QUICK HITS FOR THIS WEEK:
• Old Dominion made the AP Poll home for the 13th consecutive week as the Lady Monarchs leaped to No. 10, its highest showing in the Top 25 this season. The Lady Monarchs steadied at No. 14 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. 17. Old Dominion leads the conference at #11, while James Madison follows at #53. VCU is ranked 59 and UNC Wilmington rounds out the top 100 at #99.
• 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 21-game winning streak as they host Drexel on Feb. 24. The Lady Monarch’s 21-game home winning streak tops the nation, tied with Hartford. ODU’s 16-game overall winning streak ranks third in the nation, tied with Utah.
• CAA Women’s Basketball will have a pair of televised games this week. Delaware travels to James Madison for a Noon start and will broadcast on CN8. Towson visits George Mason for a 3 p.m. tip on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus.
• The CAA Weekly Telephonic press conference will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Delaware’s Tina Martin, Northeastern’s Daynia La-Force Mann and Hofstra’s Krista Kilburn-Steveskey 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 13-0 mark into the second half of the conference schedule. James Madison still has a hold onto second place, while VCU and Drexel are tied for third.
• UNC Wilmington earned a 64-58 victory on the road over VCU on Thursday. On Sunday, Drexel pulled a 74-67 upset over James Madison in Philadelphia and Northeastern snagged a close 54-53 victory over William & Mary in Williamsburg.
• CAA Player of the Week Brittany Blackwell lead all scorers averaging 23.0 points per game and finished the week averaging a double-double with 10.5 rebounds, while Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean poured in 22.5 points per outing. JMU’s Tamera Young averaged a double-double on the week with 22.0 points and 16.0 rebounds per contest last week.
• VCU’s Quanitra Hollingsworth went down with a season ending injury just over 11 minutes in regulation against UNCW. The junior center underwent surgery on Saturday for a torn Achilles and will sit out for the rest of this season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Brittany Blackwell • UNC Wilmington
Raleigh, N.C./Cary Academy, Fr., Forward
UNC Wilmington freshman forward Brittany Blackwell received CAA Player of the Week honors for the first time this season averaging a double-double with 23.0 points (league high) and 10.5 rebounds as the Seahawks picked up a pair of road wins last week. The freshman shot 50 percent from the floor (11-of-22) and 82.9 percent (24-of-29) from the charity stripe. Blackwell began the week by recording her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at VCU. She finished the game versus the Rams shooting 14-of-16 from the free throw line. The Raleigh, N.C. native capped the week with a 22-point and nine-rebound performance at George Mason. The freshman has broke the 20-point plateau in three straight contests. Blackwell has received CAA Rookie of the Week four times this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jasmina Rosseel • Drexel
Leper, Belgium/Sint-Theresia Instituut, Fr., Guard
Drexel freshman guard Jasmina Rosseel earned CAA Rookie of the Week for the second time this season as she averaged 13.5 points per game off the bench in Drexel’s two victories. The rookie added nine points, all from long range, in the Dragons’ win over Delaware on Thursday. The Belgium native came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points in Drexel’s victory over James Madison on Sunday. She shot 7-of-11 (.636) from the floor against the Dukes and went 3-of-5 (.600) from beyond the arc. Rosseel shot nearly 48 percent (10-of-21) from the floor on the week and averaged two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the two home wins.
ONE IS GOOD, TWO IS BETTER: Old Dominion made the AP Poll home for the 13th consecutive week as the Lady Monarchs leaped to No. 10, its highest showing in the Top 25 this season. The Lady Monarchs steadied at No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll last Tuesday.
CAA NO. 11 IN RPI RANKING (FEB. 18): 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. 17. Old Dominion leads the CAA ranked 12th in the most recent report. The Lady Monarchs are followed by James Madison at 38 and VCU at 59.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Four CAA teams are ranked among the top 83 of toughest strength of schedule, according to the Collegiate Basketball News with games through Feb. 18. The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs have played the 35th toughest schedule in the nation. James Madison follows at 71, Georgia State at 80 and Delaware has played the 83rd 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. 24, the Delaware at James Madison match-up will air on CN8 at Noon, before the Towson at George Mason contest which will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus at 3 p.m.
