• The CAA squad look to improve on their 40-32 non-conference mark this season, while 18 games are slated for this week.
• Old Dominion cracked the AP Top 25 poll after recently defeating two ranked squads. The Lady Monarchs are ranked #24 in the fourth AP Poll of the season. James Madison received votes in the same poll for the second consecutive week. ODU, as well as James Madison, received votes in last week’s ESPN/USA Today Poll. The ESPN/USA Today Poll is released on Tuesday’s.
• The #24 Lady Monarchs will travel to face #1 Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday.
• Both Hofstra and #24 Old Dominion will have a game broadcast on television this week. The Pride will host Stony Brook which will be aired on Fox SportsNet New York on Tuesday. ODU will visit the Lady Vols and that contest will be broadcast on SportSouth on Wednesday.

• The CAA squads stand at 40-32 mark with victories from JMU, UNC Wilmington, Northeastern, Old Dominion, Towson, VCU and William & Mary.
• James Madison improved to 6-0 and extended its home winning streak to 30 games as they defeated #14 George Washington at home on Tuesday and Savannah State on Friday. The Dukes’ last win over a ranked team was a 73-71 upset at top-ranked Penn State on March 16, 1991 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Old Dominion defeated a pair of Big Ten Opponents, its third straight, last week and picked up its second win over a ranked squad. In the past eight days, the Lady Monarchs have defeated #22 Purdue, Penn State and #19 Michigan State.
• Old Dominion received votes in the AP Top 25, while James Madison joins ODU in receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.
• Drexel’s junior forward Nicole Hester was honored by CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager on Wednesday (vs. Siena) with the 2007 Randolph Inspiration Award, which recognizes individuals who through strength of character and human spirit serve as an inspiration to all to maximize their potential and ability for success.

TJ Jordan • Old Dominion

Portsouth, Va./Wilson, Sr., Guard

Old Dominion senior guard TJ Jordan earned CAA Player of the Week honors leading the Lady Monarchs to back-to-back victories at home over Big 10 opponents, including a win over a Top 25 team--#19 Michigan State. The senior averaged 19 points and 4 assists in the two contests. Jordan scored all of her team-high 14 points against Penn State in the second half, which helped her surpass the 1,200 career point mark. She then poured in a game-high 24 points in ODU’s upset over Michigan State. It was her second 20+ point effort of the season and 14th of her career. The senior also averaged 2.5 steals per outing last week.

Quanitra Hollingsworth • VCU
Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge, Jr., Forward

Virginia Commonwealth junior forward Quanitra Hollingsworth received CAA Player of the Week honors after posting her league-leading fourth double-double of the season in the Rams victory at home over East Carolina. With the win, Hollingsworth helped the Rams improve to 5-0 on the season. The junior registered a game highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds on the road against the Pirates. Hollingsworth shot 11-for-20 (.550) from the floor on Saturday and added three blocks and two steals for the Rams.

Dawn Evans • James Madison

Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast, Fr., Guard

James Madison freshman guard Dawn Evans collected CAA Rookie of the Week after aiding the Dukes to a pair of home victories last week, including an upset over then-ranked #14 George Washington. The freshman starter averaged 19.5 points, three assists and three steals on the week. She tabbed 19 points against the Colonials and a game-high 20 points in only 26 minutes of play in the victory over Savannah State. On the week, Evans shot 14-of-26 (.538) from the floor, 8-of-11 (.727) from three point range and 3-of-4 (.750) from the free throw line.

CAA VS. 2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: The CAA have posted an even 9-9 mark against teams which made an appearance in the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. In the opening week, 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 Georgia in Athens, Ga. In week two of the new season, the Dukes posted a victory over UMBC, while Delaware fell to both #3 Maryland and TCU in the Preseason WNIT. In week three, the CAA squads played some of the toughest teams in the nation. Georgia State dropped a tough match to #5 North Carolina, while Hofstra fell to Harvard in the championship game of the Dead River Classic and Delaware lost to Louisville at the Panera Bread Challenge. George Mason defeated UMBC at home in a close 58-57 victory. Old Dominion fell to #2 Connecticut and #4 Stanford at the Paradise Jam. The Lady Monarchs finished the tournament defeating #22 Purdue. The Tribe of William & Mary then fell to Marquette in a road contest, 79-61. James Madison improved to 5-0 with an 80-55 victory over #14 George Washington on Nov. 27. In the most recent week, ODU defeated #19 Michigan State, 79-73, on its home court.

