Friday, November 18, 2011

William and Mary, Richmond and Liberty in action tonight

Quick thoughts about tonight's action:

Navy at William and Mary, 7 p.m.
Tribe coach Debbie Taylor said her team did just about everything right in its opener against Cornell, and a whole lot of things wrong Monday at Richmond. The truth about this team is somewhere in the middle, and that level of performance at home tonight figures to be enough against the rebuilding Mids (0-2). No word on whether Tribe starters Taysha Pye (suspension) or Kaitlyn Mathieu (concussion) will see action tonight. William and Mary 72, Navy 50

Liberty at North Carolina A&T, 7 p.m.
No way the Lady Flames (1-1) take this one for granted - the last time they visited  a MEAC school, on Dec. 18, 2010, Liberty shockingly fell at North Carolina Central. These Aggies (2-1) are extremely young and appear to play a high-risk pressure defense that creates turnovers but also surrenders easy baskets. If the Lady Flames can take care of the ball against these guys, we expect them to put up a huge offensive number. Of course, turnovers are always a concern with the Lady Flames. Our guess is that Liberty wins big despite a season high in turnovers. But we're not crazy about this matchup. Liberty 81, North Carolina A&T 60

Boston University at Richmond, 7 p.m.
Our concern about this game stems from the fact that the Terriers (1-1) took one of those European tours in August, and teams that were able to get a jump on training tend to be more cohesive in November. But so far the Spiders (2-0) have done a good job of playing through inexperience and mistakes and still winning, and we expect that to continue tonight. Spiders senior Abby Oliver needs just 9 points to reach 1,000 for her career. BU's visit serves as a homecoming for Terriers junior guard Kristen Sims, who starred at Clover Hill High. Richmond 71, BU 55

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