QUICK HITS FOR THIS WEEK:
• Thursday’s outing is the last of the regular season for all 12 teams. The bracket for the 2008 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship will be set Thursday evening. Old Dominion has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament, while the 11 others are yet to be claimed.
• Old Dominion made an appearance in the AP Poll for the 15th consecutive week as the Lady Monarchs dropped from No. 11 to No. 16 in the Top 25 after a 76-63 loss to James Madison on Sunday. The Lady Monarchs were ranked No. 11 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 March 2. Old Dominion leads the conference at #12, while James Madison and VCU follows at #46 and #57 respectively.
• 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 23-game winning streak as they host Hofstra in the final regular season game of the season on March 6. The Lady Monarch’s 23-game home winning streak tops the nation. ODU’s 19-game overall winning streak, which ranked third in the nation, was snapped with the loss to the Dukes.
• Two CAA players top the nation in two different categories through games of March 2. Delaware’s Kyle DeHaven leads the nation collecting 4.7 steals per game, while Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean tops Division I women’s basketball with a 91.9 shooting percentage from the free throw line.
QUICK HITS FROM LAST WEEK:
• Drexel sophomore forward Gabriela Marginean collected five points at the start of the contest against Towson to reach the 1,000th-point plateau of her career. She tied ODU’s Clarisse Machanguana for the fastest in the CAA to reach the career milestone in 58 games.
• James Madison topped then-ranked #11 Old Dominion at The Convocation Center in Harrisonburg on Sunday. The Dukes defeated the Lady Monarchs, 76-63.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, So., Forward
Drexel sophomore Gabriela Marginean collected CAA Player of the Week honors for the third time this season as she led the Dragons to a pair of conference wins, while averaging 27.0 points per game and scoring her 1,000th career-point. She became the first Drexel sophomore to ever score 1,000 career points and tied ODU’s Clarisse Machanguana for fastest CAA player to reach the career milestone in 58 games. The sophomore reached her career milestone in the contest against Towson and went on to score 28 points against the Tigers. Marginean, the top free throw shooter in the nation, made 15 straight against Towson before missing one. The sophomore finished the week 25-for-27 from the charity stripe. She also posted a game high 26 points in the win over George Mason on Sunday. The Romania native, finished the week averaging 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jasmina Rosseel • Drexel
Leper, Belgium/Sint-Theresia Instituut, Fr., Guard
Drexel freshman Jasmina Rosseel received CAA Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after helping the Dragons to a 2-0 week in conference play. The freshman averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds last week. Against George Mason, Rosseel turned in one of the best all-around performances of the season. She came off the bench to match her career high with 18 points and set a new career-mark with seven rebounds. The Belgium native, shot 54.2 percent from the floor going 13-of-24, including a 5-for-8 effort against Towson. Rosseel also finished the week averaging 2.0 assists and shot 4-for-9 from three-point range.
ONE IS GOOD, TWO IS BETTER: Old Dominion as appeared in the AP Poll for the 15th consecutive week as the Lady Monarchs are now ranked No. 16 in the Top 25 this season. The Lady Monarchs were ranked No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll last Tuesday.
CAA NO. 11 IN RPI RANKING (March 3): 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 March 2. Old Dominion leads the conference at #12, while James Madison and VCU follows at #46 and #57 respectively.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Five CAA teams are ranked among the top 95 of toughest strength of schedule, according to the Collegiate Basketball News with games through March 2. The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs have played the 27th toughest schedule in the nation. Delaware follows at 56, James Madison at 69, Georgia State at 90 and Hofstra closes out the top five CAA toughest schedules at 95. George Mason misses the top 100 but just a few as they are ranked 102.
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. The next televised CAA women’s basketball games will be during the 2008 CAA Championship in Newark, Del. The CAA semifinals will be broadcast on CN8 on March 15 at Noon and 2:30 p.m., while the championship contest will be carried on Comcast SportsNet on March 16 at 12:30 p.m.