CAA VS. RANKED TEAMS: The CAA is currently 3-5 against ranked teams, as Old Dominion has defeated #22 Purdue and #19 Michigan State and James Madison upset #14 George Washington. The Lady Monarchs fell to #2 Connecticut and #4 Stanford at the Paradise Jam over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. George Mason fell to #9 Georgia, Georgia State lost to #6 North Carolina, and Delaware fell to #3 Maryland.

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 TJ 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.

CAA TEAMS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS: With a perfect record on the year, James Madison and VCU sit among the top in won-loss percentage. After four weeks of play, Northeastern stands second with an 83.5 free throw percentage. Also among the top 10, VCU’s defense is ranked fourth giving up only 47.0 points per outing. Drexel leads the conference and is ranked fifth in the nation averagin 13.5 per contest.

CAA INDIVIDUALS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS: VCU’s Kita Waller ranks eighth with an assists/turnover ratio of 3.5. Old Dominion’s TJ Jordan and James Madison’s Dawn Evans are both ranked 11th averaging 3.0 three-point field goals per game.

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 #14 George Mason Tuesday and Savannah State on Friday. The Dukes own the longest current winning streak on their home court with 30 victories dating back to the 2005-06 season. JMU will next test their strength at home again on Dec. 20 when they host Maryland, a Top-25 squad.

TV EXPOSURE: CAA women’s basketball increased its television exposure with 21 games on the air this season. All 12 teams will make least one television appearance.

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 in 2008. 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.

DELAWARE (1-6, 0-0 CAA)
The Blue Hens lost their sixth straight as they dropped a 54-43 decision to La Salle on Wednesday on their home court. Delaware has lost six straight for the first time since the 1997-98 season, which is the program’s worst stretch since an eight-game skid in the 1997-98 season. The Blue Hens scored just 13 points in the first half against the Explorers, which is their lowest point total in any half at the Bob Carpenter Center. Delaware was led by freshman Vanessa Kabongo’s 11-point performance. Freshman guard Tesia Harris enjoyed a breakout game posting career highs of 10 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of action. The two freshman combined to shoot 9-of-15 from the floor. The Hens struggled from deep connecting on 1-of-12 tries from behind the arc and committing 19 turnovers in the loss. Delaware has been held to 55 points or fewer in all of their games this year and are shooting just 30.4 percent from the floor. Senior guard Kyle DeHaven dished out a career-high assists and pulled four rebounds but managed just 1-of-11 shooting from the field before fouling out in the final minute. She leads the team with 11.2 points, 3.4 steals and 4.4 assists per game, even after sitting out two games due to a broken hand. Delaware return to the court when the Blue Hens host Maryland-Eastern Shore on Thursday.

DREXEL (1-5, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel loss a 59-55 decision to Siena on Wednesday evening at home. Senior guard Narissa Suber turned in a vintage performance, leading the team with a season-high 22 points, including a season-high four three-pointers. With her performance behind the arc, Suber moved ahead of Aubrey Eblin and into fourth place on the CAA’s career three-pointers list with 253 treys. Marginean put together her third double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds, she also led the Dragons with three assists and three steals. Junior forward Nicole Hester was honored by CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager at halftime of the contest. Yeager presented Hester with the John H. Randolph Inspiration Award. Hester was chosen for the distinction after she battled back from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which kept her out of commission last year, to rejoin her team this season. Hester shared the honor with Towson baseball player Corey Cascio, who will also be honored at an on-campus ceremony this year The Dragons will play five of its next six contests at home, including a Dec. 8 contest against the Dayton Flyers.

