*Complete 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 six in the Top 98. The league finished the non-conference schedule with a 72-59 record.
• James Madison, UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion secure first-round byes at the 2011 CAA Championship.
• Dawn Evans was named a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award.
• Three teams are ranked in the most recent Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. James Madison steadied at #8 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. Old Dominion was ranked #11 and UNC Wilmington followed at #22.
• The CAA Women's Basketball Weekly Teleconference call will continue on Tuesday at Noon. Delaware's Tina Martin, Hofstra's Krista Kilburn-Steveskey and James Madison's Kenny Brooks 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 collected CAA Player of the Week honors after helping the Rams to a 2-0 week with victories over Old Dominion and Drexel. The junior forward averaged 28.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per outing. She contributed game highs of 27 points and 19 boards in VCU's win over ODU, which gave the Rams their first regular season sweep of ODU in program history. Hurt shot a team-best 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the floor, including 60 percent (3-of-5) from deep and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the free throw line.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kate Loper • Hofstra
Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls, Fr., Guard
Loper received CAA Rookie of the Week honors after averaging 18.0 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Pride. She opened the week pouring in 19 points in 26 minutes in Hofstra's win over Northeastern, before adding 17 points in 28 minutes in the Pride's two-point loss to Old Dominion. Loper added four assists and one steal on the week. She shot 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from the floor and 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from beyond the arc. Loper finished the week shooting 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the charity stripe.
THE RACE IS ON: Three games left in the conference schedule and James Madison, UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion have earned a first-round bye at the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship. VCU and Delaware are battling for the final first-round bye spot and they play each other on Thursday. All 12 teams will play in the upcoming championship and 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. 20): 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 98 led by James Madison, which is ranked at 39 in the team ranking. Old Dominion (62), VCU (83), UNC Wilmington (84), and Drexel (98) follow. Delaware is ranked at 103.
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 (email@example.com).
REACHING MILESTONES: Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite is just nine points away from joining an elite group of student-athletes this year with 1,000 career points. George Mason's Brittany Poindexter and Old Dominion's Tia Lewis earned their 1,000th-career point and joined 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 same 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 2,528 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 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. 20): The CAA has the two of the top four leading scorers in the nation with top-ranked Dawn Evans (23.9 ppg) from James Madison and fourth-ranked VCU's Courtney Hurt (23.4 ppg). Hurt is the nation's leader with 13.0 rebounds per outing, while Hofstra's Shante Evans follows in rebounding with 10.8 rpg (15th). Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker's 3.3 steals per contest is the fourth best average in the nation and UNC Wilmington's Brittany Blackwell follows with 3.2 per game (10th). Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite is ranked ninth in three-point field goal percentage shooting 44.8 percent. Dawn Evans is ranked seventh in three-point field goals per game (3.1) and Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel follows at eighth (3.0). Hurt leads the nation with 21 double-doubles on the season and Shante Evans' 13 double-doubles ranks 16th. (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 steadied at #8 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. Old Dominion stayed at #11, while UNC Wilmington (#22) followed in the Feb. 15th poll. Delaware (12), VCU (10) and Drexel (10) 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 21 double-double performances out of 25 outings and averages 23.4 ppg to go along with 13.0 rpg. Hofstra's Shante Evans follows closely with 17.8 ppg and 10.8 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: UNC Wilmington owns the best overall record in the league at home with a 11-1 mark. Drexel (11-2) follows along with James Madison (13-2) and Old Dominion (11-2) with just two losses at home. As a league, the teams own a 98-53 (.649) overall record on their home courts. In conference play, just two of the 12 teams are still perfect at home -- JMU (8-0) and UNCW (7-0).
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.
EVANS NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD: The Nancy Lieberman Award committee announces the final nominees for the 12th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award and it included James Madison's Dawn Evans. The award is a national project of the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation's top collegiate point guard in women's Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country have determined this final nominee list. They will select three finalists from this list and one winner at the beginning of April 2011. The announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend (April 3-5, 2011). We will invite the winner to attend the award luncheon in Detroit, Michigan.
