QUICK HITS FOR THIS WEEK:
• Old Dominion made the AP Poll home for the 11th consecutive week as they steadied at No. 13, its highest showing in the Top 25 this season, for the third straight week. The Lady Monarchs made jumped to No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll last Tuesday.
• CAA women’s basketball is ranked 11th in the nation in the RPIRatings.com rankings through games of Feb. 3. Old Dominion leads the conference at #9, while James Madison follows at #49. VCU is ranked 50.
• Old Dominion is the only CAA team that have not lost a contest on their home court this season. The Lady Monarchs will look to defend their home court record and 19-game winning streak as they host William & Mary on Sunday. The Lady Monarch’s 19-game home winning streak tops the nation. ODU’s 12-game overall winning streak ranks sixth in the nation, tied with Western Kentucky.
• Hofstra will host Northeastern for a Noon match-up on Sunday, which will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net New York. Old Dominion will host William & Mary for a 2 p.m. tip, which will be aired on WSKY-4 in the Hampton Roads Area.
• The CAA Weekly Telephonic press conference will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 5. James Madison’s Kenny Brooks, UNC Wilmington’s Ann Hancock and William & Mary’s Debbie Taylor will be available at Noon to discuss their teams and the league.
QUICK HITS FROM LAST WEEK:
• Old Dominion stands a top the league with a perfect 9-0 mark at the middle of the conference schedule. Towson, VCU and James Madison follow in the CAA standings with a 7-2 mark.
• Northeastern picked up its first CAA victory over Drexel last Thursday with a 59-54 victory at home.
• Georgia State stunned Towson, 66-64, in Atlanta as the Panthers handed the Tigers their second conference loss of the season.
• Senior guard T.J. Jordan led the Lady Monarchs averaging 18.0 points per outing (12-of-23, 52.2 percent) in the pair of home victories last week. Junior center Quanitra Hollingsworth led the Rams averaging a double-double on the week with 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per contest. The Dukes of James Madison were led by senior Tamera Young, who averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as the Dukes went 2-0 last week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, So., Forward
Drexel sophomore forward Gabriela Marginean collected CAA Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after averaging 21.5 points per game for the Dragons last week. The sophomore shot better than 57 percent from the floor (16-of-28), perfect from long-range (2-of-2) and 90 percent from the charity stripe (9-of-10) in a pair of road games. Marginean poured in a game-high 23 points against Northeastern, 17 of which came in the second half, on Thursday before scoring 20 points against Hofstra on Sunday. The sophomore also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assist for the Dragons last week. She also added three assists and one steal on the week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Lauren Jimenez • James Madison
North Bergen, N.J./North Bergen, Fr., Center
James Madison center Lauren Jimenez received CAA Rookie of the Week after posting 20 points and eight rebounds in the Dukes’ home victory over George Mason on Thursday. The freshman shot 75 percent from the floor (9-of-12) and added a pair of free throws in 23 minutes played. She tied for game scoring honors with her 20 points, which also tied a career high. Jimenez’s eight rebounds also tied a career high. The Dukes went 2-0 on the week, but Jimenez sat out in the win over William & Mary due to illness.
ONE IS GOOD, TWO IS BETTER: The Lady Monarchs have made the AP Poll home for the 11th consecutive week as they steadied at No. 13, its highest showing in the Top 25 this season, for the third straight week. The Lady Monarchs made jumped to No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll last Tuesday.
CAA NO. 11 IN RPI RANKING (FEB. 4): The CAA is ranked 11th among the nations 32 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News through games of Feb. 3. Old Dominion leads the CAA ranked ninth in the most recent report. The Lady Monarchs are followed by James Madison at 49 and VCU at 50.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six CAA teams are ranked among the top 104 of toughest strength of schedule, according to the Collegiate Basketball News with games through Feb. 4. The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs have played the 25th toughest schedule in the nation. James Madison follows at 50, Delaware at 79, UNC Wilmington at 93, Georgia State at 97 and Hofstra has played the 104th toughest schedule in the nation.
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. CAA women’s basketball has a pair of televised games scheduled for the upcoming weekend. On Feb. 10, Northeastern will visit Hofstra and the Noon tip will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net New York. Following that match-up, William & Mary will visit Old Dominion and the 2:00 p.m. contest will air on WSKY-4 in the Hampton Roads area.
