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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 six in the Top 98. The league finished the non-conference schedule with a 72-59 record.
• James Madison's Dawn Evans and VCU's Courtney Hurt were named to the Naismith Midseason Top 30.
• Delaware's All-American Elena Delle Donne entered the CAA record books after going 17-of-19 from the free throw line on Sunday at William & Mary. Her 17 made FTs in a single game rank tied for second in the CAA, while her 19 attempts rank tied for sixth.
• Georgia State, James Madison, Old Dominion and William & Mary held their WNCA Pink Zone games on Sunday, Feb. 13. All 12 of the CAA Women's Basketball programs will be taking part throughout the month (full schedule on page 5).
• Three teams are ranked in the most recent Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. James Madison jumped to #8 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. Old Dominion was ranked #11 and UNC Wilmington followed at #20.
• The CAA Women's Basketball Weekly Teleconference call will continue on Tuesday at Noon. Old Dominion's Wendy Larry, VCU's Beth Cunningham and William & Mary's Debbie Taylor 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 earned CAA Player of the Week honors after helping the Blue Hens post a 2-0 mark on the road last week. The sophomore averaged 27.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game in victories over Towson and William & Mary. Her 33 point-effort against the Tribe was her fourth highest of the season. Delle Donne also entered a number of record books (Delaware, William & Mary's Kaplan Arena and CAA) with her 17-of-19 free throw shooting against William & Mary and finished the week shooting 86.6 percent from the line. The Wilmington, Del., native, also added two assists and two steals on the week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Alisha Andrews • UNC Wilmington
Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan, Fr., Guard
Andrews received CAA Rookie of the Week honors after averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals per contest as the Seahawks went 1-1 on the road last week. The freshman shot 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the floor and 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from long range. Andrews tied her season high of six steals in the contest against Old Dominion. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native, added one block to her stats last week.
THE RACE IS ON: Five games left in the conference schedule, James Madison (12-1) held onto sole possession of first place in the league standings. Old Dominion (11-2) earned sole possession of second place after defeating the UNCW Seahawks (10-3). VCU (9-4) and Delaware (8-5) follow. All 12 teams will play in the upcoming Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball 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. 13): The RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News ranked the CAA as 11th out of 32 conferences. The CAA has six ranked in the top 98, led by James Madison which jumped to 38 in the team ranking. Old Dominion (57), UNC Wilmington (87), Drexel (90), Delaware (94) and VCU (98) follow. This is the first time this season that the CAA has six teams in the Top 100.
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 request, please e-mail Niki DeSantis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
REACHING MILESTONES: George Mason's Brittany Poindexter and Old Dominion's Tia Lewis earned their 1,000th-career point last week. Poindexter, who now has 1,001 points, and Lewis, who has 1,016, joins Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, VCU's Courtney Hurt, William & Mary's Taysha Pye, Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel and ODU's Jasmine Parker in reaching the 1,000-point milestone this season. Delle Donne became the league's fastest player to reach the 1,000 career point plateau on Feb. 3 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. JMU's Dawn Evans currently has 2,478 career points. Evans ranks second in the CAA record books and looks to pass Drexel's Gabriela Marginean (2,581).
CAA RECORD BOOK UPDATES: James Madison's Dawn Evans entered another category in the CAA record book top 10. Evans is now 10th in the CAA records for free throw attempts (646) in a career, passing East Carolina's Tonya Hargrove (641). Evans currently sits among seven CAA record book top 10 lists. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne also found a spot in two game records as she made 17 of her 19 attempted free-throws against William & Mary on Feb. 13. Her 17 made FTs ties for second in the CAA record books, while her 19 attempted is tied for sixth. (updated career list on page 10)
STANDING OUT IN NATIONAL STATS (through games of Feb. 13): The CAA has the two of the top five leading scorers in the nation with second-ranked Dawn Evans (23.8 ppg) from James Madison and fifth-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 (12th). Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker's 3.3 steals per contest is the seventh best average in the nation. UNC Wilmington's Brittany Blackwell is shooting 56.0 percent from the floor for 15th in the nation. Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite is ranked 10th in three-point field goal percentage shooting 44.6 percent. JMU's Dawn Evans is ranked sixth in three-point field goals per game (3.1) and Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel follows at 10th (3.0). Hurt leads the nation with 19 double-doubles on the season. (CAA Top 50 individual & team listing on page 11).
