CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKLY
REPORT - FEB. 9
*Complete report in PDF format located at the bottom of this article*
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Shanae Baker-Brice • Towson
Washington, D.C./Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., Guard
Baker-Brice helped the Tigers to a pair of home victories last week. The senior guard poured in 20.5 points per outing and added 6.5 rebounds per contest. She opened the week with a double-double in the win over Drexel with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She wrapped up the week with a 29-point performance against Northeastern, including shooting 14-of-19 from the free throw line. Baker-Brice added nine assists and three steals on the week.
Kita Waller • VCU
Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville, Sr., Guard
Waller helped the Rams stay in first place in the conference standings after going 1-1 on the week. The senior guard averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists in VCU's two outings last week. She registered a game-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, tying a game-high six steals, and two assists against JMU, before leading all scorers with 23 points to help the Rams earn their first win at old Dominion for the first time since 1972-73. Along with teammate D'Andra Moss, Waller surpassed the 1,000 career plateau against the Lady Monarchs.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Elena Delle Donne • Delaware
Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy, Fr., Forward/Guard
Delle Donne guided the Blue Hens to a pair of home victories last week as she averaged a double-double with 24.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per outing. The rookie chipped in 23 points and nine rebounds in the win over William & Mary, before scoring 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds against George Mason. The freshman forward/guard completed the week with two assists, four blocks, and four steals. She shot 44.7 percent (17-of-38) from the field and 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free throw line to improve her league-best season percentage (91.5 FT), which ranks second in the nation.
CAA QUICK HITS:
• Old Dominion and VCU sit at the top of the conference standings, while Drexel and James Madison follow tied for second.
•The CAA women's basketball programs have produced a 79-54 record against non-conference opponents thus far this season.
• The most recent RPIRatings.com report (Feb. 9) showed the CAA with a league RPI of eight. James Madison is ranked 33rd in the team RPI ranking. Old Dominion (67), Drexel (74), and VCU (98) are the only other CAA schools in the Top 100, as Delaware (108) is edging the Top 100.
• Pink Zone dates announced for the upcoming WBCA Pink Zone Breast Cancer Awareness campaign for Feb. 12-22.
• The CAA has 24 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.
CAA AT No. 8 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA continued at number eight among the nation's 32 Division I conferences in women's basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News (games through Feb. 8). James Madison is ranked 33rd in the team RPI ranking. Old Dominion (67), Drexel (74), and VCU (98) are the only other CAA schools in the Top 100, as Delaware (108) is edging the Top 100.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: The Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion have played the 24th toughest strength of schedule in the nation according to Collegiate Basketball News (games through Feb. 7). ODU has faced top contenders in the RPI ratings such as Stanford, N.C. State, Maryland, Louisville and Florida. Towson has played the 64th toughest schedule, while Northeastern follows at 74, and Drexel at 79. James Madison's strength of schedule nears the Top 100 at 101 and UNC Wilmington followed at 105.
TO THE WIRE: Thus far this season, 12 of the conference games have been decided by four points or less. Drexel leads the CAA with five games that have been decided by the narrow decision and producing a 5-0 record in those games. Delaware follows facing five close decisions with a 1-4 record in those outings, while Old Dominion has gone 3-0 in such outings. Georgia State (1-1), James Madison (1-1), VCU (1-1), and William & Mary (0-2) have played in two close outings in CAA action and George Mason (0-1), UNC Wilmington (0-1) and Towson (0-1) each appeared in one.
TOP STATS IN NCAA: Through games of Feb. 7, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne steadied her position above JMU's Dawn Evans in the national rankings for points per game. Delle Donne continued to be ranked at second in the nation pouring in 25.6 points per outing, while Evans follows at sixth with 24.7 points per game. Drexel's Gabriela Marginean is seventh while recording 23.2 points per contest. According to Stats, Inc., it is the first time since at least 1999 that three players from the same league have been ranked in the Top 7 in scoring. Evans leads the nation with 3.9 trey's per outing. Delle Donne (2nd, 91.7 FT%) and Marginean (9th, 89.3 FT%) are ranked in free-throw shooing percentage, while Hofstra's Jess Fuller is ninth in the nation making 3.1 blocks per contest.
TRIPLE DOUBLES: Georgia State has had two players record triple-doubles this season. 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, while sophomore guard Crystal Johnson recorded a triple-double (12 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) in State's win over William & Mary on Feb. 7. They join 18 others who have accomplished a triple-double this season (as of Feb. 7). St. Mary's Louella Tomlinson had recorded three this season to tally five in her career.
