CAA Women's Basketball
Weekly Report - March 1
*complete report in PDF format at the bottom of this article**
PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Shante Evans • Hofstra
West Chester, Pa./Henderson, Fr., Forward
Evans led the Pride to a 2-0 mark last week after wins at Towson and home against Northeastern. She averaged 15.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in the two contests. The freshman forward tallied 17 points and 14 boards against the Tigers. Evans capped off the week with 13 points and 11 rebounds against the Huskies, to give her lead in the CAA this season with 13 double-doubles. Evans finished the week shooting 44.0 percent (11-of-25) from the floor and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the charity stripe. She also dished out five assists last week, four of which came against Northeastern. The West Chester, Pa., native leads the Pride in scoring with 13.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season. She is also the league leader in the rebounding category.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jackie Cook • Old Dominion
Hinckley, Oh./Regina, Fr., Guard
Cook came off the bench to guide the Lady Monarchs to a pair of wins last week versus William & Mary and at VCU to help ODU clinch the CAA regular-season title. She averaged 10.0 points per game in the two victories, after missing the previous three contests due to injury. Against the Tribe, Cook tallied 10 points and two rebounds, and finished off the week with another 10-point showing at VCU. She finished the week shooting 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the field and 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from beyond the arc, while also blocking three shots.
CAA QUICK HITS:
• Old Dominion earned the regular season championship title and the top seed in the tournament with a pair of victories last week. The battle for the final three spots for a bye in the tournament are up for grabs.
• 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 (Mar. 1) showed the CAA with a league RPI of eight. James Madison is ranked 39th in the team RPI ranking. Old Dominion (55) and Drexel (73) are the only other CAA schools in the Top 100.
• CAA RECORD BOOK NOTES: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne scored 54 points on 18-of-28 shooting in the Blue Hens' loss to James Madison on Feb. 18. The rookie broke nine records (NCAA/CAA/UD) and tied one CAA record. James Madison's Dawn Evans moved up the CAA Top 10 in career points with 1,813, while Towson's Shanae Baker-Brice returned to the Top 10 with 1,766 career points.
• 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. 28). James Madison is ranked 41st in the team RPI ranking. Old Dominion (54) and Drexel (88) are the only other CAA schools in the Top 100. Delaware (107) is edging the Top 100.
TO THE WIRE: Thus far this season, 23 of the conference games have been decided by four points or less. Drexel leads the CAA with eight games that have been decided by the narrow decision and have produced a 5-3 record in those games. Delaware follows facing seven close decisions and have earned a 2-5 record in those match-ups, while Old Dominion follows going 6-0 in such scenarios. Georgia State (2-4) has also played in six close games, while UNC Wilmington (2-1), James Madison (1-2), VCU (1-2), and William & Mary (0-3) have played in three close outings in CAA action. George Mason (1-1), Hofstra (1-1), and Towson (1-1) have split in CAA contests that have been decided by four points or less. Northeastern (1-0) rounds out the teams who have played in tight games. The competition in conference play has proven to grow as all 12 teams have participated in at least one CAA game that has gone to the wire.
