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, Old Dominion and VCU secured first-round byes in the CAA Tournament. VCU will be the #4 seed.
• Three teams are ranked in the most recent Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. James Madison jumped to #7 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. Old Dominion was ranked #14 and UNC Wilmington followed at #18.
• The CAA Women's Basketball Weekly Teleconference call will continue on Tuesday, March 8th at 10 am. James Madison's Kenny Brooks, UNC Wilmington's Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Old Dominion's Wendy Larry and VCU's Beth Cunningham 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:
Shante Evans • Hofstra
West Chester, Pa./Henderson, So., Forward
Evans was named CAA Player of the Week after helping the Pride to a 2-0 record on the week, including a 75-73 victory over visiting league-leader James Madison. The sophomore forward finished the week averaging 19.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per contest. Evans grabbed a near school- and CAA-record 23 rebounds in the HU win over George Mason. For the week, she shot 43.3 percent (13-for-30) from the field and 75 percent (12-for-16) from the charity stripe. Evans also finished the week with two blocks and three steals.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Alisha Andrews • UNC Wilmington
Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan, Fr., Guard
Andrews collected CAA Rookie of the Week honors helping the Seahawks to a 2-0 record with wins over Towson and George Mason. The freshman guard averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for the Seahawks. Andrews shot 44.4 percent from the floor (8-for-18), 41.7 percent from long (5-for-12) and 75 percent from the free-throw line (3-for-4). The rookies five steals all came against Mason, while nine of her 16 assists were against Towson. The 5-4 guard also contributed a block.
THE RACE IS ON: Just one game left in the conference schedule. James Madison, UNC Wilmington, Old Dominion and VCU have earned a first-round bye at the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship. VCU has secured the #4 seed and William and Mary earned the #12 seed. 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. 27): 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 97led by James Madison, which is ranked at 40 in the team ranking. Old Dominion (59), UNC Wilmington (82), VCU (91), and Delaware (97) follow. Drexel is ranked at 101.
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: Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite joined an elite group of student-athletes this year with 1,000 career points with her 15 against Northeastern on Feb. 24. Nacickaite joins George Mason's Brittany Poindexter, Old Dominion's Tia Lewis, 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 2,571 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 and is nearing to pass Drexel's Gabriela Marginean as the CAA's all-time leading scorer with just 10 points to go. 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. Hofstra's Shante Evans entered the second best single-game record for 23 rebounds against George Mason on Feb. 24 in the CAA history. The sophomore was just one short of tying the school and CAA record of 24. (updated career list on page 10)
STANDING OUT IN NATIONAL STATS (through games of Feb. 27): 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 12.7 rebounds per outing, while Hofstra's Shante Evans follows in rebounding with 11.0 rpg (10th). Old Dominion's Jasmine Parker's 3.2 steals per contest is the seventh best average in the nation and UNC Wilmington's Brittany Blackwell follows with 3.2 per game (8th). Blackwell is also ranked 10th in field-goal percentage as she is shooting 57.2 from the floor (she missed just three shots in last week's outings). Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite is ranked fifth in three-point field goal percentage shooting 45.7 percent. D. Evans is ranked sixth in three-point field goals per game (3.1) and Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel follows at 11th (2.9). Hurt leads the nation with 22 double-doubles on the season and Shante Evans' 14 double-doubles ranks 18th. (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 at #7 in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools. Old Dominion was ranked #14, while UNC Wilmington (#18) followed in the Feb. 22nd poll. VCU (24) is 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 22 double-double performances out of 27 outings and averages 23.0 ppg to go along with 12.7 rpg. Hofstra's Shante Evans follows closely with 17.9 ppg and 11.0 rpg and has 14 double-doubles on the season.
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 12-1 mark. Drexel (11-2) follows along with James Madison (13-2) and Old Dominion (13-2) with just two losses at home. As a league, the teams own a 105-58 (.644) 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 (9-0) and they will meet on March 2 at the James Madison Convocation Center for the final regular season game of the season.
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 $6,466 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 teamed up for the "Be Your Best" partnership. Each CAA institution 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 teamed up to fight breast cancer. The CAA women's basketball programs 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 during the week of February 11-20, however some schools are participating outside of that window due to the scheduling conflicts. A large number of schools 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 (16-12, 9-8 CAA)
Delaware split on the week as they earned a 75-67 home victory over VCU before falling at Old Dominion, 70-61. UD is 5-0 in games when scoring 70+ points this season. The Blue Hens were led by sophomore Elena Delle Donne's 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. The 2010 CAA Player and Rookie of the Year averages 24.6 points per game but has not played enough games to qualify for the NCAA rankings. Delaware saw double-figure points from Lauren Carra (12.5 ppg) and she led the team with eight assists. Jocelyn Bailey added 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per outing for the Blue Hens. Delaware will conclude the regular season at home when they host Towson on Wednesday.