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 (15-11, 8-7 CAA)
Delaware suffered back-to-back losses last week as they fell to George Mason for the second time this season by a score of 67-56, before falling to James Madison, 69-64, in a close contest in front of a season high crowd of 3,516. Elena Delle Donne and Lauren Carra led the way for the Blue Hens as they poured in 17.5 and 16.5 points per game, respectively. Delle Donne is averaging 24.4 points per game, but has not played in 75% of her team's games to qualify to enter the stats. She led the team with 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 3.0 steals per game last week. Sarah Acker and Danielle Parker also assisted on the boards with 6.0 rpg and 5.0 rpg, respectively. Acker led the team with a 60 percent shooting percentage going 6-for-10 from the field, while Delle Donne went 17-for-18 from the charity stripe for the Blue Hens. Delaware will host VCU for a Thursday evening match-up before traveling to take on Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., Sunday. The outing against the Lady Monarchs will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New-England and Comcast SportsNet-Philadelphia.
DREXEL (15-11, 7-8 CAA)
The Dragons overcame a tough William & Mary squad at home on Thursday as they posted an 80-74 overtime win at home before falling to VCU, 74-67, at home Sunday. Drexel was led by junior Kamile Nacickaite as she averaged 27.5 points per game on the week. She also led the team with 7.0 rebounds per outing and added three steals and three assists. The junior has scored 30 points in two of her last three games. Nacickaite is just five points away from becoming the 19th player in Drexel history to score 1,000 career points. Jasmina Rosseel contributed 18.5 points per game, while the Dragons also received double-figure points from Tyler Hale (10.5 ppg). Hollie Mershon led the team with eight assists and five steals on the week. The loss to VCU is just Drexel's second loss at home this season as they are now 11-2 at the DAC. The Dragons are one win away from matching their highest total for home victories in a season - 12, set by the 2007-08 team. Drexel drew its best home crowd of the season (1,242) against William & Mary on Thursday during the Pink Zone game that was televised on CSN. Drexel hits the road for a pair of contests this week as they visit Northeastern and Towson.
GEORGE MASON (12-14, 6-9 CAA)
George Mason split on the week with a 67-56 win over Delaware and a 59-53 loss to Towson. Both contests were at the Patriot Center. Amber Easter led the Patriots last week recording 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Brittany Poindexter added 13.5 points per game. Angelee LaTouche pulled down 13 rebounds for Mason to go along with Poindexter's 12 boards. Easter was one of three Mason players who tallied five assists and one of two players with four steals. Easter also led the team with three blocks on the week. Poindexter shot an impressive 54.2 percent going 13-of-24 from the floor for the Patriots. George Mason will hit the road for a pair of conference outings this week as they visit Hofstra for a 2 p.m. Thursday tip and UNC Wilmington for a 2 p.m. Sunday contest.
GEORGIA STATE (10-16, 5-10 CAA)
Georgia State lost two road games last week as they fell to UNC Wilmington, 74-49, and William & Mary, 76-66. Angelique Burtts poured in 23.0 points per game for the Panthers and added a team-best six steals. Burtts scored a career-best 25 points against the Tribe. Chan Harris led the team in rebounding with 8.5 per contest and seven blocks. She also contributed 8.5 points per game. Traci Haltiwanger came off the bench to add 8.0 points per outing. Jerlisa Taylor dished out 10 assists in the two contests. Freshman Kendra Long added three more trey's on the week to become the fourth player in GSU history to reach 50 three-pointers or more in a season. The Panthers will close the CAA season with two of the final three games at home. GSU has won its last three home contest. The Panthers welcome James Madison on Thursday before heading to play Northeastern in Boston, Mass., Sunday. Against NU, Georgia State will compete in its 1,000th game in school history. GSU claimed its 500th all-time win back on Jan. 9 against Hofstra.