DELLE DONNE POURS IN 54, BREAKS MULTIPLE RECORDS: Delaware freshman Elena Delle Donne, a Naismith nominee and All-America candidate, trumped the school's previous scoring record of 39 as she poured in 54 points in the overtime loss to JMU on Feb. 18. Earlier this year against Buffalo, she tied the single-game mark originally set by Lori Howard against Temple on January 27, 1981. In fact, not only did Delle Donne destroy the women's record at Delaware, but also surpassed the UD men's basketball record of 52 set by Liston Houston on Feb. 19, 1910 against Lebanon Valley, exactly one day shy of a century ago. Delle Donne's 54 points also eclipsed the conference scoring record of 51 set by George Mason's Keri Chaconas against East Carolina on February 17, 1995 (also one day difference), while her 18 field goals ties the CAA mark shared by former UNC Wilmington stars Tressa Reese and Wanda Carroll. Her 54 points were the most by any NCAA Division I men's or women's player this season and seventh highest total in NCAA women's basketball history since 1982. The 54 points were the most since Jackie Stiles of Missouri State dropped in 56 points vs. Evansville on March 10, 2000, and doubles as the NCAA Division I freshman record for points in a contest, again, since the compilation of stats from 1982. The performance helped the Wilmington, Del. native to break the arena scoring record, topping the previous mark of 45 set by Basketball Hall of Famer and former Navy star David Robinson against JMU on January 10, 1987. In addition, her seven three-pointers (7-for-8) set a new single-game school record that was previously held by three players with six, and helped her to 55 on the season to break the previous season record of 49. Megan Dellegrotti had held the record since the 2000-01 season. Delle Donne, who broke nine records and tied one, also slashed the Delaware record for most field goals in a contest with 18 (18-for-28). Howard previously held the record with 16 set during her 39-point performance against Temple. Her performance helped Delle Donne to her sixth 30-point game, of her 23-game career at Delaware, to become the only Blue Hen to have more than five in a career. Howard, who also previously had the scoring and field goals per game records, tallied five during her career, 1977-81. With her 54-point outing, Delle Donne improved to 622 points on the season, within 10 of the single-season UD scoring record set by Tyresa Smith with 632 in 2006-07 and continues to climb the CAA scoring charts in a season (currently 8th).
TOP STATS IN NCAA: Through games of Feb. 28, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne continued to be the nation's leading scorer pouring in 26.9 points per outing. If Delle Donne holds onto the top spot in scoring average in the NCAA DI, she would become the first freshman to finish as the leading scorer in NCAA DI WBB history. JMU's Dawn Evans jumped to third in the nation scoring 25.8 points per outing, while Drexel's Gabriela Marginean stayed at seventh while recording 23.4 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 (3rd, 91.3 FT%) and Marginean (9th, 89.0 FT%) are ranked in free-throw shooing percentage.
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 22 others who have accomplished at least one triple-double this season (as of Feb. 22). St. Mary's Louella Tomlinson and Baylor's Brittney Griner have each recorded three this season.
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.
COURT RECORDS: Hofstra recently snapped Drexel's CAA home winning streak with the one-point overtime win on Sunday, Feb. 21. The loss was Drexel's first home CAA loss since Jan. 27, 2008, a span of 21 straight conference games. Old Dominion fell to James Madison, 65-59, at home on Sunday drop its fifth CAA contest in Norfolk (174-5) since opening league play in 2002.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: The Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion have played the 34th toughest strength of schedule in the nation according to Collegiate Basketball News (games through Feb. 28). ODU has faced top contenders in the RPI ratings such as Stanford, N.C. State, Maryland, Louisville and Florida. Northeastern has played the 72nd toughest schedule, while Towson (79), Drexel (80), and James Madison (99) follow. All 12 schools fall within the Top 173 strength of schedule out of 345 teams.
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. If you are interested in applying for a credential, please contact Niki DeSantis (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the CAA office.
CAA IN THE TOP 25 POLLS: Delaware returned in site of the Top 25, as they received votes in the Feb. 23 ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Blue Hens had garnered preseason votes and during the first week of the 2009-10 AP Top 25 rankings. The Dukes of James Madison had held onto a spot in the Top 25 for three straight weeks earlier this season and received votes for weeks after. 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 (26.9 ppg). Hofstra's freshman forward Shante Evans remains as the freshman leader in rebounding pulling down 9.2 rpg, while Delle Donne ranks second with 9.1 boards per outing. Delle Donne has drained 56 treys thus far this season, while UD's Lauren Carra is second with 27 and Northeastern's Rachael Pecota follows with 26. Delle Donne is shooting 146-of-160 (.913) from the line for fourth best percentage from the line in the nation. George Mason's Rahneeka Saunders has recorded 49 steals, while Hofstra's Candace Bond (45), Mason's Amber Easter (39), and Delle Donne (36) follow closely behind in thefts. Delle Donne is also the season leader among the frosh in blocks with 50, while George Mason's Janaa Pickard follows with 42 blocks. Saunders returned a top the freshman leaders in assists with 76 on the season, while JMU's Tarik Hislop follows closely with 69.