CAA TEAMS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Top 10): Through games of March 2, James Madison is ranked third in the nation as the Dukes currently outrebound their opponents by a margin of 12.6 boards per game. Drexel is third in the nation shooting 81.2 percent from the free throw line. Towson is ranked ninth averaging 12.8 steals per outing.
CAA INDIVIDUALS AMONG THE NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Top 20): Delaware’s Kyle DeHaven leads the country snatching 4.7 steals per game, nearly half a steal per game from the following leader. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean leads the nation shooting 91.9 percent from the charity stripe. Averaging 19.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per outing, James Madison’s Tamera Young is ranked 15th in both categories. JMU’s Dawn Evans is averaging 2.8 three-point field-goals per game and is ranked 13th, while Old Dominion’s T.J. Jordan is averaging 2.7 trey’s per game and ranked 16th.
HOME SWEET HOME: 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 23-game winning streak as they host Hofstra in the final regular season game on March 6. The Lady Monarch’s 23-game home winning streak tops the nation. Earlier this season, James Madison owed the longest current winning streak on their home court with 30 victories dating back to the 2005-06 season, but it was spoiled by nationally-ranked Maryland on Dec. 20.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE: The CAA has seen 35 different players record a double-double this season. Leading the league this season, James Madison’s Tamera Young with 14 double-doubles. William & Mary’s Kyra Kaylor joins Young as they lead all current players with 39 career double-doubles, while Hollingsworth follows with 37 career double-doubles.
POLL CRASHERS: James Madison, which has only received votes in the polls this season, defeated a pair of ranked teams this far this season. The Dukes downed #14 George Washington in December before earning a victory over #11 Old Dominion this past Sunday. The Dukes won both games at home at the Convocation Center. The Dukes lost a very close game to fourth-ranked Maryland in December at home and also fell to a #18 ODU in Norfolk earlier this season.
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 (email@example.com). 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.
FEWEST STARTS ENTERING 2007-08 SEASON: Hofstra entered the 2007-08 season with the second most inexperienced team in the nation with only 22 career starts on the roster. Louisiana Tech entered the season at the top of the list with only four career starts on its roster.
YOUTH OF THE CAA: Georgia State has relied on its freshman and sophomore a great bit this season. The Panthers’ freshman and sophomore have played 61.3 percent of total minutes thus far this season, which is ranked 21st in the nation. Gardener Webb leads the nation relying on its freshman and sophomores which are averaging 91.0 percent of total minute played. Jacksonville State (88.0), Tulsa (87.5), Colgate (77.7) and Texas A&M (77.0) round out the top five teams in Division I women’s basketball which rely on their freshman and sophomores in playing times.
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. VCU will host their “Girl Scout Appreciation Day” this Sunday (March 2). 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 17 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 (7-22, 6-11 CAA)
Delaware fell in their third and fourth straight contests as they gave up a 58-46 decision to George State on Thursday at The Bob before falling to VCU, 55-33, in Richmond. The Blue Hens shot just 21.8 percent from the field against the Panthers. Delaware got 14 points, eight steals, and four assists from senior guard Kyle DeHaven, while freshman forward Ariene Jenkins pulled 10 rebounds and freshman guards Vanessa Kabongo and Gracie Palucis each scored nine points with Palucis draining three three-pointers. DeHaven, the nation’s leader in steals per game, increased her single-season school record for steals to 124 and moved to within one steal of the No. 2 spot all-time in the CAA with 422. On Sunday, sophomore forward Sha’Ron Harrison scored 10 points and blocked three shots for the Blue Hens, who lost their fourth straight game, fell to VCU for the first time since the 2004-05 season, and scored their fewest points since a 1974 loss to Temple. Freshman guard Tesia Harris contributed six points and five rebounds for UD, while sophomore guard Corinthia Benison netted five points and dished out three assists. Delaware went 3-of-26 (.115) from the floor en route to a 25-14 halftime deficit against the Rams. The Blue Hens will wrap up their regular season schedule with a road trip to Towson on Thursday. Delaware will return home when they host the 2008 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship, which begins on March 13th.
