Wednesday, December 28, 2011

VCU's Hurt: 32 points, 21 rebounds

Please, Courtney, don't Hurt 'em!

Too late. It's already in the books, a 32-point, 21-rebound domination the Rams star unleashed on Morgan State during a 73-52 victory Wednesday in the opening round of the Miami Holiday Tournament in Coral Gables, Fla.

It's the latest - and perhaps most eye-popping - of a string of quality outings from Hurt, who earlier this season scorched UMKC for 40 points and had 30 and 16 10 days ago against Coppin State. For the season Hurt is averaging 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, essentially the same level of production she delivered during her All-American junior campaign (23.2 points, 12.4 rebounds).

Rams teammate Andrea Barbour's line - 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals - wasn't too shabby either. And yes, your math is correct - Hurt and Barbour outscored Morgan State all by themselves.

The victory was VCU's fifth straight and third in a row against a MEAC school. It'll get a lot tougher Thursday, though, as the Rams (8-3) will face the 12th-ranked host school in the title game in a building where the Hurricanes have won 31 straight games.

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