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QUICK HITS FOR THIS WEEK:
• The CAA enter the week with a 46-44 record against non-conference foes. Due to exams, CAA teams will only play four games this week.
• RPIRatings.com released its first Women’s RPI rankings of the season on Monday, Dec. 10. CAA Women’s Basketball is ranked ninth in the first ranking of the season. Old Dominion is ranked the highest of all CAA members at 12.
• Old Dominion made the Top 25 home for the second consecutive week as they round out the list at No. 25. The Lady Monarchs fell only one spot after falling to the top-ranked team in the nation, Tennessee, on Wednesday.
QUICK HITS FROM LAST WEEK:
• The CAA are finished the week 46-44 against non-conference foes.
• 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 this week’s ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Lady Monarchs stand just off the Top-25 at #26 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.
• #24 Old Dominion fell to top-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday evening. The Lady Monarchs were without TJ Jordan, due to a foot injury.
• VCU stands a top the CAA Standings with a perfect 7-0 record as they were victorious over cross-town rival Richmond on Wednesday night, 60-51, and Radford, 67-52, on Saturday. The Rams’ 7-0 start is a school record.
• George Mason’s Lateisha Wade led all scorers last week as she registered 25 points in the Patriots two overtime loss to Bucknell. Georgia State’s Danyiell McKeller poured in a career-high 24 points in the Panthers loss to Alabama State. VCU’s Krystal Vaughn averaged 21.5 points in a pair of victories for the Rams. Mason’s Moni Akintunde averaged a league-high 15 rebounds last week, while JMU’s Tamera Young (13.5 rpg) and Tiffany Benson (13.0 rpg) followed. Three players averaged six assists per game last week (VCU’s LaKea Jones, Delaware’s Kyle DeHaven and UNCW’s Sheronda McLean).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Krystal Vaughn • VCU
Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton-Eastern, Sr., Forward
Virginia Commonwealth senior forward Krystal Vaughn received CAA Player of the Week honors leading the Rams to a pair of home victories over Richmond and Radford. The senior averaged 21.5 points and seven rebounds in the two wins. Vaughn poured in 22 points in the 60-51 win over cross-town rival Richmond, before registering 21 points in the 67-52 victory over Radford. The senior forward shot 14-of-24 (.583) from the floor, 4-of-6 (.661) from beyond the arc and 11-of-17 (.647) from the charity stripe on the week. She also added three steals, three assists and one block. The Baltimore, Md., native helped the Rams to their best start in school history (7-0).
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jasmina Rosseel • Drexel
Leper, Belgium/Sint-Theresia Instituut, Fr., Guard
Drexel freshman guard Jasmina Rosseel collected CAA Rookie of the Week after leading the Dragons with 16 points, a career-high six rebounds and three steals in the contest against the Dayton Flyers. She also dished out two assists for the Dragons. The rookie made her third start of the season and matched a career high with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting (.385). She shot .429 percent (3-of-7) from beyond the arc and was perfect from the free throw line (4-of-4). Rosseel scored nine of her 16 points in the first half to help keep Dayton at bay.
CAA VS. 2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: The CAA have posted an even 9-11 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. ODU defeated #19 Michigan State, 79-73, on its home court on Dec. 2. The Lady Monarchs continued their strong non-conference schedule, but fell to #1 Tennessee on Wednesday evening, 83-51, and Towson dropped a 76-63 decision to New Mexico on the road.
CAA VS. RANKED TEAMS: The CAA is currently 3-6 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. ODU recently fell to top-ranked Tennessee last Wednesday evening on the road.
CAA NO. 9 IN FIRST RPI RANKING: The CAA is ranked ninth among the nations 32 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News through games of Dec. 9. Old Dominion leads the CAA ranked 12th in the first report. The Lady Monarchs are followed by James Madison at 17, VCU at 46 and UNC Wilmington is ranked 82.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs has the sixth toughest schedule in the nation, according the Collegiate Basketball News, through games of Dec. 9. The Lady Monarchs have already faced five members of the Top 25 and three members among the Top Five. James Madison follows at 15th and Northeastern has the next toughtest schedule in the CAA at 45th.
