A NEW SEASON BEGINS: All 12 teams have begun their 2008-09 schedule and as a whole the CAA has posted an 18-16 overall mark after two weeks of play. UNC Wilmington, Towson and Georgia State have started the season unbeaten, while five others have records of .500 or higher with only one loss this season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, Jr., Forward
Drexel junior forward Gabriela Marginean received CAA Player of the Week honors after averaging 27 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as the Dragons went 1-1 on the week. The junior forward scored a season-high 35 points in Drexel’s victory over Saint Joseph’s to become the first player in Drexel’s history to score 30 points in back-to-back games (following a 31 point performance against American last week). Marginean followed that up with her 15th career double-double posting 19 points and 11 rebounds in a last-second loss at city rival La Salle on Sunday. Marginean shot .553 (21-of-38) from the floor and .833 (10-of-12) from the free-throw line.
Danyiell McKeller • Georgia State
Fayetteville, N.C./Westover, Jr., Forward
Georgia State junior forward Danyiell McKeller collected CAA Player of the Week honors after leading the Panthers to an 82-75 road victory over ACC foe Clemson. She registered team highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while adding two assists and two steals in the win. McKeller finished the game shooting .556 (10-of-18) from the field and .800 (4-of-5) from the line. With her efforts against the Tigers she recorded her seventh double-double on her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Crystal Johnson • Georgia State
Gainesville, Fla./Yonge, Fr., Guard
Georgia State guard Crystal Johnson earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors after helping the Panthers to a road victory over ACC foe Clemson to open the season with a 1-0 record. The rookie registered 11 points, four assists and a game-high five steals in a team-high 38 minutes in her collegiate debut. Johnson contributed one three-pointer, as well as one rebound and one blocked shot. She shot .750 (6-of-8) from the free-throw line, including a pair with 35 seconds left to give the Panthers a 78-72 lead and firm control of the win.
QUICK HITS FROM THIS WEEK:
• The CAA looks to improve on its 18-16 record with 24 more games on the schedule for the upcoming week.
• Old Dominion jumped from No. 25 in the AP Poll to No. 23 with a victory over nationally-ranked Virginia last week. The Lady Monarchs will take on No. 24 Michigan State on the road Wednesday.
QUICK HITS FROM LAST WEEK:
• The CAA completed two full weeks of play with a 18-16 record.
• Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean scored 35 points in the Dragons’ win over Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday, marking her second straight contest with 30+ points. La Salle held her to 19 points as the Dragons fell on Saturday.
• Dukes’ sophomore guard Dawn Evans poured in a game-high 33 points against nationally-ranked Maryland, including five three-pointers. She hit 14 field goals, one below the JMU record.
• The Lady Monarchs earned a 78-70 win over nationally-ranked Virginia in Norfolk to extend their home-winning streak to 27, top in the nation among Division I women’s basketball teams. ODU also participated in the “Pack the House” challenge, which is a contest to top their highest attendance from the previous season. Last year, 4825 people watched Old Dominion top William & Mary in the annual “HOOPS FOR A CURE” in the largest attended game of the regular season. The contest against UVa was in the front of 5,016 fans Friday evening.
• The CAA earned a second ACC victory on the week as Georgia State, the last Division I women’s team to begin the 2008-09 season, defeated Clemson on the road Saturday afternoon, 82-76.
LADY MONARCHS RANKED #23 IN AP POLL: Old Dominion jumped to #23 in the latest Associated Press Poll on Nov. 24. The Lady Monarchs opened the season ranked at No. 25 in the preseason and first week polls. ODU has opened the new season with a 3-1 mark, only falling to nationally-ranked Texas. The Lady Monarchs defeated nationally-ranked Virginia last week on their home court and will look to earn a victory on the road over No. 24 Michigan State, which is undefeated this season, this Wednesday.
ODU RANKED #24 IN USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES’ POLL: The Lady Monarch’s were ranked #24 in the most recent USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll (Nov. 18). Five ODU future opponents are also featured in each of the polls led by 2006 NCAA defending champion Maryland. Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Michigan State also featured in the Top 25 polls.
