WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT - Jan. 31
**Full report in PDF format located at the bottom of this article**
CAA WBB QUICK HITS:
• The CAA steadied with a RPI rating of 11 in the most recent report by Collegiate Basketball News with four in the Top 84. The league finished the non-conference schedule with a 72-59 record.
• Delaware's All-American Elena Delle Donne, who was leading the nation in scoring (26.0 ppg) before missing 10 games due to fatigue and pain, returned to action against the Pride pouring in 28 points on Sunday.
• Five teams are ranked in the most recent Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. Old Dominion fell to #9 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. James Madison jumped to #12, while Drexel (#17), UNC Wilmington (#21) and Delaware (#25) followed.
• The CAA Women's Basketball Weekly Teleconference call will continue on Tuesday at Noon. Georgia State's Sharon Baldwin-Tener, Northeastern's Daynia La-Force Mann and Towson's Joe Mathews will be available for questions.
• The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Md.) will host the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship on March 10-13.
• The CAA has 29 games slated to be televised for the 2010-11 season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Courtney Hurt • VCU
Conyers, Ga./Salem, Jr., Forward
Hurt earned CAA Player of the Week honors after leading the Rams to a pair of conference victories over Georgia State and Drexel at home. The junior averaged a double-double with 20.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per outing. Hurt posted her first career 20-point, 20-rebound effort against Drexel, while shooting 10-for-16 from the field. She leads the nation with 16 double-doubles on the season. The junior finished the week shooting 56.3 percent (18-for-32) from the field to go along with 22 defensive rebounds, one assist, two blocks and three steals.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kate Loper • Hofstra
Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls, Fr., Guard
Loper collected CAA Rookie of the Week honors after helping Hofstra to a 1-1 week including a home victory over Delaware. The freshman averaged 10.5 points per game and finished the week with an 18-point outing in the win over the Blue Hens. All of Loper's seven made shots last week came from beyond the arc. The rookie came off the bench in both outings and also added three rebounds, two blocks and one assist for the Pride.
THE RACE IS ON: Half way into the conference season (nine games), there is currently a three-team tie for first place in the CAA standings. UNC Wilmington, James Madison, and Old Dominion all stand at the top with just one loss in conference play (8-1). VCU follows at 7-2.
RETURN OF DELAWARE'S DELLE DONNE: Delaware women's basketball All-American Elena Delle Donne, who was leading the nation in scoring before missing the last 11 games due to fatigue and deep muscle and joint pain, resumed practice last week and entered the game against Hofstra. She finished with a game-high 28 points against the Pride.
CAA AT NO. 11 IN RPI RANKING (though games of Jan. 30): The RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News ranked the CAA as 11th out of 32 conferences at the start of conference play. The CAA has four ranked in the top 84, led by James Madison ranked at #57 in the team ranking. Old Dominion (63), UNC Wilmington (74) and Drexel (84) follow.
STANDING OUT IN NATIONAL STATS (through games of Jan. 30): The CAA has the two of the top three leading scorers in the nation with top-ranked Dawn Evans (24.2 ppg) from James Madison and third-ranked VCU's Courtney Hurt (23.6 ppg). Two other CAA players rank in the top 50. Hurt returned to the nation's leader with 13.3 rebounds per outing, while Hofstra's Shante Evans follows in rebounding with 11.2 rpg (9th). Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker's 3.6 steals per contest is the third best average in the nation. UNC Wilmington's Brittany Blackwell is shooting 57.2 percent from the floor for 13th in the nation. Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite is ranked 13th in three-point field goal percentage with 43.9. JMU's Dawn Evans is ranked third in three-point field goals per game (3.3) after being held with zero at Towson and Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel follows at eighth (3.1). Hurt leads the nation with 16 double-doubles on the season. (CAA Top 50 individual & team listing on page 10)
FIVE CAA WBB TEAMS RANKED IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOP 25 MID-MAJOR POLL: The CAA has five teams ranked in the Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. Old Dominion fell to #9 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. James Madison jumped to #12, while Drexel (#17), UNC Wilmington (#21) and Delaware (#25) followed in the Jan. 25th poll. With five teams ranked, the CAA has the most of any conference ranked in the Top 25. Atop the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 is Green Bay, which received 31 first-place votes. The women's Mid-Major Top 25 is comprised of teams from America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, CAA, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference. The Mid-Major Top 25 will be released every Tuesday throughout the 2010-11 season.
