Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hampton perfect so far in 2013

When Hampton (1-0) hosts Southern Miss today at 2 p.m., the team will be out to extend a hidden but pretty impressive streak - the Lady Pirates have yet to lose a regular-season game in 2013.

Starting with a 60-57 victory over Boston College on Jan. 2 and extending through Sunday's 64-37 win over St. Peter's, the Lady Pirates have won all 17 regular-season games they've played this calendar year. Add in postseason results and Hampton is 20-1 overall in 2013, with the lone loss coming to Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Hampton's last regular-season loss came on Dec. 30, 2012 at Virginia Tech in one of the weirdest games we tracked all year. After taking a 17-10 lead at halftime, the Lady Pirates, which led the nation in scoring defense, surrendered 45 second-half points to the offensively challenged Hokies, a group that averaged just 49 points for an entire game last season.

Other games Saturday:

Louisiana Tech at Virginia, 2 p.m.
     - Sophomore Faith Randolph is averaging 18.5 points as she assumes some of the scoring load from All-ACC senior Ataira Franklin, who unfortunately much continue to work around a balky knee. As will be the case all season, rebounding will be crucial for the undersized Cavaliers (1-1). Virginia got crushed on the boards in its season-opening loss at James Madison, then crushed High Point on the glass in winning by 19 on Monday. Meanwhile, the Lady Techsters opened their season by getting outrebounded 47-29 by South Carolina. Still, it sounds as though they expect much more success today.

"South Carolina was extremely big. Virginia we match up well (with) and we can kind of pound it in the paint a little," LaTech coach Teresa Weatherspoon told the (La.) News Star.

Utah Valley at Longwood, 2 p.m.
     - The Lancers (1-1) are coming off Tuesday's 58-52 victory over William and Mary, a game in which they trailed by 10 with less than nine minutes remaining. A quartet of sophomores is leading the way. Dae Dae Brown is averaging a double-double (10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds), Raven Williams leads the team with 15 ppg and Khalilah Ali (10.5 ppg) and Kyndal Skersick (9.5) have also been key contributors.

Friday's results

Norfolk State 66, Radford 54
     - Spartans senior forward Rachel Gordon had her way inside against the guard-oriented Highlanders, notching 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbing 16 rebounds. Also, nice job by NSU freshman forward Logan Powell, who chipped in 8 points on 4-of-6 shooting in just 9 minutes. As for the Highlanders, senior guard Breshara Gordon got off in her homecoming game (she's a graduate of Norfolk's Lake Taylor High) with a team high-tying 14 points. Ayana Avery also scored 14 points for Radford (2-1).

East Carolina 69, William and Mary 57
     - The Tribe (0-2) trailed just 32-31 at halftime before things went awry after the break. Freshman Marlena Tremba tied for team-high scoring honors with 13 points and is averaging 16.5 ppg so far. New coach Ed Swanson is clearly still looking at combinations as 12 players saw action and, with the exception of Kaitlyn Mathieu, none played more than 25 minutes. The good news for Tribe fans is it appears as though all 12 of them can contribute.

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