Sunday, February 13, 2011

ODU-UNCW showdown highlights CAA schedule

 First of all, some information about today's breast cancer awareness and research promotions:

Old Dominion: The 9th annual "Think Pink" game. Tickets are $10, and if purchased from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Komen Tidewater affiliate, $5 will go back to the Komen organization to support breast cancer education and research grants. Breast cancer survivors will be provided a complimentary ticket to the game, and are invited to attend the pre-game survivor reception and recognition ceremony on the court prior to tip-off. Additionally, all fans are also encouraged to wear pink to the game, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a pink t-shirt. If you haven't witnessed the pre-game "Survivor Walk," we promise this. It's an inspiring few minutes that will stay with you for a long time.

James MadisonThe WBCA Pink Zone takes place both Sunday and at Thursday's (Feb. 20) home game vs. Towson.  Fan are encouraged to wear pink attire for the event. The Pink Zone breast cancer awareness initiative is a global, unified effort for Women's Basketball Coaches Association members to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. A health fair will take place Sunday on the Convocation Center concourse, and breast cancer survivors will be recognized during Sunday's game. A color image of Dawn Evans will be available at the game for a suggested $1 donation that will go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

William and Mary: The Tribe's Pink Zone game features free admission to all fans wearing pink. Also, the first 100 fans will get pink rally towels, the first 200 fans will receive pink ribbons and one lucky fan will be randomly chosen to win a $200 Kroger gift card.  There will bea post game survivor reception to honor and support the breast cancer survivors and their families.

Sunday's games

UNC Wilmington (18-5, 10-2 CAA) at Old Dominion (16-7, 10-2 CAA) 2 p.m.
The Lady Monarchs have won all 41 previous meetings with the Seahawks, but this is the first time the teams have gone into the matchup on equal footing, at least on paper. Still not totally convinced the Seahawks are ready to come into the Constant Center and prevail on this kind of stage. But we know their coach (Cynthia Cooper-Dyke) believes they can do it, and inspiration appears to have this team thinking that anything is possible. ODU 60, UNCW 55

George Mason (11-12, 5-7 CAA) at James Madison (18-6, 11-1 CAA), 2 p.m.
The Dukes are coming off Thursday's impressive 20-point rout of VCU in Richmond, and they crushed the Patriots by 29 when these teams met in Fairfax last month. If JMU can sustain anywhere near that level today, Mason will have huge issues. But we've detected a recent tendency for the Dukes to coast when they get big leads in games in which they've gone in heavy favorites. That's a slippery slope in general and could be costly today as the improved Patriots are too good to fool around with. JMU 77, George Mason 59

Hofstra (14-9, 6-6 CAA) at Virginia Commonwealth (13-9, 8-4 CAA), 2 p.m.
The Rams will need to regroup fast after Thursday's 20-point home loss to VCU as Delaware and Hofstra have re-entered the picture for the fourth seed and first-round bye in the CAA Tournament. Courtney Hurt has, of course, been spectacular of late, and Andrea Barbour has rounded into top form and is averaging 19.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 3.6 apg in VCU's last five games. They can't do it by themselves, though. Hofstra has won three of its last four. VCU 59, Hofstra 54

Delaware (14-9, 7-5 CAA) at William and Mary (2-20, 1-11 CAA), 2 p.m.
The Blue Hens are 3-1, with victories in their last three, since Elena Delle Donne (24.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg) returned to their lineup after battling symptoms of Lyme Disease. Delaware is 9-2 overall with Delle Donne, 5-7 without her. One of those non-Delle Donne wins was a 60-51 home decision over William and Mary on Jan. 13. Taysha Pye leads in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg) for the Tribe, which has dropped five straight since collecting its lone conference win over George Mason on Jan. 23. Both of William and Mary's victories have come at home. Delaware 56, William and Mary 51

Virginia (14-12, 3-7 ACC) at No. 11 Maryland (20-4, 6-3 ACC), 2 p.m.
Virginia is coming off Thursday's epic four-overtime victory at N.C. State, the latest in a series of tight conference battles for Virginia. Another of those occurred the last time these two teams met, as Maryland prevailed 77-75 in overtime on Jan. 21 in Charlottesville. Not sure the Cavs can reprise that effort on the road against a Maryland team energized by what figures to be a big WBCA Pink Zone Game crowd. But it won't be for a lack of effort by these Cavaliers. Maryland 82, Virginia 74

Longwood (6-17) at Savannah State (12-10), 1 p.m.
The Lancers have had good success against Savannah State recently as they've won the last three meetings, including a 60-36 decision at Savannah last season. Brittanni Billups leads the Lancers in scoring (10.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg). Longwood 66, Savannah State 61

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