Saturday, December 31, 2011

Richmond takes Lehigh title; W&M and JMU also prevail

Friday's games:

St. Bonaventure 58, Norfolk State 44: The Spartans caught Bonnies sharpshooter Jessica Jenkins on the wrong day. After going 0-for-8 from 3-point range 24 hours earlier in a loss to Villanova, Jenkins nailed 8 of 10 from long range on her way to a game-high 24 points to bury NSU. Seven of those treys came in the first half - 4 in the final 1:52 - as the Bonnies (12-2) surged to a 40-22 halftime lead. The Spartans actually got the better of play after the break, outscoring the Bonnies 22-18 and forcing 14 turnovers. But it's tough to make up a lot of ground when you shoot just 29.8 percent from the field over the 40 minutes. Whitney Long had a team-high 10 points for the Spartans, who lost their fifth straight game. All in all, though, it was a solid effort against a very good team.

Richmond 71, Lehigh 49: America's best basketball walk-on did it again. Red-hot Becca Wann notched her first career double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and nabbed tournament MVP honors as the Spiders cruised to Lehigh Christmas Classic title. Abby Oliver scored a game-high 21 points and also made the all-tournament team. The victory was Richmond's sixth straight and improved the Spiders'  record to 12-2. It's their best start to a season since 2004-05.

James Madison 77, Rhode Island 42: The Dukes led just 12-10 at the 12:42 mark before sprinting off on a 22-4 run. Jasmine Gill scored 18 points to lead four Dukes in double figures. Tarik Hislop added 13 points, Kirby Burkholder 12 and Lauren Whitehurst 10 for JMU (8-3). The Rams, meanwhile, fell to 1-13.

William and Mary 81, Elizabeth City State 70: Emily Correal was a beast on the low block, racking up a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds. Taysha Pye added 20 points, 18 in the second half, as the Tribe (7-5) closed out their non-conference schedule in style.  Shatara Jackson scored 23 points to lead pesky ECSU, which closed to within five with 7:27 to play.


  1. Wait a minute! Becca Wann is a walk-on?! I thought she was RECRUITED to UR?

  2. She's on scholarship for soccer. She's a basketball walk-on and doesn't count against the hoops team's scholarship total.