CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT - NOV. 23
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Dawn Evans • James Madison
Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast, Jr., Guard
Evans guided the Dukes to a pair of home wins over Georgetown and Virginia Tech last week. The junior led the league averaging 28.0 points per game in her first two outings of the year. She also dished out 3.5 assists per contest and added 2.5 rebounds per game. Evans recorded 29 points against the Hoyas and continued with 27 points versus the Hokies. She completed the week shooting 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line.
D'Andra Moss • VCU
Atlanta, Ga./Norcross, Sr., Forward
Moss returned to the court after being sidelined with a knee injury at the end of the 2008-09 season to lead the Rams to a 3-0 week. The senior forward averaged 18.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for VCU. She poured in a career-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds in VCU's 75-68 double-overtime win against Morgan State in the championship game of the Seton Hall Classic. On the week, Moss shot 22-for-46 (.478) from the field and 5-of-12 (.417) from beyond the arc, while hitting a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elena Delle Donne • Delaware
Wilmington, Del./Ursuline, Fr., Forward/Guard
Delle Donne opened her rookie campaign with 54 points on the week as the Blue Hens started the new season 1-1. The freshman forward/guard averaged 27.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last week. She put up 19 points against Saint Francis (PA), before posting a UD freshman-best 35 points to go along with 10 boards against Princeton. Delle Donne shot 17-for-35 (.486) from the floor, 5-for-11 (.455) from three-point range and 15-of-17 (.882) from the free throw line. The 6-5 rookie also added six assists, three blocks and one steal on the week.
CAA QUICK HITS:
• A strong start to the new season for the CAA women's basketball programs as they have produced a 19-11 record against non-conference opponents.
• Drexel's Gabriela Marginean became the Dragon's all-time leading scorer (1,920) in the win over Richmond. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne scored the league's top points of the season with 35 against Princeton despite of UD's loss. After two outings, JMU's Dawn Evans is averaging a conference high 28 points per contest, while Delle Donne follows with 27 points per outing.
• Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, James Madison's Dawn Evans and Drexel's Gabriela Marginean were named to the Preseason Naismith Watch List on Wednesday. The trio were also honored by the Mid-Major Top 25 and Marginean has been selected as a candidate for the Wooden Award, earlier this season.
• Drexel was the preseason pick to take the 2010 CAA Women's Basketball title, while led by the 2009 Preseason Player of the Year Gabriela Marginean.
• Delaware received a vote in the Preseason AP Top 25 Poll, while redshirt freshman Elena Della Donne received votes in the AP Preseason All-America Team.
• The CAA has 22 games slated to be televised for the 2009-10 season.
• The CAA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary during the 2009-10 season. The CAA announced its women's basketball Silver Anniversary team on October 13, which included 17 former CAA Players of the Year, 10 All-America selections and nine WNBA draft picks.
CAA PRESEASON TEAM PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: Drexel, which captured its first Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball championship last season, is favored to win the conference title again in 2009-10 according to a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media members. The results of the poll were announced during Tuesday's CAA Basketball Media Day at the ESPN Zone in Washington, D.C. The Dragons were followed in the voting by James Madison, Old Dominion, Delaware and VCU. Towson was picked to finish sixth, followed by Hofstra, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, Northeastern, Georgia State and George Mason.
CAA PRESEASON INDIVIDUAL HONORS: Drexel's Marginean was chosen as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. She was joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by Towson's Shanae Baker-Brice, William & Mary's Tiffany Benson, Old Dominion's Canady and James Madison's Dawn Evans. Voted to the preseason All-CAA second team were UNC Wilmington's Brittany Blackwell, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Tesia Harris, Hofstra's Jess Fuller and Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel.
PLENTY OF TALENT RETURNING IN 2009-10: CAA teams welcome back 75% of their starters from a year ago, including 11 players who earned All-CAA honors. Among the stat leaders, the CAA returns eight of last season's top 10 scorers, lead by James Madison's Dawn Evans (23.8 ppg) and Drexel's Gabriela Marginean (23.3 ppg), and seven of the top 10 rebounders, including William & Mary's Tiffany Benson (11.5 rpg) and Old Dominion's Jessica Canady (9.6 rpg). The conference also welcomes back four of the top five leaders in assists and steals. Georgia State's Crystal Johnson led the league in assists last year with 5.5 per outing, while Towson's Shanae Baker-Brice led the CAA grabbing 3.0 steals per game. All seven of the league's top three-point shooters are back as well.