PLAY FOR THE CURE-PINK ZONE DAYS: The CAA, all 12 women's basketball programs and Kroger teamed up to fight breast cancer. The CAA women's basketball programs participated in a variety of different ways to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond during the month of February. A large number of schools participated nationwide in the 2010 WBCA's "Pink Zone" initiative. The CAA, the women's basketball programs and Kroger asked fans to attend at least 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 the game.
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 REMAIN ON NAISMITH TROPHY MIDSEASON WATCH LIST: Delaware freshman forward Elena Delle Donne, James Madison junior guard Dawn Evans and Drexel senior forward Gabriela Marginean made the cut to the Naismith Trophy mid-season watch list on Thursday, Feb. 25. 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 (18-10, 10-7 CAA)
The Blue Hens split on the week as they opened the week with a 60-49 victory at home against Northeastern, before falling on the road at Towson, 45-56 on Sunday. Junior guard Tesia Harris led the way for the Hens, who were without freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne due to injury. Harris averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the week and drained 93.3 percent (14-of-15) of her free throws. The junior posted her first double-double of the season against the Huskies, as she scored 25 points and brought down ten rebounds, to help the Hens win their 16th-straight game over NU. She finished off the week with 11 points and six rebounds at Towson. Danielle Parker nearly averaged a double-double with her 10.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this week. Parker also added a pair of blocks and steals for UD. Delle Donne remains the nation's leading scorer with 26.9 points per game with her return uncertain. Delaware will host Hofstra in the season finale on Wednesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
DREXEL (17-11, 11-6 CAA)
The Dragons dropped a pair of conference games last week, falling at Georgia State 58-60, before returning home to lose by the same score to UNC Wilmington on Sunday. Senior forward Gabriela Marginean averaged 25.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the two games, after shooting 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the floor and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from beyond the arc. Against the Panthers, Marginean became Philadelphia's all-time leading women's basketball scorer in any Division after pouring in 34 points on 57.9 percent shooting (11-of-19), including a perfect six-of-six from long range. She wrapped up the week with 16 points and eight boards against the Seahawks, surpassing the 2,500-point mark in the process. She is currently the CAA all-time leading scorer with 2,509 points. Junior guard Jasmina Rosseel drained five 3-point shots and scored a team-high 18 points on Sunday. Drexel will look to end its three-game skid when closing out the season at William & Mary on Wednesday.
GEORGE MASON (10-18, 3-14 CAA)
The Patriots won both games last week, defeating UNC Wilmington 63-53, before finishing the week up with a 47-43 come-from-behind victory at Georgia State. Two players scored in double figures as redshirt junior Ashleigh Braxton scored 13.5 points per game on 44.4 percent (8-of-18) shooting, while freshman guard/forward Amber Easter tallied 12.0 points per contest. Against the Seahawks, Easter scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Braxton chipped in ten points. At GSU, Braxton scored 17 points to help Mason go on a 13-2 run to end the game. The win in Atlanta was the first road victory for the Patriots this season. Mason closes out the regular season on Wednesday night when hosting James Madison at the Patriot Center in a televised game on Verizon FiOS1 in Virginia. The Patriots will be the #12 seed in the upcoming tournament regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's game.
GEORGIA STATE (14-14, 5-12 CAA)
The Panthers split in their two home games last week, defeating CAA defending champions Drexel 60-58 in the final seconds, before falling to George Mason 43-47 on Sunday. Junior guard Angelique Burtts and senior forward/center Shay Rawls led the way for the GSU, with both averaging double figures. Burtts scored 18.0 points a game on 53.6 percent (15-of-28) shooting from the floor, while Rawls tallied 15.5 points on 59.1 percent (13-of-22) shooting. Against the Dragons, Burtts scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting and brought down seven rebounds, while Rawls chipped in 13 points and nine boards. Against Mason, Rawls led the team with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Burtts tallied 16 points, respectively. Senior forward Danyiell McKeller missed both game last week due to a hamstring injury and is day-to-day as she looks to return to the court by the tournament. The Panthers wraps up conference play on Wednesday when they head to Wilmington, N.C. to take on the UNCW Seahawks.
