Saturday, December 10, 2011

Liberty (116 points!), Hampton, Radford and Richmond all dominate

Saturday's results:

Radford 63, Wofford 46: We loved this matchup for the Highlanders, a team that forces turnovers, against a Wofford group that commits them by the bushel. But because Radford's inability to leave campus and even keep games competitive, we wanted the Highlanders to prove they could handle their business on the road. And did they ever. The Terriers actually led most of the first half and the teams were tied at 27 with 16:15 left in the second. From there, however, the Highlanders sprinted off on a 20-2 run and never looked back. For the game, the Highlanders scored 22 points off 23 turnovers by Wofford, who lost their grip on the game after point guard Rachel Brittenham left the game with her fourth foul with 17:28 left in the first half. Da'Naria Erwin Spencer scored 24 points, freshman Ayana Avery added a career-high 13 and Victoria Hamilton snatched 12 rebounds as Radford snapped a three-game losing streak and won away from home for the first time in 17 December non-home games under coach Tajama Ngongba. Now since this was actually a neutral-site game - the event was part of UNC Asheville's Collegiate Invitational - the Highlanders' streak of futility in road games is technically still alive. But hey, the Highlanders won a game some 200 miles away from home. That's good enough for us.

Hampton 75, UMBC 47: We've been waiting for Jericka Jenkins to have a breakout game. Not a good game; she's had plenty of those. But a game befitting her status as a returning honorable mention All-American. Well, the pint-sized point guard delivered on that score Saturday, going off for 26 points and 10 assists in the Lady Pirates' rout. And that wasn't even the headline of Hampton's effort - although we make it so - as the Lady Pirates buried the Retrievers with a school-record 14 3-points. Choicetta McMillian had 7 of those, on just 11 attempts, en route to 21 points and Jenkins added five more triples. Also, Alyssa Bennett notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and also have 5 steals. Of course, no report on Hampton would be complete without a nod to the Lady Pirates' defense, which held the Retrievers to 27.9 percent shooting. It marked the fourth straight game Hampton (7-1) has held an opponent to 47 points or less, and it gave the Lady Pirates their fifth straight win since dropping a 63-46 decision at Florida on Nov. 22.

Liberty 116, Glenville State 65: Not surprisingly, a lot of crazy numbers came out of this one. The 116 points were the most by Liberty (4-5) since they got 142 on Roanoke College in 1976. Avery Warley had 20 points and 18 rebounds and now has 1,001 career boards. Devon Brown also scored 20 points (and 12 rebounds), Jasmine Gardner had a career-high 19 more, freshman Reagan Miller added 13 and Danika Dale added 12. No wonder the Lady Flames keep playing these guys.

Richmond 75, UNC Greensboro 60: A near-perfect post-exams tuneup for the Spiders (7-2), who torched UNCG's pressure defense to the tune of a season-high 45 first-half points on 56-percent shooting before the break. Coach Michael Shafer spread the minutes liberally throughout the roster after that; and players like newly minted first-team soccer All-American Becca Wann (10 points, 8 rebounds) and Kristina King (7 points) took full advantage. Of course, starters Abby Oliver (19 points), Gen Okoro (12 points, 9 rebounds) and Rachael Bilney (12 points, 4 assists) weren't bad, either.

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