STAT WATCH: Delaware sophomore All-American Elena Delle Donne is nearing the 1,000-point plateau. She has recorded 984 career points in 37 games and if she continues to average 26.3 points per game, she should reach her 1,000th-career point during her 38th career game as a Blue Hen. If she accomplishes the task in her next outing, she would be the fastest player to reach the 1,000 career point plateau in the CAA and tied for the fourth fastest in the NCAA recordbooks. The fastest player to reach 1,000th career points in CAA history is JMU's Dawn Evans, who reached the milestone in 55 games.
REACHING MILESTONES: VCU's Courtney Hurt is the most recent CAA member to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She joins William & Mary's Taysha Pye, Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel and Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker after reaching the 1,000-point milestone. JMU's Dawn Evans posted 31 points against Monmouth and set a new JMU career record for the Dukes. She currently has 2,390 career points. Evans now ranks second in the CAA record books and looks to pass Drexel's Gabriela Marginean (2,581).
DOUBLE THE TROUBLE: There are two players in the CAA that are averaging a double-double thus far this season. VCU's Courtney Hurt leads the nation with 16 double-double performances out of 19 outings and averages 23.6 ppg to go along with 13.3 rpg. Hofstra's Shante Evans follows closely with 17.2 ppg and 11.2 rpg.
2011 & 2012 CAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HOSTED BY NEUTRAL SITE: The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. has been selected to host the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship in 2011 and 2012 by the league's athletic directors. It will be the first time that The Show Place Arena has served as host of the CAA women's championship. All games in the four-day, 11-game tournament will be played at the 5,000-seat arena, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This season's event will be held from March 10-13, 2011. Tickets are on sale now through all 12 schools and TicketMaster.com.
HOME-SWEET-HOME: Drexel's perfect record at the Daskalakis Athletic Center this season was spoiled on Thursday when JMU defeated the Dragons. Drexel (8-1) and UNC Wilmington (8-1) have just one loss on their home court this season, while Hofstra (6-2), James Madison (9-2), Old Dominion (9-2) and VCU (7-2) each have two losses at home. As a league, the teams own a 73-42 (.687) overall record on their home courts. In conference play, three of the 12 teams are still perfect at home -- JMU (4-0), UNCW (5-0), and VCU (5-0).
WATCH LISTS - KEEPING AN EYE ON CAA PLAYERS: CAA women's basketball standouts Elena Delle Donne of Delaware and Dawn Evans of James Madison were added to the 2010-11 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Farm® Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year and the Naismith preseason watch lists. Delle Donne, a sophomore forward/guard, led Delaware to a 21-12 record and a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) as a freshman. The Blue Hens' forward was named the CAA Player and Rookie of the Year and became the first player in UD history to earn All-America honors when she garnered third team Associated Press and honorable mention WBCA accolades. Evans, a senior guard at JMU, ranked fifth in the nation in scoring with 24.6 points per game, was third nationally in three-pointers per game (3.6) and also was third in the CAA with 4.6 assists per game last season. Evans also received honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press. Evans was also recently named to the mid-season Wooden Award.
EVANS NAMED A FINALIST FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD: James Madison senior Dawn Evans is among 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball. NCAA Division I seniors who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition are eligible for the award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
CAA TV EXPOSURE: The CAA surpassed its all-time record of 25 game (2007-08) with 27 games aired during the 2009-10 season and looks to accomplish the same task in 2010-11. The league has 29 games scheduled for the current season. All 12 teams will make at least one television appearance. The CAA women's basketball television package has aired over 20 games for at least the last three seasons.