PLENTY OF TALENT RETURNING: CAA teams welcome back 67% of their starters from a year ago, including seven players who earned All-CAA honors. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean is the lone first-team all-conference returnee, while UNC Wilmington’s Brittany Blackwell, Old Dominion’s Tiffany Green and VCU’s Quanitra Hollingsworth are back from the second team. Returning third-team members include Jessica Canady of Old Dominion, Brittany Hollins of Georgia State and Sahsha Taylor of UNC Wilmington.
RETURNING STAT LEADERS: The CAA returns six of last season’s top 10 scorers and seven of the top 10 rebounders. The league also welcomes back seven of the top eight assist leaders and five of the top eight leaders in thefts. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean leads all returning scorers after averaging 19.0 points per game a year ago, while Quanitra Hollingsworth from VCU is the top leader on the boards after averaging 9.5 rebounds per outing.
CAA NO. 11 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA completed the 2007-08 season ranked 11th among the nation’s 31 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News. Old Dominion led the conference at #9, while James Madison and VCU followed at #45 and #51 respectively.
ODU CAPTURES 17TH STRAIGHT CAA TITLE: Old Dominion edged VCU, 71-64, in another thrilling title game to capture its NCAA-record 17th consecutive CAA championship. The Lady Monarchs have never lost a CAA tournament game since joining the league back in 1991-92. With the win, ODU advanced to its 25th NCAA Tournament, which is tied with Louisiana Tech for the second-most appearances in Division I behind only Tennessee. The Lady Monarchs have won 20 or more games during all 17 seasons as a CAA member.
TV EXPOSURE: CAA women’s basketball increased its television exposure with 25 games on the air in 2007-08. All 12 teams made at least one television appearance. The CAA women’s basketball semifinals (CN8) and championship (Comcast SportsNet) games were included in the 2007-08 season package. The 25 games broadcast for CAA women’s basketball is an all-time best in the history of the league. Heading into the season, 17 games are slated for the 2008-09 season for CAA women’s basketball. The next televised contest for a CAA team is scheduled for Nov. 26 when Old Dominion travels to play Michigan State. The game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.
GEORGE MASON HIRES JERI PORTER AS NEW HEAD COACH: George Mason will be the only CAA team with a new head coach this season as Jeri Porter replaces Debbie Taneyhill. Porter was the head coach at Radford for the past six seasons, where she guided the Highlanders to a 93-85 overall record. Prior to that, she spent four years at the helm of the North Alabama program finishing with a 64-43 mark.
HOME SWEET HOME: Old Dominion is the only CAA team that did not lose a contest on its home court last season and continued that streak in their home opener in 2008. The Lady Monarchs extended their home winning streak to 27 games with the victory over in-state rival Virginia on Nov. 21. Old Dominion entered the season with a 26-game winning streak which was tied for the longest in the nation with Hartford. The Hawks have extended their streak to 28 straight games won at home and took the national lead.
DREXEL'S MARGINEAN TIES FASTEST PLAYER TO REACH 1,000 POINTS: Drexel forward Gabriela Marginean collected the 1,000th point of her career against Towson on Feb. 28, 2008 and tied ODU’s Clarisse Machanguana for the fastest in the CAA to reach the career milestone in just 58 games.
MOST IMPROVED SQUADS: Four CAA teams were among the top 25 most improved squads in Division I women’s basketball last season. Northeastern topped the league with a 10-game turnaround, going 14-16 last year in the second season under coach Daynia La-Force Mann after going 4-26 in 2006-07. UNC Wilmington (9), Drexel (8.5), and VCU (7) also ranked among the top 25 most improved squads.
WINNING BIG & SETTING RECORDS: Four CAA teams completed the 2007-08 season with 22 or more victories. Over the past three seasons, 12 CAA squads have eclipsed the 22-win total. Old Dominion finished last season with 31 victories, the most wins since 1996-97 when the Lady Monarchs won 35 contests. ODU was followed by VCU’s school-record 26 wins, James Madison’s 24 and Towson’s school-record 22 victories.
