Sunday, January 29, 2012

ODU, VCU rally for victories; Virginia upends Florida State

VCU's Hurt: 28 points, 20 rebounds

Sunday's results:

Old Dominion 71, George Mason 68
The Patriots (10-11, 4-5 CAA) have never won in Norfolk, and Sunday was no different thanks to some gritty play by the Lady Monarchs, who trailed by eight with six minutes to play. ODU dominated the boards, particularly on the offensive end with a plus-10 advantage. Jo Guilford tied her career high with 20 points, and Tia Lewis notched her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. After misfiring on her first six shots, Taleia Moton finished with 28 for the Patriots, who had to be disappointed in finishing 9-of-17 from the foul line. Kudos to ODU freshman Ashley Betz-White with 16 points, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. It was a 3 by Betz-White that gave ODU the lead for good with 1:50 left. Jackie Cook gave ODU a cushion, going 6-of-6 from the foul line, but back-to-back 3s from Moton almost spoiled it for the Lady Monarchs (7-14, 4-5). A final three-point attempt by Moton bounced off the rim to keep ODU 26-0 in Norfolk against George Mason. "I just played my game," Guilford said. "That's all I did."

NC State 65, Virginia Tech 53
Shooting and scoring continued to plague Tech (7-15, 3-6 ACC), which shot 29 percent from the field and managed just 19 points in the first half. Aerial Wilson and Monet Tellier each came away with 16, but Tellier came up empty on 19 of her 24 attempts. The Wolfpack outscored the Hokies by 10 from the free-throw line and got 20 from Kody Burke. "I told the kids, 'I'm disappointed for them,' " said Hokies coach Dennis Wolff. "They did enough things in a basketball game to have a better shot at winning the game. Unfortunately, we didn't shoot well." LaTorri Hines-Allen pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds and Tech had a season-high 22 boards, but turned just nine of them into points.

Northeastern 82, William and Mary 71
It's fun to go to Boston unless it's a CAA road trip. Just ask the Tribe, who could not stop Deanna Kerkhof (29 points) and Jewel Tunstull (22 points) from notching career highs along with Jamie Conroy (school record 16 assists). W&M (9-11, 2-7), second in the league in offense, scored just 23 first-half points and never led after the initial two minutes. Janine Aldridge led W&M with 27 points and four assists, and Emily Correal came away with 12 points. Taysha Pye, so explosive in Thursday's win over ODU, finished with just nine, as Northeastern came away with its second conference win.

VCU 75, Georgia State 70
Can anyone figure out the Panthers, whose bench outscored its starters 45-25? Courtney Hurt, the Rams all-time leading scorer, isn't hard to figure, just tough to guard. Hurt's 28 and 20 boards led the Rams, who won their 13th straight in this series, the longest active winning streak in the CAA against a conference opponent. A 20-3 run put this one away for the Rams (12-8, 5-4), who scored 27 of the first 34 points in the second half. Noted coach Beth Cunningham, "We had a stretch there in the second half that put us over the hump."

Virginia 62, Florida State 52
The Cavaliers (16-7, 4-5 ACC) snapped their four-game losing streak to the Seminoles (12-11, 4-5), who committed 23 turnovers. Florida State had a better day from the floor (46 percent) than from the line (40 percent) where they were outscored 20-6. Ariana Moorer paced Virginia with 15 and Lexie Gerson scored 13 and 5 assists.

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