George Mason snapped its three-game winning streak with a 71-55 loss to Richmond on the road on Saturday. Senior Lateisha Wade continued to pace the Patriots offense, as she led the team with 17 points including a game-high three field goals from beyond the arc. Wade, Mason’s leading scorer in all six games in 2007 thus far, also chipped in four rebounds. Junior Jessica Smith, who swiped a career-high four steals, was one of three Patriots to grab five boards along with freshmen Brittany Poindexter and Eugenia Broadus. The Patriots shot 40 percent from the field but were out-rebounded by a 43-27 margin in the loss. Mason will be back in action on the road Tuesday when it visits Bucknell in the Patriots’ final contest before a 15-day break for final exams.

Georgia State received double-double efforts from sophomore forwards Shay Rawls and Danyiell McKeller, but fell to Jackson State, 68-60, on Tuesday evening. Georgia State got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Rawls, plus 14 points and 10 rebounds from McKeller. Junior guard Brittany Hollins added seven points and seven assists. Georgia State held a 39-32 rebound advantage and made 14-of-15 free throws, but it was the turnovers and unforced errors that led to the loss. Only one team this season has been able to score 70 points or more against the Panthers. Dating back to the 2006-07 season, only two times in the last 16 non-conference outings teams have scored 70+ points against GSU. Georgia State expects to have Notre Dame transfer Chandrica Smith eligible in time for the match-up against cross-town rival Georgia Tech (Dec. 22) at the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers return after a 10-day layoff for a game on Friday at Alabama State and then have another 10-day break scheduled for finals before returning for a game on Dec. 17 at Winthrop. The Alabama State match-up will mark the 500th career contest for head coach Lea Henry, who had coaches at Florida and Mercer prior to coming to GSU 14 years ago.

HOFSTRA (2-3, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra dropped to 2-3 on the season with a 61-56 loss to local rival Long Island at home on Wednesday evening. Hofstra got a strong game out of junior college transfer Jess Fuller, who posted her first career double-double at Hofstra with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-4 center from Queens, NY was 7-of-14 from the field and a near perfect 5-of-6 from the free throw line, while playing a season-high tying 33 minutes. In was the second double-double this season by a member of the Pride as senior forward Linn Quamme had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Hofstra’s season-opening 62-59 win over Iona on November 11. The loss ended a modest six-game home court win streak for Hofstra, which fell under .500 (2-3) for the first time since November 18, 2005 when they lost their season opener to Fordham that year. Sophomore guard Sam Brigham, who leads Hofstra in scoring at 11.4 points per contest, was the only other player in double figures for the Pride as she chipped in with 11 points on the night, including a perfect 6-6 showing from the charity stripe. Hofstra returns to action on Tuesday, December 4 when they host Long Island rival Stony Brook at 7 p.m. That contest will be televised regionally on Fox Sports New York. Hofstra will also travel to Hartford next week for a Sunday afternoon contest against the Hawks.

James Madison posted it’s first women’s basketball win over a Top 25 team since 1991 with an 80-55 victory over #14 George Washington Tuesday evening. The Dukes improved on its unbeaten record with a 85-46 win over Savannah State on Friday. With the two victories, the Dukes extended the nation’s longest current Division I home winning streak to 30 games. On Tuesday, senior guard Tamera Young led JMU with team-highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Also in double figures for the Dukes were freshman guard Dawn Evans, who finished just behind Young with 19 points, redshirt senior forward Jennifer Brown with 16 and freshman guard Courtney Hamner with a career-high 12. Hamner also added a career-high four rebounds. Brown also had 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the year, and Evans had a game-high four steals. JMU’s last win over a ranked team was a 73-71 upset at top-ranked Penn State on March 16, 1991 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Between the Penn Sate win and the GW victory, the Dukes lost 24 games to Top 25 teams. In none of JMU’s previous wins over a ranked opponent did the Dukes post a double-digit win. The Dukes were led by Evans in the win over Savannah State as she posted a game-high 20 points. Three other Dukes scored in double digits, including Young’s 16-point performance. Jasmin Lawrence posted 11 points and Kisha Stokes was the only JMU player with a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The 6-0 start is JMU’s best under Brooks and the Dukes’ first 6-0 start since the 1996-97 team under Sheila Moorman, which started with seven straight wins. The Dukes travel to Liberty on Dec. 4 and the to Clemson on Dec. 7 before taking a 13-day break from play for exams. JMU will return to defend its home court when it hosts #3 Maryland in Harrisonburg.