HOFSTRA (18-11, 11-6 CAA)
The Pride won both contests last week, winning 47-41 at Towson, before coming home to defeat Northeastern 53-37 on Sunday. Freshman forward Shante Evans averaged a double-double after scoring 15.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game and senior center Jess Fuller tallied 10.0 points on 83.3 percent (10-of-12) shooting. Evans scored 17 points on 58.3 percent shooting (7-of-12) and brought down 14 rebounds at Towson, to go along with three steals. Against the Huskies, Evans scored 13 points and rebounded 11. Her two double-doubles gives her sole possession of first in the CAA with 13. Fuller scored 12 points and blocked six shots in the final home game of the season. The 37 points allowed to NU were the fewest Hofstra has given up since James Madison scored 37 in the 2003-04 season. The Pride have won four straight and seven out of eight. Hofstra closes the season on Wednesday when traveling to Delaware.
JAMES MADISON (22-6, 12-5 CAA)
The Dukes won both home contests last week, defeating VCU 79-72, before finishing the week with a 71-59 win versus William & Mary on Sunday. Junior guard Dawn Evans led James Madison with 29.5 points per game on 43.2 percent (19-of-44) shooting from the floor, to go along with 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the charity stripe. Evans scored 34 points on 11-of-21 shooting, with five made three's in the victory over the Rams. Against the Tribe, she tallied 25 points to help the Dukes grab second place in the league standings entering the final week. She also dished out ten assists on the week, with seven coming against the Rams. She holds the program career record with 278 three pointers and 791 three-point attempts. Senior guard Sarah Williams (12.5 ppg) and junior center Lauren Jiminez (10.0 ppg) also scored in double figures last week. The Dukes finish the regular season on Wednesday when they travel to Fairfax, Va., to take on George Mason.
UNC WILMINGTON (11-17, 6-11 CAA)
The Seahawks split in their two road contests last week, falling to George Mason 53-63, before defeating Drexel 60-58 on Sunday. Two players averaged double figures for UNCW, with junior forward Martha White scoring 17.0 points per game on 59.3 percent (16-of-27) shooting and junior guard/forward Brittany Blackwell averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Martha White tallied 12 points at Mason, before turning in a career-high 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting at Drexel. Blackwell scored 16 points against the Patriots, and finished the week with ten points and nine boards at Drexel. The Seahawks will close out the 2010 regular season on Wednesday when they host Georgia State.
NORTHEASTERN (12-16, 7-10 CAA)
The Huskies dropped a pair of conference road games last week, falling at Delaware, 40-69, before losing 37-53 at Hofstra on Sunday. Sophomore guard Kashaia Cannon led the Huskies in scoring with 12.5 points per game on 40.9 percent (9-of-22) shooting and sophomore guard Brittany Wilson tallied 10.5 points per game. Against Delaware, Cannon matched her career high with 17 points against the Blue Hens on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while Wilson chipped in ten points. On Sunday against the Pride, Cannon tallied eight points on 2-of-5 from long range and Wilson scored 11. Northeastern finishes the regular season on Wednesday night when hosting VCU.
OLD DOMINION (16-11, 14-3 CAA)
The Lady Monarchs clinched the top seed in the upcoming CAA Championship as they defeated William & Mary, 70-52, and VCU, 67-65, last week. Old Dominion was led by four players pouring in double-digit points on the week, led by junior guard Jasmine Parker. She was joined by sophomore Tia Lewis (11.5 ppg), senior forward Jessica Canady (11.0 ppg) and freshman guard Jackie Cook (10.0 ppg). Parker wrapped up the week dishing out a team-high eight assists, while Canady led the team grabbing 5.0 rebounds per outing. Against the Tribe, four Lady Monarchs scored in double-figures, led by Parker's team-high 17 points. Canady added 15 points and five rebounds, while also stealing three and adding a block. Lewis and Cook rounded out the double-digit scorers for Old Dominion, with 11 and 10 respectively. Lewis also had a team-high six rebounds. In the close win over VCU, Canady became the 27th Lady Monarch in school history to score 1,000 career points as she poured in seven points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Shadasia Green led the way on 6-of-10 shooting, finishing with a team-high 13 points and seven rebounds. She also had four assists and two steals. Alena Voronia scored a career-high seven points. The Lady Monarchs will complete the regular season when they host Towson on Wednesday evening. Then ODU will look forward to the CAA Championship. This will be the 13th time in the last 15 years that the Lady Monarchs will enter the CAA tournament as the top-seed and the 15th time in 19 total tournaments.
