Monday, February 13, 2012

Richmond, Radford, Liberty keep win streaks alive

Richmond 72, Longwood 59
The Spiders (20-5) take a break from the A-10, but that doesn't change their winning ways behind 18 from Abby Oliver and 14 from Rachael Bilney. Becca Wann continues to shine with 9 points and 10 boards, as the Spiders won their fifth in a row. We tip our hats to the Lancers (5-22), who outscored Richmond by three in the second half and got 24 from Crystal Smith and 23 from Chelsea Coward. But 10 treys by Richmond (including four from Oliver and three from Bilney) kept this one from ever being close to a nail biter.

Radford 73, Charleston Southern 66
Um, 63 percent shooting? No wonder the Highlanders (14-10, 8-5 Big South) won their seventh in a row. The shooting mark was just shy of a Dedmon Center record and the win streak is the Highlanders' longest since the 1993-94 season. "I really felt we played as a team, particularly on defense," said coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba. "We hustled, communicated well and played with a lot of energy." We know coaches love to talk about D, but lest we fail to mention that 69 percent shooting in the first half? Da'Naria Erwin Spencer led the way with 20.

Liberty 66, Coastal Carolina 54
Devon Brown got 14 of her season-best 27 points from the line, as Liberty (17-7, 12-1 Big South) won its 11th straight. Speaking of the line, we'd be remiss if we didn't note these numbers from the stripe: Liberty (24-of-32), Coastal Carolina (4-of-7). Given that and the plus-15 the Lady Flames had on the boards (Brown secured 10), you wonder why Liberty only led 33-30 at the break? In case you're keeping count, the Lady Flames have now beaten the Chanticleers (12-10, 5-8) 38 times in a row -- their best streak in program history.

Boston College 64, Virginia Tech 60
We wanted it for you, Hokies. The Eagles, severely missing Carolyn Swords, came in 0-11 in the ACC. The long ball did Tech in, as BC drained 10 3-pointers, including a 4-of-5 effort from Katie Zenevitch. Aerial Wilson scored 22 for the Hokies, who only netted five of 12 fee throws. Virginia Tech (7-18, 3-9) has now lost four straight.

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