TOP STATS IN NCAA: Two of the top three scorers in the nation played for the CAA in 2008-09 and return for more in 2009-10. James Madison sophomore guard Dawn Evans completed the season at No. 2, after averaging 23.8 points per outing, while Drexel junior forward Gabriela Marginean wrapped up the season at third as she averaged 23.3 points per contest.
TV EXPOSURE: CAA women's basketball had over 20 televised games for the second straight season in 2008-09. All 12 teams will make at least one television appearance in the 2009-10 season, which already has 22 games on its schedule. The CAA women's basketball semifinals (The Comcast Network) and championship (Comcast SportsNet) games are included in this season's package. The CAA saw an all-time best 25 games broadcast for CAA women's basketball in 2007-08.
CAA IN THE AP POLL: The Delaware Blue Hens received a vote in the most recent (Nov. 16) 2009-10 AP Top 25 Women's Basketball team rankings. Delaware had also received a preseason vote and its lone No. 25 vote is the first preseason AP vote awarded to a Delaware men's or women's basketball team in school history. Delaware women's squad most recently received votes in the AP Top 25 Poll during the 2006-07 season on 13 separate occasions from Nov. 27-March 6.
VOTED AMONG THE
TOP 20 BEST PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY: The Associated Press
released its 2009-10 preseason All-America women's basketball team comprised of
five members and another 14 who received votes. Delaware redshirt freshman
Elena Delle Donne received votes in the poll. Maya Moore, a junior at
Connecticut, was a unanimous first pick receiving 40 votes. Stanford senior
Jayne Appel received 34 votes and Connecticut senior Tina Charles received 28,
while Ohio State junior Jantel Lavender and Virginia senior Monica Wright both
earned 20 votes to close out the top five spots voted on by a 40-member
national media panel. Fourteen individuals selected from 14 various teams also
received votes in the poll. Listed in alphabetical order they are: Ashley
Barlow, Notre Dame; Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee; Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee
State; Elena Delle Donne, Delaware; Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Brittney
Griner, Baylor; Allison Hightower, LSU; Danielle McCray, Kansas; Deirdre
Naughton, DePaul; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State;
Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State; Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma; Courtney
TRIO NAMED TO NAISMITH TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Delaware freshman forward Elena Delle Donne, James Madison junior guard Dawn Evans and Drexel senior forward Gabriela Marginean were selected to the Naismith Trophy preseason watch list on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2009-10 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four in San Antonio, Tx. Evans set a school and CAA record for scoring average last season, when she poured in 23.8 points per game. Her output ranked second in the NCAA among Division I players. Delle Donne was named the National Player of the Year by the Naismith, McDonald's and Gatorade foundations during the 2007-08 season as a high school senior. She is just one of three freshmen named to the watch list. Marginean, CAA Preseason Player of the Year, was chosen after finishing last season ranked third in the nation in scoring with 23.3 points per game. The senior returns a year after guiding the Dragons to their first CAA Championship title and trip to the NCAA Tournament. Marginean enters her final season on pace to become the CAA's all-time leading scorer.
MARGINEAN NAMED PRESEASON CANDIDATE FOR WOODEN AWARD: Drexel's Gabriela Marginean has been selected as one of 31 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, one of the top individual honors in college basketball. These candidates are chosen as the frontrunners for the award based on last year's individual performance and team records. Marginean, the 2009 CAA Player of the Year, led the Dragons to their first ever CAA Championship and NCAA Tournament berth last season. Last season, Marginean was a four-time WBCA Honorable Mention National Player of the Month while finishing third in the nation in scoring. She is a two-time First Team All-CAA selection and the 2007 CAA Rookie of the Year. She was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Tournament, while helping her team knock out 17-time defending champion Old Dominion and defeat James Madison in the championship game. Also making the list are 2009 stand-outs Maya Moore, UConn; last year's Wooden recipient, Jayne Appel, Stanford; Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee; Jantel Lavender, Ohio State); Ta'Shia Phillips, Xavier; Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State; and Monica Wright, Virginia. Former winners include Duke's Alana Beard ('06) and Tennessee's Candice Parker ('07).