HOFSTRA (15-11, 7-8 CAA)
Hofstra recorded an 80-61 road win over Northeastern on Thursday before falling in a close contest against Old Dominion, 79-77, at home Sunday. Three players averaged double-figure points, led by sophomore Shante Evans' 19.5 points per game. She was joined by Kate Loper (18.0 ppg) and Nicole Capurso (15.0 ppg). Evans also led the team with 16 total rebounds on the week, while Candace Bond (11) and Capurso (10) also contributed double-digit rebounds. Evans shot an impressive 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the floor for the Pride. Bond grabbed a team-high seven steals and Evans and Capurso added five. Candice Bellocchio dished out a team-best 13 assists and moved into fifth place on the Hofstra all-time list in assists with 421, passing Niki Williams (414; 2005-09). The Pride played in front of 1,602 people during the Pink Zone game against Old Dominion. It was Hofstra's second-highest attendance total of the season falling behind the Pride's outing against Northeastern on Jan. 13th which was in front of 1,755 fans. With Evans' 18 points against ODU, the sophomore has 917 career points. That career total is the most points scored by a Hofstra WBB player through the first two years of their career (since 1978). Dia LaBella previously held the mark as she tallied 909 points in her first two years of her career (1978-80). LaBella is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,840 career points. Hofstra will host a pair of games this week as George Mason visits Thursday for Hofstra's annual "Family Fun Day" contest at 2 p.m. James Madison will then travel to the Mack Sports Complex for a Sunday afternoon contest.
JAMES MADISON (21-6, 14-1 CAA)
James Madison went 2-0 on the week with a 71-61 home victory over Towson and a 69-64 road win over Delaware to earn a top four seed in the upcoming tournament and a first-round bye. The Dukes also extended its winning streak to 12 straight. The 12-game streak is the longest since the 2006-07 team won 16 in a row and it ties for the third-longest streak in school history. The home streak (11) is the longest in a single season in 20 years -- since the 1990-91 team also won 11 straight home contests. The victory against the Tigers gave the program its sixth consecutive 20-win season, a school record. It is JMU's 16th 20-win season in the past 33 years. Senior guard Dawn Evans led the Dukes averaging 25.0 points per contest. She moved back into first place in the NCAA scoring rankings for the season. Evans also led the team with nine assists and five steals. Lauren Jimenez (14.0 ppg) and Tarik Hislop (10.0 ppg) also contributed double-figure points in the two contests. Jalissa Taylor led JMU on the boards with 21 rebounds on the week (10.5 rpg). Jimenez pulled down 17 rebounds and passed the 500 career rebound mark last week. JMU is in the midst of a three-game road swing as they will head south to play Georgia State on Thursday and north to face Hofstra on Sunday. Fourteen games into the CAA season, the Dukes face three of their last four CAA opponents for the first and only time this season (Delaware, Hofstra and UNC Wilmington).
UNC WILMINGTON (20-6, 12-3 CAA)
The Seahawks defeated Georgia State, 79-49, and Northeastern, 48-33, at home this week. With the wins, UNC Wilmington reached the 20-win plateau for the third time in program history (also in 1983-84 and 2002-03). The two wins also secure the Seahawks a first-round bye in the upcoming tournament for the first time since the league expanded to 12 teams in 2005-06. Senior Brittany Blackwell averaged a double-double for the week as she finished with 16.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game to highlight a Seahawks attack that shot 40.4 percent (44-of-109) from the floor. Blackwell also posted a team-high 11 steals as she finished one steal shy of recording the first triple-double in program history against Northeastern with game highs of 17 points, 15 rebounds and nine steals. Freshman Alisha Andrews (15.0 ppg) and senior Martha White (13.5 ppg) joined Blackwell in double figures for the week. UNC Wilmington opens the last full week of the regular season Thursday with a contest at Towson before returning home to face George Mason Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (8-18, 3-12 CAA)
Northeastern lost a pair of conference games to Hofstra, 80-61, and UNC Wilmington, 48-33, last week. The Huskies were led by Kashaia Cannon's 11.5 points per game and Christine Huber's 8.0 rebounds per contest. Deanna Kerkhof added 9.0 points per outing and Jewel Tunstull grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies. Jamie Conroy led Northeastern with seven assists in the two contests, while Cannon and Conroy split 12 total steals and Kerkhof added five. The Huskies will play a pair of home contests this week as they welcome Drexel on Thursday and Georgia State on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (18-8, 13-2 CAA)
Old Dominion split on the week with a 74-53 setback at VCU before rebounding with a 79-77 victory at Hofstra. The win over the Pride secured the Lady Monarchs a first-round bye at the 2011 Championship. Three players averaged double-figure points, led by Shadasia Green's 13.0 points per game. Tia Lewis and Kquanise Byrd added 10.5 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Lewis led three players in double-digit rebounding with 13 total boards. Alena Vononina (12) and Green (10) also added double-figure rebounds on the week. Byrd led the Lady Monarchs with 10 assists on the week, including a career-high eight against the Pride, and Jasmine Parker posted a team-best seven steals. Byrd also scored the game-winning bucket to capture the victory over the Pride with three-seconds left in regulation. ODU's 79 points scored at Hofstra Sunday is the most for the Lady Monarchs in a CAA game this season and second most scored overall on the year. The Lady Monarchs will return to the court Thursday when they host William & Mary. Old Dominion will host their final home contest of the regular season when they welcome Delaware on Sunday. The contest between the Lady Monarchs and the Blue Hens will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet in the Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England regions at 3 p.m.
