Monday, December 19, 2011

Hampton, W&M, Longwood fall on the road

Virginia teams went 0-3, making it a dismal Monday before Christmas:

UAB 43, Hampton 38
Score kind of says it all, don't you think? Two of the best defenses got together, and on this night, UAB's was better, limiting the Pirates to 24 percent shooting. The Pirates (7-2) weren't too shabby, either, holding UAB to 32 percent shooting and a startling 22 turnovers. That's impressive given UAB is ranked fourth in the NCAA, committing just 12.8 turnovers per game prior to this one. In winning their sixth in a row, the Blazers (7-2) snapped Hampton's five-game win streak.

Long Island 78, William and Mary 69
Taysha Pye came off the bench to score 29 and Emily Correal poured in 17, but where was the rest of the Tribe? Four players did not score including two starters and after Correal, the next best effort was five points by Janine Aldridge. W&M (5-4) also got burned by eight 3s from Long Island, including six from leading scorer Krystal Wells (24 points). The Blackbirds (10-3) improved to 6-0 at home, their best start since joining the Northeast Conference in 1988-89.

Central Michigan 70, Longwood 59
The Lancers couldn't get it done despite a splendid effort by Brittanni Billups, whose 18 rebounds were three more than the rest of her team. Still, Longwood got outrebounded by 13 and didn't have enough offensive firepower to overcome Central Michigan in a game played before just 108. (By the way our prediction was 80-49)

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