THREE CAA PLAYERS NAMED TO PRESEASON MID-MAJOR TOP 25: Drexel senior forward Gabriela Marginean, James Madison junior guard Dawn Evans and Delaware freshman forward Elena Delle Donne were selected to the Full Court Preseason Mid-Major Top 25. The website honored the top 25 players who play for Division I schools outside of the six major conferences (Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big East, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 10). Marginean, CAA Preseason Player of the Year, was chosen to the second team after finishing last season ranked third in the nation in scoring with 23.3 points per game. Evans and Delle Donne were honored on the fourth team. Evans set a school and CAA record for scoring average last season, when she poured in 23.8 points per game. Her output ranked second in the NCAA among Division I players. Delle Donne was named the National Player of the Year by the Naismith, McDonald's and Gatorade foundations during the 2007-08 season as a high school senior.
HOME SWEET HOME: VCU continued its great home tradition as they defeated Virginia Tech at home on Monday, Nov. 16 and extended its home winning streak to 19 to mark the longest run since the start of women's basketball at VCU. The Rams were the only women's team in the CAA that posted a perfect record on their home court in 2008-09, as VCU recorded a 16-0 record at the Siegel Center last season and entered the 2009-10 season with an 18-game win streak at home, dating back to the end of the 2007-08 season. The streak ranked sixth in the nation as of the start of the season. VCU will next put their streak to the test on Dec. 6 when they welcome cross-town rival Richmond to the Verizon Wireless Area.
2010 CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The CAA Women's Basketball Championship will be hosted by James Madison University for the second consecutive year on March 11-14, 2010. All 12 teams will participate in the thrilling event, which will be held at the JMU Convocation Center. This will be the second year of the two year bid to host. The tournament host is up for bid again and the site for the 2011 and 2012 championships will be announced in March 2010. The 2009 CAA Women's Basketball Championship welcomed 10, 895 fans over the four day event, which was the most the tournament has seen since 2003 when Old Dominion hosted and entertained 11,536 spectators.
CAA NO. 10 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA completed the 2008-09 season ranked 10th among the nation's 31 Division I conferences in women's basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News. VCU finished the season in front of the conference ranked at 39, while James Madison and Drexel followed, at 57 and 68, respectively. Old Dominion was ranked 87.
POSTSEASON SUCCESS IN THE NCAA: For the second time in three years, multiple CAA teams earned berths in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Drexel received the league's automatic bid and earned the 12th-seed in the Raleigh Regional while VCU received an at-large bid and the 10th-seed in the Oklahoma City Regional. Drexel, which earned its first CAA title in any sport, fell to Kansas State and finished the year with a 24-9 record. VCU, which also made its first NCAA appearance, lost a narrow 57-51 decision to host Rutgers and completed its season with a 26-7 record.
POSTSEASON SUCCESS IN THE WNIT: James Madison ran its streak of postseason appearances to four, giving the CAA at least three teams in postseason action for the fourth straight year. The Dukes received an automatic bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament and were victorious over American, 61-59, in the first round before suffering a two-point setback at Richmond. It was the ninth consecutive season that the CAA had a representative in the WNIT.
2010 WNIT EXPANDS POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT: The Women's National Invitation Tournament will expand its postseason tournament to a 64-team field. The expansion increases the field by 16 teams. The expansion to 64 teams was planned to accommodate a stronger field of teams. The tournament will continue to feature an automatic berth for each of the nation's 31 established conferences, in addition to now offering at-large berths to 33 teams. The 2010 Postseason WNIT will feature 32 first-round games, followed by 16 second-round games, eight third-round games, four quarterfinal games, two semifinal games, and the championship. All games in the single-elimination format are played at a host facility of participating schools. The WNIT field will be announced the evening of the NCAA Tournament selections, which is Monday, March 15. Games may begin Wednesday, March 17. The championship game will be played on Saturday, April 3, 2010 with national television coverage of the game.