CAA TEAMS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Top 10): Through games of Feb. 3, James Madison is ranked third in the nation as the Dukes currently outrebound their opponents by a margin of 11.9 boards per game. Towson steadied at fourth in the nation as they average 13.3 steals an outing. The Drexel Dragons are sixth in the nation shooting 78.8 percent from the free throw line, while Northeastern follows at seventh as they are shooting 78.1 from the charity stripe.
CAA INDIVIDUALS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Top 20): Delaware’s Kyle DeHaven leads the country snatching 4.7 steals per game. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean leads the conference and is ranked eighth in the nation shooting 90.0 percent from the charity stripe. Averaging 2.8 three-point field-goals per game, William & Mary’s Courtney Portell is ranked ninth. James Madison’s Tamera Young is averaging 20.6 points per outing which is the eighth best average in the nation.
CAA 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP: The CAA Championship will be hosted by the University of Delaware for the second straight season March 13-16, 2008. All 12 teams will participate in the thrilling event, which will be held at the Bob Carpenter Center. If you are interested in attending this year’s championship and have not requested a credential, please contact Niki DeSantis at 804-754-1616 or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to request a credential is March 3.
CAA VS. 2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: The CAA have posted a 14-16 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 and Old Dominion defeated East Carolina, 88-66, on the road. 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, 83-51, on Dec. 5 and Towson dropped a 76-63 decision to New Mexico on the road. Towson defeated UMBC, 69-61, at home on Dec. 19. The Lady Monarchs defeated Delaware State, 70-28, but JMU fell in a close contest at home to #4 Maryland, 71-65, on Dec. 20. UNC Wilmington collected a 67-60 home victory over East Carolina. Delaware fell to Bowling Green, 64-54, on Friday, Dec. 21. Georgia State lost to cross-town rival Georgia Tech on Dec. 22, 79-67. On Dec. 29, James Madison fell to Pittsburgh, 69-61. CAA women’s basketball wrapped up the non-conference schedule against 2007 NCAA Tournament teams as #23 Old Dominion defeated #20 Vanderbilt, while Hofstra fell to a tough Florida State squad on Dec. 30.
CAA VS. Non-Conference RANKED TEAMS: The CAA is currently 4-8 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. No. 4 Maryland was challenged by James Madison in Harrisonburg, but the Terps came out on top with a 71-65 win on Dec. 20. Delaware dropped a 62-49 decision to #23 Arkansas at the Blue Sky Tournament on Dec. 29. No. 23 Old Dominion earned an 80-65 road victory against #20 Vanderbilt on Dec. 30.
CAA TEAMS UP WITH GIRL SCOUTS: For the 15th consecutive year, the Colonial Athletic Association and Girl Scouts of the USA are teaming up for the “Be Your Best” partnership. Each CAA institution has designated a women’s basketball game this season as “Girl Scout Appreciation Day”, with the goal of teaching girls the many benefits that can be gained from participating in athletics. Girl Scouts are invited to attend the games and cheer for their favorite CAA team. A variety of activities are planned in conjunction with the games, including autograph sessions with players, instructional clinics with coaches and spirit contests. Hofstra will host their “Girl Scout Appreciation Day” this Sunday (Feb. 10). For complete information, including special events in conjunction with the games, visit www.caasports.com.
CAA TEAMS UP WBCA FOR THINK PINK: All 12 CAA women’s basketball programs have committed to participate in a variety of different ways to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The week set aside for this year’s initiative is February 8-17, however many schools are participating outside of that window due to the scheduling conflicts. Over 600 schools have already committed to participate nationwide in the 2008 WBCA’s “Think Pink” initiative. Four CAA teams will host its “Think Pink” Day on Sunday, February 10--Hofstra, UNC Wilmington, Old Dominion and VCU.
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.
FLASH BACK - CAA MAKING HISTORY IN 2006-07: 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.
