Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday's roundup: Maryland holds off Virginia

Monday's games:

No. 8 Maryland 68, Virginia 61: Admirable, gritty effort by the shorthanded Cavaliers, who battled the powerful Terrapins (17-1, 4-1 ACC) with essentially six players (reserve Kelsey Wolfe played 7 minutes and Jazmin Pitts logged 2 minutes). But the few times Virginia buckled, the Terrapins took full advantage. Late in the first half, Lauren Mincy (a game-high 20 points) and former Princess Anne High star Kim Rodgers got loose for 3-pointers to help turn a 3-point Virginia lead into a 4-point Maryland edge at halftime. And with 16:58 left, a Tianna Hawkins layup snapped a 38-38 tie and sent Maryland off on the 14-5 spurt that ultimately proved too much for Virginia to overcome. Lexie Gerson helped keep Virginia in it with a team-high 15 points and 4 of the Cavaliers' 12 steals. Ataira Franklin added 14 points and 4 steals, Chelsea Shine chipped in 12 points and Ariana Moorer 10 for the Cavaliers (14-5 2-3), who while disappointed should surely be holding their heads high after this one.

In other games:

Hampton 83, Morgan State 51: Jericka Jenkins became the second Lady Pirate in program history to crack the 500-assist barrier as Hampton (13-3, 5-0 MEAC) cruised to its 18th straight win over MEAC opponents dating back to last season. Jenkins had 16 points and 12 assists Monday and now has 511 for her career. Choicetta McMillian led Hampton's scorers with 22 points and newly minted MEAC Player of the Week Nicole Hamilton posted her second straight productive effort with 15 points.

Liberty 79, Charleston Southern 64: Looking at the score, you might be surprised to realize that the Lady Flames actually trailed by 3 in the second half. But Avery Warley scored 6 of her 26 points during a 16-0 run propelled Liberty (9-7, 4-1 Big South) to its third straight win. Warley, who was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line, also pulled down 13 rebounds. Devon Brown added 18 points, Tolu Omotola 15 points and 8 rebounds and Reagan Miller 12 points (3-for-4 3-pointers) for the Lady Flames. Rachelle Coward had 32 points and hit 9 3-pointers for Charleston Southern.

Coppin State 67, Norfolk State 62: The Spartans (8-9, 3-3 MEAC) have made a habit out of fading in the second half but coming on strong at the end, but they couldn't pull it off this time as Coppin State hung on after erasing a 7-point halftime deficit. NSU guard Rae Corbo came up big again with 18 points and freshman Quineshia Leonard continued her promising play of late with 13 points and 7 rebounds. But several of NSU's key players really struggled. Whitney Long (12 points, all in the second half) was just 4 of 21 from the field, Rachel Gordon had no field goals and just 3 points in 28 minutes (although she did pull down 10 rebounds) and Batavia Owens had just 2 points and 2 rebounds before fouling out in just 11 minutes.

Coastal Carolina 58, Radford 56: Olivia Irick's 3-point play with 2.4 seconds left snatched victory for the Chanticleers and dealt the Highlanders (7-9, 1-4 Big South) their third straight loss and sixth in their last seven games. But while Irick's shot was the dagger, the Highlanders probably lost this game at the free throw line, where they were successful on just 6 of 16 attempts. With 12 seconds remaining, Ashley Buckhannon missed the back end of a one-and-one that would have given Radford a 3-point lead and set the stage for Irick's heroics. Da'Naria Erwin Spencer led Radford with 24 points.

IPFW 73, Longwood 54: Yet another tough road stop for the Lancers (4-17), who got a season-high 21 points from Brittanni Billups and 13 more from Chelsea Coward in defeat.

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