CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
WEEKLY REPORT - JAN. 11
**Complete report in PDF format at the bottom of this article**
CAA QUICK HITS:
• VCU took possession of first place as they are 3-0 in conference play, five other teams follow at 2-1.
• Last Thursday against William & Mary, Drexel's Gabriela Marginean broke the CAA all-time career scoring record.
• A strong start to the season for the CAA women's basketball programs producing a 79-54 record against non-conference opponents.
• The most recent RPIRatings.com report (Jan. 11) showed the CAA with a league RPI improving to eight, after sitting at nine for the past few weeks. James Madison is ranked 26th in the team RPI ranking. Drexel (95) is the only other CAA school in the Top 100, as Towson (101), Old Dominion (104) and Delaware (106) are edging the Top 100.
• CAA Record Watch Alert: William & Mary's Tiffany Benson is just nine blocks from becoming the CAA All-Time career blocking leader.
• JMU fell out of the Top 25 polls, but are still receiving votes.
• The CAA has 23 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 Oct. 13, which included 17 former CAA Players of the Year, 10 All-America selections and nine WNBA draft picks.
PLAYER/ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elena Delle Donne • Delaware
Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy, Fr., Forward/Guard
Delle Donne led the Blue Hens to a 2-0 week in conference play, with both wins coming on the road. The freshman forward/guard guided her team averaging 22.0 points and a league-best 13.5 rebounds per contest. She posted back-to-back double-doubles, giving her six on the season. Delle Donne opened the week with a 25 point-11 rebound performance at George Mason before tallying a career-best 16 rebounds to go along with 19 points at Northeastern. The rookie also shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the line against the Huskies. Delle Donne finished the week shooting 45.8 percent from the field (11-of-24), 50 percent from beyond the arc (3-of-6) and 90.5 percent from the charity stripe (19-of-21). She also added one assists, five blocks and two steals.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
D'Andra Moss • VCU
Atlanta, Ga./Norcross, Sr., Forward
Moss helped the Rams to a 2-0 week in conference play and led the team averaging 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest. The senior forward opened the week with a 22 point-9 rebound performance at UNC Wilmington before recording a double-double of 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Towson. Moss shot 46.6 percent from the field (13-of-28) and hit 14-of-17 (.824) from the free throw line. She also added six assists and three steals on the week for the Rams.
CAA JUMPS TO No. 8 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA jumped to eighth among the nation's 32 Division I conferences in women's basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News (games through Jan. 10). James Madison is ranked 26th in the team RPI ranking. Drexel (95) is the only other CAA school in the Top 100, as Towson (101), Old Dominion (104) and Delaware (106) are edging the Top 100.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: The Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion have started the new season with the 11th toughest strength of schedule in the nation according to Collegiate Basketball News (games through Jan. 10). ODU has faced top contenders in the RPI ratings such as Stanford, N.C. State, Maryland, Louisville and Florida. Towson has played the 53rd toughest schedule, while Drexel follows at 62, Northeastern at 71, James Madison at 87 and UNC Wilmington at 96.
CAA IN THE TOP 25 POLLs: With the loss to Drexel, James Madison fell out of the Top 25 of both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls, but received votes. The Dukes had recently held onto a spot in the Top 25 for three straight weeks. The Delaware Blue Hens are the only other CAA team that has receive votes this season as UD garnered a vote in the preseason and the first week 2009-10 AP Top 25 rankings. Delaware's preseason vote was 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.
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 2008-09 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. Through games of Jan. 10, Evans leads the nation with 26.8 points per outing. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne follows at fourth (24.7 ppg), and Marginean (8th, 22.4 ppg) also make an appearance in the Top 10. Evans also leads the nation with 4.1 trey's per outing. Hofstra's Jess Fuller is sixth in the nation making 3.4 blocks per contest.