TOWSON (14-14, 8-9 CAA)
The Tigers went 1-1 on the week as they opened with a 47-41 loss against Hofstra before rebounding with a 56-45 victory over visiting Delaware. Senior forward Haliena Snowden led the team with 11.0 points per outing, while senior guard Shanae Baker-Brice added 10.0 ppg. Senior forward Katrina Wheeler pulled down a team-best 26 rebounds on the week (13.0 rpg), with 14 from the defensive end of the court. Baker-Brice led the Tigers in assists as she dished out 11. On Thursday, the Tigers got nine points from Snowden and teammate Charmonique Watt in the game. Snowden would add five rebounds and three steals to go along with her nine points. Baker-Brice contributed eight points, six rebounds and six assists for the Tigers. Kandace Davis and Wheeler led the Tigers on the boards with eight apiece. In the win over UD, the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak as Wheeler grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds on senior day. Wheeler posted her fourth double-double of the season as she added 10 points in addition to her career-high in rebounds. Snowden finished just shy of a double-double as she had a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds. Baker-Brice was the third Tiger in double figures with 12 and added five rebounds and five assists. Baker-Brice's points give her 1,766 for her career and moved her into a tie for eighth on the CAA's career scoring list (Pam Bryant, UR). Davis added seven points, five rebounds and tied her career-high with three assists. The Tigers, who have solidified the #7 seed in the CAA tournament, will visit Old Dominion on Wednesday.
VCU (18-11, 11-6 CAA)
VCU suffered back-to-back losses as they fell to James Madison for the second time this season, 79-72, before dropping a heartbreaker to Old Dominion, 67-65. The Rams were led by senior guard Kita Waller's 20.5 points per outing, while teammates sophomore forward Courtney Hurt (16.0 ppg) and senior forward D'Andra Moss (15.0 ppg) also contributed double-digit outings. Against the Dukes, Waller scored a team-high 23 points for the Rams. Moss contributed 18 points for VCU, while Hurt registered her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Jessica Taylor added eight points off the bench and classmate Ebony Patterson chipped in six points and a team-high five assists for the Rams. On Sunday, Waller and Hurt each registered a game high 18 points. Moss contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Hurt added 10 rebounds to her 18 points and picked up her ninth double-double of the season. Taylor added nine points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Rams. VCU will wrap up the regular season with a trip to Boston to take on the Northeastern Huskies on Wednesday.
WILLIAM & MARY (11-17, 4-13 CAA)
William and Mary dropped back-to-back losses last week as they fell to Old Dominion, 70-52, before falling to James Madison, 71-59. Sophomore guard Taysha Pye posted a team-high 15.5 points per outing for the Tribe, while Janine Aldridge added 11.5 points per outing. Taylor Hilton grabbed a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game. On Thursday, Tiffany Benson pulled in a game-high eight rebounds and swatting away six shots on the defensive end. The effort raised her CAA women's record-total to 252 blocks, and she becomes just the fourth player in conference history with more than 250 rejections. Aldridge led all scorers with a career-high tying 23 points. She also tied her career-high with five rebounds, and shot 9-of-18 from the floor and 5-of-12. Against the Dukes, Pye led all scorers with 26 points, including 19 in the second half, and upped her own school record to 27 field goal attempts. Katherine DeHenzel also reached double-digits, scoring 12 to go with five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Hilton had six points, and a game-high 10 rebounds. As a team, the Tribe out-rebounded James Madison 43-40, including 23-14 on the offensive glass, and broke the single-season school record with 499 offensive rebounds so far this year. The Tribe will face Drexel at home on Wednesday for the regular-season finale. William & Mary will be the #11 seed in the CAA tournament no matter the outcome of the contest.