SOME OF THE NATION'S RAREST STATS: Northeastern's Brittany Wilson posted a double-double against Harvard on Dec. 9, 2009, with 34 points and 21 rebounds in the double-overtime loss. She is the only CAA player to grab over 20 rebounds in one outing, but the sophomore guard is also one of three nationally that have posted a 30-point, 20-rebound outing this season. Nnemkadi Ogqumike (Stanford) scored 30 points and grabbed 23 rebounds against Oregon on Jan. 23, 2010 and Shanavia Dowdell (LA Tech) recorded a double-double with 31 points and 20 rebounds against Nevada on Jan. 26, 2010.
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 24 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.
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 IN THE TOP 25 POLLS: The Dukes of James Madison had recently held onto a spot in the Top 25 for three straight weeks and received votes for weeks after. The Dukes recently received a vote in the Feb. 9th ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. 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.
FRESHMEN AMONG THE CAA: 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 (25.6 ppg). Delle Donne moved in front of Hofstra's freshman forward Shante Evans in rebounding pulling down 9.1 boards per outing, while Evans follows at 9.0 rpg. Delle Donne has drained 42 treys thus far this season, while Northeastern's Rachael Pecota had added 22 and UD's Lauren Carra has drained 20. Delle Donne is shooting 118-of-129 (.915) from the line for second best percentage from the line in the nation. George Mason's Rahneeka Saunders has recorded 43 steals, while Hofstra's Candace Bond (38), Delle Donne (32) and Mason's Amber Easter (31) follow closely behind in thefts. Delle Donne is also the season leader among the frosh in blocks with 34, while George Mason's Janaa Pickard follows with 29 blocks. Leading the freshman in assists is JMU's Tarik Hislop with 56 thus far this season, while Saunders (55) and Delle Donne (47) follow closely.
PLAY FOR THE CURE-PINK ZONE DAYS: The CAA, all 12 women's basketball programs and Kroger are teaming up to fight breast cancer. The 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 12-22, however many schools are participating outside of that window due to the scheduling conflicts. A large number of schools have committed to participate nationwide in the 2010 WBCA's "Pink Zone" initiative. The CAA, the women's basketball programs and Kroger are asking fans to attend one of the CAA's "Pink Zone" women's basketball games and donate to help fight breast cancer and increase early detection and prevention.
GIRL SCOUT APPRECIATION DAYS: For the 16th consecutive year, the CAA and the 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 sports. Girl Scouts are invited to attend the games and cheer for their favorite CAA team and participate in a variety of activities, including autograph sessions with players, instructional clinics with coaches and spirit contests. To receive the special admission, Girl Scouts must wear their uniforms (i.e., t-shirt or sweatshirt, pins) to the game.
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. 5)
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
TRIO LISTED AS CANDIDATES FOR WOODEN AWARD: The top 21 candidates for the Women's John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball honor, where named Jan. 13 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club's John R. Wooden Award Committee. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, James Madison's Dawn Evans and Drexel's Gabriela Marginean were named among the 21 players. Because of a tie in the voting, 21 players were named rather than the traditional 20. Composed of the players who will compete for this season's player of the year award, the mid-season list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season. Delle Donne leads the Blue Hens averaging 24.7 points per game, while averaging 9.6 rebounds per game. Delle Donne leads the nation having scored 38.6 percent of her teams' points in games in which she has played. The forward/guard has scored 296 of the Hens' 766 points scored in her 12 active games. She is also the only player in the nation to rank in the top 100 in each of the three shooting percentages: field goals (54th), three-pointers (35th), and free throws (17th). Evans currently leads NCAA Division I players in scoring (26.8 ppg) and three-pointers (4.1 ppg). The junior has helped the Dukes to a 12-2 overall mark including wins over nationally-ranked Virginia, Georgetown and Virginia Tech. Evans continues to build on a number of school records including career three-pointers (230) and three-point attempts (642). Marginean leads Drexel in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounds (8.1 rpg) and steals (1.9 spg). On Jan. 7, Marginean became the CAA's all-time leading scorer, breaking the previous record of 2,121 points. She is also the conference's all-time leader in free throws. During the first half of the season, Marginean moved into first place on Drexel's all-time lists for scoring, field goals and free-throws made. She is just 41 points away from becoming Drexel basketball's all-time scoring leader, by surpassing the mark of 2,208 points set by Michael Anderson in 1988.