25 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The Colonial Athletic Association has announced its women's basketball Silver Anniversary team, which includes 17 former CAA Players of the Year, 10 All-America selections and nine WNBA draft picks. As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration in 2009-10, the CAA is recognizing Silver Anniversary teams in 21 championship sports. The teams are selected by a panel of current and former head coaches in the conference. The CAA has established an outstanding reputation nationally in women's basketball since the league's inception in 1985, and the conference has produced numerous standout performers and teams. Old Dominion has been the conference's dominant program, winning an NCAA-record 17 consecutive CAA championships from 1992-2008. James Madison captured the first four CAA titles from 1986-89, and Richmond followed with back-to-back conference crowns in 1990 and 1991. Drexel won its first CAA championship in 2009. (complete list on P. 4)
DELAWARE (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
Delaware started the new season with a 77-64 road win over St. Francis (PA) on Tuesday evening, winning their sixth straight season opener. The Blue Hens then fell to Princeton, 68-59, on Saturday afternoon. Against SFU, Delaware's 77 points were the most by the squad since a 79-58 victory over VCU on March 9, 2007. Three Blue Hens posted double-digit point totals, including freshman forward/guard Elena Delle Donne, who tallied 19 points. She also led the team with five assists and two blocks, while pulling down seven rebounds in her first collegiate action. She was supported by sophomore guard Jocelyn Bailey, who recorded 15 points and also added seven rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Corinthia Benison rounded out the offensive stalwarts, draining 10 points on 3-for-3 shooting. On Saturday, Delle Donne scored 35 points and pulled down 10 rebounds despite of the Blue Hens' loss. Delle Donne's 35 points rewrote a freshman UD single-game scoring record last set on Feb. 19, 1998 by Danielle Leyfert against Northeastern and is the second-best mark in school history. The school record for a top single-game performance is held by Lori Howard, who scored 39 points versus Temple on Jan. 27, 1981. Delle Donne who tallied 14 of Delaware's final 16 points, recorded the Hens first double-double of the season and added a block and an assist. Bailey had seven points and three assists, while Jenkins scored eight. Harris pulled down six rebounds for UD. The Blue Hens will continue their seven game road swing when they visit Colorado State for its holiday tournament. Delaware will face Houston in the opening round on Nov. 27 and then will play either Texas State or host Colorado State on Nov. 28.
DREXEL (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel continued strong play with a 67-52 road win over Richmond on Friday evening. Senior forward Gabriela Marginean broke Drexel's all-time career scoring record, while leading all scorers with 22 points and pulling in 10 rebounds to lead the Dragons to the win over the Spiders. She moves past Michelle Maslowski's mark of 1,900 points set in 2002. The senior needs just 202 points to become the conference's all-time leading scorer, while passing James Madison's Tamera Young's (2004-08) 2,121 points during her time in the CAA. Junior guard Jasmina Rosseel exploded for all of her career-high-tying 21 points in the second half, including five three-pointers as the Dragons outscored the Spiders 45-30 in the period to pull away for their first road win of the season. Marginean compiled her second straight double-double despite spending a good portion of the second half in foul trouble. Rosseel seized the opportunity to shake off a shooting slump that has plagued her in the first two games. The junior guard keyed a 22-6 Drexel run by drilling three-pointers on three of four possessions midway through the period. Drexel shot a sizzling 58 percent from the floor in the period and held Richmond to 30 percent shooting in the half. Rosseel's 21 points matched her career high. Drexel is back on the road next Sunday when the Dragons travel to play the nationally ranked Maryland Terrapins in College Park, Md.
GEORGE MASON (1-2, 0-0 CAA)
The Patriots dropped to 1-2 as they fell in their first two road contests of the season at Richmond, 78-52, and Virginia Tech, 70-41. On Monday against the Spiders, junior Brittany Poindexter and freshman Amber Easter each had 14 points. The Patriots out-rebounded Richmond by an 18-16 margin, but Mason's 17 turnovers in the first half ultimately told the story at the break, compared to just seven for the Spiders. On Thursday against the Hokies, redshirt junior Ashleigh Braxton led the George Mason women's basketball team with 11 points. Braxton was one of two Patriots in double figures as junior Brittany Eley added 10 points. Redshirt junior Angelee LaTouche had a team-high nine rebounds while freshman Janaa Pickard swatted a game-high six blocks. Mason returns home to open a season-long four-game homestand, beginning with a matchup against Jacksonville on Monday evening at the Patriot Center. The Patriots will then host N.C. Central on Friday, Nov. 27.
