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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Dawn Evans • James Madison
Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast, So., Guard
James Madison sophomore guard Dawn Evans collected CAA Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after averaging 32.5 points and 3.5 assists per game last week. She recorded game highs of 28 points and six assists in JMU’s win over Eastern Michigan at the Caribbean Challenge, before scoring a game-high 37 points in the Dukes’ 71-63 loss to Boston College in the tournament finale. Evans shot 50 percent from the floor, 55 percent from beyond the three-point line and 60 percent from the free-throw line. Currently averaging 30.5 points per game this season, Evans leads the nation in scoring.
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, Jr., Forward
Drexel junior forward Gabriela Marginean earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after averaging 26.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.4 assists to help the Dragons to a 2-1 record on the road last week. The junior forward opened the week scoring 33 of her team’s 44 points in a win over Bucknell and later followed that performance with a 32-point showing in the win against Colorado. Marginean is the only player in Drexel history to have recorded three (and four) 30+ point performances in one season. She shot 50 percent from the floor and 93.1 from the charity stripe on the week. Marginean is averaging 27.5 points per outing this season and ranks second in the nation in scoring, following Evans.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Joelle Connelly • Hofstra
Arcade, N.Y./Pioneer Central, Fr., Forward
Hofstra forward Joelle Connelly was named CAA Rookie of the Week for the second time this season as she led the Pride pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game and was second on the team averaging 9.3 points per outing, while helping Hofstra to a 2-1 mark. The rookie recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while also dishing out a HU season-high seven assists in the Pride’s win over Manhattan. In three games, Connelly shot 68.8 percent from the field and blocked a total of nine shots. Through five games, Connelly leads the Pride in scoring (11.6 ppg), rebounds (7.6 rpg), and blocked shots (14) and leads the CAA in shooting percentage (68.8%).
QUICK HITS FOR THIS WEEK:
• The CAA looks to improve on its 30-28 record with 20 contests on the schedule for the upcoming week.
• Averaging 30.8 and 27.5 points per game, JMU’s Dawn Evans and Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean, respectively, lead the nation as the top two scorers among the Division I women’s basketball. Evans also leads the nation in three-point field goals per game, as she has averaged five per game.
• The Lady Monarchs fell out of the AP Top 25 Poll after their loss to then-ranked #24 Michigan State. The last time ODU was not ranked in the Top 25 and but was still receiving votes was Nov. 20, 2007.
QUICK HITS FROM LAST WEEK:
• The CAA finished the third week of play with a 30-28 record.
• Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean scored 33 of the Dragons’ 44 points in a road victory over Bucknell on Tuesday. Her performance marked the third time this season that she has scored 30+ points and became the first Drexel player to accomplish that feat. She followed that performance with a 32-point showing against Colorado to help the Dragons earn a come-from-behind win over Colorado on Saturday.
• Old Dominion jumped from No. 25 in the AP Poll to No. 23 with a victory over nationally-ranked Virginia last week, but fell to No. 24 Michigan State on the road Wednesday, 74-48.
• Dawn Evans led the Dukes to an 80-76 victory over Eastern Michigan at the Caribbean Challenge while scoring 28 points. She followed that performance with scoring 37 points in a 71-63 loss to Boston College on Friday afternoon. The sophomore guard recorded 20+ points for the sixth straight game.
NCAA STAT LEADERS: After three weeks of play, the NCAA released its first stat ranking summaries and the CAA has the top two scorers in the nation playing in the league. James Madison’s Dawn Evans leads the nation in scoring as she averages 30.8 points per game and she is followed by Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean, who is averaging 27.5 points per contest. Middle Tennessee’s Alysha Clark is the next closest player, who is ranked third, as she is averaging 24.8 points per game. Dawn Evans also leads the nation in three-point field goals made per game as she is averaging five per contest. Also ranked in the top 10 in any of the categories is Georgia State’s Brittany Graham as she has posted a three-point field goal percentage of 66.7 and ranks third in the nation. Old Dominion’s Tiffany Green is ranked eighth as she averages 3.2 blocks per outing.
LADY MONARCHS FALL OUT OF AP POLL: With the loss to then-ranked #24 Michigan State, the Lady Monarchs fell out of the Top 25 AP Poll on Dec. 1. This is the first time this since Nov. 20, 2007 that Old Dominion dropped below the Top 25, but continued to receive points. Michigan State jumped to #21 with the win over the Lady Monarchs.