UNBLEMISHED: The VCU Rams have started the season with a perfect 7-0 record, which sets a new school record. The Rams are one of only nine teams entering the week with a perfect record. VCU is joined by Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Connecticut, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, DePaul and Georgia.
RETURNING TALENT: Seven of the 15 members from last year’s All-CAA teams returned 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 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 (Top 10): With a perfect record on the year, VCU sits among the top in won-loss percentage. After five weeks of play, Northeastern stands second with an 84.7 free throw percentage, while Drexel (79.2) follows at eighth. Also among the top 10, VCU’s defense is ranked fourth giving up only 48.3 points per outing. Drexel leads the conference and is ranked seventh in the nation averaging 13.7 turnovers per contest. The Rams of VCU are ranked ninth dishing out 18.7 assists per outing. James Madison’s rebound margin (14.9) is fifth in the nation. William & Mary averages 8.1 three-point field goals per game and stands seventh among Division I teams.
CAA INDIVIDUALS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Top 10): Averaging 3.0 three-point field-goals per game, Old Dominion’s TJ Jordan jumped to seventh. VCU’s Kita Waller is ranked 10th with a assist/turnover ratio of 2.67.
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.
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 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.
CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: The CAA Championship will be hosted by the University of Delaware for the second straight season on March 13-16, 2008. All 12 teams will participate in the thrilling event, which will be held at the Bob Carpenter Center.
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 (1-7, 0-0 CAA)
The Blue Hens dropped a 65-53 decision to Maryland-Eastern Shore at home on Thursday. With the loss Delaware dips to 1-7 for the start of the season, losing its seventh straight, which is the first time since the 1981-82 season. Sophomore guard Corinthia Benison poured in a game-high 15 points for the Blue Hens, who lost their seventh straight game for the first time since an eight-game skid in January of 1998. Delaware led 50-49 with 7:57 left in the second half, but the Hawks used a 16-3 run in the final minutes to secure their second straight win. The Hens enjoyed their most balanced offensive effort of the year, as four UD players reached double figures for the first time since a win over VCU on March 9 of last season. Irving finished with season highs of 14 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Jamie Mundy added 10 points and seven boards. UD scored its most points since it put up 55 in a loss to Louisville on Nov. 23, but shot just 20.7 percent from the floor in the second half and 30.5 percent for the game. Senior guard Kyle DeHaven tallied 11 points, six assists, and two steals in the setback, but she made just three of her 16 shots from the floor. The Blue Hens will take a 11-day break from action for exams and will return to the court on Dec. 18 when they host Quinnipiac.
DREXEL (1-6, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel dropped its fourth straight as they lost to Dayton, 60-50, at home on Saturday. Freshman guard Jasmina Rosseel led the Dragons with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals and senior guard Narissa Suber added 14 points on 2-for-3 shooting from long range. Rebounding made the difference in the game as Dayton pulled down 22 boards to Drexel’s 10 in the first half. The Flyers converted 10 offensive rebounds in to 11 second-chance points in the period, which accounted for Dayton’s 29-19 lead going into the locker room. Dayton played well defensively on Drexel’s leading scorer Gabriela Marginean, holding the sophomore without a point or a rebound in the first half. The sophomore forward finished the contest with eight points and five rebounds and was held out of double-figure scoring for the first time this season. Senior guard Stacy McCullough made her first career start in the contest, after returning from a knee injury, and helped elevate the Dragons intensity during her career-high 29 minutes on the court. She pulled down three boards, two on the offensive glass, and snared as steal. Drexel swatted away a season-high five blocks. Jennifer Stjarnstrom led the way with two, while Delise Johnson, Nicole Hester and Brooke Cornish each chipped in one apiece. The Dragons will return to the court on Dec. 16 when they visit Monmouth.