LARRY REACHES 600TH CAREER WIN: Old Dominion's Wendy Larry joined the exclusive 600-win club on Jan. 23 as the Lady Monarchs rolled past Towson. Larry becomes just the 20th Division I women's basketball coach to reach the historic 600-win plateau and she's the 10th fastest to reach the mark. Now in her 27th season, Larry is the 12th winningest active coach with a career record of 602-229.
SIGN ON FOR DAWN: The NephCure Foundation's "Sign on for Dawn" (www.signonfordawn.org) fundraising campaign is past the halfway point, with $6,391 raised toward its $10,000 goal. The NephCure Foundation is a non-profit foundation that funds research into finding effective treatments and provides support for patients suffering from the kidney diseases FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Nephrotic Syndrome. JMU's Dawn Evans has been suffering from FSGS since December 2009.
GIRL SCOUT APPRECIATION DAYS: For the 17th 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, sleep over events, 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.
PLAY FOR THE CURE - WBCA 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 11-20, however some schools are participating outside of that window due to the scheduling conflicts. A large number of schools have committed to participate nationwide in the 2011 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.
TWO NEW HEAD COACHES WELCOMED TO THE LEAGUE: Two CAA schools have new head coaches this season. UNC Wilmington hired Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who has previously served as head coach at Prairie View A&M. The former college great, Olympic gold medalist and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Most Valuable Player was enshrined into the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13 in Springfield, Mass. She replaces Ann Hancock. Georgia State hired Sharon Baldwin-Tener to replace Lea Henry. Baldwin-Tener had spent the past eight seasons with the East Carolina Lady Pirates and previously was the head coach Mercer and Life.
ONE OF THE BEST WBB COLLEGE POINT GUARDS: James Madison women's basketball player Dawn Evans has been ranked as one of the top five point guards in the country by AOL FanHouse. The selections were made by FanHouse women's basketball writers Michelle Smith and Milton Kent. Evans averaged a team-high 24.6 points per game (fifth-highest in the NCAA) and a team-high 4.6 assists per game last season. The FanHouse point guard ranking was as follows: 1. Danielle Robinson, Sr., Oklahoma; 2. Jasmine Thomas, Jr., Duke; 3. Samantha Prahalis, Jr., Ohio State; 4. Courtney Vandersloot, Sr., Gonzaga; 5. Dawn Evans, Sr., James Madison.
RECORD-HIGH SEVEN TEAMS IN POSTSEASON PLAY (2010): For the first time in conference history, the CAA sent seven women's basketball teams to the postseason in 2010. James Madison earned a bid in the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament, while Old Dominion, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, and VCU earned bids to the Women's National Invitation Tournament and Towson played in the Women's Basketball Invitational. For the fifth consecutive season, at least three CAA teams advanced to the postseason and for the 10th consecutive season the CAA had a representative in the WNIT. The CAA was just one of four conferences to see five teams in the WNIT. The Big Ten, Big East and Atlantic 10 also saw five conference teams advance to the postseason event.
2010-11 CAA PRESEASON TEAM PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: James Madison, which captured the 2010 CAA women's basketball championship, is favored to win the conference title again in 2010-11 according to a vote of the league's coaches. The results of the poll were announced during the CAA Basketball Media Day at Champps-Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va. The Dukes were followed in the voting by Old Dominion, Delaware, Hofstra and VCU. Drexel was picked to finish sixth, followed by William and Mary, UNC Wilmington, Georgia State, George Mason, Towson and Northeastern.
