Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Random notes

Cleaning out a notebook on a Tuesday night ...

FOOTBALL: It doesn't look as if the Gamecocks will have either center Reggie Wade or fullback Alphonso Freeney for Saturday's regular-season finale against Tennessee State.
Freeney went to Birmingham to have his broken hand evaluated and came back with a cast.
"They say there's a chance he could play down the road somewhere if that were to happen," coach Jack Crowe said. "He's not going to be practicing (this week)."
Crowe said there was "not any chance" Wade would play after suffering a high ankle sprain in practice last week.

VOLLEYBALL: The Gamecocks' hopes for making the OVC Tournament stayed alive Tuesday night when Tennessee State fell to Morehead 3-0. TSU and UT Martin both have to lose their two matches this weekend and JSU has to beat Murray and UTM (by a 3-0 score) to secure a spot.
Next up for TSU is Eastern Illinois, a team that is 4-23 overall but beat the Lady Tigers earlier this year 3-2 for its only OVC victory of the season.

BASKETBALL RECRUITING: The JSU women's team expects to sign one in-state post player Wednesday. The men's program is hopeful of hitting what coach James Green called "a home run" during the early-signing period.
Both coaches remained mum Tuesday on identifying their prospects.

MORE HOOPS: If you watched the JSU men practice Tuesday, you saw freshman Brylle Kamen participating in drills, so it appears there has been some positive movement on his eligibility issue. However, he isn't expected to travel with the team to the opener at South Carolina.

The JSU women could be without two veterans for their opener with Samford Friday. They are awaiting analysis of MRIs on sophomore guard Danielle Beneby and guard Cassi Stuart, the team's only senior. Both players sustained a possible torn meniscus that could require surgery.
Meanwhile, junior guard Eren McMichael and freshman guard Chase Ogden both have returned to practice after missing time over preseason injuries.
The team's projected starting lineup for Friday's game looks like this -- Kelsey Johnikin, Zenobia Pitts, Charlease Williams, Paris Hollingsworth and Jolie Efezokhae.

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