TRIPLE DOUBLES: Georgia State junior transfer Angelique Burtts scored a triple-double (19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) in the Panthers' win over Murray State on Nov. 27. She is just one of 12 others who have accomplished a triple-double this season (as of Jan. 3). St. Mary's Louella Tomlinson had recorded three this season to tally five in her career.
FRESH FACES--NICE NUMBERS: The CAA welcomes a strong group of freshmen this season. Four freshman are averaging double-digits in scoring, led by Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (24.7 ppg). Delle Donne also leads the rookies in rebounding pulling down 9.6 boards per outing. Delle Donne has drained 25 treys thus far this season, while Northeastern's Rachael Pecota had added 20 and UD's Lauren Carra has drained 12. Old Dominion's Carolann Cloutier leads the frosh at the foul line going 11-for-12 (.917) from the charity stripe, while Delle Donne follows shooting 69-of-78 (.885) from the line. George Mason's Rahneeka Saunders has recorded 32 steals, while Hofstra's Candace Bond (22) and Mason's Amber Easter (22) follow closely behind in thefts. George Mason's Janaa Pickard dominates the newbies with 23 blocks after 14 outings, while Delle Donne (18) and William & Mary's Emily Correal (15) follows. Leading the freshman in assists is Saunders with 40 and JMU's Tarik Hislop (34) and Delle Donne (29) follow closely.
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 23 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.
JAMES MADISON TOPS NATIONALLY-RANKED VIRGINIA: James Madison became the first team in the 2009-10 season to defeat a Top 25 team when they took down #14/15 Virginia, 75-73, on Sunday, Dec. 6. Dawn Evans matched her career high with 38 points. Evans' 38-point performance, which is 14 points above her average, set a John Paul Jones Arena scoring record.
TOWSON TOPS NATIONALLY-RANKED MARYLAND: Towson quickly followed the Dukes as they picked up a Top-25 win over #25/18 Maryland, 67-55, at the Towson Center on Thursday, Dec. 10. Shanae Baker-Brice recorded game highs of 25 points, seven assists and three steals. The win over the Terps is Towson's first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked team and it came before a crowd of 2,243.
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.
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)
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison is the only CAA school with a perfect record at home (8-0) and are on an nine-game winning streak at the JMU Convocation Center. George Mason and Hofstra dropped their first home contests on Thursday. University of Richmond spoiled VCU's 19-game winning streak at home on Dec. 6. The Rams were the only women's team in the CAA that posted a perfect record on their home court in 2008-09 with 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 had ranked sixth in the nation. The Rams have accumulated 29 home wins over the last two-plus seasons and have posted a .879 home winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 campaign.
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.
MARGINEAN RACKS UP ANOTHER HONOR: The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association has announced that it will name Drexel senior women's basketball player Gabriela Marginean its Outstanding Amateur Athlete of 2009 at the group's annual awards dinner on Feb. 1, 2010. Marginean, who led Drexel to its first ever Colonial Athletic Association Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009, is on pace to become the all-time leading scorer in Philadelphia women's basketball history this season. The 2009 CAA Player of the Year, Marginean recently surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career. She is the first Drexel women's player to reach the milestone and only the seventh women's player in the city to score 2,000 points. Marginean has scored 2,010 points and is 405 away from the Philadelphia women's scoring record held by Diana Caramanico.
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. Also receiving top votes were Stanford senior Jayne Appel, Connecticut senior Tina Charles, Ohio State junior Jantel Lavender and Virginia senior Monica Wright to close out the top five spots voted on by a 40-member national media panel.
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.
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.