THREE 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. James Madison jumped to #8 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. Old Dominion was ranked #11, while UNC Wilmington (#20) followed in the Feb. 8th poll. Drexel (18), Delaware (11) and VCU (9) are currently receiving votes. Atop the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 is Green Bay, which received 30 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 19 double-double performances out of 23 outings and averages 23.0 ppg to go along with 12.9 rpg. Hofstra's Shante Evans follows closely with 17.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg.
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 (10-1) and UNC Wilmington (9-1) have just one loss on their home court overall this season, while Hofstra (8-2), James Madison (12-2) and Old Dominion (11-2) each have two losses at home. As a league, the teams own a 91-48 (.655) overall record on their home courts. In conference play, just two of the 12 teams are still perfect at home -- JMU (7-0) and UNCW (6-0).
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.
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.
EVANS, HURT NAMED TO NAISMITH MIDSEASON LIST: The Atlanta Tipoff Club today announced the 2010-11 Naismith midseason list of the top 30 women's basketball talent in the nation. The competition for this year's Naismith Trophy in women's basketball is tougher than ever with 23 schools represented on the 2010-11 Naismith midseason list. JMU's Dawn Evans and VCU's Courtney Hurt represent the CAA on the midseason list. Evans is the league's leading scorer averaging 23.8 points per game, while Hurt follows closely with 23.0 ppg. Hurt also leads the nation in double-doubles (19) and in rebounding averaging 12.9 rebounds per outing. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded on April 4, 2011 at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.
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 (15-9, 8-5 CAA)
Delaware posted a 2-0 record on the road last week with a 64-52 win at Towson and a 70-66 overtime win at William & Mary. The Blue Hens are 12-8 all-time in overtime games under the direction of Tina Martin. Sophomore forward Elena Delle Donne poured in 27.0 points per game to lead the Blue Hens to go along with a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game and 10 total blocks. Vanessa Kabongo added 10.5 points per outing, while Danielle Parker also helped on the boards with 10.0 rebounds per contest. Delle Donne entered a number of record books (Delaware, William & Mary's Kaplan Arena and CAA) for her 17-for-19 free throw performance at W&M. Her 17 FTs made ties for second in the conference record books, while 19 attempted ties for sixth. Overall, the Blue Hens shot 27-for-31 (87.1 %) from the charity stripe which ties fourth all-time at Kaplan Arena. Delaware will continue its road swing at George Mason on Thursday before returning home to host James Madison on Sunday. The match-up against the Dukes will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England at 3 p.m.
DREXEL (14-10, 6-7 CAA)
The Dragons went 1-1 on the week with a 66-59 road loss at Hofstra before rebounding with a 70-63 home victory over Northeastern. The Dragons improved to 10-1 on the season at the DAC and 5-1 in CAA games with the win over the Huskies. The Dragons are two home victories away from matching the program's all-time record of 12 wins at home in a season set during the 2007-08 campaign. Junior guard Kamile Nacickaite led three players in averaging double-figure points with 18.5 points per outing. Hollie Mershon added 14.5 ppg and Taylor Wootton contributed 10.0 ppg. Tyler Hale led the team on the boards with 13 on the week, while Ayana Lee grabbed 10. Hale also led the team with 10 assists on the week. Nacickaite poured in a career- and game-high 33 points against Northeastern, which was the most points for a Dragon since Gabriela Marginean scored 35 against East Carolina on March 19, 2010, which was Marginean's final game of her Drexel career. Since stepping into a starting role four games ago, Mershon has been one of the team's top player. She is averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game, while playing more than 36 minutes per game. The Dragons will welcome William & Mary on Thursday and VCU on Sunday. The contest against the Tribe will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia.
