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CAA WBB QUICK HITS:
• The CAA steadied with a RPI rating of 11 in the most recent report by Collegiate Basketball News with five in the Top 93. The league finished the non-conference schedule with a 72-59 record.
• Delaware's All-American Elena Delle Donne became the league's fastest player to reach the 1,000 career point plateau in her 38th game on Thursday.
• Four teams are ranked in the most recent Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. Old Dominion jumped to #8 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. James Madison also improved to #10, while UNC Wilmington (#17) and Drexel (#24) followed.
• The CAA Women's Basketball Weekly Teleconference call will continue on Tuesday at Noon. Drexel's Denise Dillon, George Mason's Jeri Porter and UNC Wilmington's Cynthia Cooper-Dyke 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:
Elena Delle Donne • Delaware
Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy, So., Forward
Delle Donne received CAA Player of the Week honors after helping the Blue Hens post a 2-0 mark on the week and averaging 21.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. The sophomore became the fastest player in CAA history to reach 1,000 career points in 38 games and landed in the NCAA record books, becoming the fifth-fastest player to reach the milestone and doing so in the second-fewest amount of games. Delle Donne tallied a career-high 18 rebounds against Drexel on Sunday, including 16 on the defensive glass. She also added five assists and three blocks last week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kate Loper • Hofstra
Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls, Fr., Guard
Loper earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week as she recorded 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Pride last week. The rookie came off the bench to score 16 points against William & Mary and finished the week with 13 points against George Mason. Loper made 10 field goals last week, including seven from beyond the arc. She also tabbed a career-high six rebounds against the Patriots. The rookie added three assists and three steals for Hofstra in the two outings.
THE RACE IS ON: Eleven games into the conference schedule, James Madison (10-1) took sole possession of first place in the league standings on Sunday with a win over Old Dominion (9-2) and a UNC Wilmington (9-2) loss. The Lady Monarchs and the Seahawks are currently tied for second. VCU (8-3) and Delaware (6-5) follow, before a three-way tie at 5-6 with Drexel, Hofstra and George Mason. All 12 teams will play in the upcoming CAA Championship, but the top four teams in the standings will receive a first round bye. The tournament will be held at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.
CAA AT NO. 11 IN RPI RANKING (though games of Feb. 6): The RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News ranked the CAA as 11th out of 32 conferences. The CAA has five ranked in the top 93, led by James Madison ranked at #51 in the team ranking. Old Dominion (61), UNC Wilmington (82), Drexel (90) and Delaware (93) follow. VCU nears the Top 100 at 106.
REACHING MILESTONES: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne became the league's fastest player to reach the 1,000 career point plateau on Thursday during her 38th career outing. She now joins an elite group of NCAA leaders and joins Weber State's Kathy Miller as the second fastest mark in Division I. She passed JMU's Dawn Evans, who recorded 1,000 career points in 55 games. Delle Donne joins VCU's Courtney Hurt, William & Mary's Taysha Pye, Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel and Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker after reaching the 1,000-point milestone this season. JMU's Dawn Evans posted 31 points against Monmouth and set a new JMU career record for the Dukes. She currently has 2,434 career points. Evans now ranks second in the CAA record books and looks to pass Drexel's Gabriela Marginean (2,581).
STAT WATCH: George Mason's Brittany Poindexter is just 25 points away from reaching the 1,000-career point plateau. She would join five others who have reached that milestone this year and six others in the league that have 1,000+ career points. James Madison's Dawn Evans nearing another change to enter the CAA record book top 10. Evans is just 11 free throw attempts away from tying East Carolina's Tonya Hargrove (641). Evans currently sits among six CAA record book top 10 lists.
STANDING OUT IN NATIONAL STATS (through games of Feb. 6): The CAA has the two of the top four leading scorers in the nation with second-ranked Dawn Evans (24.0 ppg) from James Madison and fourth-ranked VCU's Courtney Hurt (23.0 ppg). Hurt is the nation's leader with 12.9 rebounds per outing, while Hofstra's Shante Evans follows in rebounding with 11.0 rpg (14th). Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker's 3.4 steals per contest is the third best average in the nation. UNC Wilmington's Brittany Blackwell is shooting 56.4 percent from the floor for 14th in the nation. Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite is ranked 11th in three-point field goal percentage with 44.2. JMU's Dawn Evans is ranked fourth in three-point field goals per game (3.2) and Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel follows at seventh (3.0). Hurt leads the nation with 17 double-doubles on the season. (CAA Top 50 individual & team listing on page 10).
FOUR CAA WBB TEAMS RANKED IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOP 25 MID-MAJOR POLL: The CAA has four teams ranked in the Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. Old Dominion jumped to #8 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. James Madison improved to #10, while UNC Wilmington (#17) and Drexel (#24) followed in the Feb. 1st poll. With four teams ranked, the CAA ties the most of any conference ranked in the Top 25 (with Missouri Valley). Delaware (29) and VCU (7) are currently receiving votes. 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.
