Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hampton, Richmond, George Mason go into break on a high note

Thursday's results:

Hampton 71, Boston College 63
David Six and the Lady Pirates must feel pretty good headed into these holidays with a resounding win over an ACC foe on the road. Twenty one turnovers turned into 21 points for Hampton (8-2), which trailed 51-43 with 13:15 remaining. The Pirates rallied with a 9-0 run capped by a Choicetta McMillian layup, two of her 15 second-half points. The teams traded leads, and HU finished on an 11-4 run, sinking all eight of its free throws. McMillian finished with 22, Melanie Warner 16 and Keiara Avant, 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jericka Jenkins just missed the double-double, adding 13 points and 9 assists.

Richmond 69, Hartford 56
Like David Six, Michael Shafer must be feeling pretty gleeful given how well his young team has fared through 12 games. The Spiders are 10-2 and got a career high 18 points from athletic marvel Becca Wann, who picked up All-American soccer honors two weeks ago. (Wann also had a career-high 9 rebounds and 5 assists.). Gritty as always, Richmond clawed back from 10 down to lead by one at the break. Genevieve Okoro's 19 points and 10 rebounds led the Spiders with Rachael Bilney adding 14.

George Mason 58, George Washington 55
Jeri Porter lamented the 22 turnovers by the Patriots but said she was tickled with the win that sends George Mason into its holiday break at 7-3. Amber Easter (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Janaa Pickard (11 points, 11 rebounds) had the gaudy stats along with Taleia Moton's 20 points, but we understand why Porter mentioned turnovers postgame. We applaud Rahneeka Saunders for her 10 points, but 10 turnovers? George Washington (5-6) missed a 3 at the end for the tie, giving the Patriots bragging rights in this Beltway rivalry.

Cincinnati 70, Longwood 54
The road continues to be unforgiving for the Lancers (2-11), which couldn't match four Cincinnati starters in double figures led by Chanel Chisholm's 22 points. Nice effort by Crystal Smith, whose 14 points led a 29-point bench effort by the Lancers.

Davidson 80, Radford 68
The Highlanders (6-5) rallied within six in the second half, but couldn't overcome a 17-6 run by Davidson. Ayana Avery and Ashley Buckhannon combined for 41 of Radford's 68 points.

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