Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hampton, Longwood and VCU endure shooting woes in losses

Tuesday's games

Florida 63, Hampton 46: Even Hampton can't defend well enough to overcome 27.6 percent shooting on the road against a team like Florida. Also, the Gators grabbed 29 offensive rebounds and went to the free throw line 35 times. Add all that up and it's surprising Hampton only lost by 17.

Campbell 48, Longwood 33: The Lancers shot just 22 percent, but that's not that much worse than the 30 percent they shot against High Point, or the 32 percent they shot against George Mason. In other words, with the exception of a Nov. 13 game against Cornell these guys haven't shot it well all season. The shots doesn't even fall consistently when the Lancers are standing still - they shot 45 percent from the free throw line against Campbell and have been at 57 percent or worse in three of their five games.

Liberty 83, Virginia-Wise 29: A good live workout for Lady Flames reserves, all of whom saw more action than any Liberty starter.

Charlotte 68, VCU 58: Particularly disappointed in the Rams being outrebounded by 16 (Charlotte had a 48-32 advantage and grabbed 21 offensive boards). Not sure why a team featuring last year's Division I rebounding leader (Courtney Hurt) 6-6 senior Chelsea Snyder and 6-3 freshman reserve Aprill McRae wasn't more competitive in this area. But we did like how McRae went for 8 points in the second half. Too often Hurt (24 points) and Andrea Barbour (17) are on the floor with teammates that do not threaten opponents on offense. McRae's second half suggests she may be developing into someone that can take advantage of the extra attention that is surely being paid to VCU's Big Two.

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