DREXEL (17-11, 12-5 CAA)
Drexel went 2-0 in conference play at home last week as they defeated Towson on Thursday, 68-63, on Thursday, before capturing a 62-58 win over George Mason on Sunday. Against the Tigers, sophomore Gabriela Marginean scored her 1,000th career point three minutes and four second into the game on a free-throw and finished with a season-high 28 points. Marginean’s 28 points matched her season-high performance which came against La Salle in the third game of the season. The sophomore tied Old Dominion’s Clarisse Machanguana for the fastest (58 games) in the CAA to reach the career milestone and became the 18th Drexel player to score 1,000 career points. Freshman Jasmina Rosseel and senior Narissa Suber complemented Marginean with 13 and 12 points respectively. The freshman-senior guard combination teamed up to bring the Dragons back from a near collapse midway through the second half. Drexel shot 50 percent from the floor in the contest and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from deep. Towson was able to come back in the game due to a season-high 24 Drexel turnovers which led to 35 Tiger points. Against the Patriots, Rosseel scored a career-high 18 points off the bench. Marginean followed up her career-high 28-point performance against Towson with a game high 26 points, including eight straight that helped bring the Dragons from behind in the second half. Narissa Suber was perfect (6-of-6) from the charity stripe, including knocking two down with 8.7 seconds to help the Dragons with the come-from-behind victory. The win over Mason gave the Dragons 12 conference wins which matches the most ever for a Drexel team in CAA play. The 2004-05 team finished 12-6 in CAA play. Drexel’s 17 overall wins is also the most since the 2004-05 team finished 19-10. Marginean finished the week shooting 25-of-27 from the charity stripe. The sophomore leads the nation in free throw percentage. The Dragons will complete the regular season on the road as they travel to play Georgia State in Atlanta on Thursday.
GEORGE MASON (9-19, 3-14 CAA)
George Mason fell to No. 11 Old Dominion, 82-44, in Norfolk on Thursday before suffering a 62-58 loss to Drexel on Sunday. In the ODU match-up, Mason was led on offense for the 18th time this season by senior All-CAA candidate Lateisha Wade, who reached double figures for the 19th time this season with 17 points. In the second half, Mason was unable to bridge the gap as Old Dominion shot 16-of-29 (.552) from the field and did not allow the Patriots to move any closer than 14. On Sunday, Mason put together one of its best first-half performances of the season, as it headed to halftime leading Drexel 30-19 after shooting 57.1 percent from the field. However, the Dragons fought back into the contest and took the lead. Mason pulled within two with under a minute left, but strong Drexel free throw shooting held off the Patriots. Mason was led by junior Jessica Smith who tied a career high of 14 points. The junior forward went 5-for-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the contest against the Dragons. Freshmen Eugenia Broadus and Brittany Eley also posted double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Mason will conclude its regular season at home as they host Northeastern, which currently owns the longest winning streak in the CAA at five, on Thursday.
GEORGIA STATE (8-20, 5-12 CAA)
Georgia State recorded a 58-46 victory over Delaware on the road Thursday, but then fell to a tough Towson team in overtime, 63-58. On Thursday, Georgia State bettered its season-low of 48 points on defense and kept Delaware to 21.8 percent shooting in gaining its first-ever win over the Blue Hens. Georgia State, which led from wire to wire on the way to snapping a three-game losing streak, got a big night from sophomore forward Danyiell McKeller, who hit on 7-of-10 shots from the field and finished with game highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Junior guard Brittany Hollins added 13 points and seven assists while sophomore Shay Rawls added eight points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers pushed Towson into overtime in Maryland on Sunday. Down 10 with 6:10 to play and down five with 25 seconds, Georgia State rallied to force the overtime against the Tigers of Towson. The visiting Panthers got a three-point basket from Traci Haltiwanger with 14 seconds and she stole the inbounds pass for a game-tying basket with 11 seconds. Towson missed its potential winning try and the teams went to the extra five-minute period. Georgia State was topped by McKeller with 17 points before she fouled out. Hollins added three treys, 13 points and five assists, while Haltiwanger finished with 12 points, 11 in the second half and overtime. Hollins broke the school career steals record (256) and needs just 11 more to move into the top 10 in CAA history. Senior Vatai Smith has 114 career blocks and moved into third in Georgia State school history. The Panthers will finish their regular season at home on Thursday when they host Drexel.