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 17 double-double performances out of 21 outings and averages 23.0 ppg to go along with 12.9 rpg. Hofstra's Shante Evans follows closely with 17.2 ppg and 11.0 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. Media Members: If you have not received a credential form, please e-mail Niki DeSantis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
HOME-SWEET-HOME: Drexel's perfect record at the Daskalakis Athletic Center this season was spoiled on Jan. 27th when JMU defeated the Dragons. Drexel (9-1) and UNC Wilmington (9-1) have just one loss on their home court this season, while Hofstra (7-2), James Madison 11-2), Old Dominion (9-2) and VCU (7-2) each have two losses at home. As a league, the teams own a 83-44 (.654) overall record on their home courts. In conference play, three of the 12 teams are still perfect at home -- JMU (6-0), UNCW (6-0), and VCU (5-0).
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 603-230.
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.
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 (13-9, 6-5 CAA)
Delaware snapped its two game losing streak as they defeated Northeastern, 52-37, and went on to defeat Drexel, 53-44. Elena Delle Donne, who recently returned to the court after missing 11 games while treating symptoms of Lyme Disease, poured in a game-high 24 points to become the league's fastest player to reach the 1,000 career point plateau (in 38 games). She also became the second fastest in Division I women's basketball history (fastest recorded in 37 games). Delle Donne completed this task the fastest of any DI player since the early 1980's (see list on page 2). The sophomore finished the week averaging 21.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per contest. Delle Donne grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, over double of her season average (8.0 rpg), in the win over Drexel. She is averaging 25.2 points per game this season and would lead the nation in that category but has not played enough games to qualify. Lauren Carra added 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per match-up. She led the team with seven assists on the week and teammate Sarah Acker snatched a team-best seven thefts. The Blue Hens will return to the court during a two-game road swing as they visit Towson and William & Mary this week.
DREXEL (13-9, 5-6 CAA)
The Dragons snapped a two game losing streak with a 45-43 overtime win at home against Towson before falling to Delaware on the road, 53-44. Jasmina Rosseel led the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game, while Hollie Mershon and Kamile Nacickaite each added 10.0 points per outing for the Dragons. Mershon made her first career start against Towson and led the team with four assists. She finished the week with a team-best six assists. Nacickaite scored her 900th career point against Towson and looks to reach the 1,000 career milestone by the end of the season. Tyler Hale led the team on the boards with 16 total on the week, while Mershon added 15. The Dragons will visit Hofstra on Thursday before hosting Northeastern on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (11-11, 5-6 CAA)
George Mason dropped a heartbreaker at home to Old Dominion, 68-67, before earning a 76-70 home victory over Hofstra. Taleia Moton exploded for 19.5 points per game last week, including a career-high 20-point performance against ODU. She also led the team with eight assists, including a career-high seven against the Lady Monarchs. Brittany Poindexter and Amber Easter each recorded 13.0 points per game, while Angelee LaTouche grabbed a team-best 18 rebounds. LaTouche tabbed her first double-double of the season against the Pride with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Poindexter and Easter also added double-figure rebounds with 14 and 11, respectively. The Patriots will hit the road for a pair of outings this week as they visit Georgia State and James Madison.
GEORGIA STATE (8-14, 3-8 CAA)
Georgia State suffered a 62-55 loss at James Madison on Thursday evening, but rebounded for a 76-67 home win over first-place UNC Wilmington Sunday. The win over the Seahawks snapped a five-game losing-streak. Chan Harris led the Panthers with 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per outing, while Angelique Burtts added 11.0 points per game. Burtts led the team with seven assists, while Cody Paulk made 11 blocks on the week. Harris, who led the team with six steals, also posted her ninth double-double of the season, missing her 10th by one rebound against UNCW. Five of GSU's last nine games played were against the top four teams, including four games against the three teams who were previously tied for first-place with one loss. The Panthers will continue their homestand when they entertain George Mason and Towson this week.
HOFSTRA (13-9, 5-6 CAA)
Hofstra went 1-1 on the week with a 79-65 win at home over William & Mary before falling 76-70 to George Mason on the road. Shante Evans led the team with 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest, while Kate Loper added 14.5 points per game. Candace Bond (14), Anma Onyeuku (11) and Aamira Terry (10) also assisted on the boards with double-figure rebounds. Candice Bellocchio dished out a team-best eight assists, while Bond led the team with eight thefts. Bond also recorded a career-high 15 points against the Patriots. Hofstra will host Drexel on Thursday before traveling to VCU for a Sunday afternoon match-up.
JAMES MADISON (17-6, 10-1 CAA)
James Madison extended its winning streak to eight games as they defeated Georgia State, 62-55, and Old Dominion, 67-58. JMU has won 12 of its last 13 games, along with nine consecutive home games. With the victory over the Lady Monarchs (and the UNCW loss to GSU), the Dukes took sole possession of first-place in the league standings. Dawn Evans led the Dukes once again with 22.0 points per game last week, while Tarik Hislop added 10.5 ppg. Evans also dished out a team-best 12 assists. Lauren Jimenez grabbed a team-high 17 rebounds on the week, while Jalissa Taylor (15), Nikki Newman (12) and Courtney Hamner (12) also added double-figure rebounds. Jimenez also led the team with six steals in the two outings. The match-up against ODU on Feb. 6 was played in front of a season-high 6,099 fans -- which is the second largest crowd in school history behind 6,500 versus ODU on Jan. 17, 1997. The Dukes will visit VCU on Thursday before returning home to welcome George Mason on Sunday.
