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WBB Preseason Capsule #5: Old Dominion, Towson & William & Mary

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          Release: 10/12/2012
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Head Coach: Karen Barefoot
2011-12 Record

Starters Returning (3):
Jackie Cook, G --- 9.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Ahley Betz-White, G --- 8.1 ppg, 3.4 apg
Mairi Buchan, F --- 7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Other Top Returnee:
Myeisha Hall, G --- 5.3 ppg, 2.1 apg

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Old Dominion (@ODUWBB) returns seven letterwinners, including three starters, and has added five newcomers as head coach Karen Barefoot (@BarefootODU) begins her second season at the helm of the Lady Monarchs. Senior guard Jackie Cook, the squad's top returning scorer (9.9 ppg) and rebounder (4.5 rpg), will team-up with sophomore guard Ashley Betz-White (8.1 ppg) to provide a strong presence in the backcourt for ODU. Mairi Buchan, a two-time CAA All-Academic first team honoree, started 17 of 32 games as a junior for the Lady Monarchs averaging 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.  The Lady Monarchs, who have made 25 trips to the NCAA and two the WNIT, will look to advance to postseason play this season. Old Dominion is one of the four hosts of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Regional Round in March.

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Head Coach: Joe Mathews
2011-12 Record: 16-14/7-11 CAA


Starters Returning (2):
Tanisha McTiller, G --- 11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Nyree Williams, F --- 5.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Other Top Returnees:
Destiny Shearin, G --- 2.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Ciara Webb, G --- 2.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg

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Towson, which you can follow on Twitter @Towson_WBB, is coming off a solid 16-14 campaign last season, which was its best overall record since 2008-09. Head coach Joe Mathews (@CoachMathews_TU) graduated four strong contributors from last season but will look to build around a pair of returning starters and eight underclassmen. Tanisha McTiller secured a spot in the starting line-up last season and finished as the team's second-leading scorer with 11.1 points per game, while leading the Tigers in steals with 48. Nyree Williams led the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, ranking 11th in the CAA, and added 1.6 blocks per outing for the sixth-best mark in the league. The Tigers will close out the non-conference season with four home contests in December before opening CAA action on Jan. 6 at Drexel.

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Head Coach: Debbie Taylor
2011-12 Record: 10-20/3-15 CAA

Starting Returning (4):
Emily Correal, F --- 13.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg
Janine Aldridge, G --- 13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Jaclyn McKenna, C --- 10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Chanel Murchinson, G --- 1.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Other Top Returnees:
Taylor Hilton, G/F --- 5.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Kyla Kerstetter, G --- 3.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg

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Head coach Debbie Taylor (@WMCoachTaylor) enters her 14th season at the helm of William & Mary. She welcomes back 11 letterwinners, including four senior starters - including three who averaged at least 10 points per game a year ago.  The Tribe is armed with the league's top threat behind the three-point line in Janine Aldridge.  She led the CAA by sinking a W&M single-season 92 treys a year ago and ranked third in the league in three-point shooting percentage (.395) and steals (2.6 spg).  Emily Correal ranked eighth in the CAA in free throw shooting at 75.4 percent to help the Tribe at the line, while Jaclyn McKenna shot 51.8 percent from the field ranking third in the league in field goal percentage.  The Tribe welcomes assistant coach Beth Bradley back to the CAA as she previously was the Old Dominion Director of Basketball Operations for the 2010-11 season.  Follow W&M women's hoops on twitter @TribeWBB this season.

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