HOFSTRA (5-23, 3-14 CAA)
After seeing its losing streak reach eight games with a 70-50 loss to William & Mary on Thursday, Hofstra defeated UNC Wilmington, 58-43, on Sunday to earn their fifth of the season. Trailing by only five at the half at William & Mary, Hofstra saw the Tribe pull away in the second half to pick up the 20-point victory. Junior forward Natty Fripp led Hofstra with 14 points, while sophomore guard Sam Brigham added 12 for the Pride. Freshman forward Britné Rodgers added 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. On Sunday, Hofstra had quite an outing defensively as the Pride forced the Seahawks into 28 turnovers in the contest and didn’t allow a made UNCW three-pointer. It marked the first opponent all season that Hofstra has held without a three-pointer. Rodgers was front and center once again as she posted game-highs of 16 points and 15 rebounds for the third double-double of her rookie campaign. Fripp added 12 points for Hofstra. Senior guard India Ali played solidly in her second start of the season with two points, five assists and four steals, while senior forward Linn Quamme added two rebounds, an assist, steal and block on the afternoon. Hofstra returns to action on Thursday when they close out the regular season with a contest at #16 Old Dominion.
JAMES MADISON (20-8, 13-4 CAA)
James Madison suffered a 62-56 loss to VCU in Richmond on Thursday, but rebounded with a 76-63 victory over #11 Old Dominion on Sunday. In the second loss to the Rams, JMU was led by senior guard Tamera Young with 14 points; she also had nine rebounds. Redshirt senior forward Jennifer Brown came off the bench for 11 points and 10 rebounds. Redshirt junior forward Nina Uqdah also scored 11. On Sunday, James Madison went on a 14-5 scoring run in the last 2:35 to seal a 76-63 victory over 11th-ranked Old Dominion. Freshman guard Dawn Evans led all players with 19 points and was one of four Dukes in double figures. Young scored 14, and junior forward Kisha Stokes had her eighth double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Jasmine Lawrence finished with 11 points. Senior forward Jennifer Brown also had 13 rebounds and scored nine points. With the victory over ODU, the Dukes reached 20 wins for the third year in a row. That’s the first string of three consecutive 20-win seasons since the Dukes had six 20-victory campaigns from 1985-89. Young extended her school double-figure scoring records to 106 career and 43 consecutive games. The Dukes have set two home attendance records this season. The season total of 32,395 surpasses the former record of 25,330 set last season. JMU also averaged a school-record 2,314 fans per contest at the JMU Convocation Center. The former record for the season attendance average was 2,106, set in 2006-07. Young, from Wilmington, N.C., and the Dukes will play their final regular season game of the season at UNC Wilmington on Thursday.
UNC WILMINGTON (16-12, 7-10 CAA)
The Seahawks dropped a pair of conference games last week as they fell to Northeastern, 64-68, at home on Thursday and then lost a 58-43 decision to Hofstra on the road Sunday. Against the Huskies, junior forward Sahsha Taylor scored 15 to pace UNCW while sophomore guard Greta Luksyte chipped in 12 and freshman forward Treasure Johnson pitched in 11. Sophomore forward Candace Walker finished one rebound shy of a double-double with a team-best 10 rebounds and nine points. Walker also handed out four assists and recorded a game-high four steals. The Seahawks were without the services of leading scorer Brittany Blackwell, who missed the game due to an ankle injury. Blackwell returned for the outing in Hempstead and led the team with 10 points. Taylor and sophomore guard Candace Walker chipped in eight points apiece. Taylor grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Seahawks efforts on the boards, while sophomore Greta Luksyte pulled down a career-high eight as UNCW held a 43-40 advantage on the boards. Hofstra used an 11-0 run over the final 3:23 of the contest to break away from the Seahawks. UNCW posted a season-low .280 field goal percentage and was held without a three-point field goal the entire contest. It was the second time this season that the Seahawks had shot below 30 percent and the third time this season that they were held without a three-pointer. The Seahawks welcome James Madison to Trask Coliseum for the final regular season contest for both teams.