2010-11 CAA PRESEASON INDIVIDUAL HONORS: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and JMU's Dawn Evans were chosen as the CAA Preseason Co-Players of the Year. They are joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by Hofstra's Evans, UNC Wilmington senior guard/forward Brittany Blackwell (12.9 ppg/7.7 rpg) and William and Mary junior guard Taysha Pye (16.4 ppg/5.2 rpg). Voted to the preseason All-CAA second team were Old Dominion's Green, Lewis and Parker, James Madison's Hislop and VCU junior forward Courtney Hurt (13.7 ppg/7.7 rpg).
DELAWARE (11-9, 4-5 CAA)
The Blue Hens suffered an 0-2 week with losses to George Mason, 51-48, and Hofstra, 81-68. Delaware received strong performances from Vanessa Kabongo and Lauren Carra with 12.0 ppg and 10.5 ppg, respectively. Danielle Parker led the team in rebounding with 15 on the week. The Blue Hens welcomed back sophomore standout Elena Delle Donne last week and she saw action in the road outing against Hofstra. After sitting out 11 games due to fatigue and pain, Delle Donne poured in a game-high 28 points against the Pride. Carra finished the week with a team-best 11 assists, while Jocelyn Bailey and Parker combined for eight of the team's 21 steals. Delle Donne finished the week with 984 career points and will need just 16 to reach the 1,000 point career milestone. If she completes this task in her next outing, she will become the fastest CAA player to reach the plateau in just 38 career outings. She will also be tied for the fourth fastest in the NCAA recordbooks. The Blue Hens will look to return to the win column when they host Northeastern on Thursday and Drexel on Sunday.
DREXEL (12-8, 4-5 CAA)
The Dragons dropped a pair of conference outings by a combined total of 10 points last week. Drexel suffered its first loss at home this season when they fell to James Madison, 66-60, before falling to VCU, 69-65, on the road. The setback against the Dukes snapped an eight-game home winning streak. The Dragons had four player average double-figure points last week led by Kamile Nacickaite's 14.0 points per game. She also led the team with 15 total rebounds. Taylor Wootton (13.5 ppg), who scored a career-high 18 points against JMU, joined Jasmina Rosseel (11.0 ppg) and Hollie Mershon (10.0 ppg) in contributing double-figure scoring on the week. Tyler Hale dished out a team best 11 assists and finished the week second on the team with 11 rebounds. The junior had a stellar outing against VCU with 10 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Her seven helpers were the most for a Dragon this season. Mershon led the team with five steals. Drexel has five losses in CAA action by an average of five points, including a two-point loss to George Mason and an overtime loss to James Madison. The Dragons will look to return to the win column when they host Towson and visit Delaware this week. The outing against the Tigers will be aired on Comcast Sports Net - Mid-Atlantic on Thursday.
GEORGE MASON (10-10, 4-5 CAA)
George Mason used a second half surge to defeat Delaware, 51-48, and earned a 61-55 victory at Northeastern to go 2-0 on the road last week. Taleia Moton and Amber Easter led the team averaging 12.5 ppg and 12.0 ppg, respectively. Angelee LaTouche snatched a team-best 22 rebounds on the week and Easter added 17. LaTouche finished the week with a career-high 15 rebounds at Northeastern. Brittany Eley was perfect from the free-throw line going 8-for-8 for George Mason. The back-to-back conference wins was a first for the Patriots since February 2010 when they defeated UNC Wilmington and Georgia State (Feb 25 & 28). George Mason will return to the court when they host a pair of games this week and welcome Old Dominion and Hofstra to the Patriot Center.
GEORGIA STATE (7-13, 2-7 CAA)
Georgia State went 0-2 on the week with road losses at VCU, 67-52, and Old Dominion, 64-41. Chan Harris continued leading the Panthers with 12.5 points per game and Angelique Burtts also added 12.0 points per outing. Cody Paulk was strong on the boards for GSU with 17 total rebounds, while Harris added 14 and Burtts pulled down 12. Jerlisa Taylor dished out a team-best five assists while on the road and Paulk made a team-high six blocks for the Panthers. Harris led the team in steals with five. The Panthers will visit Virginia for the third straight game as they take on the James Madison Dukes on Thursday before returning home for a contest against UNC Wilmington Sunday.