DELAWARE (5-16, 4-5 CAA)
The Blue Hens split on the week as they dropped a 59-56 heartbreaker to Hofstra on Thursday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports Complex, before earning a 57-52 victory over Northeastern on Sunday. Against the Pride, the Blue Hens trimmed a late 11-point deficit to one before squandering two chances to take the lead in the final minute in the CAA matchup. The Blue Hens were led by sophomore guard Corinthia Benison, who scored 16 points and added a career-high eight assists, but missed a baseline three-pointer that could have tied the game on the Hens’ final possession. Senior forward Courtney Irving tallied 12 points and six rebounds, while freshman forward Ariene Jenkins joined her frontcourt mate in double figures with 11 points and seven boards. Senior Kyle DeHaven finished with eight points, five steals, and four assists for the Hens, who shot 52.4 percent from the floor in the second half and 40.8 percent (20-for-49) for the game. On Sunday, DeHaven scored a game-high 13 points and grabbed eight steals for the Hens. Freshman guard Vanessa Kabongo scored 11 points, including two clutch jumpers in the final three minutes. Forwards Ariene Jenkins and Sha’Ron Harrison contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. DeHaven upped her steals average to 4.7 points per game to lead the nation in that category. The Blue Hens will host a pair of CAA contests this week as they entertain VCU on Thursday and George Mason on Sunday.
DREXEL (11-9, 6-3 CAA)
The Dragons dropped its third straight as they fell to Northeastern, 59-54, on the road, before snapping their three-game skid with a 66-51 victory at Hofstra on Sunday. Against the Huskies, sophomore forward Gabriela Marginean finished with 21 points and scored 17 of them in the second half during a furious Drexel rally, but it was not enough to overcome a quiet shooting night for the Dragons and a hot-handed Huskies team. Senior forward Delise Johnson finished with career highs of 13 points and nine rebounds, six of them on the offensive glass and many in the final minutes. She also matched career marks with nine rebounds and two steals. Drexel finished the contest shooting 36.8 percent from the floor and a season-low 1-for-13 from deep. Northeastern shot 46 percent from the floor and made 7-of-17 three-pointers. The Dragons’ loss to Northeastern was the team’s third straight by a margin of five or fewer points, including an overtime loss to Towson by five points. On Sunday, Marginean finished with a game-high 20 points to help Drexel to the conference win. She scored 18 of her points in the second half. Senior guard Narissa Suber posted 16 points against the Pride, including a 5-for-10 performance from long range. Johnson set new career highs with five assists and six steals, both game highs. The victory over Hofstra completed a sweep of the Pride, the first time in a season series since the 2000-01 season when both teams were members of the America East Conference. Drexel shot a season-best 61.9 percent from beyond the arc against Hofstra. The team’s total of 13 three-pointers was the second most the Dragons have hit in a game this season, falling one short of Drexel’s 14-trey performance against Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season. Drexel returns home to play Georgia State for the first time this season on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the front end of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The Dragons will travel to Richmond, Va. to play VCU on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (8-12, 2-7 CAA)
George Mason suffered a pair of CAA losses last week. The Patriots fell to James Madison, 81-61, on the road Thursday evening and then dropped a 63-51 decision to VCU at home on Sunday. The Patriots passed the 60-point mark for the first time in the last five tries in the loss to the Dukes. Freshman guard Brittany Poindexter tied a season-high and led the Patriots with 12 points. The Patriots saw three players tie or set new season-highs on the day, as juniors Brittney Wilkins and Jessica Smith had their best offensive outputs of the year with nine and eight points, respectively. On Sunday, the Patriots stuck with the Rams throughout the contest, until VCU pulled away with the victory in the final minutes of the contest. Mason was led by double-figure outings from seniors Lateisha Wade and Moni Akintunde, who chipped in 14 and 10 points each. The Patriots entertained 2,524 fans at the Patriots Center, the fourth-largest crowd in school history. George Mason hosts No. 13 Old Dominion on Thursday evening before visiting Delaware on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (6-14, 3-6 CAA)
Georgia State split on the week as the Panthers lost their second battle of the season to No. 13 Old Dominion in Norfolk on Thursday dropping 76-44 decision to the CAA perennial power, before downing Towson, 66-64, at home on Sunday. Georgia State, who had won two of its three previous games before Thursday’s contest, was paced by sophomore forward Danyiell McKeller with 14 points and junior guard Brittany Hollins with 10 more points. Hollins also added a team-high four assists in the match up and McKeller shot 50 percent from the floor. Sophomore forward Shay Rawls snatched a team-best seven rebounds on the evening. In the thrilling win over second-place Towson, State’s Hollins hit a three-point basket with 4.9 seconds remaining to left the Panthers to the 66-64 upset. In a game that included 13 ties and 11 lead changes, the Panthers got six points from Hollins in the final 1:01 as the teams traded the lead four times in that span. State was led by Hollins’ 16 points, her 14th consecutive in double figures, to go with her five assists and three steals. Rawls tied her personal-best with 15 rebounds and scored 12 points for her seventh double-double game of the season. McKeller tied for the team scoring lead with 16 points and added seven rebounds. State’s freshman and sophomores have combined for over 66 percent of the playing time this season and have combined for over 63 percent of the team’s total points and have combined for over 64 percent of the team’s total rebounds this season. The Panthers have played seven “last possession” games this year, winning four of them. Georgia State will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to play Drexel on Thursday before visiting UNC Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C. on Sunday.
