QUICK HITS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK:
• The CAA looks to improve on its 10-4 record with 17 games on the schedule for the upcoming week.
QUICK HITS FROM LAST WEEK:
• The CAA started the season 10-4 after the first week of the 2007-08 season.
• The CAA went 4-1 against teams which made an appearance in the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in the opening weekend.
• William & Mary earned a pair of victories at the ISES Cancer Awareness Tournament in Elon, N.C.
• Tamera Young and Dawn Evans scored 30 and 22 points, respectively, to lead the Dukes to their 27th straight home victory--the longest current winning streak in the nation.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Devin James • William & Mary
Pipersville, Pa./Central Bucks East, Sr., Guard/Forward
William & Mary senior guard/forward Devin James earned CAA Player of the Week honors after averaging 17 points a game while helping the Tribe to a 2-0 start on the season. The senior became the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points after pouring in 22 points in the win over Campbell. James averaged seven rebounds, 6.5 assists and two steals per game last week. She also scored 12 points in the Tribe’s victory over Penn on Saturday. James received two Most Valuable Player awards, which were presented after each contest.
Tamera Young • James Madison
Wilmington, N.C./Laney, Sr., Guard/Forward
James Madison senior guard/forward Tamera Young received CAA Player of the Week honors after pouring in a game-high 30 points to lead the Dukes to an 89-73 victory over Harvard. She scored 17 of her points in the second period, as JMU rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit for the win. Young shot better than 52% (12-23) from the floor and went 6-of-9 from the line in the contest against the Crimson. She finished the contest with seven rebounds and three assists.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dawn Evans • James Madison
Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast, Fr., Guard
James Madison freshman guard Dawn Evans is named the CAA Rookie of the Week after scoring 22 points for the Dukes in a win over Harvard, the defending Ivy league champion and favorite to win the Ivy League this season, on JMU’s home court. The rookie guard scored 13 points in the second half and finished the contest handing out six assists. Evans made four three-pointers and went 4-4 from the charity stripe on the Dukes’ home court.
STARTING THE 2007-08 SEASON: The CAA went 4-1 against teams which made an appearance in the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Delaware defeated Delaware State, James Madison was victorious over Harvard, Northeastern collected a win over Coppin State, and Old Dominion defeated Middle Tennessee. Three wins came on CAA home courts, while Northeastern earned a victory over CSU on a neutral floor. George Mason fell to #9/10 Georgia in Athens, Ga.
RETURNING TALENT: Seven of the 15 members from last year’s All-CAA teams will return for the 2007-08 season. Three of the five first-team honorees are back: Old Dominion’s T.J. Jordan, William & Mary’s Kyra Kaylor and James Madison’s Tamera Young.
TOP STATISTICAL LEADERS RETURN: The CAA should be loaded once again as the conference welcomes back 13 of its top 20 scorers from last season. Also back are 12 of the CAA’s top 20 in rebounding and 10 of the top 15 in assists and steals.
ODU CAPTURES 16TH STRAIGHT CAA TITLE: Old Dominion edged James Madison 78-70 in another thrilling title game to capture its NCAA record 16th consecutive CAA championship. The Lady Monarchs have never lost a CAA Tournament game since joining the league back in 1991-92. With the win, ODU advanced to its 24th NCAA Tournament, which ranks as the third-most appearances in Division I behind only Tennessee and Louisiana Tech. The Lady Monarchs have won 20 or more games during all 16 seasons as a CAA member.
CAA MAKING HISTORY: For the first time in CAA history, three women’s basketball teams advanced to the 2007 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Old Dominion, which earned the CAA’s automatic bid, was joined by James Madison and Delaware in the field of 64. Hofstra represented the CAA in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, which marked the second straight season the CAA had four women’s basketball teams advance to postseason play. The Lady Monarchs made their 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 24th overall. James Madison made its seventh NCAA appearance, but first since 1996--the last time the CAA had more than one team in the NCAA Women’s Tournament. Delaware made its second trip to the “Big Dance” which was its first since winning the America East automatic bid in 2002. Hofstra made its second straight appearance in the WNIT. Hofstra advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT with wins over Seton Hall and South Carolina. The Pride fell to Western Kentucky, 72-54, in the quarterfinals.