The UNC Wilmington split on the week when they captured a 62-60 victory at home over High Point on Tuesday before falling in their first contest of the season to South Carolina, 72-60, on Saturday. On Tuesday, UNC Wilmington rallied from an early 15-point deficit by holding visiting High Point to 33.7 percent shooting in the second half to remain unbeaten. Junior forward Sahsha Taylor poured in 19 points and freshman forward Brittany Blackwell added a career-high 17 for the Seahawks, who wound up hitting 39.3 percent. Senior Becca Papach returned to the lineup against Elon last week after missing the first three contests with an injured foot. Against the Gamecocks, Blackwell posted a career-high 20 points to lead three UNCW plays in double figures as senior Stephanie Fernald and freshman Treasure Johnson chipped in 10 points each. Fernald’s 10 points marked the first time she has reached double figures since she posted 14 against East Carolina on Dec. 6 of last season. Blackwell also led UNCW with nine rebounds while Taylor pitched six rebounds and six points. The Seahawks ran with South Carolina for most of the game. The Gamecocks led 56-55 with 3:39 remaining and then collected a 11 straight points to help capture the victory. UNCW returns to the court Wednesday at it hosts long-time rival Coastal Carolina for their only contest of the week. The Seahawks will then have a 15 day break from play for exams before returning to the court to host East Carolina on Dec. 20.

Northeastern split on the week with a victory over Dartmouth, 57-50, but dropped a 67-47 decision to Long Island on Saturday. The Huskies rallied past Dartmouth in the second half for a 57-50 victory over Dartmouth on Thursday evening. Northeastern trailed 24-20 at the half and was shooting just 27 percent from the field and 0-of-8 from beyond the arc. In the second half, the Huskies still shot only 36 percent, but made four key three-pointers and were 11-of-12 from the foul line, making several key foul shots down the stretch to secure the win. NU was led by its young talent as sophomore forward Kendra Walton and freshman guard Jasmine Crew each posted 14 points a piece. Senior guard Shaleyse Smallwood handed out a game-high four assists and Crew grabbed a game-best five steals, while Walton added four. Against Long Island, Feldman scored 16 points for the Huskies, going 3-of-6 from three-point range. Hodell scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting and led the team with seven rebounds. After scoring over 80 points in two straight games against Boston University and UMass, Northeastern has scored just 57 and 47 in its last two games. NU has clamped down defensively however, in their first four games, NU allowed 80.5 points per game and their opponents to shoot 51.7 percent from the field. In the last two games, NU has allowed just 58.5 points per game, and their opponents to shoot 42.3 percent.Northeastern will visit Syracuse on Sunday, Nov. 9 for their next contest.

The Lady Monarchs made it three in a row against Big 10 teams and is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season with victories over Penn State, 77-49, and #19 Michigan State, 79-73, last week. With the two wins at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Old Dominion extended its home court win streak to 14 straight games. Against Penn State, senior TJ Jordan, who was held scoreless in the first half, exploded for a game-high 14 points in the second half, as one of four Lady Monarchs in double figures. With her performance Jordan surpassed the 1,200 career point mark. Both seniors Shahida Williams and Megan Pym contributed 12 points each and sophomore Jessica Canady came off the bench to add 11. ODU all but one Lady Lion to under double-digit scoring. The Lady Lions committed 30 turnovers, the most by an Old Dominion opponent this season, resulting in 28 Lady Monarch points. ODU picked up its second ranked victory of the season in the win over the Spartans, the first ever meeting between the two squads. The Lady Monarchs had three in double figures including 20-point efforts by Jordan and Tiffany Green. Jordan poured in a game-high 24 points, her second 20+ point game of the season, while Green tied her career mark with 20. Pym was the other Lady Monarch in double digits with 10. The Spartans totaled 22 turnovers resulting in 27 Lady Monarch points. The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs return to action on Wednesday, December 5th against the top-team in the nation. The Lady Monarchs take on #1 Tennessee in the 41st meeting between the two programs. The game will be aired by Fox Sports South. It will be the fifth ranked team the Lady Monarchs will face this season and the third ranked in the nation’s top five.

