Women's #CAAHoops Weekly Report - Dec. 30
CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Dec. 30
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• Non-Conference Record: The CAA teams are 47-54 (.465) against non-conference opponents. Delaware (8-2) and James Madison (9-3) and are sitting at the top of the league standings late in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
• RPI Ratings: In the most recent RPI ratings posted, the league was ranked 10th among the conferences. James Madison led the CAA with a RPI of 45, while Hofstra (92) and Delaware (98) followed.
• CAA Play Set To Start: As most of the CAA teams will be wrapping up their non-conference schedules this week, Delaware will play host to Hofstra to kick-off the conference slate on Sunday, Jan. 5. The rest of the CAA squads will open conference play on Jan. 9.
• National Rankings - Team (12/22): Northeastern is ranked 15th among the nation in free throw percentage (77.1), Coll. of Charleston is sitting at 16th in steals per game (11.8) and 20th in turnover margin (6.0), Drexel is 15th in turnovers per game (12.5), James Madison is ranked 20th in rebound margin (10.5), and Hofstra is 15th in three point field goal defense allowing opponents to shoot 25.3 percent from beyond the arc.
• National Rankings - Individual (12/22): JMU’s Jazmon Gwathmey ranks 16th among the national leaders with a 90.6 free throw percentage, William & Mary’s Kyla Kerstetter ranks 17th in steals per game (3.11) and UNCW’s Kelva Atkins follows at 21st (3.0 spg), Northeastern’s Tiffany Montagne is shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc to rank 26th in that category and Charleston’s Jill Brown is ranked 26th dishing out 6.0 assists per contest.
• Naismith Early Top 50 Watch List: James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder was named to the Top 50 Naismith Women’s Basketball Early Watch List.
• WBCA, Good Works Nominee: Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan was the only CAA women’s basketball representative nominated for the WBCA Allstate Good Works honor.
• Welcome to the CAA: The CAA welcomes the College of Charleston Cougars to the league for this season. Elon will join for the 2014-15 competitive season.
• New Head Coaches: The league welcomes two new head coaches as Niki Reid Geckeler takes over the leadership of the Towson Tigers and Ed Swanson starts a new era at the helm of the William & Mary Tribe after 23 years at Sacred Heart.
• 2014 CAA Championship: The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship will return to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., in 2014 for the fourth straight season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kirby Burkholder • James Madison
Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby, Sr., Guard
Burkholder collected CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the third time this season after pacing James Madison to a win over Ohio at the JMU Invitational. The senior tabbed her fifth double-double of the season posting game highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Twelve of Burkholder’s 14 rebounds were snatched from the defensive end of the court. Burkholder shot .455 (5-11) from the field, .500 (3-6) from beyond the arc and was perfect (5-5) from the free throw line. The senior guard also added four assists and one block, helping the Dukes set a new Convocation record for team blocks in a single game (11).
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Marlena Tremba • William & Mary
Vienna, Va./Paul VI, Fr., Guard
Tremba received CAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week after a breakout weekend as she led William & Mary scoring 18.0 points per game at the Cyclone Challenge. The freshman guard poured in a career-high 25 points in the Tribe’s victory over Saint Louis to open the tournament and added 11 points against a tough #14/10 Iowa State squad. Against the Billikens, Tremba shot .563 (9-16) from the floor and .455 (5-11) from three-point range. She finished the week shooting .450 (12-25) from the field, .467 (7-15) from long range and .625 (5-8) from the charity stripe. The rookie, who recently earned a spot in the starting line-up, added six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on the week.
#ICYMI - A REVIEW OF THE LAST WEEK - HOT NOTES FROM CAA TEAMS:
• College of Charleston: CofC opened the Terrapin Classic with a victory over Howard, but fell to host #8/8 Maryland. Freshman Jasmine Carter poured in a career-high 17 points for the Cougars against the Bison. Afreaya Tolbert led the team on week with 16.0 ppg/6.5 rpg and earned All-Tournament honors.
• James Madison: The Dukes opened the JMU Invitational with a win over Ohio as Kirby Burkholder tallied game highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds. The senior eclipsed 1,200-career points (1,209) and move into sole possession of the sixth-most double-figure rebound games in JMU history (25), while tallying her fifth double-double of the season.
• Northeastern: The Huskies fell to Tulane and Northwestern at Tulane’s tournament. Junior captain Amencie Mercier led Northeastern in scoring for the first time in her career with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists against the Green Wave and Jewel Tunstull led the Huskies on the week averaging 12.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest.
• Towson: Towson opened the second half on a 17-4 run and broke open a close game en route to a 67-46 victory over Loyola University on Saturday. The Tigers (5-7) snapped a two-game losing streak as three players scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Dominique Johnson’s 20 points.
• William & Mary: The Tribe earned a victory over Saint Louis at the Cyclone Classic, but then fell to host Iowa State. Freshman Marlena Tremba led the team in scoring on the week with 18.0 ppg, including a career-high 25 points in the win over the Billikens. Latrice Hunter also averaged double-figure points (10.5 ppg).