Saturday, January 28, 2012

Richmond, Big South and MEAC teams in action Saturday

Saturday's games:

Liberty (11-7, 6-1 Big South) at UNC Asheville (7-11, 3-4), 2 p.m.
Game features a prime-time rebounding matchup between Liberty's Avery Warley (10.7 rpg, 11th nationally) and UNC Asheville's Kelli Riles (11.4 rpg, 5th in Division I). The Lady Flames have won five straight games, and have prevailed in their last 14 trips to UNC Asheville.

Coppin State (10-10, 5-2 MEAC) at Hampton (15-3, 7-0), 4 p.m.
The Lady Pirates have won six straight this season and 20 in a row against MEAC opponents. The Eagles have won three straight and eight of their last nine, but the lone loss in that span was a 76-50 defeat to these Lady Pirates on Jan. 14 in Baltimore.

Morgan State (5-14, 2-4 MEAC) at Norfolk State (8-10, 3-4), 4 p.m.
Spartans sophomore forward Rachel Gordon has delivered several stellar performances this season but has struggled offensively in her last two games (a combined 0 for 10 from the field). Gordon nearly had a double-double (9 points, 14 rebounds) when these teams met in Norfolk two weeks ago (a 76-75 NSU victory). Look for her to snap back to that form today.

Radford (8-10, 2-5 Big South) at Gardner-Webb (2-15, 1-6), 5 p.m.
Radford has dug quite a hole for itself in the Big South race and now faces a stretch of four straight road games, where the Highlanders are just 1-6 this season. The good news is that Radford is coming off one of its better performances of the year, Monday's 56-29 destruction of Presbyterian.

Richmond (15-5, 3-3 Atlantic 10) at Saint Louis (7-13, 1-4), 7 p.m.
The Spiders did a nice job of bouncing back from their loss at the buzzer to Temple in their conference opener and will look for a similar rebound after Wednesday's overtime loss at Dayton. Both games proved that the Spiders are a match for anyone in the A-10. But the fact that Richmond still lost both leaves the Spiders no margin for error if they want to avoid having to play a first-round game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament (the top four seeds earn byes).

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