Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What's on tap tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 17)

What we'll be watching for tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 17):

VCU (1-0) at Iona (0-1), 7 p.m.

   - The Rams' season-opening 73-42 victory over Coppin State looks even more impressive when one considers the team did so much damage without last year's leading scorer Isis Thorpe, who sat out with an injury. We're told Thorpe is day-to-day (aren't we all?), so let's see if she can give it a go tonight. The Gaels opened with a 58-53 loss at Stony Brook Friday despite a career-high 24 points from guard Marina Lizarazu, a native of Spain who began her college career at Texas Tech. Iona is coached by Billi Godsey, who spent two years as an assistant at Virginia Tech before taking over the Gaels in 2013.

Miami (2-0) at Old Dominion (1-1), 7 p.m.

   - Click here for a full preview of Miami-ODU.

Towson (0-1) at George Mason (0-2), 7 p.m.

   - Two days after getting burned for 14 3-pointers in a loss at Virginia Tech, the Patriots will face a Towson team that splashed 12 treys in a season-opening loss to Rider. The Tigers also feature transfer guard Raven Bankston, who two years ago lit up the Patriots for 33 points while playing for Delaware State. The teams have alternated victories the last five meetings, with Towson claiming a 72-70 win over the Patriots in Baltimore. For the Patriots, star guard Taylor Brown (10.0 ppg, 6-22 FGs) has been relatively quiet by her standards so far, but we fully expect that to change soon. Really soon.

Radford (1-0) at North Carolina State (2-0), 7 p.m.

   - The Big South has been a surprising nemesis to the ACC so far, with Gardner-Webb winning at North Carolina and Coastal Carolina prevailing at Clemson. But N.C. State wasn't having any of that Sunday and pasted High Point 89-41. The resiliency of these Highlanders isn't in question, not after Friday's gutty 66-63 overtime win over George Mason. But Radford will need a lot of things to go right to make it two in a row.

Morgan State (1-0) at JMU (1-0), 7 p.m.

   - Morgan State opened its season with a 74-36 victory over Washington Adventist, an NAIA school located in Takoma Park, Md. Meanwhile, the Dukes faced even less resistance in Sunday's 88-30 victory over travel-weary Longwood and thus were able to get liberal use out of talented freshmen Savannah Felgemacher, Kayla Cooper-Williams and Logan Reynolds. Felgemacher responded with the first double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) by a freshman during coach Kenny Brooks' tenure. This is Game No. 2 in a stretch of four games in eight days; the Dukes will visit UCLA on Friday before concluding the stretch at home next Monday against Liberty.

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