GEORGE MASON (11-13, 5-8 CAA)
George Mason suffered a pair of conference outings last week on the road as they fell to Georgia State, 71-61, and James Madison, 53-40. Brittany Poindexter led the Patriots with 13.0 points per game. She was joined by Taleia Moton's 11.5 points per game for double-figure averages in points on the week. Angelee LaTouche pulled down a team-best 14 rebounds on the week, while Moton also added a team-best seven assists. Poindexter passed the 1,000-career point milestone during her outing at James Madison. She became the 14th player in George Mason women's basketball history to reach this plateau and the first to do so since 2004, when Vernessa Neamo accomplished the task. Poindexter enters this week with 1,001 career points. The Patriots will host Delaware on Thursday before welcoming Towson to the Patriot Center on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (10-14, 5-8 CAA)
Georgia State went 2-0 at home last week with a 71-61 victory over George Mason and a 67-56 win over Towson. The Panthers have now won three consecutive CAA games and have done so for the first time since joining the league. This is the Panthers second three-game win streak of the season. GSU has won 19 straight games (6-0 this season) when scoring 70 or more points. Angelique Burtts poured in 16.5 points per game, while Chan Harris (13.5 ppg) and Cody Paulk (11.0 ppg) also averaged double figures. The trio also led the team in rebounding as Burtts and Harris grabbed 18 and Paulk recorded 16 rebounds. Jerlisa Taylor dished out a team-best six assists and Burtts led the team with five steals. Kendra Long added four more three-pointers to up her season total to 47 and is seeking 50 to become the fourth player in GSU history to reach 50 or more. The Panthers will hit the road, after playing three at home, this week. Georgia State will visit UNC Wilmington Thursday and William & Mary Sunday.
HOFSTRA (14-10, 6-7 CAA)
Hofstra split on the week going 1-1. The Pride earned a 66-59 home victory over Drexel before falling to VCU, 85-76, in a closely contested battle. Hofstra was led by Shante Evans on the week as she averaged a double-double with 23.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per outing. Evans shot a strong 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the floor and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the free throw line, including a 9-for-9 performance at the line against Drexel. Evans finished the week with two double-doubles and now has 12 on the season. Freshman guard Kate Loper added 13.0 points per game for the Pride and Candace Bond helped with 13 rebounds on the week. Candice Bellocchio dished out a team-best eight assists in the two outings, while Bond led the team with four steals. Hofstra will travel to Northeastern Thursday before hosting Old Dominion on Sunday.
JAMES MADISON (19-6, 12-1 CAA)
James Madison went 2-0 on the week as they completed the season sweep of VCU with a 71-51 road victor Thursday, before earning a 53-40 home win over George Mason. JMU has won 10 straight games and 14 of its last 15 games, along with 10 consecutive home contests. The home streak matches a nine-game stretch of home games last season. Senior guard Dawn Evans stepped up again leading the Dukes with 22.0 points per game, nine steals, and five assists. Sophomore guard Tarik Hislop added 12.5 points per game and has averaged 13.7 points per contest in her last three outings. Senior Lauren Jimenez qualified for the CAA rankings after JMU's match-up against VCU last week. She returned being ranked in the top nine in four CAA statistical categories. JMU's next win will give the program its 16th 20-victory season in the last 33 years. It will also be the program's sixth consecutive 20-win season, a school record. The current record of five occurred twice, 1985-98 and 2006-10. The Dukes will welcome Towson on Thursday before traveling to Newark, Del., to take on the Blue Hens in a televised game at 3 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England.
UNC WILMINGTON (18-6, 10-3 CAA)
The Seahawks cruised to a 72-48 road victory over William & Mary before falling to Old Dominion, 68-60. With the loss to the Lady Monarchs, UNC Wilmington is now in third place among the conference standings. Senior forward Brittany Blackwell averaged 18.0 points per game last week to lead the Seahawks. She led four UNCW players averaging double-figure points on the week, including Kristen Hanzer (14.0 ppg), Alisha Andrews (14.0 ppg) and Martha White (13.5 ppg). Hanzer posted a strong shooting percentage for the Seahawks with 75.0 percent from the floor going 12-of-16 on the week. Blackwell also led the team on the boards with 18 total rebounds on the week, highlighted by a game-high 11 against ODU. Andrews recorded team highs of 11 assists and nine steals. As a team, the Seahawks earned 35 steals on the week--11 more than another other CAA team. UNC Wilmington returns to action this week with a pair of home contests, hosting Georgia State and Northeastern.
