Monday, January 9, 2012

Liberty spanks Campbell, Radford, NSU fall

Monday's games:

High Point 81, Radford 65: We already knew the road to the Big South title leads to High Point, as that's the site of the conference tournament. Now it appears as though that road will also lead through High Point, as the streaking Panthers (9-6) improved to 4-0 in conference play after completing a two-game sweep of the league's Virginia contingent. Erin Reynolds, the star of High Point's overtime victory over Liberty Saturday, was too much for the Panthers as well as she poured in a game-high 24 points. Shamia Brown added 18 points and Cheyenne Parker chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers, who shot 61 percent in the first half as the Highlanders continued their defensive struggles against many of the Division I teams on its schedule. Ashley Buckhannon rebounded from her 1-for-15 shooting effort in Saturday's win over Campbell to score 18 points. Da'Naria Erwin Spencer also added 18, Victoria Hamilton had 10 points and 10 boards and Sarah Tabb also scored 10 points for Radford (7-7, 1-2), which also forced 21 turnovers. But the Highlanders needed some more defensive answers. Instead, Radford concluded a four-game homestand with a disappointing 1-3 mark

Liberty 90, Campbell 61: A perfect game? There's no such thing, of course. But the Lady Flames would take these numbers every night - 52-percent shooting, a 45-27 rebounding edge, 21 assists, only 15 turnovers (trust us, for the Lady Flames, that's great) and just five personal fouls. Devon Brown led all scorers with 25 points, Danika Dale added 15 and Avery Warley 11 as the Lady Flames (7-7, 2-1 Big South) bounced back strong from Saturday's 73-69 overtime loss to High Point.

Howard 73, Norfolk State 50: The Bison are better than a lot of folks realize, and they rebounded nicely from Saturday's 23-point drubbing by Hampton with a 23-point rout of their own. Saadia Doyle, last year's MEAC Player of the Year, had 25 points and Tamoria Holmes and Ziggy Brown each scored 18 as Howard used an early 16-2 run to cruise to their 10th victory in its last 11 games. Spartans guard Whitney Long finished with a team-high 14 points but was held scoreless in the first half while Howard built a 17-point lead. Rae Corbo added 12 points and Rachel Gordon had 9 points and 10 rebounds. The Spartans are certainly capable of a better performance, especially in the first half. But this is the same Howard team that two weeks ago won by 19 at Seton Hall.This was going to be a tough one for NSU no matter how well the Spartans played.

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