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison continued its success at home as the Dukes defeated Harvard last Saturday. The Dukes own the longest current winning streak on their home court with 27 victories dating back to the 2005-06 season. JMU will test their strength at home again this week as they host Wake Forest on Sunday.
TV EXPOSURE: CAA women’s basketball increased its television exposure with 18 games on the air this season. All 12 teams will make least one television appearance.
2007-08 DEAL WITH THE AMERICA CHANNEL: Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager announced that the league has entered into an agreement with The America Channel, which will provide live television coverage of a minimum of 18 women’s basketball games and several other CAA Championships beginning 2008 academic year. The America Channel® is a new programming network that will explore and celebrate our communities, campuses, real heroes, and ordinary people who accomplish the extraordinary. The America Channel’s SportsLife ™ initiative merges life and sport – combining broadcast of over 200 NCAA sports games and matches, with real-life drama about the aspirations, achievements, challenges, adventures, community service, and lifestyles of students and student athletes from numerous NCAA conferences.
MAJORITY OF STARTERS RETURN: CAA teams return 55% (33-of-60) of their starting line-ups from a season ago. Drexel, George Mason, Northeastern, Towson and William & Mary only lost one starter from the 2006-07 season. UNC Wilmington and VCU, which both had all five starters back a year ago, return three starters this season.
TOP 10 IN THE NATION: Old Dominion’s TJ Jordan averaged 3.1 three-point field goals per game which ranked her fourth nationally at the completion of the 2006-07 season. Georgia State’s Brittany Hollins finished the season ranked fifth in steals, averaging 3.3 per outing.
DELAWARE (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Delaware started the season with a come-from-behind 54-47 victory over Delaware State in the first round of the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Friday evening. With the victory the Blue Hens advance to the second round of the Preseason WNIT and will play #4 Maryland on Tuesday in College Park, Md. Against the Hornets, senior guard Kyle DeHaven led the Blue Hens with 24 points, six assists and six steals. Her 24 points is the most she has scored in a Blue Hen uniform, since transferring from William & Mary after her sophomore season. The senior also led the team hitting 12-of-13 free throws. Sophomore forward Sha’Ron Harrison enjoyed a breakthrough game against the Hornets posting seven points and 12 rebounds, while junior guard Jamie Mundy came off the bench to pour in a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. With the victory, Delaware has won 15 straight non-conference home games and four consecutive home openers. The Blue Hens are scheduled to face the Terps of Maryland for the second round of the Preseason WNIT. With a victory, Delaware will play the winner of the Notre Dame/Western Kentucky contest. With a loss, the Blue Hens will continue in the consolation bracket.
DREXEL (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel dropped its opener to Loyola (Md.), 72-62, on Friday evening, after letting a 10-point first-half lead slip away. Freshman guard Jasmina Rosseel led the Dragons with 11 points. Even though sophomore forward Gabriela Marginean was saddled with foul trouble for much of the contest she managed to score 10 points and add six rebounds. Senior forward Delise Johnson came two boards short of her first career double-double with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in her fifth career start. In her first game as a Dragon, Florida transfer Brooke Cornish swatted away four shots which is the most blocks by a Drexel player since Meghan MyIntyre blocked four against Towson on March 1, 2002. The Dragons will look for their first victory of the new season this week when they visit St. Joseph’s on Wednesday evening.
GEORGE MASON (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
The Patriots of George Mason opened the season against a tough #9/10 Georgia squad and dropped their first outing of the season, 84-56, in Athens, Ga. Mason was led by senior guard Lateisha Wade as she poured in 12 points and added two assists and two steals. Junior forward Chynelle Rogers scored a career-high seven points against the Bulldogs. Junior forward Jessica Smith grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while Rogers added five. The Patriots will look for their first win of the new season on Friday when they travel to the Anaconda Sports Seton Hall Basketball Classic.
