Women's #CAAHoops Weekly Report - Jan. 27
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• CAA Action: James Madison improved to 5-0 in CAA play, while Drexel follows at 4-1 and College of Charleston owns a 4-2 mark in conference action.
• Non-Conference Record: CAA teams are 51-63 (.447) against non-conference opponents.
• RPI Ratings: In the most recent RPI ratings posted, the league was ranked 12th among the conferences. James Madison led the CAA with a RPI of 45.
• National Rankings - Team (1/26): Drexel ranks 3rd in turnovers per game (11.8), 7th in assist turnover ratio (1.33), and 11th in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 55.9 ppg. James Madison ranks 9th in three point field goal defense holding their opponents to 26.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes also rank 12th in rebound margin pulling down 10.1 boards more a game versus their opponents, 15th in blocked shots per game (5.4) and in scoring defense (56.7).
• Naismith Early Top 50 Watch List: James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder was named to the Top 50 Naismith Women’s Basketball Early Watch List.
• WBCA, Good Works Nominee: Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan was the only CAA women’s basketball representative nominated for the WBCA Allstate Good Works honor.
• Welcome to the CAA: The CAA welcomes the College of Charleston Cougars to the league for this season. Elon will join for the 2014-15 competitive season.
• New Head Coaches: The league welcomes two new head coaches as Niki Reid Geckeler takes over the leadership of the Towson Tigers and Ed Swanson starts a new era at the helm of the William & Mary Tribe after 23 years at Sacred Heart.
• 2014 CAA Championship: The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship will return to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., in 2014 for the fourth straight season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Tanisha McTiller • Towson
Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park, Sr., Guard
McTiller earned CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after leading the Tigers to a split of their two conference games last week. The senior forward used an average of 26.0 ppg to become the league’s current leading scorer (18. 4 ppg). She led the Tigers to a road victory at College of Charleston with 24 points, before scoring a season-high 28 of the team’s 60 points at William & Mary. McTiller shot .455 percent (20-44) from the field and .625 percent (10-16) from the charity stripe during her 77 minutes of action. The veteran forward added 5.5 rebounds per outing to go along with two assists and a team-high five steals in her two starts.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Flowers • UNCW
Hickory, N.C./Millbrook, Fr., Forward
Flowers received CAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week honors for the first time this season after helping the Seahawks to a 1-1 week, including a home victory over William & Mary. The freshman forward posted her second double-double of the season with season highs of 17 points and 20 rebounds against the Tribe. Her 20 boards placed her in the UNCW record books as only the fifth player to grab 20+ rebounds in a contest. Flowers finished the week averaging 10.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. She shot .444 percent (8-18) from the floor and .500 percent (5-10) from the free throw line for the Seahawks. The rookie also added two steals, one assist and one block on the week.