|Miami's Adrienne Motley: the star of stars Thursday night|
Several of these ex-Boo birds went on to have quite a night:
Adrienne Motley (Woodside High) - The Miami sophomore guard left the court to a standing ovation after pouring in a career-high 32 points - the third-most of any Division I player Thursday - as the Hurricanes emphatically snapped No. 4 Notre Dame's 30-game road winning streak with a 78-63 victory. "Adrienne consistently made every big bucket," Hurricanes coach Katie Meier told the Miami Herald. "Every time we needed a big bucket, every time we needed an answer, every time we needed to close the door, it was 'Money Mot." Said Motley: "Why not us be the ones that knock off Notre Dame. And with Skylar Diggins in the building."
Mikayla Venson (Yorktown) - The Virginia freshman guard had an ACC coming-out party of sorts against Wake Forest as she dropped a team-high 21 points and scored the Cavaliers' final 10, including a pair of cold-blooded 3-pointers and the game-winning free throws with one second left. "She's not a typical freshman because she wants the big shot at the end of the game," Virginia coach Joanne Boyle said.
Monnazjea Finney-Smith (Wilson) - The VCU sophomore guard led a balanced attack with 14 points (4 of 6 from 3) as the Rams secured their first Atlantic 10 victory by punishing Rhode Island 64-48. VCU improved to 7-0 at home.
Chelsey Romero (Kecoughtan) - Marshall's sophomore forward had 6 points and 7 rebounds in the Thundering Herd's stunningly comprehensive 69-37 rout at Old Dominion. But the best part of Romero's return to Hampton Roads may have occurred the night before, when the Hampton native was offered the ultimate alternative to the team hotel. Said Marshall coach Matt Daniel: "We let her sleep in her own bed."
Ataijah Taylor (Salem-Roanoke) - The Wake Forest sophomore guard struggled from the field (0 for 6) but did contribute 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals to the Deacs' almost-but-not-quite effort at Virginia.
As for the other members of that Boo Williams squad:
Temple sophomore guard Feyonda Fitzgerald (Lake Taylor) is leading the Owls in scoring (12.2 ppg); William and Mary sophomore guard Latrice Hunter (Norfolk Christian) is averaging 5.1 points and 2.9 assists while developing a reputation for coming up big in the clutch; Virginia Tech freshman forward/center Khadedra Croker (King's Fork) has 10 blocked shots in just 68 minutes of PT; Northwest Florida State College freshman center Tyshara Fleming (Salem-Virginia Beach) is averaging 6.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks (in just 12.1 minutes per game) for the 15-1 and fourth-ranked Raiders; JMU sophomore forward Da'Lishia Griffin (Western Branch) ranks fourth among Dukes with 5.1 rebounds per game; South Carolina freshman forward Jatarie White (Providence Day, N.C.) has sat out nine straight games with a right foot injury but has resumed practicing and could be cleared to play soon; C.H. Flowers High (Md.) senior forward De'Janae Boykin, a USA Basketball gold medalist at the 2014 U17 World Championships who has signed with UConn, is averaging better than 21 ppg during an injury-plagued final high school season.
Finally, it doesn't look as if Hannah Hayes (Potomac), is playing ball, but she appears to be loving life in California, having moved there from Nashville.