HOFSTRA (4-16, 2-7 CAA)
Hofstra split at home on the week as they defeated Delaware, 59-56, on Thursday and then fell to Drexel, 66-51, on Sunday. Against the Blue Hens, sophomore Sam Brigham scored 15 points and added a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to seal the victory. The rare afternoon tip occurred on “What I Want To Be Day” at Hofstra as a crowd of 1,618 cheered the Pride on to victory. Hofstra, which got a game-high 18 points and a team-best six rebounds from reigning CAA Rookie of the Week Britné Rodgers, ended a four-game losing skid with the win. The Pride also ended a three-game losing skid to the Blue Hens in the series. Rodgers, a freshman forward from Virginia Beach, Virginia, was two of three from beyond the arc and hit all six of her free throw attempts in the contest. Hofstra shot a spectacular 93.8% (15-16) from the charity stripe in the game and was 19-42 (45.2%) from the field in winning for the first time since a 69-47 victory over Northeastern on January 13. Freshman guard Candice Bellocchio finished with five assists, five rebounds and four steals in the game, while junior center Christina Biedny added seven points and three rebounds. On Sunday against the Dragons, Hofstra would fight back from a huge early deficit to get within six before falling by the score of 66-51. Brigham scored a team-high 19 points, including sinking a career-high nine free throws in the contest. Bellocchio was the only other player in double figures for the Pride as she added 14 points. It was Bellocchio’s most points in a game since tallying a season-high 16 points at Yale on December 11. The Dragons held Rodgers to only two points as she entered the contest averaging a team second-best nine points an outing. Hofstra returns to action on Thursday when it travels to UNC Wilmington to face the Seahawks for the first of two games this season. The Pride will then host Northeastern on Sunday, which will be broadcast on Fox Sports New York at Noon.
JAMES MADISON (14-6, 7-2 CAA)
James Madison improved to 7-2 in conference play as they earned an 81-61 victory over George Mason at the Convo on Thursday and then defeated William & Mary, 69-53, on the road Sunday. JMU has won five out of its last six games and is currently on a four-game win streak--the second-longest of the season. In the victory over the Patriots, senior guard Tamera Young and freshman center Lauren Jimenez scored 20 points each. Freshman point guard Dawn Evans, who returned after missing four games to a foot injury, added 10 points for the Dukes. Also scoring in double figures was junior forward Nina Uqdah, who tied her career-high with 10. She finished with a game-high nine rebounds. Young also had five rebounds and a game-high six assists. Jimenez’s 20 points tied her career-high. She was 9-for-12 from the field and also tied her career-high with eight rebounds. On Sunday, four players scored in double figures as the Dukes earned their seventh conference win this season. Young led JMU with 17 points in her 35th consecutive double-figure scoring game, extending her school record. Junior forward Kisha Stokes finished with 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Freshman Courtney Hamner tied her career high with 12 points. She was 5-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range. Senior guard Jasmin Lawrence added 10 points. The Dukes also got a JMU career-high 13 rebounds from redshirt senior forward Jennifer Brown. JMU blocked 10 shots, tying for the second-highest game total in school history behind the school record of 11 set vs. Delaware in 2004-05. The other time JMU had 10 blocks shot was vs. North Carolina on Feb. 12, 1977, in a tournament at Virginia. The Dukes will travel to Boston for a Thursday match-up against Northeastern before returning home to host Towson on Sunday.
