Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cavaliers roll on otherwise tough day for area schools

Wednesday's results:

Virginia 84, Wagner 41: The Cavaliers tied a program record with 26 steals to cruise into the title game of their own tournament. Ariana Moorer scored 23 points to lead Virginia, which scored more points off turnovers (42) than Wagner scored points. Ataira Frankin added 19 points and Simone Egwu had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers played without guard China Crosby, who will sit out this tournament with a knee injury. Virginia will face UMass in today's title game at 7 p.m. UMass held off Elon 76-56 in Wednesday's other semifinal.

Cincinnati 66, Virginia Tech 55: The Hokies had never lost their first game in their own tournament, but an inspired effort over the final 12 minutes couldn't prevent them from being resigned to the consolation game of the Hokie Classic for the first time in the event's 22-year history. Tech fell behind 50-25 before their intensity light came on. "We didn't play for 28 minutes and then we played extremely hard for 12 minutes," Hokies coach Dennis Wolff said. "We need to try to play with that type of passion the whole time." The Hokies (3-9) will face UMBC in Thursday's 7 p.m. consolation game. High Point and Cincinnati will tangle for the title.

No. 3 Notre Dame 92, Longwood 26: Got to hand it to Fighting Irish fans, as a sellout crowd of 9,149 turned out for this weekday matinee. The team didn't disappoint them, either, roaring out to a 27-0 lead and continuing to tear through the Lancers. Brittanni Billups led the Lancers with 8 points and freshman walk-on Megan Baltzell, on loan from Longwood's softball team, chipped in 6 points and 4 rebounds. Forget the final score. Longwood got to experience a big-time atmosphere. Lancers assistant Lindsay Schrader, a former Notre Dame star, got to hook up with her former coach, ex-teammates and old friends. The Lancers never win on the road, anyway. So it's all good.

No. 8 Tennessee 90, Old Dominion 37: Jackie Cook scored 13 points and Tia Lewis added 8 for the Lady Monarchs (3-10), who led 8-7 before the roof caved in. There was apparently no give-up in the Lady Monarchs, which obviously is a good thing. But the fact that they battled hard and still lost by 53 makes a compelling case for putting this storied series on hiatus for awhile.

George Washington 74, William and Mary 66: We didn't see this coming. No, seriously, we never put it on our master schedule. We REALLY didn't see it coming. If we had seen it coming, we'd have figured the Tribe would have enough at home to get the win. Credit the Colonials, led by former Forest Park High star Danni Jackson (22 points), for jumping out quickly, then continually staging mini-runs whenever William and Mary would close in. Janine Aldridge led the Tribe hit 5 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and Emily Correal had 13 points and 13 rebounds. But Katherine DeHenzel went 0 for 7 from the field and had 6 turnovers, and All-CAA guard Taysha Pye had just 4 points and 4 turnovers in 13 minutes off the bench.

Hampton 77, Central Michigan 51: Details coming.....

Click here for details on the dominating effort by VCU's Courtney Hurt in a victory over Morgan State.

Other games of note:

Delaware 60, East Carolina 40: The Blue Hens (10-0) stormed to a 35-10 halftime lead and cruised into today's much-anticipated showdown of unbeatens at Maryland (12-0) in the final of the Terrapin Classic. Elena Delle Donne led the winners with 22 points; Britny Edwards, formerly of Virginia, had 6 points and 8 rebounds for ECU.

Middle Tennessee State 70, No. 6 Kentucky 58: Result should provide a nice RPI boost for James Madison, which defeated MTSU on Nov. 20 in Harrisonburg.

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