GEORGIA STATE (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
In a game with seven ties and nine-lead changes, Georgia State dropped its season opener as Florida A&M made the second of two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to win the game. Coach Lea Henry used all 11 players who dressed with eight playing 10 minutes or more. Sophomore forward Danyiell McKeller led the Panthers scoring 15 points and added eight rebounds. Shay Rawls grabbed a team-best nine rebounds for GSU, while junior guard Brittany Hollins pulled down seven while playing all 40 minutes. Hollins also added seven assists and two steals. Rawls added nine points, while Hollins and freshman guard Traci Haltiwanger scored eight. The first two steals of the season upped her career total to 180 as she begins her quest for the school career record of 247, just 67 away. Senior center Vatai Smith blocked her first shot of the season to make her career total at 98 blocks, leaving her two shy of becoming just the third player in school history to block 100 shots. The Panthers will hit the road for a Friday-Saturday tournament in Asheville, N.C. with NCAA Tournament team, UNC Asheville serving as the host. State will play Gardner-Webb on Friday before facing either Davidson or UNC Asheville on Saturday.
HOFSTRA (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra opened the season with a 62-59 victory over Iona at home on Sunday afternoon. Hofstra has now won four of its last six season openers and five of its last six home openers and evened its all-time Division I record at 13-13 in season openers. With the victory, the Pride has now won six straight games at the Mack Sports Complex dating back to last season. Senior forward Linn Quamme posted her first career double-double with career-highs of 13 points and 11 rebounds versus Iona. Junior forward Natty Fripp shined in addition to Quamme as she had nine points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals in 36 minutes of play. The new-look for the Pride, featuring seven newcomers, overcame as much as a nine-point deficit in the contest to rally and defeat the Gaels. Junior college transfer Jess Fuller nearly had a double-double in her first game in a Pride uniform as she chipped in with nine points and 10 rebounds. The Pride improved to 58-5 in its last 63 games when hold its opponents under 60 points. Hofstra finished the 2006-07 season with a 20-1 record in that scenario. The Pride has won 12 straight when holding its opponents to under 60 points. Hofstra has just one game on the schedule this week as they will travel to Rider on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match-up.
JAMES MADISON (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison collected a come-from-behind victory over Harvard at the Convocation Center, 89-73, on Saturday. With the home victory, the Dukes extended their home winning streak to 27 games. It’s the current longest win streak among the NCAA Division I members. The Dukes were led by senior forward Tamera Young’s 30 point performance while shooting over 52 percent (12-for-23). She was assisted by freshman guard Dawn Evans who poured in 22 points for JMU. Young had her second career 30-point game joining only four other players in JMU history who have had multiple 30-point games. Young scored 17 of her points and Evans added 13 of her points in the second half to help JMU earn the victory. Evans handed out a game-high six assists and only one turnover in 36 minutes of play. Junior forward Kisha Stokes tied her career high with 10 points and tallied a career- and game-high 16 rebounds to record her first career double-double. Redshirt junior forward Nina Uqdah scored a career-high seven points. The last time JMU trailed at halftime on their home court was in the 2005-06 season. Towson led 29-26 in a Jan. 20 game before the Dukes came back for a 75-61 win. The Dukes have a loaded plate this week as they visit Bucknell on Tuesday, UMBC on Thursday and host Wake Forest on Sunday.
UNC WILMINGTON (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
The UNC Wilmington opened the 2007-08 campaign last Friday with a 91-59 victory over Presbyterian at Trask Coliseum. The 91 points were the most scored by a UNCW squad since a 93-70 victory over Hampton on Nov. 29, 1996, while the 32-margin of victory was the largest for the Seahawks since a 87-55 victory at Coastal Carolina on Dec. 20, 2002. Junior forward Sahsha Taylor led the scoring barrage with a game-high 21 points, 18 of which game in the second half. Taylor was joined in double figures by freshmen Brittany Blackwell and Treasure Johnson. Blackwell had 12 points on a 5-for-8 performance from the floor, while Johnson was 6-of-9 from the field. Sophomore guard Candace Walker, in her first action since sitting out the 2006-07 season due to injury, had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Stephanie Fernald also returned after being out since last January to score seven points, added four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes. UNCW returns to action Wednesday when they travel to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on long-time rival Campbell at 7 p.m.
NORTHEASTERN (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern collected a 69-65 victory against Coppin State at the Central Florida Tournament on Friday. The Huskies split on the weekend as they fell to Texas Tech, 82-51, on Saturday. Against Coppin State, NU was led by junior guard Ashlee Feldman’s 18-point performance, which included six three pointers. Senior guard Lucia Pablos (12) and sophomore forward Kendra Walton (11) also scored in double figures versus CSU. On Saturday, the Huskies where led by Pablos as she scored 17 points including a 9-for-9 outing from the line. Pablos finished the weekend with seven assists, four steals and eight rebounds for the Huskies. Northeastern will host Massachusetts for an in-state rivalry match-up on Saturday, Nov. 17.