CAA TEAMS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Top 10): Through games of Feb. 14, James Madison is ranked third in the nation as the Dukes currently outrebound their opponents by a margin of 12.2 boards per game. Towson ranked sixth in the nation as they average 13.0 steals an outing. The Drexel Dragons are fourth in the nation shooting 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Dragons are also ranked among the top 10 at nine in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 53.7 points per outing. (**Will be updated Feb. 20**)
CAA INDIVIDUALS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Top 20): Delaware’s Kyle DeHaven leads the country snatching 5.0 steals per game. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean leads the conference and is ranked sixth in the nation shooting 90.0 percent from the charity stripe. Averaging 2.8 three-point field-goals per game, Old Dominion’s T.J. Jordan is ranked eighth. James Madison’s Tamera Young is averaging 20.3 points per outing which is the 10th best average in the nation. (**Will be updated Feb. 20**)
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE: The CAA has seen 35 different players record a double-double this season. Among the leaders, VCU’s Quanitra Hollingsworth and James Madison’s Tamera Young with 12 a piece. William & Mary’s Kyra Kaylor leads all current players with 39 career double-doubles, while Hollingsworth and Young follow with 37.
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.
SEVEN x THREE x FOUR: Four times this season a CAA player has connected seven times from beyond the arc. William & Mary junior guard Courtney Portell has poured in 21 points from long range three times, while James Madison freshman guard Dawn Evans helped capture a career high of 25 points with seven made trey’s. Portell tabbed her seven made three-point contests all in the month of December versus Howard, Duquesne and Iona, while Evans earned her seven against Towson on Feb. 10. Between these four outings, 84 points have been scored from long range.
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. Old Dominion will host their “Girl Scout Appreciation Day” this Sunday (Feb. 24). 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 committed to participate nationwide in the 2008 WBCA’s “Think Pink” initiative.
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 (7-18, 6-7 CAA)
Delaware split on the week with a loss to Drexel, 48-42, on the road Thursday, but rebounded with a 54-53 victory over Hofstra at home on Sunday. The Blue Hens were unable to hold off a late run by Drexel on Thursday and fell on the road. Sophomore forward Sha’Ron Harrison scored 13 points and hauled in six rebounds for UD, which dropped its second consecutive game and managed 42 points for the third outing in a row. Freshman guard Tesia Harris added eight points and four boards and freshman forward Ariene Jenkins contributed seven points and five rebounds in the defeat. On Sunday, Harris scored a career-high 21 points for the Hens in a come-from-behind triumph, draining the game-winning three-pointer with six seconds left. Jenkins netted 14 points and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds, while senior guard Kyle DeHaven notched nine points and three boards. The Blue Hens snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory over Hofstra. The Pride held DeHaven, who entered the game leading the nation averaging 5.0 steals per game, to only one theft. The senior guard currently stands third among the CAA all-time career leaders with 408 and needs just 16 more to pass VCU alum Rochelle Luckett for second in league history. Delaware will host Towson on Thursday evening before visiting James Madison on Sunday. The match-up in Harrisonburg will be broadcast on CN8 at Noon.
DREXEL (14-10, 9-4 CAA)
Drexel captured a pair of victories last week as they completed a season sweep of its regional rival Delaware with a 48-40 win on “Think Pink” Day at the DAC and then upset James Madison, 74-67, on Sunday. In the triumph over the Blue Hens, sophomore forward Gabriela Marginean led all scorers with 19 points and also pulled down a team-high seven boards. The Dragons’ season-high theft effort was due in most part to the defensive work of the starting five, who combined for 15 of the 16 steals. Senior guard Narissa Suber contributed 14 points on the evening. Suber snared a career-high-tying four steals, senior forward Delise Johnson also grabbed four, junior forward Nicole Hester and Marginean both added three. The Dragons swiped a season-high 16 steals against the Blue Hens led by Suber’s career-high-tying four-steal effort. The win over UD gave the Dragons a season sweep of the Blue Hens for the first time since the 1998-99 season, when both teams were members of the America East Conference. Against the Dukes, freshman Jasmina Rosseel came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points, including eight straight in the final two minutes. Marginean, who scored a game-high 26 points, hit four straight free-throws in the final 14.7 seconds to close out Drexel’s victory over the No. 2 team in the conference. Hester completed the contest with a game-high seven assists to go along with eight points. Drexel shot 50 percent from the floor in the game and 43.8 percent from deep. The victory over James Madison was the team’s first since the 2004-05 season. Suber moved into the NCAA’s all-time top 25 career three-point shooters this week. She currently has 295 career three-pointers. As a sophomore, Marginean is only 40 points away from reaching the 1,000-point plateau in her career. After a pair of home wins, the Dragons will hit the road for a pair of outings this week. Drexel will visit William & Mary on Thursday before facing a tough nationally-ranked Old Dominion squad.