NORTHEASTERN (12-15, 7-10 CAA)
The Huskies won their fourth and fifth straight games as they earned victories over UNC Wilmington, 64-58, and William & Mary, 57-52. Northeastern’s five game winning streak is its longest since the 2003-04 season. The Seahawks trailed the entire second half against the Huskies, but cut their deficit to five points with 52 seconds left. Two foul shots by senior guard Lucia Pablos with 32 seconds remaining gave the Huskies a 63-56 lead, enough of a cushion to secure the win. Senior guard Shaleyse Smallwood scored a team high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists. The Huskies have also won five of six games, its best stretch of play since that same season. The Huskies staked themselves to an eight-point halftime lead and led throughout the half, never leading by less than five points. Sophomore forward Kim Carr added 13 tough points for the Huskies, while Pablos finished with 10. Hodell had a game-high 11 rebounds. Against the Tribe, Smallwood and Pablos paced the Huskies with 17 and 12 points, respectively. The Huskies overcame a nine-point second half deficit, the second time they’ve come back on the Tribe this season. With 32 points on the week, Smallwood now has 1,453 points in her career with the Huskies. She is just three points away from moving into fifth place on the program’s all-time scoring list and 11 points from moving into fourth. The Huskies have stepped up defensively as they held UNCW and W&M to a combined .372 percent shooting from the floor, 2.57 percent from long range and an average of just 55 points. During NU’s five-game win streak, the Huskies are holding teams to 58.2 points, .376 percent shooting from the field, .277 from beyond the arc and are outrebounding teams 197-186. The Huskies will look to extend their winning streak to six games, which would be the longest winning streak for NU since 1998-99, when they visit George Mason in Fairfax on Thursday.
#16 OLD DOMINION (25-4, 16-1 CAA)
The No. 11 Old Dominion women’s basketball team clinched the CAA regular season title and the top seed at the upcoming 2008 CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and dropped its first conference contest of the season all last week. In an 82-44 victory over George Mason Thursday night senior T.J. Jordan became the CAA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals as the Lady Monarchs captured the No. 1 seed at the conference tournament for the 14th time in history. Jordan, who was honored Wednesday night as the Portsmouth Sports Club Virginia Female College Athlete of the Year, broke the record with her first three of the night hitting the record breaking trey with 19:46 left in the second half. Jordan surpassed the previous record of 309 held by Julie Jones (Richmond - 1988-92). Junior Tiffany Green led all scorers pouring in 19 points and hauling in 12 rebounds, including eight offensive, for her fourth double-double of the 2007-08 season and the 15th of her career. Green’s presence inside, along with sophomore Jessica Canady who came off the bench for 17 points shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, helped Old Dominion outscore George Mason 45-24 in the paint. On Sunday, the Lady Monarchs had its 19-game win streak and 27-game CAA win streak come to an end with a 76-63 loss to James Madison, the third straight season Old Dominion has fallen in Harrisonburg. The Lady Monarchs last loss was to a then-ranked #1 Tennessee on December 5th. The loss brings the Lady Monarchs to 307-17 all-time against conference opponents. Jordan led Old Dominion with 12 points and moved into 15th on the all-time scoring leaders list with 1,458, surpassing former teammate and three-time CAA Tournament MVP Shareese Grant for the spot. The Lady Monarchs were outmuscled on the boards, 60-41, just the fifth time this season the Lady Monarchs were outrebounded. The Old Dominion women’s basketball team wraps up the 2007-08 regular season on Thursday, March 6th when they host Hofstra.