UNC WILMINGTON (17-5, 9-2 CAA)
The Seahawks earned a 68-64 overtime win at home over VCU before snapping their eight-game winning-streak with a 76-67 road loss to Georgia State. With the victory over the Rams, UNC Wilmington improved to 9-1 at home this season and 6-0 in Trask Coliseum in conference play. Martha White led the Seahawks on the week with 24.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing. She poured in a career-best 27 points against VCU. Brittany Blackwell added 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. She also led the team with 13 thefts, including 10 steals against the Rams, which tied for seventh best in the CAA record books. Freshman Alisha Andrews dished a team-high 12 assists as she became just the 11th player in program history to record more than 100 assists in a season. UNC Wilmington returns to action with a pair of road contests as it travels to William & Mary Thursday and heads to Old Dominion for a Sunday afternoon contest.
NORTHEASTERN (8-14, 3-8 CAA)
Northeastern suffered a pair of losses last week as they fell to Delaware, 52-37, and VCU 82-55. Dani Iervolino led the Huskies with 9.5 points per game, while Mia Mayberry added 7.0 ppg. Jamie Conroy helped NU on the boards with 11 rebounds on the week, while Deanna Kerkhof led the team with seven assists. Iervolino and Kerkhof each recorded five steals in the two match-ups. The Huskies will head south for their next two outings as they visit Old Dominion and Drexel.
OLD DOMINION (15-7, 9-2 CAA)
Old Dominion earned a narrow road win at George Mason, 68-67, on a Jasmine Parker buzzer beater on Thursday, before falling to James Madison, 67-58. Tia Lewis averaged 15.5 points per game last week to lead the Lady Monarchs, while Alena Voronina added 12.5 ppg. Shadasia Green led the team on the boards with 16, including a career-high 12 against JMU, and Lewis contributed 13 for ODU. Jasmine Parker finished the week with 8.5 ppg and dished out a team-best 12 assists. The Lady Monarchs will return home for a pair of games when they welcome Northeastern on Thursday and UNC Wilmington on Sunday.
TOWSON (8-14, 2-9 CAA)
Towson dropped a heartbreaker on the road at Drexel, 45-43, in overtime Thursday evening before rebounding with a 66-55 home victory over William & Mary on Sunday. Krystal Parnell led the Tigers with 17.0 points per game, the only Towson player averaging double-figure points. Dovile Miliauskaite grabbed a team-best 14 rebounds on the week, and Parnell (11) and Sheree Ledbetter (11) also added double-digit rebounds in the two outings. Parnell finished a top the team with six assists and Tanisha McTiller recorded a team-best five thefts. Miliauskaite made four blocks on the week. The Tigers will host Delaware on Thursday before visiting Georgia State on Sunday.
VCU (13-8, 8-3 CAA)
VCU fell to UNC Wilmington, 68-64, in overtime Thursday before earning an 82-55 road victory over Sunday. The contest against NU marked VCU's 1,000th contest in the program's 36-year history. VCU had three players average double-figure points, led by Courtney Hurt's 17.5 ppg. Andrea Barbour (17.0 ppg) and Sonia Johnson (11.5 ppg) also contributed double-figure points. Hurt, who leads the nation in rebounding, averaged just 8.5 rebounds per game last week. Barbour and Chelsea Snyder grabbed 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively. Jennifer Lane led the Rams with 15 assists, but Barbour followed close behind with 12. Barbour also posted a team-high six steals and seven blocks. Hurt earned her nation-leading 17th double-double against NU with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The junior needs just one more double-double to tie VCU's single-season record of 18 held by Quanitra Hollingsworth and Nimah Darcy. In addition, Hurt has scored in double figures in a school record 30 straight and 45 of VCU's last 49 games. The Rams will entertain a pair of conference foes at home this week as they welcome James Madison and Hofstra.
WILLIAM & MARY (2-19, 1-10 CAA)
William & Mary fell in a pair of CAA contests last week. The Tribe suffered a 79-65 loss at Hofstra before dropping a 66-55 decision at Towson. Three players recorded double-figure averages last week led by Taysha Pye's 13.5 points per game. Emily Correal (12.5 ppg) and Jaclyn McKenna (10.0 ppg) also averaged double figures. Taylor Hilton led the team with 13 rebounds on the week, while Pye and McKenna each added 12. Katie Oblinger dished out a team-best nine assists in the two outings, while Katherine DeHenzel added eight. The Tribe dished out a season-high 20 assists against the Pride on Thursday. William & Mary will host a pair of conference games this week when they welcome UNC Wilmington and Delaware.