DELAWARE (10-4, 2-1 CAA)
Delaware improved to 2-1 with back-to-back conference victories over George Mason, 53-44, and Northeastern, 61-53. The Blue Hens were led by freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne as she averaged 22.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in the two outings. Junior guard Tesia Harris added 11.0 points per contest. Against Mason, Delle Donne recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Delaware also received nine points from Harris and eight points from Danielle Parker. Kayla Miller led the team with five assists. On Friday, junior Eva Riddick and Miller were named the 2009-10 captains for the team before the Blue Hens took on Northeastern in Boston. Delle Donne added to her double-double list tabbing her sixth of the season with 19 points and 16 rebounds in the win. The rookie scored 15 of her points in the second half against the Huskies and went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe during 37 minutes of play. Harris wrapped up the week with 13 points and nine rebounds at NU. The win over the Huskies was UD's 100th regular season CAA victory. The Blue Hens return home for a two-game swing as they entertain UNC Wilmington on Jan. 14 and Drexel on Jan. 17.
DREXEL (8-6, 2-1 CAA)
The Dragons went 1-1 on the week as Drexel posted a 46-43 home win over William & Mary before falling 69-59 at Old Dominion. The win over W&M pushed Drexel's home-court CAA winning streak to 15 straight victories, while the Dragons' loss to ODU snapped its 15-game regular season CAA winning streak. Senior forward Gabriela Marginean led the Dragons on the week averaging a league-best 26.5 points per outing. She also posted a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. History was made in Philadelphia on Thursday evening as Marginean broke the all-time CAA career scoring record en route to a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. Her double-double was her fifth of the season. Marginean's milestone point came, appropriately, on a free-throw with 6:34 left in the first half. She surpassed the mark of 2,121 points set by James Madison's Tamera Young in 2008. Marginean's free throw was the result of a technical foul on William & Mary. Against Old Dominion, Marginean posted her eighth career 30-point performance pouring in a season- and game-high 33 points. The CAA's all-time leading scorer added six rebounds on 12-of-24 shooting. Jasmina Rosseel was also in double figures, with 11 points. After the completion of the week, Marginean has recorded 2,167 career points and is just 41 points away from tying Michael Anderson ('88) as Drexel Basketball's all-time leading scorer. Along with becoming the league's all-time scorer, Marginean also broke Drexel's all-time records for field goal attempts (Barb Yost '88 - 1,579) and free throws (Michelle Maslowski '02 - 579). She now has 1,617 field goal attempts and 582 free-throws made in her career. The Dragons hit the road this week as they visit Hofstra on Thursday before visiting Delaware on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (7-7, 0-3 CAA)
George Mason fell in its first home contest this season with a 53-44 loss to Delaware on Thursday before dropping its fourth straight against James Madison, 62-50, on Sunday. Junior Brittany Poindexter led the Patriots on the week averaging 12.0 points per outing, while freshman Amber Easter contributed 10.5 points per contest. Junior Angelee LaTouche grabbed a team-best 10.5 rebounds per game. Against the Blue Hens, junior Ashleigh Braxton led the Patriots with 11 points, while LaTouche pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. The loss snaps the Patriots' seven-game home winning streak, part of a school-record 7-0 start to the season at home. Against JMU, Poindexter led all scorers with 18 points. She was joined by Easter (12 points) in reaching double figure scoring for the ninth time this season. Mason will continue its search for its first road and conference win of the season when they visit Old Dominion on Thursday. The Patriots will then head home to host Northeastern on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (10-4, 1-2 CAA)
Georgia State dropped a pair of conference road contests last week as they fell to James Madison, 68-60, and Hofstra, 58-49. Senior forward Danyiell McKeller led the team with 12.0 points per outing, while senior guard Brittany Graham poured in 11.0 points per contest. Shay Rawls grabbed a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. Against JMU, Graham's 16 points (4-for-4 outside the arc) and McKeller's 16 points led the scoring for Georgia State, who sustained their first road loss after four wins this season. The see-saw game saw 12 lead changes and 10 ties. In the loss to Hofstra, the Pride held McKeller to just eight points, after coming into the game averaging 20.2 points per game, which ranked fourth in the CAA. Burtts led the Panthers with 11 points, and Johnson added seven points, four assists and three rebounds. McKeller's scoring average fell below 20 points for the first time this season (19.3 ppg) after the off-week shooting. Graham has become the Panthers' hottest shooter as she has made 19 of her last 29 three-point baskets (65.5%) over the past seven games to up her season totals from behind the arc to 29-of-62 (46.8%) to rank among the leaders in the NCAA. The Panthers will hope the return to the home court, where they have a current three-game win streak, will help end the first back-to-back losses of the season. Georgia State will host VCU on Thursday before welcoming Towson on Sunday.
