Tuesday, December 21, 2010

VCU-Liberty and Radford-VaTech highlight Tuesday's games

Tuesday's games

IPFW (6-4) at Longwood (2-7), 4 p.m.
The Lancers appear to be a bit more explosive offensively under new coach Bill Reinson, which is good because they'll likely need the extra firepower to keep up with IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). Longwood had no answer for VCU's Courtney Hurt (31 points, 16 rebounds) in Saturday's 79-69 loss, and the Mastodons also have a post player that can dominate in Stephanie Rosado (18.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg). IPFW gave Hampton all it could handle Saturday, so even at home this looms as a tough assignment for the Lancers. IPFW 77, Longwood 71

Liberty (3-6) at Virginia Commonwealth (4-4), 7 p.m.
The Lady Flames have already seen Brittany Griner, so perhaps Courtney Hurt won't seem quite as imposing to them as she does to other teams. Then again, Griner doesn't score the way Hurt does, either. As good as Hurt is, though, Liberty's greatest concern will be find a way to generate more offense. The Lady Flames are averaging less than 50 points per game against Division I opponents. If that keeps up, it won't matter how well they defend. VCU 62, Liberty 55

Radford (3-7) at Virginia Tech (6-4), 7 p.m.
The Hokies won by 27 points when these teams last season in Radford, but this year's Tech team has struggled to get that kind of separation and has often needed second-half surges to escape. The Highlanders are better than they were a year ago, and Da'Naria Erwin Spencer seems to be able to get hers against just about anyone. So while we think Tech should be able to pull away from these guys that's not how this team has operated. And if you allow Radford to hang around, the Highlanders proved against Hampton and George Mason that they can become extremely dangerous. Sidenote: Radford assistant Fran Recchia, a former Hokies player, actually began her coaching career as a quasi-assistant  to Tech coach Beth Dunkenberger during Recchia's redshirt senior year in 2005-06.  Virginia Tech 69, Radford 59

Stony Brook (3-7) at Old Dominion (4-4), 7 p.m.
The Lady Monarchs haven't played in eight days so this one might not be pretty early on. But ODU has bagged much bigger game on its home floor so we expect the Lady Monarchs to find their form in plenty of time to subdue these Seawolves. Fans that bring a new stuffed toy will receive discounted admission. The toys will be thrown onto the court at halftime, then donated to the Marine's Toys for Tots before Christmas. Old Dominion 73, Stony Brook 53

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