Saturday, February 19, 2011

Liberty routs Radford; Richmond rolls over George Washington

Saturday's results:

 Richmond 72, George Washington 60
Genevieve Okoro
The Spiders (16-10, 7-5 Atlantic 10) put up some pretty impressive numbers in this one, particularly freshman Genevieve Okoro, who came off the bench for her first career double-double (14 points, 16 rebounds). Crystal Goring added her own double-double (14,12) and Brittani Shells tossed in 21. Michael Shafer also became the third coach in program history to record 100 wins. As thrilled as Richmond has to be with its season sweep of GWU (8-18, 3-9 Atlantic 10), Shafer can't be thrilled with a second half when the Spiders were outscored by three after shooting 24 percent. Richmond never trailed at the break, though GWU made it interesting, cutting it to one before Shells put the Spiders back on top.

Tolu Omatola blocks a Highlanders shot.
Liberty 66, Radford 50
The wheels are coming off the Highlanders and the Lady Flames? They're rolling. Liberty (17-8) avenged its lone conference loss and has now won eight in a row to improve to 11-1 in the Big South, three games ahead of Radford and Gardner-Webb. Once upon a time Radford (10-14, 7-4) was alone at the top, but the Highlanders have dropped three in a row and in this one, leading scorer D'Naria Erwin Spencer was limited to four points. Nineteen was the magic number for Tolu Omotala (19 points, career high) and Avery Warley (a season-high 19 points along with 15 rebounds).

North Carolina Central 62, Norfolk State 56
The road woes continue for the Spartans, who let a winnable game slip away. NSU shot 50 percent from behind the arc and 44 percent from the field. The Eagles missed 12 of their 13 three-point attempts, but shined from the free-throw line, outdoing the Spartans 17-4. NSU also had no answers for Jori Nwachukwu, a 6-foot senior who rang up 28 points along with 13 boards. This is the Eagles fifth win of the season; the Spartans drop to 8-15. The Spartans haven't won since they hosted South Carolina State a month ago, and that's who is on tap on Monday night in Orangeburg, S.C.

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