Sunday, November 27, 2011

ODU, Radford suffer tough losses

Seton Hall 60, Old Dominion 49: Nothing terribly surprising about how the Lady Monarchs had their best effort in the tournament opener against Alabama, then saw their level of play taper off as the event piled game on top of game. Fortunately, we saw enough over the three days to believe that, once the schedule becomes a bit more reasonable, there are definite reasons for optimism. Tia Lewis completed her terrific tournament with 11 points and 16 rebounds, and Game One hero Becca Allison added 11 points against Seton Hall. The Lady Monarchs wound up finishing fourth in the four-team tournament. The order of finish: 1. Alabama; 2. Seton Hall; 3. Louisiana Tech; 4. ODU. Tournament MVP: Ericka Russell, Alabama. All-Tournament team: Russell; Lewis; Jasmine Crew, Seton Hall; Kiara Young, Louisiana Tech; Jasmine Robinson, Alabama.

Finally, congratulations to former Lady Monarchs great Anne Donovan, the Seton Hall coach who beat her old school for the first time in seven tries.

George Washington 83, Radford 59: Can you want to win too much? That may have been the case Saturday for these Highlanders. We have to believe the Highlanders wanted this one badly for coach Tajama Abraham, a woman who helped put GW women's basketball on the map during her playing days. Instead, the team endured perhaps the worst opening 10 minutes in the history of Radford basketball, an 0-14, 8-turnover stretch that left them behind 23-0 until Da'Naria Erwin Spencer finally broke the drought with a layup at the 10:14 mark. Radford's obviously a better team than this final score; this was just one of those days.

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