POSTSEASON SUCCESS IN THE NCAA: Old Dominion captured its 17th straight CAA title, danced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 31-5 record in 2007-08. It was the Lady Monarchs’ best record since the 1996-97 season when they advanced to the national championship game. ODU, which was seeded fifth in the Greensboro Regional, reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2002 by defeating Liberty and Virginia before falling to Connecticut in the Regional semifinals. Four of the Lady Monarchs’ five losses came against teams that reached the 2008 Final Four (Connecticut, Stanford, Tennessee). The Lady Monarchs spent 18 weeks in the Top 25 polls and finished the season ranked 10th.
POSTSEASON SUCCESS IN THE WNIT: James Madison and VCU were selected to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, making it the third consecutive season that at least three CAA teams continued in the postseason. JMU received an automatic bid to the WNIT and VCU earned a postseason berth for just the second time in school history with an at-large bid to the WNIT. The Dukes reached the third round with a win over Radford at home and an overtime victory at Indiana. VCU defeated Charlotte on the road for their first postseason victory since 1995. It was the first time in CAA history that two different teams won WNIT games in the same season.
DELAWARE (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
The Blue Hens defeated La Salle on the road Wednesday evening, before falling to Buffalo on the road Saturday. Against the Explorers, sophomore guard Tesia Harris scored 18 points for the second straight game. Vanessa Kabongo added 15 points, including six during a key UD flurry late in the game, and freshman Danielle Parker sparked the Hens off the bench with 12 points, including eight in the first half on perfect four for four shooting from the field, as Delaware improved to 2-0. The Hens held the Explorers at bay by hitting 10 straight free throws over the 70 seconds to ice the win. On Saturday, Harris scored a season-high 19 points for the Blue Hens. Delaware’s bench, which played a key part in the first two games this season (both wins), was very quiet on the day, contributing just six points on the day, including four by freshman guard Jocelyn Bailey. Corinthia Benison posted seven points, three assists and four steals in her 30 minutes of action. She also became the first Blue Hen other than Harris to make a three-point field goal as she converted on 2-4 from behind the arc. Delaware will prepare for their third straight road game as they visit Quinnipiac on Tuesday. The Blue Hens will return home to host Dartmouth on Sunday.
DREXEL (1-2, 0-0 CAA)
The Dragons split on the week as they posted a 76-61 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday evening and then fell in a close 48-46 contest against La Salle, on the road. Against the Hawks, junior forward Gabriela Marginean reached the 30-point mark for the season straight game and was once again a force for the Dragons, scoring 35 points on 13-for-22 shooting from the field. The junior forward became the first player in Drexel history to score 30 points in consecutive games when she put in 35 against the Hawks after scoring 31 in the team’s season-opener at American. She joined Laurie Burcaw and Michelle Maslowski as the only players in the program’s history with two 30-point games in the same season. Marginean also grabbed six boards and went 8-for-9 from the line with her first free-throw miss this season. The Dragons, as a team shot 50-percent from the floor. The team’s defense held Saint Joseph’s to 7-for-23 shooting in the second period when the Dragons pulled away for the victory. Sophomore Jamina Rosseel followed Marginean with 16 points and added a game-high five assists. On Saturday, the Dragons fell on a pair of free-throws with six seconds left. Drexel has not won at La Salle since 1983-the team’s first season as a Division I program. Marginean finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Dragons and compile her 15th career double-double. Andrea Peterson led the Dragons with four assists and no turnovers. Kamile Nacickaite chipped in nine points and seven boards and Brooke Cornish anchored Drexel’s defense with a season-high three blocks in 16 minutes of play. Drexel will play its second straight road contest when they visit Bucknell on Tuesday.