UNC WILMINGTON (11-9, 2-7 CAA)
The Seahawks suffered back-to-back road losses as they fell to William & Mary, 72-62, on Thursday and then faced a 93-56 setback at Old Dominion on Sunday. Against the Tribe, the Seahawks allowed a season-high 45 points in the second half as William & Mary used a 31-9 run midway through the frame to build a 21-point cushion with less than four minutes remaining. Junior forward Sahsha Taylor and sophomore forward Candace Walker tailed 15 points apiece to pace the UNCW attack against the Tribe while freshman forward Brittany Blackwell posted her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Walker’s 15 points were a season-high and marked her first double-digit scoring performance since a 13-point effort against Coastal Carolina on Dec. 5. Walker also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a team-best three assists. The Seahawks also attempted 33 free throws in the game, three away from equaling their season-high against East Carolina. Versus No. 13 Old Dominion, UNCW was unable to slow down a Lady Monarchs’ attack that shot 54.4 percent from the field in the contest, including 67.7 percent in the first half. ODU’s .544 field goal percentage was a season-high for a UNCW foe and was the eighth-highest for an opponent during the Ann Hancock era. The 37-point margin of defeat was the third largest in Hancock’s eight-year tenure. Blackwell tallied 12 points to lead UNCW, while Taylor pitched in 10. Taylor now sits just eight points away from becoming just the 13th player in program history to amass 1,000 career points. Freshman guard Sheronda McLean established a new career-high with eight points, eclipsing her old mark of six set against ODU during the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 9. Senior guard Becca Papach’s six points were a season-high for the Whiting, Ind., product. UNCW returns to action this week with a pair of CAA home games, hosting Hofstra Thursday before welcoming Georgia State Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (6-13, 1-8 CAA)
The Huskies split in a pair of home contests last week. Northeastern earned its first conference win of the season with a 59-54 victory over Drexel, before falling in a close contest to Delaware, 57-52, on Sunday. On Thursday, Northeastern held off a late Drexel rally to earn a hard-fought 59-54 win over the Dragons. With NU leading 57-54 with seven seconds left after two Shalyese Smallwood foul shots, Drexel’s Jasmina Rosseel’s three-pointer with two seconds left fell short. Freshman guard Jasmine Crew scored a team high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Smallwood posted 12 points. Senior forward Stefanie Hodell was the team’s leading rebounder with eight, and Smallwood had a team high five assists. The Huskies shot 46.7 percent from the field, and 7-of-17 from three-point range. Against Delaware on Sunday, Smallwood and teammate Lucia Pablos each scored a team-high 10 points. Freshman Tiffany Crews added eight points. The Huskies were outrebounded by the Blue Hens, 40-28. Pablos had a chance to tie the game with seven seconds left, but her three-pointer rattled in and out. The Huskies held UD to just 32.7 percent shooting, but the Blue Hen’s 19-10 advantage in made free throws proved to be the difference. NU held both Drexel and Delaware to under 40 percent shooting, which is the first time they have done that in back-to-back games all season. The Huskies of Northeastern will host James Madison on Thursday before traveling to Hempsted, N.Y. to face Hofstra for the second time this season.
#13 OLD DOMINION (18-3, 9-0 CAA)
The No. 13 Old Dominion women’s basketball team improved to 18-3 overall and 9-0 in conference play with two 30+ point victories at home against Georgia State and UNC Wilmington. The Lady Monarchs have now strung together four 30+ point victories, 12 straight wins, a nation-leading 19 straight home victories, 30 straight home CAA wins, and 21 straight league victories. ODU downed Georgia State, 76-44, Thursday night with four Lady Monarchs reaching double figures. Senior guard T.J. Jordan led all scorers with 16 and led the Lady Monarchs in scoring for the first time since ODU’s victory over James Madison back on Jan. 13. Junior Jazzmin Walters tied her career mark with 14 points, while classmate Jen Nuzzo dished the ball out seven times for a new career-high. On Sunday afternoon against UNC Wilmington, Old Dominion collected a season-high in point with a 93-56 win over the Seahawks. The 93 points were the most scored by the team since netting 94 against Hofstra in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament back on March 10, 2006. The victory was also the Lady Monarchs 300th win in CAA play since joining the league in 1991-92. Old Dominion holds a 300-16 overall record in 17 years in the conference. Jordan once again led the Lady Monarchs in scoring with 20, the fourth time this season the senior guard has collected 20 or more points in a game. Freshman Jasmine Parker collected a career-high 18 points and junior Tiffany Green poured in her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The No. 13 Old Dominion women’s basketball team returns to action on Thursday at George Mason. The Lady Monarchs return home on Sunday to close out the season series with the Tribe of the College of William & Mary. The game will be the annual “Hoops for a Cure”, with fans encouraged to wear pink to “Pink Out” the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The game will also be televised by WSKY-4 in the Hampton Roads area.