DREXEL (17-11, 9-8 CAA)
The Dragons went 2-0 on the road last week as they earned a 61-53 victory at Northeastern and a 58-47 win at Towson. Drexel was led by Kamile Nacickaite's 15.5 points per game, while Hollie Mershon contributed 12.5 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per contest. Jasmina Rosseel dished out a team-best seven assists. Nacickaite scored her 1,000th career point in the win over the Huskies and became the 19th player in Drexel history to reach the milestone. She joins Rosseel as the second Dragon to reach the benchmark this season and it is the first time that two Dragons have scored their 1,000th point in the same season since 1989 when Kitty Dougherty and Barbara Alexander achieved the feat together. Drexel will host Old Dominion at the DAC on Wednesday for the regular season finale. This will also be the first time these two teams meet during the 2010-11 season.
GEORGE MASON (12-16, 6-11 CAA)
George Mason suffered a pair of conference outings with losses to Hofstra, 77-69, and UNC Wilmington, 74-56. Taleia Moton led the team with 18.5 points per outing and dished out a team-high five assists. Angelee LaTouche led the team on the boards with 7.0 per contest. Brittany Poindexter finished the week averaging 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Patriots. Poindexter grabbed her 500th rebound at UNC Wilmington and is now just the seventh player in Mason program history to own 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. The Patriots will complete the regular season when they host Northeastern on Wednesday, March 2.
GEORGIA STATE (11-17, 6-11 CAA)
Georgia State split on the week as they fell to James Madison, 93-45, at home before earning a 57-44 victory at Northeastern. The contest against the Huskies was GSU's 1,000th game in program history. GSU claimed its 500th all-time win back on Jan. 9 against Hofstra. Cody Paulk and Angelique Burtts teamed up to average 12.5 and 10.5 points per game, respectively. Paulk also led the Panthers in rebounding with 9.0 boards per contest and made a team-high five blocks on the week. Burtts and Chan Harris each grabbed 12 rebounds on the week. Harris (48) and Paulk (49) are the most prolific shot-blocking tandem in GSU history with 97 combined blocks this year. Only three players in GSU history have ever blocked 50 in a season before and they could both accomplish that task this season. The Panthers will host fourth-place VCU on Wednesday to close out the regular season. Georgia State will either be a #8 or #9 seed in the upcoming tournament.
HOFSTRA (17-11, 9-8 CAA)
Hofstra went 2-0 at home last week with victories over George Mason, 77-69, and league-leader James Madison, 75-73. On the week, the Pride had five players average double-figure points led by sophomore forward Shante Evans'19.0 points per game. Aamira Terry (13.0 ppg), Candace Bond (12.0 ppg), Nicole Capurso (11.5 ppg) and Candice Bellocchio (11.0 ppg) also poured in double-figure points. Evans also led the team in rebounding with 14.0 boards per game. She posted a near school- and CAA-record 23 rebounds to lead the Pride over the Patriots Thursday. Evans was a key player in HU's win over JMU as she knotted the score at 73 with her eighth basket of the game. Bond hit a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left to secure the 23-point rally to defeat the Dukes. Terry led the team with seven steals on the week and Bond added six. Jael Pena dished out a team-best seven assists. The Pride will finish the regular season in Williamsburg, Va., when they visit William & Mary on Wednesday.
JAMES MADISON (22-7, 15-2 CAA)
James Madison earned a 93-45 road win at Georgia State before falling to Hofstra, 75-73, in Hempstead, N.Y. The loss to the Pride was just JMU's second conference loss of the season. The loss at Hofstra ended JMU's overall winning streak of 13 games. It was the longest streak since the 2006-07 team won 16 in a row and was the third-longest streak in school history. Dawn Evans led the way for the Dukes with 21.5 points per game. She was just one of four players who averaged double-digit points, also including Lauren Jimenez (15.5 ppg), Courtney Hamner (13.0 ppg) and Tarik Hislop (10.5 ppg). Jimenez led the team in rebounding with 7.0 rpg, while Lauren Whitehurst and Jalissa Taylor followed closely with 6.5 boards per contest apiece. Evans dished out a team-high 12 assists, including seven against the Panthers. Jimenez scored 18 points versus Hofstra and passed the 900 career point mark. Evans is just 11 points from breaking the CAA All-Time scoring record held by Drexel's Gabriela Marginean (2,581). Evans also has scored in double figures in 111 career games, and is just one away from tying Tamera Young's school-record 112. The Dukes enter their March 2 home game with UNC Wilmington riding an 11-game winning streak. The home streak is the longest in a single season in 20 years and is the fourth-longest in school history. In NCAA Division I, there are currently 15 teams with longer home winning streaks than JMU, led by Connecticut's 77-game home streak. The Dukes can finish anywhere from first to third in the league standings.