TOWSON (19-9, 11-6 CAA)
The Tigers split a pair of conference games last week as they suffered a 68-63 loss to Drexel on Thursday before defeating Georgia State in overtime, 63-58, on Sunday. With the victory over Georgia State, the Tigers have matched the school record for wins in a single season (19). A win over Delaware in the season finale would be the first 20-win season for a Towson basketball team (men’s or women’s) since the Tiger men’s team won 21 games during the 1993-94 campaign. In the loss to Drexel, sophomore guard Shanae Baker-Brice led the Tigers with a team-high 17 points, while senior Jamell Beasley added 13 points. Senior guard Holly Mahan contributed 12 points and five rebounds for the Tigers. In the overtime victory against the Panthers, sophomore Kandace Davis scored four points to lead the Tigers in the OT period. Mahan led four Tigers who scored in double figures as she earned her 10th career double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds. She also matched her career high with seven of the Tigers’ 17 steals. Davis added 13 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth career double-double, while Beasley had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the third double-double of her career. Baker-Brice chipped in with 12 points and matched her career high with nine rebounds. She also had three assists and five steals. With three steals against GSU, junior guard Alis Freeman moved into third place on the Tigers’ career charts with 228 thefts. She is just five of tying Tara Rottet for second place on the career ledger. Towson will complete its regular season on Thursday evening when they host Delaware.
VCU (22-6, 12-5 CAA)
The Rams recorded a pair of conference victories last week. VCU held off a late James Madison run and defeated the Dukes, 62-58, on Thursday, before downing Delaware, 55-33, on Sunday. VCU set a new school record for wins in a season, topping the 1986-87 squad that went 21-8 and lost in the Sun Belt Championship to Old Dominion. The Rams completed a swept of James Madison for the first time in four years on Thursday. Sophomore guard La’Tavia Rorie scored 16 points to lead three Rams in double-digits. Senior Krystal Vaughn chipped in with 13 points, while sophomore Kita Waller added 11 points. The Rams held JMU’s leading scorer, Tamera Young, to only 14 points. She was averaging 19.8 points per outing. On Sunday, the Rams held the Blue Hens to 33 points, the lowest point total by an opponent this season. VCU held UD to 14-of-57 shooting (24.6%), while forcing 22 turnovers. The Rams made five three-pointers, all in the first half, while Delaware made its only trey of the game with four minutes left in the contest. VCU got game highs of 13 points and eight rebounds from Rorie, while Vaughn contributed 12 points and seven rebounds in her final regular season home game. The Rams have gone 4-1 without starting center Quanitra Hollingsworth. The junior center was benched for the remainder of the season after tearing her Achilles on Feb. 14. VCU will travel to Williamsburg for the final regular season conference game when they play host William & Mary on Thursday.
WILLIAM & MARY (13-16, 7-10 CAA)
The Tribe split on the week as they defeated Hofstra, 70-50, at home on Thursday and then suffered a 57-52 loss to Northeastern on the road Sunday. Junior Courtney Portell broke the single-season school record for three-pointers in the win over Hofstra. Portell went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and increased her season total to 66, breaking the previous record of 63 established by Yolanda Settles during the 1993-94 season. In addition to Portell, senior Kyra Kaylor came up big with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds. With the impressive offensive effort, Kaylor moved past the 1,800-point milestone for her career. Sophomore Tiffany Benson also played well and finished with 17 points and seven boards, while senior Devin James and freshman Katherine DeHenzel both tallied four steals apiece. As a team, the Tribe shot 46.4 percent and limited the Pride to just 34.5 percent shooting. Additionally, W&M controlled the boards, 41-33, and registered 17 steals. The College also forced HU into 27 turnovers. In Boston on Sunday, sophomore Tiffany Benson totaled 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks, but W&M fell at Northeastern. At the half, Benson already had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. In addition to Benson, sophomore Kelly Heath also played well and nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. William & Mary will host nearby rival VCU on Thursday evening for the final CAA regular season contest for both teams.