OLD DOMINION (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Old Dominion won its 2007-08 season opener picking up a 76-68 victory over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Saturday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Blue Raiders are receiving votes in both national polls. It was the first season opening victory for the Lady Monarchs since the 2001-02 season when ODU welcomed Towson to the conference with an 82-26 win. It also improved ODU’s record at the Ted Constant Convocation Center to 66-12. Senior TJ Jordan picked up right where she left off, leading all scorers with 19 points. With her performance, she moved in to 21st on the all-time ODU scoring leaders list with 1,113 career points. Senior forward Shahida Williams added in 15 points along with four assists and four blocks and grabbing nine rebounds to narrowly miss a double-double. Sophomore forward Jessica Canady came off the bench and played a career-high 23 minutes. Netting a career-high 13 points, she also added three steals and three blocks. The team collected 12 blocks against Middle Tennessee to set a new team record at The Ted. The previous record of 11 occurred against East Carolina on Nov. 21, 2006 and conference rival UNC Wilmington on Feb. 24, 2005. Williams along with junior Tiffany Green led the rejections with four apiece. Williams set a new career mark in the block category while Canady tied her career mark with three swats. ODU went to the line 35 times against Middle Tennessee, sinking 27 shots and shooting 77.1 percent from the charity stripe. Green, who hit only 51 percent a year ago from the line, went 8-of-9 and Williams, who connected for just 49 percent last season, netted 5-of-6. The Lady Monarchs head off to Greenville, N.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to take on former conference rival East Carolina for their first road game of the 2007-08 season. Old Dominion will return home on Saturday, Nov. 17, against Charlotte.
TOWSON (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
With their 58-56 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Friday night, the Tigers opened the season with a win for the fifth straight year. Towson improved to 13-2 in games decided by eight points or less since the start of last season. Junior guard Jamell Beasley led the Tigers with 16 points in the road victory. She made 6-of-13 shots from the floor and was perfect in three free throw attempts. Beasley was one of three Tiger players in double figures as senior guard Holly Mahan had 11 points and nine rebounds and junior guard Alis Freeman contributed 10 points. Freshmen Dovile Miliauskaite and Simona Petronyte each handed out one assist in their collegiate debuts. The Tigers will continue their three-game road trip when they travel to Norfolk State on Friday evening.
VCU (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
The Rams earned a home victory as they defeated Central Connecticut State, 98-44, on Friday. Virginia Commonwealth University was led by senior forward Krystal Vaughn as she poured in 20 points and five different players registered double-digit points in the win. Junior center Quanitra Hollingsworth posted her 26th career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action. She is now only four away from the school-record of 30 career double-doubles by Beth Mollerup. The 98 points and the 54-point margin of victory are the second highest totals in VCU history. The Rams are now unbeaten in their last 13 contests (dating back to the 2004-05 season) in the month of November. VCU will venture on a two-game road trip as they visit American on Tuesday and St. Joseph’s on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
The Tribe started the 2007-08 season with a 2-0 record as they were the only team to win both its games at the ISES Cancer Awareness Tournament in Elon, N.C. William & Mary earned victories over Campbell, 71-53, and Penn, 87-64, over the weekend and currently sit a top the CAA standings. W&M starts the season 2-0 for the first time since the 1999-00 season and just the sixth time since 1967. The Tribe’s best start to a season is 3-0 (1987-88). Over the weekend, six different players averaged eight points a game. Senior guard Devin James posted team-highs of 22 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the victory over the Camels on Friday evening. She added 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the outing against Penn on Saturday. Senior Kyra Kaylor led the Tribe with 16 points versus the Quakers. Juniors Dani Kell (12) and Courtney Portell (11) and sophomore Lauren Aadland (10) contributed double-digit points on Saturday. W&M equaled a school record with 13 made three-pointers against Penn and sank 10 three pointers against Campbell the night prior. The Tribe is idle this week as they will prepare to host in-state rival Richmond on Nov. 20.