GEORGE MASON (0-4, 0-0 CAA)
The Patriots suffered a pair of losses last week as they fell to UMBC on the road Wednesday, 89-60, and dropped a 69-52 loss at home to Virginia Tech on Sunday. Against the Retrievers, senior Brittney Wilkins eclipsed her career high with 18 points. Wilkins was joined in double figure scoring by junior Rashauna Hobbs and sophomore Brittany Poindexter, who chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively. Carlee Cassidy and Michelle Kurowski led the Retrievers with 22 points apiece. UMBC held a 37.9-to-26.5 percent field goal shooting advantage in the first half while the Patriots led off the glass, 17-to-11. Both teams struggled with turnovers as well, with Mason turning the ball over 17 times to the Retrievers’ 11. On Sunday, sophomore Brittany Eley tied a career best with 15 points to lead the Patriot offense. She was joined in double figures by senior Brittney Wilkins, who reached double-digits for the second straight game with 12 points. Sophomore Brittany Poindexter fell two points short of a double-double as she pulled down 12 rebounds to go with her eight points, while classmate Eugenia Broadus led the team with four steals and three assists. Mason will look for its first win of the new season when they travel to Florida to take on Jacksonville on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
GEORGIA STATE (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Georgia State, the last Division I women’s basketball program to kick-off its 2008-09 season, opened its new season with an impressive 82-75 victory over ACC foe Clemson. Saturday’s win was on head coach Lea Henry’s birthday, giving her career win No. 277 as a present. Georgia State, who returned all five starters from last year, started three new faces in the season opener in Forward Dana Olsen, and freshmen guards Jylisa Williams and Crystal Johnson. A fourth new face, Brittany Graham, came off the bench to make it all four scoring in double figures in their first-ever Georgia State game. The four new players combined for 50 of the 82 points. The Panthers had five players score in double figures, topped by junior forward Danyiell McKeller with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Brittany Graham came off the bench to knock down five-of-six three-point baskets for 17 points. Junior forward Dana Olsen added 12 points, freshman guard Crystal Johnson contributed 11 points and freshman guard Jylisa Williams chipped in with 10 points. Senior captain Brittany Hollins picked up her fourth foul with 14:24 to play and was limited, but still added six points and four steals. She is just 34 points shy of reaching 1,000 points for her career. Georgia State was sparked by its defense that produced 18 steals and forced 28 Clemson turnovers. The Panthers also sealed the win the solid free throw shooting that included 18-of-21 for 85.7 percent. Georgia State will play two road games this week after being one of the last three teams to open the season on Saturday. The Panthers won’t get their first home game until December 2nd, most likely the latest in the NCAA as well. Georgia State will take on its second straight ACC opponent when they visit Georgia Tech on Wednesday and will finish the week at College of Charleston on Saturday.
HOFSTRA (0-2, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra dropped a 71-60 decision to Boston College on Thursday night. Freshman forward Joelle Connelly had her second straight solid outing to open her season as she posted 12 points and nine rebound. Sophomore guard Candice Bellocchio tied Connelly for team-high honors in points, while freshman guard Nicole Capurso finished with 11 points in the contest for the first double-digit scoring game of her career. Hofstra’s second half rally was helped by solid shooting as the Pride was 16-32 (50%) from the field in the final twenty minutes, while a stellar defensive effort held the Eagles to a 9-38 (23.7%) showing after intermission. The Pride will host their home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 25 when they entertain Manhattan, before playing in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas on Nov. 28-29. Hofstra open the tournament with nationally-ranked Arizona State and then play either Florida/Southern Illinois on day two.