HOFSTRA (12-8, 4-5 CAA)
Hofstra split on the week with a 65-42 road loss at UNC Wilmington and an 81-68 home win over Delaware. The win over the Blue Hens gave the Pride a season sweep of Delaware. Sophomore Shante Evans dominated averaging a double-double with team highs of 16.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per outing. Evans shot an impressive 53.6 percent from the floor for the Pride. Nicole Capurso and Kate Loper added 12.5 ppg and 10.5 ppg, respectively. All of Loper's made shots (7) came from beyond the arc. Capurso dished out a team-best eight assists, while Candice Bellocchio contributed six. Bellocchio led the team with six steals. Candace Bond also assisted on the boards with nine over the two outings. The Pride will host William & Mary on Thursday before traveling to George Mason on Sunday.
JAMES MADISON (15-6, 8-1 CAA)
James Madison completed the regular season sweep of Drexel with a narrow 66-60 win in Philadelphia on Thursday before earning a 56-45 road win at Towson. With the victories, JMU has now won six games straight and 10 of its last 11. Dawn Evans led the Dukes with 23.0 points per game and shot 13-for-16 from the free throw line. Lauren Jimenez added 17.5 points per outing and led the team with 7.5 rebounds per contest. Jimenez shot an impressive 81.3 percent (13-for-16) from the floor on the week. In the win over the Tigers, JMU shot a season-high 52.5 percent (21-for-40) from the field. Also adding double-digit rebounds in the two outings was Lauren Whitehurst (11), Nikki Newman (11) and Courtney Hamner (10). Evans joined Tarik Hislop each dishing out a team-best five assists, while Whitehurst grabbed a JMU-high four steals. Evans crossed the 500 career assists plateau and now stands with 503 during her time at JMU. She is just one of five in school history with 500+ career assists and is just 29 assists away from breaking into the CAA Top 10 list for career assists. Evans also tied the JMU record for career field goals made with her 771st versus Towson and stands tied at third with former teammate Tamera Young in the CAA recordbooks. The Dukes will host Georgia State on Thursday before welcoming Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon.
UNC WILMINGTON (16-4, 8-1 CAA)
The Seahawks posted a 2-0 record to improve to 8-1 in conference play with victories over Hofstra, 65-42, and William & Mary, 82-59. With the victories, UNC Wilmington extends its winning streak to seven games straight. The seven-game CAA winning streak matches the longest winning league streak in program history, established during the 2002-03 season. The Seahawks were led by Brittany Blackwell's double-double on the week with 18.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest. Martha White and Kristen Hanzer added 14.5 ppg and 14.0 ppg, respectively. White (15) and Hanzer (12) also assisted on the boards for the Seahawks. White finished the week with a team-best 10 blocks, including a career-best eight against the Pride. Alisha Andrews led the team with 12 assists and 10 steals. The Seahawks limited their opponents to just 39.3 percent shooting and UNCW's last seven opponents have combined to shoot just 33.3 percent (134-of-402) from the field. The Seahawks also recorded double-figure steals in both contests as they have posted double-figure thefts against their last seven opponents. UNC Wilmington is back in action this week as it hosts VCU Thursday and travels to Georgia State Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (8-12, 3-6 CAA)
Northeastern split at home on the week with a narrow 58-56 victory over Towson before falling to George Mason, 61-55. Deanna Kerkhof led the Huskies with 17.0 points per game, as the only player averaging double-figures for NU. She made the final two free-throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the Huskies the victory over the Tigers on Thursday. Jamie Conroy and Christine Huber each averaged 9.0 points per outing for Northeastern. Huber grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds, while Conroy dished out a team-high eight assists. Earlier in the week, the Huskies dismissed Rachael Pecota and Afreyea Tolbert from the team. Northeastern will visit Delaware on Thursday before returning home to entertain VCU for a Sunday afternoon outing in Boston.