GEORGE MASON (3-4, 0-0 CAA)
George Mason pushed the Bison of Bucknell into double overtime, but fell 67-64 in Lewisburg on Tuesday. It was Mason’s first double overtime game in nearly ten years, dating back to the 70-69 loss at California on Dec. 19, 1997. Senior Lateisha Wade led all scorers with a game-high 25 points. Wade was joined in double figures by sophomore Rashauna Hobbs, who tied her career high with 12 points, 10 of which coming in the first half. Senior Moni Akintunde, whose 15 rebounds tied a career high and was highest among all players, also added in five points, two steals and a block. The Patriots had a three point lead heading into the half, 29-26, but the scoring flipped in the second half as Mason gave up 29 points and only scored 26 to send the game into overtime. In the first overtime, both teams scored only four points a piece pushing the contest to a second overtime. Bucknell outscored the Patriots 8-5 in the final overtime session to capture the win. All four of the Patriots loss’ have come on the road. Mason is idle this week due to final exams. They will happily return to the court on Dec. 19 when they host American at the Patriot Center.
GEORGIA STATE (2-5, 0-0 CAA)
Georgia State returned from a 10-day break and lost a heartbreaker to Alabama State on Friday night by a score of 63-60. Junior guard Brittany Hollins tied the game at 60 with 18 seconds left, but ASU’s Shantae Robinson answered with a game-winning basketball with 7.3 seconds. When Georgia State turned the ball over in the closing seconds, Robinson made one more free throw with one second left to secure a 63-60 win. The Panthers got a career-high 24 points from sophomore forward Danyiell McKeller to go with her eight rebounds. Hollins added 16 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Monica Mann contributed 12 points. Hollins made her 200th career steal on Friday against ASU to become just the fifth player in school history to do so as she heads for the all-time school record of 247. The Alabama State match-up marked the 500th career contest for head coach Lea Henry, who had coaches at Florida and Mercer prior to coming to GSU 14 years ago. 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 entered another 10-day break scheduled for finals and will return to the court on Dec. 17 at Winthrop, followed by a home game with ranked Georgia Tech on Dec. 22.
HOFSTRA (2-4, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra faced a pair of America East teams this week as the Pride dropped a 64-48 home decision to Stony Brook on Tuesday before falling to Hartford, 73-42, in West Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday. Junior guard Niki Williams had a strong outing against Stony Brook as she led Hofstra with a career-high 16 points and also added six rebounds and five steals. Against Hartford, sophomore guard and Connecticut native Sam Brigham led the way with a game-high 13 points in 35 minutes of action. Hofstra is now in the midst of a four-game losing skid, its first four-game losing streak since February 20-March 3, 2005. The Hawks were the fourth of eight teams on the Pride’s schedule that made its way to postseason play last season. Hartford, which handed Hofstra its first defeat of at least 30 points since an 86-49 defeat to #8 Connecticut on December 22, 2005, advanced to the second round of Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in 2006-07. The loss to Stony Brook marked Hofstra’s first back-to-back home losses since dropping games to George Mason and Old Dominion on January 27 & 29 of 2006. Hofstra made the first of three television appearances last week against the Seawolves. The Pride will also be on the tube on January 27 at VCU and February 10 against Northeastern. The six first-half made field goals against Stony Brook marked a season-low for any half. Hofstra will head to the Constitution State for its next contest as well as the Pride will face Yale on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in New Haven.