GEORGIA STATE (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
Georgia State fell to 1-1 on the season as they dropped a tough loss to No. 10 Florida State at home on Sunday afternoon, 66-53. Georgia State did not go down without a fight as the host Panthers made a second-half rally to close within five points twice, the last at 47-42 with 11:11 on the clock. Senior forward Danyiell McKeller paced Georgia State with 21 points, five rebounds and three steals, while senior guard Brittany Graham chipped in with 10 points and three steals. Junior forward Chan Harris and senior forward Shay Rawls each had eight rebounds to lead that category. McKeller has started the season with back-to-back 20-point games after 22 at Kennesaw State and 21 against FSU for her eighth career game of 20 or more points at GSU. She is closing in on 500 rebounds (472) and 100 steals (94). The Panthers have played without starter Jylisa Williams and sixth-man Traci Haltiwanger during both outings thus far this season. Georgia State stays in town over Thanksgiving to host its own tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Sports Arena with Murray State at 2 p.m. The Panthers will then play either Troy or Morgan State on Saturday.
HOFSTRA (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
The Pride opened the new season 2-0 with a 77-60 victory at home over Buffalo on Monday evening and an 88-63 road win over Saint Francis (NY). The 2-0 start for HU is the first since 2004-05. In addition, with both victories by double-digits, it marks the firs time since the 1987-88 season that Hofstra has won its first two contests by at least 10 points. Against Buffalo, freshman forward Shante Evans scored a game-high 17 points and added 15 rebounds in her collegiate debut. Fellow freshman Candace Bond scored six points and added eight rebounds off the bench. Sophomore forward Marie Malone also was a valuable reserve, scoring 11 points in her Hofstra debut as the Pride improved to 1-0. Evans became the second Hofstra player in two seasons to log a double-double in her first game, accomplishing the feat in just 27 minutes despite not starting. Joelle Connelly finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Iona last year. Sophomore Nicole Capurso scored seven of her nine points in the second half to sustain the late scoring barrage. Capurso started, but the rest of the Hofstra reserves scored 36 points. After a one-day break, redshirt sophomore guard Candice Bellocchio broke the single game school record for assists with 14 as she led Hofstra to its win over Saint Francis (NY). Bellocchio broke the previous mark of 13 set by Liz Irwin during the 1979-80 campaign against Mercy and Bellocchio's mark is tied for 10th best single-game tallying in the CAA. Senior guard Sam Brigham led Hofstra with 19 points, including 12-for-15 from the free throw line. The point total was one off her career-high of 20 set against Delaware in February of 2008. Capurso added 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Pride, which also got 11 points from Evans. The Pride will return to the court on Nov. 25 when they host Albany in a rare Wednesday matinee at 2 p.m. Hofstra will then head to the 2009 WBCA Classic in Storrs, Conn., where they will face No. 1 Connecticut, Clemson and Richmond to finish a four-game week. The match-up against the Huskies will be Hofstra's first-ever matchup with a number one ranked team in women's basketball.
JAMES MADISON (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison opened the season with a 2-0 record as they rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Georgetown 79-76 in the Dukes' season-opener on Wednesday and then posted a 66-59 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday. Against the Hoyas, Dukes' junior guard Dawn Evans led all players with 29 points, with seven of those coming in the final minute of the game. The game was played in front of a crowd of 2,530, a school record for a home season-opening game. JMU freshman guard Tarik Hislop was the only other Duke in double figures, scoring 10 points. Sophomore guard/forward Kiara Francisco finished with nine, and sophomore forward Kanita Shepherd and junior forward Nichelle Glover each scored eight. On Sunday, Evans had 14 points during a 27-9 JMU scoring run to end the game and the junior finished with a game-high 27 against the Hokies. Francisco and Hislop added double-digits for the Dukes as they posted 12 and 11 points, respectively. Taylor led JMU on the boards with nine in the outing against VT. JMU returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn. and then the Dukes will close the week on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Western Carolina.
