CIAA Tournament – Day Five
One of the best parts about the CIAA Tournament is seeing colleagues I haven't seen since last year. With that said, I'm ready to go home. Hate hotels.
Two possessions and two baskets by Virginia Union. Charlotte Hornets announcer is calling the game. Make that 3 possessions, 3 scores. Rachel Pecota nails a trey, 7-0. Union finally misses one. But Panthers look much looser than BSU. They've been here before, Bowie not so much in past few years.
VUU has two blocks already and Bowie has yet to score with 5 minutes left in first period.
Kyah Proctor breaks the drought with a tough layup and is fouled. Makes FT. 7-3.
Oh here we go, 13-3 Panthers with 1:29 left.
End of first: VUU 20, BSU 6.
You get the feeling VUU is just toying with the Bulldogs.
Halftime: VUU 32, BSU 16. Pecota has a game-high 13 points. VUU shot an even 50 percent from the field; BSU hit 18.2 percent of its shots, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
Five minutes left in the third and VUU leads 41-20. What more is there to say?
BSU's Sade Chatman was accessed a technical foul, which is also a personal foul. Has 3 personals now. 45-22 VUU lead
Uh oh, BSU has the lead down to 20 and can close it closer. Proctor hits a three and it's down to 17 with 1:40 left in the third.
Kyaja Williams hits the old-fashioned 3-point play and its down to 14 with 1:28 left. BSU's defense just held VUU to a shot clock violation. Looks like that technical call on Chatman woke up the team. And Proctor makes it a 12-point game. Timeout VUU.
End of third: VUU 49, BSU 37.
Panthers have upped lead to 14 early in the fourth. Pecota makes it 16 and is fouled. Makes FT. 55-38. Oh yeah, Pecota is 27 years old.
VUU has weathered the story. Back up by 20 with 5:18 left. Pecota has 23 points while Alexis Johnson has a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds.
The game is over but there's still 1:45 left on clock. Good run by the Bowie. The team played some exciting ball in the tourney. No reason to hang its head.
Lincoln women's team wins the John B. McLendon Sportsmanship Award.
Alexis Johnson is tourney MVP. No surprise there with 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Pecota finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. The victory was also the program's 500th win.
The NCAA Women's Division II Selection Shaw is Sunday at 10 p.m. The men's follow at 10:30 p.m.
CIAA WOMEN'S ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Alexis Johnson - VUU
Kiara Colston - BSU
Chrisanna Green - VSU
Michelle Fitzgerald - LU
Kyaja Williams - BSU
Shaeka McNeil - VUU
Shecquan Bailey - LU
Rachel Pecota - VUU
Alex Smith - VSU
Sada Chatman - BSU
J.C. SMITH VS. VUU - MEN
The last game of the CIAA Tournament is set to begin. It's been four hours since the women's game. This has to change for next year. As we were talking in the media room, have the charity game at 1 and move the women to 4, with the men at 7. That way there's not this long separation and maybe the women will get a better crowd. Party folks are just getting up around noon or 1. (Not that I would know anything about that.)
What's the big deal about having the Charlotte Hornets announcer? I'd rather see an up-and-coming young talent get the chance to shine.
Smith has a quick 12-11 lead. Good crowd in the house.
A rumor was circulating that Fantasia was going to sing the national anthem. Didn't happen, although someone said they saw her at the charity basketball game.
VUU is still playing good ball. Lead Smith 21-20. Kory Cooley is having some tournament. Was instrumental in the Panthers upset win over Virginia State last night and is keeping the Panthers in the game tonight. VUU leads 32-26.
Halftime: VUU 36, Smith 28. Hughes leads VUU with 11 points; no player is in double figures for Smith.
Fifteen minutes into the second half and the Panthers still ahead 43-36.
VUU has taken the Golden Bulls out of their game. Fans are in shock.
Timeout. 12:15 left in the game and VUU is up 52-36. The predominately Smith crowd is in SHOCK! Every year or so, a team gets on a roll in the tourney and can't be stopped. This reminds me of the year Elizabeth City State won it all with a losing record. They beat VUU which was coached by Dave Robbins at the time. That's what makes the tourney so special.
Less than 10 minutes left and VUU leads – GET THIS – 61-39!!!
The Panthers are killing Smith on the boards. Had a 10-rebound advantage at halftime and sure it's twice as many now.
7:52 left and the score is – wait for it – 68-40. We're going to start packing up now.
Get ready for the selection show tomorrow night.
Final score: 82-52 VUU wins to complete the sweep for both the men and women, which I believe is a school record. Admit it, you did not see this coming. OK, I will.
Spring football will be here before you know it. Been a good trip.