GEORGE MASON (9-15, 3-10 CAA)
George Mason suffered a pair of losses last week as they fell at Georgia State, 64-49, on Thursday evening before dropping a 69-55 decision to UNC Wilmington at home on Sunday. In Atlanta, senior Casey Quigley led the Patriots with 11 points. Quigley was joined in double figures by classmate Moni Akintunde, who poured in 10 points to go with a team-best eight rebounds. Mason was out-shot by a slim 43.1-to-39.1 percent margin from the field, but was outrebounded by a 39-29 differential. Thursday’s game was the 300th for Mason head coach Debbie Taneyhill. On Sunday, Mason’s “Think Pink” Day, senior Lateisha Wade connected on all five attempts from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 23-point outing. Wade, the only Patriot scoring in double figures, also recorded a season-high six assists, while junior Jessica Smith pulled down a team-best six rebounds. The Patriots will travel to Boston to play Northeastern on Thursday before returning home for an outing against Towson. The contest against the Tigers will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus. The game is slated for a 3 p.m. tip.
GEORGIA STATE (7-17, 4-9 CAA)
Georgia State split on the week as they collected their third-straight home victory over George Mason, 64-59, on Thursday before falling to VCU, 76-43, on Sunday. Against the Patriots, the Panthers got a career-best 25 points from sophomore forward Danyiell McKeller and 20 points from junior guard Brittany Hollins in posting their largest winning margin of the season. Georgia State got solid performances from guard Monica Mann, who had team bests of seven steals and five assists, while forward Shay Rawls had her 10th game with double-figure rebounds with 10 this evening. Junior forward Brittany Hudson got a start and responded with six points, six rebounds, and two assists. Senior Vatai Smith came off the bench to add four rebounds and four points. Head coach Lea Henry earned her 275th career victory with the win over Mason. On Sunday against the Rams, Hollins posted five steals to break the school career record of 247 held by Brownie Caldwell (1985-89). Hollins now has 250 career steals with 72 this season. The junior guard is just 17 steals shy of breaking into the top 10 in CAA all-time history. Hollins is one point shy of 900 for her career in scoring. State got 11 points, six rebounds and five steals from Hollins in the loss to the Rams, while Smith added 11 points and freshman guard Traci Haltiwanger contributed 10 points. The Panthers hit just 1-for-9 to start the game and finished just 31.6 percent for the game. Smith becomes the 11th different Georgia State player to score in double figures this year. Smith’s seven rebounds and Danyiell McKeller’s seven led the team. Georgia State is a young team with freshman and sophomores combining for better than 60 percent of the minutes, points and rebounds. The Panthers will host UNC Wilmington on Thursday and then travel to play Northeastern in Boston on Sunday.
HOFSTRA (4-20, 2-11 CAA)
The Pride of Hofstra fell to Towson, 57-46, on the road on Thursday and then dropped a close 54-53 decision at Delaware on Sunday. Against the Tigers, Hofstra got a team-high 11 points from freshman forward Britné Rodgers and sophomore guard Sam Brigham. Rodgers tallied all of her points in the second half. Junior forward Natty Fripp also reached double figures for Hofstra as she chipped in with 10 points, while Rodgers led the Pride with seven rebounds. Against the Blue Hens, Brigham posted career highs of 20 points and eight rebounds. Hofstra used a 26-5 run to recover from an early 29-11 deficit, but a three-pointer by Delaware with six seconds left gave the Blue Hens a 54-53 victory over the Pride. Fripp finished with eight points in the game, while Christina Biedny, Williams and junior center Kristina Campbell all added six. Hofstra looks to snap its five-game losing skid as they host a pair of home contests to James Madison and VCU.