TOWSON (3-2, 0-0 CAA)
The Tigers split on the week with a loss to Georgetown, 67-57, at home on Thursday and rebounded with a 74-68 victory on the road at Rider on Sunday. Against the Hoyas, junior guard Alis Freeman led the Tigers with 17 points and a game-high eight assists while senior guard Holly Mahan recorded her second straight double-double, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds while playing 39 minutes. Senior guard Jamell Beasley contributed 11 points and sophomore guard Shanae Baker-Brice added 10, marking four Tigers which scored in double-figures. The Tigers took a two-point led into the lockerroom at the half, 27-25, but Hoyas collected 28 points from its bench to overcome the deficit and capture the win. On Sunday, Baker-Brice scored a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half, as the Tigers rallied from a three-point half-time deficit against the Broncos. Baker-Brice was one of three Tiger players to score in double figures, making 8-of-12 shots from the floor and all five free throw attempts. She also had a team-high six assists, three rebounds and three steals. Sophomore forward Haliena Snowden tallied a career-high 14 points, including 10 in the second half, while Mahan contributed 11 points with seven rebounds. Towson, which started a three game road trip on Sunday, will travel to the University of New Mexico this weekend for the Comcast Lobo Shootout. The Tigers will play Southern University on Friday evening before facing either the host Lobos or Norfolk State on Saturday. The Tigers defeated Norfolk State already once this season on NSU’s home floor.

VCU (5-0, 0-0 CAA)
Virginia Commonwealth University improved to 5-0 as they defeated East Carolina, 64-53, on the road on Saturday. Going into last season, the VCU women’s basketball program had never posted a 5-0 start in its history, the Rams have now posted back-to-back 5-0 starts in the last two campaigns. Junior forward Quanitra Hollingsworth posted her fourth double-double of the season with season highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds. The Chesapeake, Va. native now has 29 career double-doubles, just one off the school record held by Beth Mollerup. Fellow classmate Radoslava Bachvarova was only other Ram in double figures with 11 points in the victory. After falling behind 20-8 in the first 12 minutes, Hollingsworth sparked a 16-2 VCU run to grab its first lead at 24-22 with less than two minutes remaining in the half. With the Rams down two at halftime, five different VCU players scored during another 12-2 run as VCU took the lead for good at 36-28 with just over 10 minutes left in regulation. VCU is currently holding its opponents to just 47.0 points per game, while forcing 24 turnovers a game from their opponents. The Rams are back in action on Wednesday evening as they take on cross-town rival Richmond.VCU will finish the week at home hosting Radford on Saturday, before jumping on a two-game road trip next week.

WILLIAM & MARY (3-3, 0-0 CAA)
William & Mary snapped a three-game losing streak and returned to .500 with a close 63-62 victory over Maine at home on Thursday evening. William & Mary fell to Marquette, 79-61, on the road Monday evening. In the contest against the Golden Eagles, the Tribe began the second half well as they narrowed a 19-point first half deficit to just five. Senior forward Kyra Kaylor led the Tribe with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Devin James finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals. Sophomore forward Tiffany Benson added 10 points and a pair of steals. On Thursday against Maine, junior Courtney Portell hit a three-pointer in the final minute and Benson sank a go-ahead free throw with 4.6 seconds remaining to give the Tribe the win. James led the College with a game-high 16 points and a career-high eight steals, coming just one steal shy of equaling the single-game school record. Kaylor totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double, while Benson added 12 points and nine rebounds. W&M controlled the rebounding battle, 37-30, and forced Maine into 24 turnovers. Kaylor needs just seven points to become W&M’s all-time leading scorer and jump over Jen Sobota (1999-03) with 1,511. William & Mary heads into this week averaging a league-best 7.8 made three-pointers per game on 37.9 percent long-range shooting. The College is forcing its opponents into 19.3 turnovers per game. The Tribe will now prepare for a three-game road trip starting with a contest at Kentucky on Dec. 4. The College will also visit Longwood (Dec. 7) and Howard (Dec. 9) to finish the week. William & Mary will then go on an 11 day break for finals before hosting Duquesne on Dec. 20.