UNC WILMINGTON (22-6, 14-3 CAA)
UNC Wilmington extended their win streak to four games with victories over Towson, 76-47, and George Mason, 74-56. The two wins gave the Seahawks 22 victories for the season, matching the 1983-84 and 2002-03 squads for the most wins in program history. Brittany Blackwell poured in team highs of 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest for the Seahawks. She finished the week shooting 83.3 percent from the floor (15-for-18) and added four assists, two blocks and six steals. Freshman Alisha Andrews averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 assists and 2.5 steals on the week. Four players averaged double-digit points, joining Blackwell and Andrews were Kristen Hanzer (17.5 ppg) and Martha White (10.5 ppg). White also grabbed a team second-best 6.5 rebounds per contest. UNCW had a solid week at the free-throw line, knocking down 17-of-27 attempts at the charity stripe, highlighted by a perfect 14-for-14 effort against Towson that established a new program mark for single-game free-throw percentage. UNC Wilmington returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to league-leading James Madison. The Seahawks could finish anywhere from first to third place in the league.
NORTHEASTERN (8-20, 3-14 CAA)
Northeastern suffered a pair of losses at home last week. The Huskies fell to Drexel, 61-53, before dropping a 57-44 decision to Georgia State. Northeastern was led by Jamie Conroy and Deanna Kerkhof as they poured in 11.0 ppg and 10.5 ppg, respectively. Conroy also finished the week with 10 assists and four steals. Christine Huber and Mia Mayberry led the team in rebounding as they each grabbed nine boards on the week. Kerkhof led Northeastern in steals with six in the two contests. The Huskies will look to snap their nine game losing streak in the regular season finale when they visit George Mason on Wednesday. The Huskies can finish 10th or 11th in the league standings.
OLD DOMINION (20-8, 15-2 CAA)
Old Dominion earned a 70-65 hard fought victory over visiting William & Mary before finishing the week 2-0 with a 70-61 home victory over Delaware. With the victories, it makes 29 years that Old Dominion has posted 20-win seasons as a program. The Lady Monarchs were led by four players averaging double-figure points, including Tia Lewis who poured in a team-best 14.5 points per game. She also led the team in rebounding averaging 10.0 per contest. Jasmine Parker (14.0 ppg), Kquanise Byrd (13.0 ppg) and Alena Voronina (12.5 ppg) also contributed double-digit points. Parker was also perfect from the line shooting 11-for-11 on the week. Shadasia Green finished the week with 18 rebounds for second-best on the team. Old Dominion tied a school record going 15-for-16 from the free-throw line against UD. The Lady Monarchs have one six straight at home and end the regular season with a 13-2 record at the Ted. ODU will travel to play Drexel on Wednesday to close out the regular season. The Lady Monarchs can finish out the conference schedule anywhere between first and third. They have already received a first-round bye in the upcoming tournament.
TOWSON (9-19, 3-14 CAA)
Towson suffered back-to-back losses last week as they fell to UNC Wilmington, 76-47, and to Drexel, 58-47. The Tigers were led by Krystal Parnell's 11.0 points per contest. Deree Fooks added 9.5 points per contest and Sheree Ledbetter contributed 8.0 ppg. Ledbetter led the team in rebounding with 6.0 per outing, while Dovile Milauskaite grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game. Parnell also led the team in assists with five, while Jalessa Dryver grabbed a team-high four steals. The Tigers will close out the regular season when they visit Delaware on Wednesday.
VCU (17-10, 12-5 CAA)
The Rams split on the week with a 75-67 loss at Delaware before rebounding with a 62-56 victory over William & Mary at home. Andrea Barbour led the team in scoring with 20.0 points per contest, while Courtney Hurt followed with 18.5 ppg. Hurt led the squad with 9.0 rebounds per outing. Jennifer Lane added 10.5 points per contest as the last player who averaged double-digit scoring for the Rams. Hurt set VCU's single-season scoring record against W&M with 622 points. She became the fastest player in program history to accomplish the feat in just 27 games. It took the previous record holders D'Andra Moss and Cyndy Wilks 35 and 28 games, respectively. Hurt also tied the CAA's single-season double-doubles record with her NCAA-leading 22nd against Delaware. Barbour poured in a career-high 28 points against the Blue Hens. The Rams will finish the regular season in Atlanta, Ga., as they visit Georgia State on Wednesday. The Rams already earned a first-round bye at the CAA Tournament, and will play as the #4 seed.
WILLIAM & MARY (3-24, 2-15 CAA)
William & Mary fell to Old Dominion, 70-65, and VCU, 62-56, last week. The Tribe led for most of the second half at ODU, but struggled to capture the victory. Jaclyn McKenna led the Tribe with 16.5 points per game last week, including a game- and career-high against the Rams, and also posted a team-high 13 rebounds in the two outings. Taysha Pye finished the week with 10.0 points per game to go along with nine total rebounds. Katherine DeHenzel averaged 7.5 assists per contest, including a 10-assist performance against VCU. She also led the team with seven steals on the week. Kaitlyn Mathieu (11), Emily Correal (11) and Taylor Hilton (10) also assisted on the boards for W&M. The Tribe, who earned the #12 seed at the upcoming tournament, will host Hofstra for the regular season finale on Wednesday.