Friday, November 25, 2011

Despite 42 by Tia Lewis and Shakeva Richards, ODU falls to La Tech

Friday's games:

Louisiana Tech 84, ODU 71
D-FENCE! Offensively the Lady Monarchs (1-5) played good enough to win with 24 from Tia Lewis, 18 from Shakeva Richards and 14 from freshman Myeisha Hall. But the DE let them down, as Louisiana Tech shot 57 percent from the field to win in the Paradise Jam. ODU trailed by as much as 15 in the second half, but the Lady Monarchs went on a quick 7-2 and cut the gap to 66-61, but a 3 by La Tech ended the run. ODU is giving up 83.2 ppg and that's what needs to change for this team to start getting in the W column consistently. That said, six players had fewer than four points, including Mairi Buchan, Jackie Cook and Ashley Betz-White. Betz-White, who had 20 in Thursday's win over Alabama, did not have a field goal nor did Becca Allison, who had the gamewinner over the Crimson Tide.

Oklahoma 76, Liberty 45
 The Flames (2-3) hurt themselves with too many turnovers as Oklahoma forced 19 of 37 turnovers in the first half and finished with 38 points off those mistakes. But really this result is of little consequence. Flames junior Devon Brown lost her mother, Jennifer, on Tuesday. Our prayers and thoughts extend to Devon.

Florida Gulf Coast 81, Richmond 67
This result says more about how good these Eagles are, particularly at home, that it does about any deficiencies with the young Spiders. As much as Michael Shafer would love 5-0, 4-1 isn't bad for this young Spiders team that trailed by 12 at the half. Abby Oliver scored 17, but the Spiders couldn't contend with 10 3s from FGCU. The Spiders' tendency to pick up fouls by the bushel also bit them in the butt. But again, the Eagles are a really good team.

No. 24 Texas 79, No. 22 Virginia 53: Someone finally solved Virginia's zone defense, and the result was a Texas-sized butt-whipping at the Cavaliers' expense. Longhorns sophomore Chassidy Fussell led the way with 30 points as Texas treated Virginia (4-1) like, well, the way Gail Goestenkors' Duke teams used to treat opponents when she and Virginia coach Joanne Boyle were on the same side. In our preview of this game, we suggested that Texas has often gotten by on reputation in recent years, and we stand by that. But we never said the Longhorns don't have talent. And on this night, that talent more than lived up to its hype.

St. Mary's 60, Virginia Tech 47: For the second straight game, Tech sophomore Monet Tellier went off, pouring in a game-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the St. Mary's tournament opener. But it was also the second straight game Tellier accounted for roughly half the Hokies' points (she had 31 of Tech's 59 in Monday's 19-point home loss to William and Mary). In Friday's game no other Tech player had more than six points. And Tellier wasn't perfect, either, as she accounted for 10 of the Hokies' 26 turnovers (which led to 23 St.Mary's points). But is there any wonder why she may be trying to do too much? Clearly, there's still a lot of work to be done with these Hokies. But given that we're only five games into Tech's new regime, this shouldn't be terribly surprising. The Hokies (2-3) will look to rebound against Minnesota in today's consolation game at 8 p.m.

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