HOFSTRA (8-7, 1-2 CAA)
Hofstra went 1-1 last week with a 66-58 loss to Towson on Thursday before rebounding and defeating Georgia State, 58-49, on Sunday. Fuller led Hofstra with an average of 10.5 points in Hofstra's two games, while also adding six rebounds and four blocks per contest. Evans was second on the team with nine points per game, while leading Hofstra with 6.5 caroms per contest. Freshman forward Shante Evans contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Pride against Towson, enabling her to notch her seventh double-double of the season. Sophomore forward Marie Malone added eight points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the contest for Hofstra against the Tigers. On Sunday, senior center Jess Fuller had game-highs of 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks to lead the Pride to a victory over Georgia State. The win ended a four-game losing skid for the Pride, and improved Hofstra's home record to 6-1 this season. Junior guard Aamira Terry earned the first start of her career against GSU and responded with six points, six rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of action. Senior guard Sam Brigham, who scored six straight points early in the second half to put Hofstra in front for good, added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in the contest. Fuller, who just made an appearance in the top 10 CAA all-time block leaders, is inching closer to the all-time blocks record in Hofstra history as the junior college transfer now has 156 blocks in her career and only trails Vanessa Gidden (2003-07), who swatted 175 shots during her career. Hofstra will host CAA preseason favorite Drexel on Thursday before closing the week with a road tilt at UNC Wilmington on Sunday at 1 p.m.
#RV/RV JAMES MADISON (12-2, 2-1 CAA)
James Madison posted a 2-0 record last week with a pair of home wins over Georgia State, 68-60, and George Mason, 62-50. With the two wins, the Dukes extended their home winning streak to nine games, including The Dukes were led by the nation's leading scorer, Dawn Evans, as she averaged 21.0 points per outing. Junior Jalissa Taylor (10.5 rpg) and senior Sarah Williams (10.0 rpg) led the team in rebounding. Against GSU, Evans scored 26 points to lead three Dukes in double-digit points. Freshman guard Tarik Hislop and junior center Lauren Jimenez both tallied 14 points for the Dukes. Williams had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Dukes, tying her career high. Freshman Nikki Newman had four points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Dukes, including two blocks and a steal over the last 2:40 to help seal the win. Evans' 26 points were a game-high, despite the fact that she did not score until making a free throw with 5:51 left in the first half and her only first half field-goal was a three-pointer with 48 seconds on the clock. On Sunday, Taylor notched her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Evans posted a team-high 16 points and Jimenez added 12 points. Newman pulled down eight rebounds for the Dukes, a new career high, in addition to her four assists. The Dukes' 59 rebounds were a season-high. Evans moved from eighth to sixth on JMU's career scoring list with 1,492 points. The Dukes will visit Towson on Thursday before returning to Harrisonburg to host Old Dominion on Sunday while defending their home court winning streak.