JAMES MADISON (6-2, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison dropped its first contest and second games of the season on the road to Liberty, 79-66, on Tuesday and Clemson, 69-60, on Friday. JMU has lost consecutive games for only the 13th time in its sixth season under Kenny Brooks. The longest losing streak under Brooks is three games, which happened three time in the 2003-04 season. Against the Flames, JMU was led by senior guard Tamera Young with a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Dawn Evans finished with 15 points, and junior guard/forward Kisha Stokes scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds. The Dukes were out-rebounded for the first time this season, 41-38. JMU entered the game ranked second in the nation in rebound margin at +19.5. Five Liberty players scored in double figures, led by Megan Frazee’s 20 point-12 rebound performance. On Friday, Young finished with a game-high 14 points and also led all players with a season-high 16 rebounds against Clemson. Freshman center Lauren Jimenez came off the bench for 11 points, and Evans scored 10 and contributed a team-high five assists in the loss. JMU shot a season-low 29.2 percent from the floor in its loss, while the Tigers shot a season-high 47.3 percent. That’s the lowest field goal percentage for the Dukes since shooting 28.1 percent versus ODU in the 2006 Championship game. Only three times in the six seasons under Brooks has JMU show under 30 percent. The other time was a 29.3 outing last December 9 at Hampton. The Dukes will take a 13-day break from play for exams and will return to defend its home court winning streak (30 games) when it hosts #3 Maryland in Harrisonburg.
UNC WILMINGTON (6-1, 0-0 CAA)
The UNC Wilmington improved to 6-1 on the season as they defeated Coastal Carolina on Wednesday evening, 74-46. The Seahawks are off to their best start since the 2002-03 season, when they opened the campaign at 7-0. The victory gave head coach Ann Hancock 99 career victories, moving her one away from becoming just the second coach in program history to amass 100 wins while in the Port City. The 28-point margin of victory was the sixth largest during the Hancock era. Sophomore Candace Walker poured in 13 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Walker was 5-for-9 from the field to lead three UNCW players in double figures as sophomore Greta Luksyte chipped in 13 and senior Stephanie Fernald added 10. Walker’s 10 rebounds highlighted the Seahawks 51-32 advantage on the glass as junior Sahsha Taylor grabbed nine while freshmen Brittany Blackwell and Sheronda McLean pulled down eight apiece. McLean also dished out a game-high six assists. The Seahawks will take a break from play for exams before returning to the court to host East Carolina on Dec. 20.
NORTHEASTERN (3-4, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern fell under .500 when they lost a 79-46 decision on the road to Syracuse on Sunday. The Huskies were led by freshman guard Jasmine Crew, who poured in a career-high 18 points and narrowly missed a double-double while grabbing nine rebounds. The Orange improved to 7-1 and won their seventh straight. Northeastern was shorthanded, as the Huskies dressed just nine players due to several injuries, including to several post players. NU received eight points from both senior guard Shaleyse Smallwood and junior guard Ashlee Feldman. Smallwood also dished out a team-high five assists for the Huskies. Senior forward Stephanie Hodell grabbed a game-high five steals. Northeastern returns home after four straight road contests next Saturday when they host New Hampshire.
#25 OLD DOMINION (6-3, 0-0 CAA)
The Lady Monarchs moved into the Associated Press Top-25 Poll for the first time since the 2001-02 season last week and fell in its lone game of the week against top-ranked Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday. Old Dominion entered the week at No. 24 in the AP Poll and the top team receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. After the loss ODU dropped to 25 in the Dec. 10 AP Top 25 Poll. Against the No. 1 Lady Voles, ODU fell 83-51 without the services of leading scorer TJ Jordan, who sat out with a foot injury. Three Lady Monarchs reached double figures with junior Tiffany Green netting a team-high 14 points and junior Jazzmin Walters and freshman Shadasia Green each recording 10 apiece. It was the 41st meeting between ODU and Tennessee with the Lady Vols winning their 12th straight over the Lady Monarchs. The game was also ODU’s fifth game against a member of the Top 25 and third against a member of the Top Five. The Lady Monarchs are idle until Thursday, Dec. 20 when they take on defending MEAC champions, Delaware State, at 11:00 a.m.