NORTHEASTERN (8-16, 3-10 CAA)
Northeastern suffered a pair of road losses last week as they dropped a 69-44 decision to Old Dominion before falling to Drexel, 70-63. Christine Huber and Jamie Conroy led the Huskies on the week with 10.5 points per game. The duo also led the team in rebounding with nine a piece. Huber also led the team with six blocks and shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the floor in the two contests. Conroy and Kashaia Cannon finished the week each dishing out a team-best six assists. Cannon also led the team with five assists. Northeastern will return home to host Hofstra on Thursday before visiting UNC Wilmington on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (17-7, 11-2 CAA)
Old Dominion went 2-0 on the week in a pair of home contests. The Lady Monarchs connected on a women's basketball Ted Constant Center record 11 three-point field goals to defeat Northeastern, 69-44 and then earned a 68-60 decision over UNC Wilmington to take sole possession of second place in the league standings. Alena Voronina led the team on scoring with 14.5 points per game, including her 17-point performance against the Seahawks. Tia Lewis, who averaged 11.5 points per outing last week, became the 29th all-time Lady Monarch to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau. She accomplished it during her career with Central Florida and ODU and now has 1,016 for her career. Jasmine Parker dished out a team-best 12 assists on the week and Voronina led the team with five steals. Jackie Cook hit for a career-high 16 points, including four treys, to surpass her previous career-high and help the Lady Monarchs to the record 11 against NU. ODU also tied a school record shooting 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line against the Seahawks. The mark matches the ODU team that went 15-of-16 from the charity stripe against Western Kentucky on Jan. 19, 1989. Old Dominion will hit the road for a pair of contests this week as they visit VCU and Hofstra this week.
TOWSON (8-16, 2-11 CAA)
Towson dropped a 64-52 decision at home to Delaware and then fell to Georgia State, 67-56, on the road. The Tigers were led by Sheree Ledbetter as she put up 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per outing. Dovile Miliauskaite added 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Krystal Parnell led the team with six assists and five steals. Parnell recorded her 100th assists of the season against the Panthers. Towson continues its three-game road trip when the Tigers visit James Madison and George Mason this week.
VCU (14-9, 9-4 CAA)
VCU suffered its first conference home loss of the season with a 71-51 setback against James Madison on Thursday, but then rebounded with an 85-76 home win over Hofstra Sunday. Junior forward Courtney Hurt, who averaged a double-double with 23.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg last week, broke VCU's single-season double-doubles record with her NCAA-leading 19th against Hofstra. Newcomer Andrea Barbour averaged 18.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest on the week, while VCU also got double-figure points from Sonia Johnson (13.0 ppg). Barbour led the Rams with six assists on the week and Jessica Taylor tabbed a team-best four steals. Chelsea Snyder, who averaged 5.0 ppg, scored a career-high 10 points against the Pride. Senior Ebony Patterson, who missed the first 22 games from a torn Achilles tendon, made her debut against Hofstra and finished with two points, an assist, a rebound and a steal in just five minutes off the bench. Hurt has scored in double figures in a school record 32 straight and 47 of VCU's last 51 contests. VCU, which leads the CAA in rebounding margin, had another strong performance on the glass against the Pride collecting a season-high 54 boards, while outrebounding Hofstra by 21. The Rams will welcome Old Dominion for a Thursday match-up before hitting the road to play Drexel on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (2-21, 1-12 CAA)
William & Mary fell to UNC Wilmington, 72-48, before suffering a 70-66 overtime loss against Delaware last week. The overtime against UD, was the Tribe's third OT game of the season and fourth overtime period -- both of which are tied for second in school history. The 1991-92 and 1989-90 teams both had four overtime games, with the 1991-92 team playing five overtime periods and the 198-90 team playing four. Freshman Kaitlyn Mathieu led the Tribe in scoring averaging 12.5 points per outing, while Emily Correal added 10.5 points per contest. Taysha Pye, who made just one start on the week, and Jaclyn McKenna each pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds on the week. Katherine DeHenzel led William & Mary with seven assists and five steals, while Katy Oblinger also contributed a team-best five steals in the two outings. The game against the Blue Hens was the 1,410th in school history, second only to Tennessee's 1,411 in NCAA history. The Tribe will visit Drexel for a televised game on Thursday and then return home to host Georgia State on Sunday. The game against the Dragons will be aired on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia.