Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hobson stars in VCU win; George Mason (finally) wins on road

Robyn Hobson
Thursday's games

George Mason 56, Drexel 51: Given the venue and quality of the opponent, this is George Mason's best result of the year - by far - and it seemingly came out of nowhere. The Patriots hadn't won a road game since Nov. 21 (Stony Brook) and trailed 31-23 after the first half of this one. From there, however, the Patriots finally awoke from their road slumber and dominated the Dragons to snap a 7-game road losing streak and claim their first victory at Drexel since 2003. Taleia Moton scored 20 of her game-high 28 points in the second half for the Patriots (11-10, 5-5 CAA), who used a 10-0 run to seize command midway through the frame. George Mason also succeeded in shutting down Drexel scoring stars Hollie Mershon and Kamile Nacickaite. The Dragons duo scored 29 of their team's 31 points in the first half, but combined for just eight after intermission. Finally, a tip of the hat to Patriots sophomore and Philadelphia native Janaa Pickard, who helped her team's cause immensely with 13 points and 6 rebounds in her hometown. The loss was Drexel's third in its last four games and dropped the Dragons to 10-10, 6-4 CAA.

VCU 66, Towson 59: A virtual wire-to-wire victory for the Rams, who took the lead for good on a Robyn Hobson 3-pointer 36 seconds into the game and spent the rest of the game gradually pulling away. Hobson, a reserve junior guard who has been receiving increased playing time of late, got her career first start and responded with a career-high 14 points. This from a player who came in averaging 1.9 ppg. Hobson's production was a welcome complement to the usual contributions of Courtney Hurt (23 points, 9 rebounds) and Andrea Barbour (18 points, 9 rebounds) for the Rams (13-8, 6-4).

Hofstra 82, William and Mary 75: OK, so it wasn't quite the offense free-for-all of the 100-97 encounter these two teams staged last month. But there were still plenty of points to go around as five players scored in double figures for each team. They should pay time-and-a-half for keeping stats when these teams play. As has often been the case this season, the Tribe showcased their impressive ability to score but could not count of their defense for key stops, particularly during a second half in which the Pride erased a 3-point deficit at the break by scoring 49 points on 50-percent shooting. Jaclyn McKenna led William and Mary with 16 points, double-double machine Emily Correal had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Taysha Pye, Katherine DeHenzel and rookie Kyla Kerstetter each had 12. Shante Evans had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Marie Malone contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double and Candice Bellocchio chipped in 14 points and 11 assists for Hofstra.

In other CAA games:

No. 12 Delaware 62, UNC Wilmington 53: Elena Delle Donne had 29 points (11 of 22 shooting) and 14 rebounds to lead the Blue Hens to their ninth straight victory.

Georgia State 81, Northeastern 74: Kendra Long scored 19 points to lead four Panthers in double figures as Georgia State got off the CAA schneid.

CAA standings
Delaware                10-0     19-1
Hofstra                    8-2     16-5
JMU                        7-3     16-5
Drexel                      6-4    10-10
UNCW                    6-4    13-8
VCU                        6-4    13-8
George Mason         5-5    11-10
Old Dominion           4-6    7-15
Towson                    3-7     12-9
William and Mary     2-8    9-12
Northeastern            2-8    4-17
Georgia State           1-9    7-14

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