UNC WILMINGTON (1-2, 0-0 CAA)
UNC Wilmington suffered back-to-back road losses last week at long-time foe East Carolina, 72-52, and Hampton, 66-52 to drop to 1-2 on the young season. The Seahawks offense struggled as it was limited to just 52 points in each contest after opening the season with 84 points against Wofford. Junior forward Brittany Blackwell led the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 ppg) on the week. She became just the 16th player in program history with 500 rebounds as she grabbed seven boards in the team's loss at Hampton. Senior Greta Luksyte also reached a pair of milestones as she moved into 10th place on the program's all-time free throws made chart (227) and became just the 18th player in school history to surpass the 900-plateau with 11 points at ECU. Junior Martha White also made a move up another career chart as she moved into sole possession of seventh place on the school's career blocked shots list with 57. UNC Wilmington returns to action this weekend as they host Davidson, Duquesne and Monmouth in the Hampton Inn Invitational in Wilmington, N.C. The Seahawks take on Monmouth Friday in first round action and will face either Davidson or Duquesne on Saturday.
NORTHEASTERN (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern posted a 66-46 road victory over Delaware State on Wednesday before earning an 84-57 home victory over Rhode Island on Saturday. Against DSU, senior forward Kendra Walton scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, while freshman forward Rachael Pecota scored all 12 of her points in the first half. Sophomore guard Kashaia Cannon finished with 10 points and a career-high five assists, while senior forward Kim Carr finished with seven points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Brittany Wilson added nine points and freshman guard/forward Afreyea Tolbert scored her first career points in the game, ending with four. On Saturday, Brittany Wilson scored a game-high 19 points, and Jamie Conroy added career-highs of 17 points and nine rebounds as the Huskies shot 50.8 percent for the game at Matthews Arena. Wilson was 8-for-13 from the field as she tied her career high in scoring. Cannon and Walton rounded out the scoring for NU with 11 points apiece. Northeastern out rebounded URI 37-30 and only trailed once during the game, after Rhode Island scored the first basket. NU improved to 2-1 on the season and will face Boston University on Tuesday at Case Gym at 7 p.m.
OLD DOMINION (0-2, 0-0 CAA)
Old Dominion fought back from a 26-point deficit all the way to within eight points of the RV/#20 Maryland Terrapins, but were unable to counter a late charge and lost by an 84-67 final for their only contest of the week. Junior guard Jasmine Parker poured in a career-high 24 points in the setback. Parker's game-high 24 points, setting a new career mark, on 8-of-16 shooting including four three's. She added five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the game as she paced the Lady Monarch offense. Mairi Buchan was also in double figures, with 11 points. ODU's loss was the 10th straight to the Terps, as the Lady Monarchs drops to 8-12 against UMD all-time. The Lady Monarchs will next host N.C. State on Monday, Nov. 23 and be taking on the Wolfpack for the first time since the 2002-03 season-- in which was just the third game ever in the Ted Convocation Center, ODU defeated N.C. State by 24 points, 79-55. The Lady Monarchs travel to Cancun, Mexico for a pair of games later this week for the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic. Old Dominion will face Syracuse on Thursday and ODU holds a 7-3 advantage on the all-time series against the Orange. The Lady Monarchs will then take on nationally ranked Louisville for the first time since 1997 and ODU has won both of the previous matchups against the Cardinals with a 73-70 win in 1995 and a 77-39 victory in 1997.