JAMES MADISON (17-7, 10-3 CAA)
James Madison split on the week as they earned a 77-60 victory over William & Mary at home on Thursday, before falling to Drexel, 74-67, on the road Sunday. Against the Tribe, senior guard Tamera Young had game-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds to get her 36th career double-double as James Madison won its seventh straight. Junior forward Kisha Stokes finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year. Also in double-figures for the Dukes were freshman guard Dawn Evans with 14 points and freshman center Lauren Jimenez with 11. The Dukes fell to the Drexel Dragons on Sunday snapping their seven-game winning streak. The winning streak was the longest of the season. Young, who scored 23 points and tied her career high with 20 rebounds. She also became only the second player in school history to pass 1,000 rebounds, joining Meredith Alexis (2004-07). She did that with her second rebound of the game at 18:48. She now has 1,018 career boards. There have been only six games of 20+ rebounds in JMU history and Young is the only player to have two of those--she also pulled down 20 boards vs. East Carolina as a sophomore (Dec. 20, 2005). Young extended her school double-figure scoring records to 102 career games and 39 consecutive games. She turned in her 37th career double-double and league-leading 12th of the season (tied with VCU’s Q. Hollingsworth). Evans and Stokes each finished with 17 points, and Stokes also had nine rebounds. Stoke’s 17-point effort matched her career high. Stokes had made 18 consecutive foul shots before going 3-for-5 at Drexel. The junior forward made her last free throw against Mason (Jan. 31), went 7-for-7 at William & Mary (Feb. 3), 5-for-5 at Northeastern (Feb. 7) and 4-for-4 at home versus Towson (Feb. 10). JMU’s cumulative home attendance for this season is only 58 away from the season record. The Dukes, who have two regular-season home games remaining, are also on pace to average better than 2,000 fans per game, which would also set a record.
UNC WILMINGTON (15-9, 6-7 CAA)
The Seahawks picked up a pair of road victories as they stunned VCU in Richmond, earning a 64-58 victory and then capturing a 69-55 win at George Mason on Sunday. UNC Wilmington is currently on a four-game winning streak, their longest CAA winning streak since the 2003-04 season. Versus the Rams, freshman forward Brittany Blackwell posted game highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Blackwell’s 24 points led a trio of UNCW players in double figures as junior forward Sahsha Taylor added 14 and sophomore guard Greta Luksyte chipped in 11. Blackwell’s 12 caroms matched a career-high to help the Seahawks enjoy a 38-36 advantage on the boards. In Fairfax, Blackwell again led the Seahawks pouring in 22 points en route to their second straight road victory. Blackwell cracked the 20-point plateau for the third straight contest to lead a UNCW attack that shot 55.3 percent from the floor and 78.8 percent from the charity stripe in the contest. Junior forward Sahsha Taylor added 12 points while sophomore forward Candace Walker chipped in 11. Blackwell also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to highlight a 32-25 edge on the glass for the Seahawks. Taylor moved into 10th on UNCW’s all-time scoring list and now has 1,065 career points. UNC Wilmington completes its three-game road swing this Thursday with a contest at Georgia State before returning home to take on William & Mary on Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (8-15, 3-10 CAA)
Northeastern fell to a tough #13 Old Dominion squad, 83-46, in Norfolk on Thursday, before rebounding with a 65-64 victory at William & Mary on Sunday. Against Old Dominion, the Huskies were led by Shaleyse Smallwood, who came off the bench, to score 16 points. Lucia Pablos, who led Northeastern with 10 points in the first meeting with the Lady Monarchs, also came off the bench for 14 points. Kendra Walton was the lone starting Husky in double figures with 10 points along with a game-high seven rebounds. A barrage of second half three-pointers and a last second defensive stand helped the Huskies post a come-from-behind victory over the Tribe on Sunday. Northeastern trailed by 10 points with just over seven minutes to go, seized the lead at the 2:35 mark, and denied the Tribe on their final possession to seal the win. Sophomore forward Kendra Walton scored a team high 16 points, while senior guard Shaleyse Smallwood scored 13 points and moved into sixth place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,377 career points. Sophomore forward Kim Carr posted her first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Walton was 2-of-4 from three-point range in the second half, while Smallwood went 3-of-5 from long range in the second frame. Northeastern had its best rebounding game of the season, outrebounding the Tribe, 45-42. They also grabbed a season-high 17 offensive boards. The Huskies will host a pair of home contests as they entertain George Mason on Thursday before welcoming Georgia State on Sunday.