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.
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.
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.
DELAWARE (15-7, 7-4 CAA)
Delaware posted a 2-0 record at home on the week with an 84-55 win over William & Mary Thursday and a 67-63 victory over George Mason on Monday. Freshman standout Elena Delle Donne led the team with 24.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per outing. The rookie also added a team-high four blocks and four steals. Teammate Tesia Harris averaged 22.0 points per outing for the Blue Hens. Against the Tribe, Harris and Donne each surpassed the 20-point mark to assist in the victory. Harris connected for a game and season-high 26 points, including four three-pointers, Delle Donne knocked down 23 points and added nine rebounds and three block shots. Danielle Parker chipped in with 10 points and nine boards. Ariene Jenkins provided another nice effort off the bench with seven points and six rebounds, while point guard Kayla Miller dished out five assists and did not commit a turnover, and Jaquetta May added six points and five rebounds. In the win over Mason, Delle Donne, the Blue Hens' 6-5 All-American candidate and the nation's second leading scorer, poured in 26 points and pulled 15 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Harris chipped in with 18 points, Miller added 10 points, and May contributed a solid all-around effort with nine points, eight rebounds, and four assists for the Hens. The Hens have had eight games decided by four points or less this season and are 4-4 in those contests. Delaware broke the all-time single season attendance mark against William & Mary as they pushed the total to 23,584 (2,620 average) to surpass the previous record of 22,498 set in 1996-97 with four games still to play. The Blue Hens will prepare for a trip at Old Dominion before returning home to play Georgia State. The game against the Panthers will air on Comcast SportsNet.
DREXEL (14-8, 8-3 CAA)
The Dragons suffered back-to-back road losses last week. Drexel had its six-game win streak snapped by Towson on Thursday night, as the Tigers defeated Drexel 53-48, before falling to James Madison, 73-56, on Monday. Senior forward Gabriela Marginean averaged team highs of 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per outing, while Kamile Nacickaite recorded 11.5 points per outing. Marisa Crane dished out a team-best 10 assists on the week. Against the Tigers, Drexel was led by Marginean's 28-point performance. Baltimore native Tyler Hale led the Dragons with seven rebounds. Nacickaite, who faced a pair of her compatriots from Lithuania on the Towson squad, scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Crane added three assists and career-high five steals. In the outing against JMU, Hale scored a career-high 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor and Marginean compiled a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double. Crane finished with a team-high seven assists. She became just the second Dragon in the last seven years to record 100 assists in a season for Drexel. She currently has 103 on the year. Marginean is just 60 points away from matching the all-time Philadelphia Division I scoring record. She moved past Saint Joseph's legend Sue Moran last week and is now in third place all-time with 2,355 points. The Dragons will return home for a match-up against Northeastern on Thursday before traveling to Richmond, Va., to play VCU for the second time this season.
GEORGE MASON (8-14, 1-10 CAA)
George Mason fell it both of its contests this week as the Patriots dropped a home contest to Hofstra, 72-39, and suffered a 67-63 loss at Delaware. Freshman guard/forward Amber Easter led the team recording 9.5 points per outing to go along with a team-best 5.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Brittany Poindexter and senior guard Rashauna Hobbs added 8.0 points per outing and freshman Rahneeka Saunders contributed 5.0 rebounds per contest. Against the Pride, Hobbs led Mason for the second straight game as she chipped in 10 points. Mason shot 25.5 percent from the field and was outrebounded 39-24 by the Pride. The Patriots put together one of its best games on the road this season, but ultimately fell to Delaware on Monday evening. Easter led Mason with 10 points and every Patriots who got playing time scored for Mason. The Patriots shot 49.1 percent from the field (26-of-53). Mason will take the road to face UNC Wilmington on Thursday before the Patriots Go Pink in their Breast Cancer Awarness game on Sunday against Old Dominion. The game is set to be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
GEORGIA STATE (13-9, 4-7 CAA)
The Panthers split on the week as they fell to Northeastern, 61-53, as the Huskies rallied for a come-from-behind win in Atlanta, and earned a three-point victory over William & Mary on Sunday, 63-60. Georgia State was led by senior forward Danyiell McKeller as she averaged 22.5 points per outing, a team-high 10 steals, and a tied a team-high 8.5 rebounds per contest. Teammate Shay Rawls also averaged 8.5 rebounds per game, while sophomore Crystal Johnson dished out a team-best 16 assists. Against Northeastern, Georgia State got a personal-best 27 points from McKeller, her 12th 20-point game of the season and 18th of her career. McKeller also had a career-best six-steal game. Rawls had 12 rebounds, while Johnson added nine points and five assists. On Sunday, the Panthers were led by Johnston's triple-double of 12 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to beat the Tribe. Her triple-double was just the fourth in GSU's history. McKeller added 18 points, nine rebounds. Freshman Cody Paulk come off the bench to provide six blocked shots and Angelique Burtts contributed 12 points. The Panthers will travel north to take on Towson on Thursday and then continue north to face Delaware on Sunday. The match-up against the Blue Hens will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.