TOWSON (9-17, 3-12 CAA)
Towson went 1-1 on the week. The Tigers dropped a 71-61 road decision at James Madison before earning a 59-53 road win at George Mason to snap a three-game losing skid. The win over the Patriots was the Tigers first road win in CAA play and first road win since December 18. Krystal Parnell led the Tigers with 19.0 points per game to go along with a league-best 17 assists in two outings. The junior guard earned her first double-double with 19 points and 10 assists against Mason. Dovile Miliauskaite led Towson with 10.0 rebounds per contest to go along with 9.0 points per outing. Deree Fooks added 5.0 rebounds per outing to follow Miliauskaite. Towson returns home this week to host its final two home games of the regular season. UNC Wilmington will visit the Towson Center on Thursday before the Tigers entertain Drexel on Sunday.
VCU (16-9, 11-4 CAA)
VCU posted a 2-0 record on the week with wins over Old Dominion, 74-53, and Drexel, 73-67. VCU completed a season sweep of Old Dominion for the first time in program history. VCU, which has won four of the last five against Old Dominion, is just the second CAA school to defeat the Lady Monarchs twice in a season-- JMU accomplished the task in 2007-08. VCU's win at Drexel was its first since 2006-07. Courtney Hurt led the Rams on the week pouring in 28.0 points per outing to go along with a team-best 15.0 rebounds per contest. She posted her NCAA leading 21st double-double against the Dragons. Andrea Barbour averaged 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per outing last week, including a career-high 24 points in Philly. Junior Jennifer Lane dished out 7.5 assists per game last week. Hurt, who enters the week leading the nation in rebounding and double-doubles, while ranking fourth in scoring, has scored in double figures in a school record 34 straight and 49 of VCU's last 53 contests. She is 33 points shy of tying VCU's single season scoring record of 619 points. The Rams hit the road to take on Delaware on Thursday before returning home to host William & Mary. A win over the Blue Hens Thursday would secure the Rams a first-round bye in the upcoming tournament.
WILLIAM & MARY (3-22, 2-13 CAA)
William & Mary went 1-1 on the week. The Tribe suffered its fourth overtime loss this year to Drexel, 80-74, on the road Thursday. W&M rebounded to snap a seven game losing skid with a 76-66 home victory over Georgia State on Thursday. Four players averaged double-figure points for the Tribe, led by Taylor Hilton's 18.0 points per outing. Taysha Pye added 15.0 ppg, while Katherine DeHenzel (13.0 ppg) and Kaitlyn Mathieu (10.5 ppg) also averaged double-figure points. Pye led the team in rebounding with 12 boards on the week, while Mathieu and Hilton added 11 and 10, respectively. DeHenzel dished out a team-best 10 assists. In the match-up against Drexel, W&M hit 10-of-20 three-pointers in that game, which was the most given up by Drexel to a single team all season. Against GSU, the Tribe shot 95.7 percent (22-of-23) from the free throw line and that ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA this season and broke the school record (94.7%, 18-of-19) set against East Carolina on Feb. 1, 1984. The Tribe will visit Old Dominion Thursday before traveling to VCU Sunday. The Tribe currently owns a 51-game losing streak to the Lady Monarchs-- that is the second-longest in NCAA history, behind Standford's 52 wins in a row over Washington State--the Tribe will look to snap that streak. Thursday night will also mark the 91st anniversary of women's basketball at William & Mary. The very first women's game for the Tribe was Feb. 24, 1920 against Richmond (then known as Westhampton).