexter had a double-double 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Patriot defense held a fourth straight opponent to fewer than 53 points.

Liberty 73, LaSalle 53: Devon Brown scored 19 and notched all-tournament hours in another great effort by the Lady Flames, who battled St. John's to the wire in Tuesday's first game of the Maryland Terrapin Classic. We're delighted to report Liberty (5-7) did hold it to under 20 turnovers (Flames had 19), and Avery Warley picked up the Liberty post presence with 10 points and 14 boards. You might say LaSalle (4-8) was a bit shorthanded though, as only seven players dressed.

Hampton 61, Troy 43: We can't say much for aesthetics as both teams shot in the 30s, but we are impressed by Lady Pirate Quanneisha Perry accounting for 14 points and 17 boards in the Georgia State Invitational. Perry was one of four players in double figures for Hampton, which played about as tidy a game as possible, turning it over just nine times. Hampton improves to 7-4 and the Trojans continue being winless in 11 tries against Division I opponents. Don't know if you're counting, but Hampton has now won six straight and Perry is 25 points shy of 1,000.

Longwood 82, William and Mary 77: The Tribe (1-9) put up some wonderful numbers in this game, shooting season highs in field-goal percentage (47 percent) and free throws (23-of-29). Taysha Pye scored 27, but W&M will go into CAA play with just one win (Norfolk State) after a terrific effort by the Lancers.As good as the Tribe was from the line, Longwood (3-9) was better (20-of-21) and Brittanni Billups had 19 to lead four players in double figures. The Tribe only dressed seven players and two of those , Kaitlyn Mathieu and Jaclyn McKenna, combined for 13 turnovers.

Virginia Tech 79, Alcorn State 40: The Hokies sizzled, shooting 51 percent including six 3s.  Virginia Tech (8-4) led 45-16 at the break against a hapless Alcorn State team that shot 29 percent and turned it over 29 times. Now for the hard part - the Hokies will take on Vanderbilt (9-3) in today's title game. The Commodores overwhelmed Delaware (minus Elena Delle Donne) 72-51. While the Hokies have eight wins, Tech lacks a signature win during this non-conference season. Taking down the Commodores would definitely qualify.

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