HOFSTRA (13-10, 6-5 CAA)
Hofstra posted a 2-0 record on the week after defeating George Mason, 72-39, and UNC Wilmington, 73-58. The Pride was led by three-players averaging double-digit points last week, including freshman Shante Evans' 17.5 points per outing. Nicole Capurso (16.5 ppg) and Sam Brigham (12.0 ppg) also contributed double-digit points. Evans also led the team with 8.0 rebounds per contest and Brigham joined Candice Bellocchio in double-figure assists with 10 and 14, respectively. Against Mason, senior center Jess Fuller had 14 points and became Hofstra's all-time leader in career blocked shots. Hofstra was led by Capurso, who scored 20 points on 7-11 shooting from the field in the contest. Bellocchio was also in double figures with 10 points, and added five assists. Fuller broke the school's all-time blocks record with 15:14 on the clock when she sent Brittany Eley's shot back and tallied career block number 176 in the process. She broke the previous record of 175 held by Vanessa Gidden, who played from 2003-07. Against the Seahawks, Evans poured in a game-high 28 points and tied a career-high with five steals, while Brigham added 16 points to push the Pride to the victory. Evans hauled in seven rebounds and shot 11-of-14 from the field, forming a potent inside-outside combination with Brigham and Capurso, who scored nine of her 12 total points in the second half. Bellocchio racked up nine assists and nine points. Brigham posted three treys last week and now has 116 career three-pointers and is in sole possession of sixth place all-time in program history. The Pride will welcome VCU on Thursday, before visiting Northeastern on Sunday. The contest against the Rams will be aired on Verizon FiOS1 (NY) and will serve as Hofstra's "What I Want To Be Day" with a tip at Noon.
JAMES MADISON (18-4, 8-3 CAA)
The Dukes went 2-0 on the week as they posted a 71-56 road win over VCU on Thursday evening and then downed Drexel at home, 73-56, Monday evening. Four Dukes averaged double-digit points on the week, led by junior guard Dawn Evan's 18.0 points per outing. Sophomore guard/forward Kiara Francisco (12.5 ppg), freshman guard Tarik Hislop (11.5 ppg) and senior guard Sarah Williams (10.0 ppg) also contributed double-digit points. Francisco joined Nikki Newman in rebounding as they both pulled down 13 on the week. Hislop dished out a team-best 10 assists. Against VCU, Francisco came off the bench to lead JMU with career highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds. She connected on five of nine field-goal tries and was six-for-eight at the foul line. Hislop added 15 points and Williams scored 10. Evans, who entered the game as the nation's second leading scorer (25.7 avg.), left the game at the 8:47 mark of the first half with an injury and did not return. She scored only five points in the game as her school-record streak of 52 games scoring in double-figures ended. In the win over Drexel, Evans returned to the court to pour in a game-high 31 points. She hit seven treys to tie a Convocation record she previously shared with Angie Evans of William & Mary. Williams also scored in double figures for the Dukes, tallying 10 points, seven of which came in the second half. Hislop had eight points and a game-high seven assists. Junior forward/center Jalissa Taylor pulled down a team-high seven rebounds for JMU. Evans moved in the JMU record books as she added 11 field goals against the Dragons to sixth in JMU's career field-goal list. The Dukes will hit the road for a pair of outings this week. James Madison will visit William & Mary on Thursday before continuing its trip to North Carolina to face UNC Wilmington on Sunday.