TOWSON (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
The Tigers after suffering a 79-42 loss at West Virginia in the first round of the Preseason WNIT last weekend, Towson rebounded with wins over Winthrop, 56-46, and North Carolina A&T, 74-69, as it hosted a consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT last weekend. Against Winthrop, Shanae Baker-Brice finished the game with 20 points, her second straight 20+ point performance of the year. She scored 15 of those 20 in the second half. Baker-Brice would also add four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Omara Parker and Charmonique Watt each connected for 10 points in the contest. Parker would add four rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal. Watt contributed three rebounds and three steals. Haliena Snowden and Kandace Davis led the Tigers on the boards with seven apiece. Davis would add eight points and two steals. Jessica Haywood came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points to help lead the Tigers past North Carolina A&T on Saturday night. Baker-Brice added 21 points as the Tigers won their second straight contest. In addition to her 18 points, Haywood would contribute six rebounds. Baker-Brice posted her third straight 20+ point performance of the season. She also added four rebounds and five assists. Watt finished with nine points and three assists while Davis led the Tigers on the boards with seven. Head Coach Joe Mathews is now just three wins away from the 100th of his career, while the Tiger program is eight wins away from the 500th win in school history. The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 24 when they host local rival, UMBC. Towson will complete its three-game week at the Lady Pirate Invitational on Nov. 27-28. The Tigers will face Eastern Kentucky on Friday before playing the host East Carolina on Saturday.
VCU (3-0, 0-0 CAA)
VCU opened the 200-10 season 3-0 as they defeated Virginia Tech, 72-58, on Monday and then won the Seton Hall Tournament with a 72-43 win over Arkansas State on Friday and a 75-68 double-overtime win over Morgan State Saturday. The win over VT extended their home winning streak to 19 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. VCU has accumulated 29 home wins over the last two-plus seasons and have posted a .909 home winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 campaign. The Rams have started 3-0 four times in the past five seasons. On Monday, sophomore Courtney Hurt came off the bench to led the Rams with 16 points and guided four others to double-digit points. Jennifer Lane and Stephanie Solomon each put up 11 points, while La'Tavia Rorie and Ebony Patterson completed the opener with 10 a piece. Solomon posted a double-double after adding 10 rebounds on the night, and Patterson dished out a game-high six assists. The win over VT, is a first for the program under the direction of Head Coach Beth Cunningham. Against Arkansas State, Rorie scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Rams. Senior D'Andra Moss added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Rams, while Patterson chipped in with 10 points. VCU also got 19 points and 29 rebounds from its bench. On Saturday, Moss scored a career-high 33 points to spark VCU to a 75-68, double-overtime victory over Morgan State in the championship game of the Anaconda Sports "The Rock" SHU Classic at Walsh Gymnasium. Moss scored eight points in the second overtime period alone. In addition, she hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds left in the first overtime period to force the second OT. Moss also had 10 rebounds and hit 3-of-6 in treys. The Rams also received 12 points and eight rebounds from Hurt, as well as 11 points and five boards by Rorie. The Rams return to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 2 when they head to Greenville, N.C. to meet East Carolina at 7 p.m.
WILLIAM & MARY (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
William & Mary fell to Hampton, 71-66, before rebounding with a home victory over Davidson, 74-63. On Thursday, the Tribe rallied back from an 11-point deficit in the final five minutes of the game. Playing in just their second collegiate games, freshmen Jaclyn McKenna and Emily Correal both recorded double-doubles for the Tribe. McKenna totaled a game-high 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 11 rebounds, while Correal registered 13 points and a team-high 12 boards. W&M limited Hampton to just 31.5 percent shooting (23-of-73) and controlled the boards, 58-51. The 58 rebounds ties for the sixth most in school history and follows the Tribe's 55-rebound effort in the season-opening win versus Radford. Against the Wildcats, the Tribe rallied back from a 23-point first half deficit to earn a thrilling 74-63 victory. Four Tribe players scored in double figures as the team shot 9-of-18 from beyond the arc. Additionally, W&M held Davidson to just 25.9 percent shooting in the second half and forced 16 turnovers in the final 20 minutes of action, as it outscored the Wildcats 39-20 after the break. Sophomore guard Janine Aldridge totaled a game-high 18 points and connected on four three-pointers, while registering six steals on the defensive end. Sophomore guards Katherine DeHenzel and Taysha Pye also came up big with 16 points apiece, while freshman center Jaclyn McKenna nearly recorded a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds. Correal also nearly tallied a double-double with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Correal finished the week averaging a double-double with 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, while McKenna recorded 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per outing. William & Mary will visit Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 24, before taking part in the Seattle RedHawks Classic on Nov. 27-28. The Tribe will finish the three-game week when they face South Alabama on Friday and then host Seattle University on Saturday.