JAMES MADISON (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison fell to nationally-ranked Maryland, 90-76, in a hard fought contest on Thursday evening. With the game tied 57-57 with 11:47 to play, the Terrapins used an 18-3 scoring run to build a 75-60 lead with 5:48 remaining. The Dukes got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way. Dukes’ sophomore guard Dawn Evans poured in a game-high 33 points, including five three-pointers. She hit 14 field goals, one below the JMU record. For the game, JMU outscored Maryland 75-70 from the floor. The Terps, however, hit 20 of 22 free-throw attempts while the Dukes were only 1-for-6 at the foul line. JMU sophomore guard Courtney Hamner scored a career-high 16 points and redshirt junior guard Sarah Williams added 11. The Dukes’ top rebounder was sophomore forward/center Jalissa Taylor, who made her first career-start against the Terps, as she matched her career-high with nine. JMU hit 11 three pointers in the loss at Maryland, including eight in the second half. The second-half total breaks the school record of seven three-pointers in a half, set on Dec. 31, 2007 (vs. Howard). The game total of 11 was just one below the school record of 12. Heading into the week, senior guard/forward Kisha Stokes is five points away from 500 career points. James Madison will next prepare for a trip to the Caribbean Challenge where they will play Eastern Michigan and Boston College in Cancun, Mexico over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
UNC WILMINGTON (3-0, 0-0 CAA)
The Seahawks improved to 3-0 on the season with a 53-50 victory in their home opener against UNC Greensboro on Thursday afternoon. The Seahawks have started a season at 3-0 for the second straight campaign. Sophomore forward Brittany Blackwell scored 24 points and matched her career-high with 12 rebounds to record her seventh career double-double and lead UNC Wilmington over UNCG. Blackwell scored 17 of her game-high 24 points in the second half, including eight of the team’s final nine points, as UNCW fought back from a six-point deficit midway through the second half. Junior Greta Luksyte was the only other Seahawk to reach double figures as she tallied 11 points. Blackwell’s 12 caroms highlighted a 40-34 edge on the glass as senior Sahsha Taylor pulled down nine and Luksyte added six. With Taylor’s nine rebounds against the Spartans it moved her into seventh place on the all-time list (607). She is also only the fourth player in school history to amass more than 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in her career. The Seahawks played infront of a Coliseum-record crowd of 2,264 as the game served as the second annual “Seahawks Tomorrow” contest, with kids from the area elementary schools coming to the game for part of the day to participate with activities with Seahawk student-athletes on UNCW’s campus. The Seahwaks will travel to Cancun, Mexico for the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 28-29. UNCW will face Fordham in its first contest and then either Ohio or South Carolina in the final game.
NORTHEASTERN (0-3, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern fell to West Virginia on Tuesday evening, 79-42, on the road and then in its home opener against Marist, 93-65, on Friday. Against the Mountaineers, Northeastern was led by sophomore Jasmine Crew who had 13 points and six rebounds. Junior Kendra Walton chipped in with a team-high 11 boards while adding four points and two blocks. Kim Carr added a team-high three steals. The Mountaineers shot 43.3 percent from the field and held the Huskies to 25.9 percent shooting. On Friday against Marist, Junior forward Kim Carr had a career-high 21 points along with eight rebounds led the Huskies. Freshmen Kashaia Cannon and Dani Iervolino chipped in with 11 points each. Before the game Head Coach Daynia La-Force Mann and the rest of the coaching staff honored senior guard Ashlee Feldman who scored her 1,000th point against St. John’s. The Huskies shot 47.1 percent in the second half, but the Red Foxes were too much to stop. Next up for the Huskies is a contest on Nov. 25 when they host cross-town rival Boston University.
#23/24 OLD DOMINION (3-1, 0-0 CAA)
The Lady Monarchs split on the week as they dropped their first contest of the season to #14/13 Texas on Monday evening, after playing their third contest in as many days, in the finale of the World Vision Classic. Old Dominion then rebounded with a 78-70 victory at home over #16/11 Virginia on Friday. Against Texas, the Lady Monarchs jumped out to an early lead thanks to leading scorer Tiffany Green, who finished with 17 points and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. The lead was short-lived as Texas rallied and closed out the half on a 23-6 run, holding Old Dominion to just three points in the final 11 minutes of the half. Joining Green on the All-Tournament team was Jessica Canady. On Friday, ODU defeated its first nationally-ranked opponent in its home opener against Virginia, which is the league’s first win over an ACC foe this season. Senior Jazzmin Walters scored a career-high 24 points to help Old Dominion with the victory. Green added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Canady had 16 points and 14 rebounds to help the No. 25 Lady Monarchs win their 27th straight home game. They have the nation’s second-longest streak behind Hartford’s 28. ODU also participated in the “Pack the House” challenge, which is a contest to top their highest attendance from the previous season. Last year, 4825 people watched Old Dominion top William & Mary in the annual “HOOPS FOR A CURE” in the largest attended game of the regular season. The contest against UVa was in the front of 5,016 fans Friday evening. The Lady Monarchs have a pair of game on tap this week. Old Dominion travels to East Lansing, Michigan to take on WNIT runner-up (2008 postseason) Michigan State on Wednesday. The Spartans are ranked #24 in the most recent AP Poll. The game will be broadcast on the BIG TEN Network with Mark Neely and Stephanie White, member of the 1999 Purdue Champions Team and WNBA Chicago Sky Assistant. The Lady Monarchs return home looking to extend its home win streak against Norfolk State on Sunday.