UNC WILMINGTON (7-15, 2-9 CAA)
UNC Wilmington dropped a pair of conference games last week as the Seahawks fell short on Thursday night with a 61-58 loss to league-leader Old Dominion and then suffered a 73-58 loss at Hofstra on Sunday. Junior forward Brittany Blackwell led the team with 14.5 points per outing, while Martha White added 12.5 per game on the week. Blackwell also led the team on the boards with 11 per contest. On Thursday, White scored a team-high 15 points and Blackwell added 14 markers for UNCW, who 43.4 percent from the field in the contest, highlighted a 12-for-22 effort from the floor in the second half. Senior Candace Walker joined the duo in double figures with a season-high 10 points. Blackwell also grabbed a team-best eight rebounds and matched her career high with five steals as she paced a UNCW defense that recorded 13 thefts in the contest. Against Hofstra, Blackwell led the team with 15 points and White added 10 points for the only UNCW players in double figures. The Seahawks continued to shoot the ball well as they shot 44.6 percent on the week (41-of-92), but their opponents shot just a hair better at 48.5 percent. Senior guard Greta Luksyte made history as she became just the 12th player in program history to record 1,100 points. The Seahawks will return to the court on Thursday when they welcome George Mason to their home court. UNC Wilmington will then host James Madison in Wilmington, N.C. on Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (9-13, 4-7 CAA)
Northeastern won its second straight game with a 61-53 victory at Georgia State on Thursday, before falling to Towson, 72-57, Monday evening. The Huskies were led by three players averaging double-digit points last week. Both senior forward Kim Carr and sophomore guard Brittany Wilson averaged 14.5 points per outing, while sophomore guard Kashaia Cannon contributed 10.0 per game. Wilson also added a team-best 9.0 rebounds per outing. In the win over GSU, Wilson's jumper with 7:30 remaining in the second half sparked a 13-2 run to give Northeastern a 61-53 comeback win over the Panthers. Wilson ended with 14 points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Kendra Walton had 12 points and seven rebounds. Cannon rounded out the scoring with 10. In the loss to the Tigers, the Huskies trailed by four with 3:33 left in the game, but Towson converted 10 free throws down the stretch to hand the Huskies the loss. Wilson led Northeastern on the night with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Carr finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Cannon was the third Huskies player in double figures with 10 on the night. Northeastern will continue its road swing with a trip to Drexel for a Thursday evening match-up before returning home to host Hofstra on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (11-10, 9-2 CAA)
Old Dominion split on the week with a road victory over UNC Wilmington, 61-58, on Thursday before falling to VCU, 75-56, at home Sunday. The loss to the Rams snapped an eight-game winning streak and it gave ODU just its third CAA loss at the Ted Constant Center. The loss was just the 19th overall on the home court for ODU since the doors opened in 2002 and just the fourth time since joining the CAA in 1992 that a league opponent has defeated ODU at home (vs. Richmond in 1992-93, Delaware in 2004-05 and JMU in 2008-09). It was also the first time VCU had traveled to Norfolk for a win since the 1972-73 season, when they won 52-44. With the win, VCU is back in a tie for first with Old Dominion. Jasmine Parker and Kquanise Byrd each posted 12.5 points per game last week to lead the Lady Monarchs. Tai Lewis led the team on the boards pulling down 9.5 per contest. Against the Seahawks, Byrd scored a career-high 13 points, while Parker added 13 as well in the eighth straight win for ODU this season and the 41st straight against UNCW overall. Senior Jessica Canady would ice the victory with a pair of free-throws on the one-and-one bonus to end the game with 10 points. She added eight rebounds, three assists and a block as she continues to play well in conference action. On Sunday, Parker led the way for Old Dominion, scoring 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers. Byrd's 12 points came on 3-of-7 shooting, while going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Lewis added a game-high 13 rebounds for ODU, while also collecting seven points and four assists. ODU struggled from the field in the second half, knocking down just 28.6% (8-28) and finishing at 34% for the game on 18-of-53 shooting. VCU shot nearly 50% from the field, on 30-of-61 shooting. Last week, the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs became the third program in NCAA history to win 900 games in the modern era. With the win over UNCW, the Lady Monarchs improved to 901-309 since the inception of the program in the 1969-70 season, joining Tennessee and Louisiana Tech as the only NCAA programs with 900 victories. The Lady Monarchs will look to tab their 99th win during its eighth season at the Ted, to near the century mark when they entertain the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens in CAA action Thursday night, before traveling to Fairfax, Va., to face George Mason on Sunday afternoon. The outing against the Patriots will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.