TOWSON (4-3, 0-0 CAA)
The Tigers finished the week with a 4-3 mark as they split at the New Mexico Comcast Lobo Shootout. The Tigers captured a 57-50 win over Southern on Friday evening, before falling to host New Mexico in the championship game on Saturday, 76-63. Against Southern, Towson was led by senior guard Holly Mahan’s game-high 17 points. The Tigers overcame a 30-24 deficit by outscoring the Jaguars by 33-20 in the second half. Mahan, who recorded her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season, made 7-of-14 shots from the floor and also had a season-high six steals and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Kandace Davis scored 15 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Shanae Baker-Brice contributed 11 points, including nine in the second half, and had four steals. The Tigers recorded a season-high 25 steals in the win over Southern, while forcing the Jaguars to make 31 turnovers. On Saturday, The Tigers took an early 19-9 lead, before UNM senior Brandi Kimble hit a three in the corner to start a 15-4 Lobo run. The Tigers finished the game with three players in double-figures including all-tournament selections Mahan and Davis. Both scored 15 points in the game. Baker-Brice added 12 points for the Tigers and registered a game-high nine assists in the loss. Freshman forward Dovile Miliauskaite made the first start of her collegiate career against the Lobos in place of Haliena Snowden. Towson had a season-low 13 turnovers against UNM on Saturday. The Tigers will next prepare for UMBC which they will host on Dec. 19.
VCU (7-0, 0-0 CAA)
Virginia Commonwealth University improved to 7-0 as they defeated cross-town rival Richmond, 60-51, on Wednesday evening and extended their winning streak to seven games with a victory over Radford, 67-52, at home on Saturday. The 7-0 mark to the start of the season is a school record. Against the Spiders, senior Krystal Vaughn exploded for a season-high 22 points to lead the Rams’ attack. Vaughn was 5-of-9 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. The senior forward also knocked down 2-of-3 three-pointers. Adding nine points apiece were sophomore guard Kita Waller and sophomore forward D’Andra Moss. Moss also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The Rams held a slight rebounding edge over the Spiders, 36-33. Against Radford, Vaughn posted her second straight 20-plus outing with 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Waller poured in 18 points herself in her first career start. Vaughn and Quanitra Hollingsworth tied a game high when they pulled down eight rebounds. The Rams kept all Radford players under double-digit scoring. Senior guard LaKea Jones dished out a game-high seven assists and sophomore guard La’Tavia Rorie grabbed a tying game-high four steals. VCU will jump on a two-game road trip starting with a contest at Georgetown on Sunday, Dec. 16.
WILLIAM & MARY (5-4, 0-0 CAA)
William & Mary posted a 2-1 record on the road last week with victories over Longwood, 70-56, and Howard, 90-56, and a loss to SEC foe Kentucky, 75-44. With the win against the Lancers, the Tribe snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-4 with the victory over Howard. Against Kentucky, senior Kyra Kalor posted a team-high 15 points and became W&M’s all-time leading scorer (1,520) and jump over Jen Sobota (1999-03) with 1,511. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native eclipsed the former record when she sank a three-pointer with 7:08 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Tiffany Benson nearly earned a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. The Virginia Beach, Va., native also added three blocks and a steal. Kaylor led all scorers at the intermission with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. On Friday, Kaylor led the College with a team-high 20 points, while Benson recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds against the Lancers. Junior Courtney Portell added 14 points and nearly equaled a single-game school record with eight steals (all of which came in the first half). Senior Devin James also finished in double figures scoring with 13 points and registered six steals. The Tribe had 19 steals, the fourth-best mark in school history, in the win over Longwood. To finish the week, the College made a school record 15 three-pointers in the victory over Howard on Sunday. Portell led the Tribe with a career-high 24 points and equaled a school record with seven three-pointers. Benson and Kaylor also had impressive performances and both earned double-doubles. Benson finished with 12 points, 18 rebounds, five steals and three blocks, while Kaylor totaled 11 points and 18 rebounds. William & Mary went 15-of-35 from beyond the arc, connecting on 42.9 percent of its long-range attempts. Additionally, the Tribe limited the Bison to just 30.3 percent shooting and controlled the boards, 59-40. W&M’s rebound total equals the fourth-best mark in the program’s history. The Green and Gold also forced HU into 28 turnovers. The Tribe is idle this week due to exam and will prepare to host Duquesne on Dec. 20.