TOWSON (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
Towson opened its season with a 75-66 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday and then improved to 2-0 with a 76-58 win in its home opener against Davidson on Saturday. Against Loyola, making her first career start, Omara Parker poured in a career-high 23 points including three three-point baskets. Shanae Baker-Brice tied for the team-lead with 23 points and also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Wheeler, making her first start for the Tigers and playing for the first time in nearly two years after transferring had 18 points. Kandace Davis finished with six points and seven rebounds while senior Alis Freeman had six assists and three steals. On Saturday, Towson finished the game shooting 43.5% from the floor and 72% from the foul line. The Tigers recorded 22 steals in the contest and forced 34 Davidson turnovers. The Wildcats shot 34% from the field for the game. All 14 Tigers saw action in the game with three players reaching double digits in the scoring column. Baker-Brice led all players with 18 points while adding five assists and only one turnover in 29 minutes of action. Simona Petronyte knocked down a career-high 16 points and added three steals, while Parker finished with 13 tallies. Junior Katrina Wheeler pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and added nine points and five steals for the Tigers. Towson will next face Radford, head coach Joe Mathew’s alma mater, on Tuesday at home. The Tigers will then play Duquesne on Sunday.
VCU (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
VCU concluded the Preseason WNIT with a 65-49 win over Tulane in the Rams home opener on Friday evening. Five different players scored at least eight points and the Rams forced 23 turnovers as they cruised past Tulane. Junior D’Andra Moss was a force down low all night with nine points and seven rebounds, while senior Quanitra Hollingsworth and junior La’Tavia Rorie poured in 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Black and Gold improve to 2-1 on the year and are now an astounding 19-3 in games played in the month of November under Head Coach Beth Cunningham. Cunningham now sits just 12 victories away from becoming the winningest coach in school history. The Rams owned the glass all night with a 42-33 rebounding advantage as every player that played for VCU tallied a rebound. VCU’s stalwart defense shined brightly with 11 steals, four by Taylor, as well as holding the Green Wave to just 22.2% from the field in the first-half. The Rams will host East Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 25, before traveling to Albany on Nov. 29.
WILLIAM & MARY (3-1, 0-0 CAA)
William & Mary defeated Norfolk State, 98-38, on Thursday evening in its home opener and then extended its winning streak to three as they were victorious over Delaware State, 54-41, on Sunday. Against NSU, William and Mary set or tied three school records in the win, including the largest-ever margin of victory (60 points). The Tribe forced Norfolk State into a record 37 turnovers, and junior Tiffany Benson tied her own school record with seven blocks. The game also ranks in the top-10 all-time in school history in six other team categories, including second in total points, tied for second in field-goals made (34), tied for third in steals (20), fourth in second-half points (52), tied for sixth in three-point shots made (10), and tied for seventh in fewest points allowed. Senior Dani Kell led the Tribe with her second consecutive double-double, recording game-highs in both points and rebounds (17 and 12). Freshman Taysha Pye had 16 points and six steals, and classmate Janine Aldridge was one of three with 12 points along with Kelly Heath and Katy Oblinger. The bench production was heavily slanted towards W&M, with the Tribe getting 53 points from its reserves against Norfolk State’s eight. In Sunday’s win over Delaware State, the Tribe was led by Kell as she registered 15 points, five assists, three assists, while pulling down seven rebounds. Benson scored her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She also contributed three blocks on the evening. For the week, Kell averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Tribe. The week’s schedule takes the Tribe to Albuquerque, N.M. to play in University of New Mexico’s Thanksgiving Tournament. W&M will take on host New Mexico on Friday and then will face either Nebraska or Butler on Saturday.