TOWSON (11-11, 5-6 CAA)
Towson snapped a three-game losing skid with a 53-48 home victory over Drexel and earned its second straight win on Monday evening with a 72-57 victory over Northeastern. Senior guard Shanae Baker-Brice had a huge week to lead the Tigers to back-to-back home victories. She led the Tigers scoring 20.5 points per outing, while adding 6.5 rebounds. Senior forward Haliena Snowden added 14.0 points per outing and senior forward Katrina Wheeler led the team with 16.0 rebounds per outing. In the win over Drexel, Snowden scored a career-high 21 points. She pulled down eight rebounds, had four assists and four steals to go along with her career-high in the points column. Baker-Brice recorded the second double-double of her career with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. She would also add five assists and two steals in the game. Wheeler matched her season-high with 15 rebounds. In the win over the Huskies, Baker-Brice led the Tigers with 29 points. She would also add three rebounds, four assists and a steal. Wheeler just missed a double-double after posting a career-high 17 rebounds and eight points in the game. Junior forward Dovile Miliauskaite would add 12 points and six rebounds to the Tigers' cause. For the second straight game, the Tigers won the battle on the boards as they held a 43-30 rebounding edge. With 10 rebounds on the week, senior forward Kandace Davis moved into sixth place on the Tigers' career rebounding list as she now has 723 career boards. The Tigers will wrap up a three-game homestand when they welcome the Georgia State Panthers on Thursday. Towson will then hit the road for a Sunday match-up against William & Mary in Virginia.
VCU (16-7, 9-2 CAA)
VCU split on the week as they dropped a home outing against James Madison, 71-56, on Thursday before returning to the top of the CAA standings and tied for first with a 75-56 victory at Old Dominion on Sunday. Senior guard Kita Waller led the Rams with 20.5 points per outing last week, while senior forward D'Andra Moss poured in 17.0 points per game. Sophomore forward Courtney Hurt grabbed a team-best 11.0 rebounds per outing to go along with her 11.5 points per game. Against the Dukes, Waller led all scorers with 18 points. Moss contributed 14 points with a team-high four assists and six steals for VCU, while Hurt chipped in nine points and nine rebounds. VCU, which shot a season-low 26.5 percent (18-of-68) from the field, committed just 10 turnovers and forced James Madison into 24 miscues. Against Old Dominion, Moss and Waller each scored their 1,000th career point as the Rams picked up their first win at ODU in more than three decades. Waller led all scorers with 23 points, while Moss finished with 20. Sophomore forward Courtney Hurt registered her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Rams. Sunday's game marked the second time in the last three seasons two Rams have reached the 1,000-point plateau in the same game. Former standouts Krystal Vaughn and Quanitra Hollingsworth accomplished the feat against Old Dominion on Jan. 17, 2008. Before suffering a season-ending injury on Jan. 10, senior La'Tavia Rorie was just 16 points shy of joining the 1,000-point club. VCU will continue its road swing when they visit Hofstra for a Noon tip on Thursday, before returning home to host Drexel on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (10-11, 3-7 CAA)
William and Mary suffered back-to-back road losses last week as they fell to Delaware, 84-55, on Thursday before dropping a three-point loss at Georgia State, 63-60, on Sunday. Sophomore guard Taysha Pye led the Tribe with 16.5 points per game on the week, while teammates Janine Aldridge and Tiffany Benson each contributed 11.5 points per outing. Benson led the team with 10.0 rebounds per game. Against the Blue Hens, Pye led her team with 22 points, and took a school and Bob Carpenter Center arena-record 26 field goal attempts. W&M's previous best mark of 24 attempts was established by Kyra Kaylor '07 against Mount St. Mary's on December 2, 2005. Pye also came up with seven rebounds and a steal in the contest. Benson also reached double-digits for the Tribe, scoring 10 with seven rebounds while shooting 5-6 from the floor. Also notable for the Tribe was freshman Emily Correal, who had a game-high nine rebounds, and classmate Taylor Hilton, who had eight points and two assists in her first game since Hofstra two weeks ago. Captain Katherine DeHenzel had three assists, extending her streak of 3+ assists to 12 straight games. Against GSU, Benson became the 13th player in school history to reach 1,000 points early in the first half, and finished (fittingly) with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Aldridge led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, tying the W&M school record with seven three-pointers on 7-14 shooting. The 14 attempts were also a career-high for the sophomore. Pye had 11 points to go with six rebounds and four assists, and DeHenzel also dished out four helpers. McKenna also finished with six rebounds, as the Tribe out-worked Georgia State on the boards by 16 (49 to 33). W&M returns home to host James Madison on Thursday before hosting Towson on Sunday.