Thursday, February 24, 2011

JMU wins BIG; ODU survives scare; VCU falls to Delaware

Thursday's results:

Old Dominion 70, William and Mary 65: Nothing easy about this one for the Lady Monarchs, who survived some anxious moments before putting the Tribe away for the 52nd straight time. Consider that W&M rallied back to lead this game 66-65 behind a Taysha Pye jumper. Jo Guilford answered with her own jumper, got a steal and blocked a shot on the Tribe's next two possessions. (We told you it was her turn.). In addition to Guilford's heroics, Jasmine Parker scored 16 with 6 assists; Alena Voronina had 10 and Shadasia Green just four but with 12 boards. Parker closed things out with a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left.

Hofstra 77, George Mason 69: Pride star Shante Evans led the way with 19 points and...23 rebounds? Who does she think she is, Courtney Hurt? It was all a bit too much for the Patriots, who led by a point at halftime and hung around throughout but couldn't keep Hofstra from cleaning the glass (22 offensive boards, 23 second-chance points) or from getting to the free throw line (21 of 27). Taleia Moton delivered for Mason with 23 points, and a special tip of the cap to Patriots freshman Christine Weithman, who finished with a season-high 9 points on 3-of-5 shooting in 16 productive minutes.

James Madison 93, Georgia State 45: Conference leader JMU hit 13 of its first 18 shots in the opening 10 minutes in building a 29-11 lead. The 93 points is a season high; Dawn Evans provided 26 of those with seven assists for the Dukes (22-6, 15-1 CAA), winners of 13 in a row. JMU put together an even more daunting second half, outdoing the Panthers 44-18 and shooting 51 percent for the game.

Delaware 75, VCU 67: Star power, indeed. Elena Delle Donne did her part with 31 points and nailing 11 consescutive free throws. While Courtney Hurt had a quiet 16 and 11 boards (another double-double, yawn, yawn), Andrea Barbour bagged 28. The Blue Hens dominated the free-throw line (21-of-25) and continued to show why they're a juggernaut for the upcoming CAA tournament. This is the first win for Delaware over the Rams since 2007-08.

Duke 71, Virginia 48: As is their reputation of late, the Cavaliers got themselves into an early hole and couldn't dig out. That's no wonder considering they shot 20 percent against the best team in the ACC. Another painful number: Virginia's starters combined for 20 points, two more than Jasmine Thomas.  Duke killed the Cavs on the boards (Krystal Thomas had 16 all by herself), and we have to think the crowd that exceeded 3,400 was pretty disappointed by this dud.

Maryland 61, Virginia Tech 48: The Hokies (11-17, 1-12 ACC) can hardly find joy in moral victories, but we tip our hat to a pretty good effort. This game was tied with 12 minutes left before Alyssa Thomas and Lauren Mincy fueled a 21-7 run. Brittany Gordon had 11 points and 10 boards for the Hokies, who have one ACC test left and it's the Cavaliers in Cassell.

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