UNC WILMINGTON (6-8, 1-2 CAA)
UNC Wilmington went 1-1 on the week as they suffered a 67-54 setback to VCU before rebounding for a 70-63 victory over William & Mary. The Seahawks were led by junior center Martha White as she posted 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per outing. Sophomore guard Kristen Hanzer averaged a team-best 8.5 rebounds per outing. Against VCU, the contest featured a total of nine ties and six lead changes. Senior guard Greta Luksyte was the only player in double digits for the Seahawks with 11 points. UNCW was held below 40 percent shooting for just the third time this season and the first time in five games. On Sunday, UNC Wilmington snapped a three-game losing skid as White paced the Seahawks with 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. She also added a career-high five assists in the outing. Hanzer chipped in 13 points and 11 boards to go along with four assists and four steals for UNCW. Junior forward Brittany Blackwell gave UNCW three players in double digits with 11 points and added six caroms. The Seahawks return to action when they travel to Delaware Thursday before returning home to host Hofstra on Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (6-8, 1-2 CAA)
Northeastern went 1-1 on the week. The Huskies started out with a 100-94 triple overtime home win over Old Dominion on Thursday before falling to Delaware, 61-53, on Sunday. The win over ODU is NU's first in program history. The Huskies have gone into extra periods in four contests this season, posting a 2-2 record in those contests. Sophomore guard Brittany Wilson led the team on the week averaging 19.5 points per outing, while Kim Carr posted 17.0 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per contest. Jamie Conroy (11.0 ppg) and Afreyea (10.0 ppg) also averaged double-figure points. Against the Lady Monarchs, the Huskies trailed by 10 points at the half and outscored the Monarchs 12-6 in the final overtime frame to seal the win. Carr scored a career-high 27 points and added 14 rebounds leading four Huskies in double figures. Wilson went a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line and had a career-high six steals to go along with her double-double, while Tolbert set career-highs in points (10), rebounds (6) and minutes (30). Taryn Christian also had a career-high eight points after earning her first start of the season. Northeastern saw their percentage rise in every period, finishing at 44.9% from the field on 35-of-78 shooting. Against the Blue Hens, the Huskies battled back from a 10-point deficit to cut UD's lead to one, but fell short in the final minutes. Walton and Tolbert each finished with 10 points for Northeastern. Northeastern hits the road for two contests as they visit William & Mary on Thursday for the front end of a double-header with the Tribe men, before facing George Mason on Sunday .
OLD DOMINION (4-9, 2-1 CAA)
Old Dominion posted a 1-1 record last week as they suffered a 100-94 triple overtime loss at Northeastern before rebounding with a 69-59 home win over Drexel. The Lady Monarchs were led by five players averaging double-digit points last week, including Jasmine Parker's team-best 16.5 points per outing. Jessica Canady poured in 13.5 points and a team-high 11.5 rebounds per contest last week, while Shadasia Green added 13.0 points per game. Against the Huskies, Canady posted her first double-double since off season knee surgery, as the veteran forward dropped in 18 points and hauled in a team-high 12 rebounds. The game was stretched to extra time for just the 14th time in program history for Old Dominion, and the first time since the dramatic overtime victory against Virginia in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. ODU got double digits from four different players also, led by Green's 21 and Canady's 18 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Tia Lewis finished just one rebound shy of a double-double, collecting 13 points and nine boards. Parker rounded out the scoring with 11 points, adding four rebounds, four assists and two steals. ODU improved to 2-1 in conference play with a 69-59 win at home over Drexel. The Lady Monarchs victory snapped a 15-game winning streak in the league for the Drexel Dragons, dating back to last season, and ODU avenged their loss last season, handing the 2009 CAA Champs their first loss in conference play this season. Drexel had become the first team in league history to beat ODU in the CAA Tournament last March. Parker's 12-for-12 night at the free-throw line set a new mark for the Constant Center and was the second best individual performance at the charity stripe in ODU history, behind only Nancy Lieberman's 15-for-15 night in 1978. The ODU junior finished with a team-best 22 points, just two shy of her career-high, and added five assists, two steals and three rebounds. Canady grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and just missed a double-double with nine points. Freshman Jackie Cook poured in 14 points and seven rebounds for ODU. The Lady Monarchs remains home this week as they will host George Mason on Thursday night at the Constant Center. ODU will then travel to James Madison for a Sunday afternoon match-up in conference play.