TOWSON (15-5, 7-2 CAA)
The Tigers battled for second place in the conference standings against VCU and captured a 67-59 victory in Richmond on Thursday. Towson then traveled to Atlanta and was stunned by Georgia State as they dropped their second CAA game of the season to the Panthers, 66-64. In Richmond, Towson overcame a 36-31 halftime deficit to hand VCU its first home loss of the season. With the win, the Tigers ended VCU’s 12-game winning streak at home and handed the Rams their first home loss since February 8, 2007. In the second half, the Tigers held the Rams to 8-for-39 shooting as VCU went nearly ten minutes without a basket. Sophomore guard Shanae Baker-Brice led the Tigers with 15 points as she scored eight points in the final 5:07 of the game. Seniors Holly Mahan and Jamell Beasley also scored in double figures for the Tigers. Despite being in foul trouble for most of the second half, Mahan scored 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor. She also made two of three attempts from three-point range. Beasley came off the bench to add 14 points with three assists as she made 6 of 9 field goal tries. On Sunday against Georgia State, Mahan led the Tigers in the loss with a game-high 24 points, including 13 in the second half. She made 9-of-18 shots from the floor and also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Baker-Brice had 18 points in the loss, including 12 in the second half, while tying a career high with nine rebounds. Freshman forward Dovile Miliauskaite had a season-high ten rebounds along with six points. In a wild second half, which featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes, the Tigers overcame a 33-29 half-time deficit by scoring nine of the first 11 points of the period to tie the game at 38-38 with 16:29 remaining on a lay-up by Baker-Brice. The Tigers will return to the Towson Center Thursday night to host William & Mary. Towson will then travel to Harrisonburg to face James Madison on Sunday. Both contests for the Tigers will be their second time facing the Tribe and the Dukes.
VCU (17-3, 7-2 CAA)
The Rams of VCU split on the week as they fell to Towson, 67-59, at home on Thursday before earning a 63-51 victory on the road over George Mason. VCU’s 12-game winning streak at home was spoiled on Thursday night with its loss to Towson at the Siegel Center. Junior center Quanitra Hollingsworth logged her 34th career double-double, but 25 percent shooting stopped the Rams. Hollingsworth scored 15 points and collected 16 rebounds, but the Rams went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half. In the meantime, the Tigers turned a three-point deficit into a 56-49 lead with 4:15 left. VCU couldn’t find the bottom of the bucket, missing 18 consecutive shots. Joining Hollingsworth with double-figure scoring was teammate junior Kita Waller, who posted 11. Krystal Vaughn finished the game with 10 rebounds. On Sunday against the Patriots, the Rams held off a tough Mason squad. VCU was unable to gain a steady lead until under seven minutes remaining. Vaughn led the Rams with 20 points and eight rebounds. The senior entered the game as the Rams’ leading scorer, but had gone four straight games without scoring in double-figures. Hollingsworth added her 10th double-double of the season, and 35th of her career, with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Bachvarova added 10 points, all of them in the second half. The Rams finish up a two-game road trip as they visit Delaware for a Thursday evening contests. VCU will return to the Siegel Center on Sunday to host Drexel.
WILLIAM & MARY (10-11, 4-5 CAA)
The Tribe posted a 1-1 record at home on the week as they earned a 72-62 victory over UNC Wilmington on Thursday, before suffering a 69-53 loss to James Madison on Sunday. In the win over UNCW, sophomore Kelly Heath scored a career-high 25 points to lead the William and Mary. Heath finished the night 11-of-19 from the field and added eight rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Senior Devin James also came up big with 13 points and three steals, while freshman Katherine DeHenzel contributed 10 points and six assists. Senior Kyra Kaylor was the game’s leading rebounder with 14 boards. The Tribe out-shot UNCW 45.8 percent to 39.6 percent. Additionally, the College connected on 61.5 percent of its attempts in the second half. The Tribe had a two-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in the loss to James Madison. W&M was led by Kaylor, who scored a game-high 19 points to go along with nine rebounds and two steals. Kaylor is now just five rebounds away from breaking the program’s career record. Sophomore Tiffany Benson also played well and earned a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while James finished with 15 points and seven steals. As a team, the College totaled 13 steals and forced JMU into 26 turnovers. The Tribe will return to action when they visit Towson on Thursday evening for the second match-up against the Tigers this season. William & Mary will continue its three-game road stretch on Sunday when they visit No. 13 Old Dominion in Norfolk. The game will be televised by WSKY-4 in the Hampton Roads area.