#10 OLD DOMINION (22-3, 13-0 CAA)
Old Dominion improved to 22-3 overall and 13-0 in the CAA with wins over Northeastern, 83-46, and at Towson, 73-61, last week. The Lady Monarchs have now won 16 in-a-row and extend their CAA win streak to 24 games. On Thursday afternoon against the Huskies, senior Megan Pym scored 13 of her career-high 19 points in the first half as one of three Lady Monarchs in double figures. Pym narrowly missed a double-double by hauling in nine boards. The fourth-year Lady Monarch shot a blistering 7-of-8 from the floor and hit both her free throw attempts along with capturing a game-high four steals. Junior Tiffany Green and senior T.J. Jordan each poured in 16 points apiece. Green, like Pym, had a tremendous afternoon from the floor going 7-of-8 and also recorded two blocks and two steals. Old Dominion held as much as a 42-point edge against Northeastern, tied for its largest lead of the season. The Lady Monarchs also held 42-point leads in wins against Delaware (76-37 - Jan. 27) and Delaware State (70-28 - Dec. 20). On Sunday against Towson, Pym collected her third double-double of the season and of her career with a team-leading 15 points and 12 rebounds. Pym, went perfect from the line again against the Tigers (5-of-5) and finished the weekend at a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Freshman Jasmine Parker and sophomore Jessica Canady came off the Old Dominion bench to net 11 and 10 respectively, with Parker shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Junior Jazzmin Walters added in 12 points in the victory. Jordan grew closer to becoming the CAA’s all-time three-point shooter. Jordan brought her career three-point field goal total to 303 last week, six shy of tying the league record. The CAA three-point record is 309 held by Julie Jones from former CAA member Richmond (1998-92). Old Dominion returns to action this week at VCU to close out the season series with the Rams on Thursday and hosts Drexel in the lone meeting with the Dragons this season on Sunday.
TOWSON (16-8, 8-5 CAA)
Towson snapped a three-game losing streak with a 57-46 win over Hofstra on Thursday and then fell to a tough nationally-rank Old Dominion squad, 73-61, on Sunday. Against the Pride, freshman Dovile Miliauskaite led the Tigers to the win as she recorded the first double-double of her college career with a career high 15 points and 10 rebounds. Miliauskaite also blocked two shots and had five steals as part of the Tigers’ solid defensive effort. While Miliauskaite led the Tigers with her career high 15 points, Mahan had 11 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Beasley added 10 points and four assists. On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers dropped a tough 12-point decision to ODU. Mahan had a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Shanae Baker-Brice added 12 points. Senior guard Jamell Beasely contributed 10 points for the Tigers. Freshmen Jessica Haywood and Meredith Kennedy matched their season highs in points scoring six and five, respectively. The Tigers will begin a three-game road trip this week by facing Delaware and George Mason. Sunday’s game against the Patriots will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus and is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip in Fairfax.
VCU (19-5, 9-4 CAA)
The Rams split on the week as they dropped a 64-58 decision at home to UNC Wilmington on Thursday nigh before earning a 76-43 victory at Georgia State on Sunday. On Thursday, the Rams could not duplicate the effort that produced a 21-point victory in Wilmington in January. The Rams played the final 11:13 without junior center Quanitra Hollingsworth, who injured herself on a defensive rebound. Hollingsworth, the school’s all-time leader in double-doubles, will be benched for the remainder of the season after the injury to her Achilles. Senior forward Krystal Vaughn paced the Rams with a team-high 20 points against the Seahawks. The senior also pulled down seven rebounds. Despite much of the second half due to injury, Hollingsworth contributed 12 points and five rebounds. In Atlanta on Sunday, the Rams were victorious over the Panthers as 10 of the 11 active players scored. VCU was led by Vaughn’s game-high 18-point performance. In addition to Vaughn, sophomore La’Tavia Rorie scored 16 points to reach double-figures for the third straight game. Two Rams, freshman Jessica Taylor and senior Vera Chistova, scored their first field goals of the season. The Rams return home this week to take on #10 Old Dominion on Thursday before traveling to Hofstra on Sunday. VCU, which had won 12 straight home contests prior to Jan. 31, had lost two of its last three home games.
WILLIAM & MARY (11-14, 5-8 CAA)
William & Mary suffered a pair of losses last week as they fell to James Madison, 77-60, on the road Thursday, before dropping a 65-64 decision to Northeastern at home on Sunday. The two losses extended the Tribe’s losing streak to three games. The Tribe got a season-high 19 points from junior Dani Kell Thursday. In addition to Kell’s impressive performance, senior Devin James also came up big with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals. Senior Kyra Kaylor nearly registered a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native also set the school record for games played (116), breaking the previous mark of 115 established by Sarah Stroh (2003-07). In the loss to Northeastern, James led the Tribe with a double-double, totaling 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Pipersville, Pa., native also added three steals. Kaylor registered a game-high 18 points to go with eight boards, while sophomore Kelly Heath finished with 11 points. Freshman Katherine DeHenzel came up big defensively with five steals. Sophomore Tiffany Benson stopped two shots and currently owns 40 blocks this season. With the 40 blocks, the sophomore ranks fourth on the program’s single-season list. The Tribe will host Drexel on Thursday before traveling to play UNC Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C., on Sunday.