TOWSON (8-6, 2-1 CAA)
Towson split 1-1 in conference action last week as they garnered a 66-58 road win over Hofstra before falling to VCU, 75-51. Senior guard Shanae Baker-Brice lead the team with an amazing 23.5 points per outing. Junior forward Dovile Miliauskaite averaged a team-best 11.5 rebounds per contest. Against the Pride, Miliauskaite posted a double-double to help lead the Tigers with 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. She would also add a team-high five steals in the contest. Baker-Brice contributed 19 points, six rebounds and three steals. Simona Petrontye had 12 points, while Haliena Snowden was the fourth player in double figures. Snowden finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Against VCU, Baker-Brice exploded for 28 points, but it was not enough as the Tigers fell in their first CAA contest of the season. Baker-Brice's 28 points also matched her career-high. She added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Miliauskaite led the Tigers on the boards as she grabbed eight rebounds, while adding three points and a block. Snowden finished with six points and four rebounds for the Tigers. Towson returns home on Thursday to host James Madison before traveling to Georgia State on Sunday.
VCU (10-5, 3-0 CAA)
VCU extended its win streak to five and improved to 3-0 in conference play with a 67-54 win at UNC Wilmington and a 75-51 victory at home against Towson. Senior forward D'Andra Moss (20.5 ppg) teamed up with sophomore forward Courtney Hurt (20.0 ppg) to lead the Rams averaging 20 or more points per outing. Senior guard Kita Waller added 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game and Moss led the team on the boards with 11.5 per contest. Against the Seahawks, Moss poured in a game-high 22 points and the Rams pulled away in the final four minutes of the second half to secure the victory. Waller scored 17 points and registered a game-high seven steals for VCU, while Hurt contributed 12 of her 14 points in the second half, including several key baskets down the stretch, and tallied seven rebounds off the bench. In the match-up against Towson, Moss registered her third double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-best 14 rebounds, while senior guard La'Tavia Rorie contributed 11 points for VCU. Waller added nine points, seven rebounds and a team-high four steals for the Rams. VCU has won 23 of its last 24 games at the Verizon Wireless Arena. VCU will hit the road for a pair of outings as they visit Georgia State on Thursday before facing William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (8-6, 1-2 CAA)
William and Mary suffered a 0-2 week on the road in CAA action as they fell to Drexel, 46-43, and UNC Wilmington, 70-63. The Tribe were led by sophomore guard Taysha Pye as she averaged 16.0 points per match-up, while freshman forward Emily Correal pulled down a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game. For the second straight game, the William and Mary women's basketball game dominated the second half of play against a conference opponent when they faced Drexel last Thursday evening. Pye scored 17 points in the game with eight rebounds and two blocks, and was 6-for-7 from the floor in the first half. Katherine DeHenzel also had eight rebounds as the Tribe held a 46-39 advantage on the boards, and had four of the College's 13 assists. Senior Tiffany Benson was 4-for-5 in the second half for eight points, and added three blocks in the final 20 minutes. Against UNCW, DeHenzel would finish with 10 points and four assists, while Pye scored 11 in the second half to finish with a game-high 15. She also set a career-high in assists, with seven, and had three steals. Correal recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 rebounds and 14 points, 12 coming in the first half as she shot 60% (6-for-10) in the period. Sophomore Janine Aldridge had nine points, five assists, and three steals, and Benson moved one block closer to becoming the CAA's all-time leader, now just eight away. As a team, the Tribe shot 45.2% from the floor (28-62), and dished out 19 assists while stealing 10 balls.The Tribe has held the last four of its five opponents under 50 points per game. The last time W&M had a streak of three under 50 was 1978-79, and it's the best since the 1973-74 team held five straight to 49 points or less. The modern record is seven, set by the 1971-72 team. The Tribe returns home for a pair of conference games this week. They will host Northeastern at 4 p.m. on the front end of a double-header and then welcome VCU to Kaplan Arena on Sunday.