OLD DOMINION (14-6, 8-1 CAA)
Old Dominion improved to 8-1 in conference play with wins over William & Mary, 68-55, and Georgia State, 64-41, last week. The win is ODU's 51st consecutive over the Tribe, a steak that is tied for the longest active winning streak against an opponent (Stanford over Washington State) in Division I women's basketball. The Lady Monarchs have won eight of their last night outings and four straight on the road. They have won by an average of 21.3 points per game in their last three match-ups. Junior forward Tia Lewis led ODU with a double-double for the week with 10.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest. In addition to Lewis, four others posted at least 9.0 points per game in the two wins. JoNiquia Guilford (12) and Alena Voronina (11) added double-figure rebounds and Jasmine Parker recorded team bests of 11 assists and 10 steals in the victories. Parker also tied a career high with seven steals against the Panthers. Lewis led the team with seven blocks on the week, including a career-high six against GSU. The Lady Monarchs will hit the road for a pair of conference outings when they visit George Mason on Thursday and James Madison on Sunday.
TOWSON (7-13, 1-8 CAA)
Towson suffered a pair of tough losses against Northeastern, 58-56, and James Madison, 56-48. Krystal Parnell finished the week averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game and led the team with 11 assists. Sheree Ledbetter and Simona Petronyte each averaged 9.0 points per game. Dovile Miliauskaite (14) and Jaleesa Dryver (10) lead Towson on the boards. Miliauskaite led the Tigers in blocks with seven, including a career-high five against JMU. With her five blocks against the Dukes, Miliauskaite moved into 10th place on the career blocks list at Towson with 57. Towson visits Drexel on Thursday night for a game that will be broadcast on the Comcast SportsNet-Mid-Atlantic. Towson will then return home to host William & Mary on Sunday.
VCU (12-7, 7-2 CAA)
VCU shot an impressive 54.4 percent from the floor helping the Rams to a 2-0 week with home victories over Georgia State, 67-52, and Drexel, 69-65. Junior Courtney Hurt averaged a double-double on the week with 20.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Andrea Barbour, who posted back-to-back 20-point performances (including a career-high 23 against GSU), led the team with 22.0 points per game and Sonia Johnson added 11.0 ppg. Hurt posted her first 20-point, 20-rebound effort Sunday against the Dragons with 23 points (10-of-16 shooting) and a career-high 20 rebounds. It was VCU's first 20-20 game since Quanitra Hollingsworth's 24-point, 21-rebound effort against William & Mary on Feb. 12, 2006. Jennifer Lane led the team with 10 assists and five steals in the wins. Hurt leads the nation with 16 double-doubles and needs just two more to tie VCU's single-season record of 18 held by Hollingsworth (2008-09) and Nimah Darcy (1994-95). In addition, Hurt has scored in double figures in a school record 28 straight and 43 of VCU's last 47 games. The Rams will travel for the week as they visit UNC Wilmington on Thursday before heading to Boston to take on Northeastern on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (2-17, 1-8 CAA)
William & Mary went 0-2 on the week with losses to Old Dominion, 68-55, and UNC Wilmington, 59-82. Taysha Pye led the Tribe with a double-double on the week including 22.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest. Kaitlyn Mathieu added 10.0 points, while Emily Correal (12) and Mathieu (10) helped on the boards. Pye also led the team with six assists and four steals. Three players shot perfect from the free-throw line last week, including Correal who shot 8-for-8 against UNC Wilmington to tie the school record for FT percentage in a single game (min. eight made). Senior Katy Oblinger scored 10 points against the Seahawks to tag her first 10+ point outing since Jan. 25, 2009. The Tribe will hit the road for a pair of conference outings as they visit Hofstra on Thursday before taking on the Tigers of Towson on Sunday.