Thursday, November 26, 2015

What happened, what's ahead (Nov. 26)

ICYMI – Wednesday’s results

William and Mary 62, American 51 – Marlena Tremba scored 22 points -  the second time this season she’s had 20 or more – for the Tribe (4-1), who are off to their best start since the 1998-99 season.

George Mason 71, Pepperdine 63 -  Transfer guard Kara Wright’s season-high 20 points (on 7-12 FG shooting, with team highs of four assists, two blocks and two steals) helped the Patriots (2-4) seize third place in the Great Alaska Shootout. The Pats also visited a glacier during their stay (Send pictures!). Erica Ogwumike, a 5-9 freshman and the younger sister of former Stanford stars Nneka and Chiney, led Pepperdine with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Western Kentucky, big winners (84-58) over Mason in the opening round, nipped host Alaska-Anchorage 62-58 in the Shootout title game. Hilltoppers guard Kendall Noble earned tournament MVP honors. Taylor Brown, who averaged 12.5 ppg in the two-game set, represented the Patriots on the all-tournament team (what, no Kara Wright?).

Virginia Tech 73, Wofford 42 – Taijah Campbell (10 points, 10 rebounds), Sidney Cook (14 points, 9 rebounds), Rachel Camp (10 points, 4 assists) and Chanette Hicks (10 points, 6 steals) led the way as the Hokies (5-1) walloped winless Wofford (0-5).

No. 8 Texas 79, Hampton 52 – Malia Tate-DeFreitas scored 21 points and Kaylah Lupoe added 16 points and 8 rebounds as Hampton (0-5) wound down its season-opening "Lady Pirates Across America" tour. We could tell you the competition Hampton faced during this stretch was intense. Or we could simply point out that the combined record of Hampton’s five opponents to date – Iowa State, Oregon, Washington State, UTEP and Texas – is 16-1, and then we wouldn't have to.

Team records

Virginia 4-0; Richmond 4-0; Virginia Tech 5-1; William and Mary 4-1; JMU 3-1; VCU 3-1; Liberty 2-2; Radford 1-2; Longwood 1-3; Old Dominion 1-3; George Mason 2-4; Norfolk State 0-4; Hampton 0-5

Thanksgiving Day games

Paradise Jam, Virgin Islands

Virginia vs. Green Bay (2-0), 1 p.m.

-          Green Bay’s disruptive defense should provide a stern test for the Virginia’s talented guards. The Phoenix forced 25 Vanderbilt turnovers in a 58-56 victory.

Old Dominion vs. No. 6 Maryland (3-0), 5:45 p.m. (approx.)

-          The Terrapins have scored at least 97 points in each of their three games; the Lady Monarchs totaled 87 in their last two games combined. But hey, that's why they play the games, right?


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