ODU RANKED #20 IN USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES’ POLL: The Lady Monarch’s jumped to #20 in the most recent USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll (Nov. 25). 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 in 2008. 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, 19 games are slated for the 2008-09 season for CAA women’s basketball.
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 2008. The Lady Monarchs extended their home winning streak to 28 games with the victory over Norfolk State on Sunday, Nov. 30 and is currently tied for the nation’s longest home winning streak with Hartford. The Lady Monarchs will look to extend that steak when they host Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 12. The Hawks do not return to West Hartford, Conn., for a home contest until Dec. 6 ironically against Saint Joseph’s.
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 (2-3, 0-0 CAA)
The Blue Hens suffered back-to-back losses this week as they dropped a 50-41 decision to Quinnipiac on the road Tuesday evening before falling to Dartmouth, 59-49, at home. On the week, sophomore guard Vanessa Kabongo stepped up for the Blue Hens as she averaged team highs of 10 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in the two outings. Against Quinnipiac, Kabongo led the team with 12 points and freshman forward Danielle Parker stepped up big for the Hens with 11. Sophomore guard Tesia Harris led the Hens with 10 rebounds and two assists. This is the first game of the season the Hens went without a three-point field goal. On Friday, Delaware led for the first 35 minutes of the game, but Dartmouth outscored the Blue Hens 15-4 the rest of the way and came out with a 59-49 win. Sophomore forward Ariene Jenkins led Delaware with a season-high 10 points and added six rebounds while Harris contributed nine points, Vanessa Kabongo added eight points and seven rebounds, and Corinthia Benison and Danielle Parker each chipped in with seven points apiece. Delaware’s defense allowed just 54.5 points per game last week. The Blue Hens will travel to Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday for their next contest and then to finish the week they will host Maine on Sunday.
DREXEL (3-3, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel went 2-1 on the week, completing a four-game road swing. The Dragons opened the week with a 44-35 road victory over Bucknell on Tuesday evening, before falling to Minnesota, 74-50, at the Colorado Classic on Friday. To finish the week, the Dragons earned a come-from-behind victory over Colorado, 67-63 to close out the tournament Saturday evening. The win over Colorado was the Dragons’ first win over a Big 12 team. Junior forward Gabriela Marginean averaged team highs of 26.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per outing last week, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 93.1 percent from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Jasmina Rosseel followed averaging 7.3 points and joined freshman Kamile Nacickaite in grabbing 4.7 rebounds per contest. On Tuesday, the Dragons spoiled the Bison’s (3-1) perfect record handing them their first loss of the season. Marginean poured in 33 of Drexel’s 44 points and also led her team with 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists. She collected her 16th double-double of the season. Freshmen Tyler Hale and Nacickaite each grabbed eight boards to contribute to Drexel’s season-high 43-board effort. The Bison’s 35 points was their lowest offensive output in the program’s history. With the 33-point output, Marginean becomes the first Dragon ever to score 30 points three times in one season. On Thursday, Minnesota held Marginean to only 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Dragons, while senior guard Andrea Peterson put in a season-high seven points. On Saturday, Marginean broke free, after being shackled with foul trouble through 12 minutes in the first half, in the second to score 26 of her game-high 32 points and lead the Dragons. Her 26 points was a single-half tournament record and finished a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line, all in the second half, to tie a CU Coors Classic Tournament record for free tosses without a miss. Marginean was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts. Rosseel was the Dragons’ second leading scorer with 10 points. She set a tournament record for three-point attempts (9) and knocked down a key trey in the second half during the final run that allowed Drexel come back for the win. The Dragons will return home to host Army on Friday, Dec. 5.
GEORGE MASON (0-5, 0-0 CAA)
The Patriots opened a five-game road trip on Tuesday evening, but was unable to come away with a victory as Jacksonville defeated George Mason, 69-49, in non-conference action. The outing against the Dolphins was the Patriots only contest of the week. Senior Whitney Ward led Mason with 14 points, 10 of which came from the free throw line, while sophomore Eugenia Broadus was the top rebounder for the Patriots, pulling down six boards. For the game, Jacksonville out-shot Mason by a 45.9-to-36.4 percent margin and held a slim 35-to-31 advantage off the glass. Turnovers were an issue though, as the Patriots gave the ball away 26 times to Jacksonville’s 18 turnovers. The stretch of five road games for the Patriots covers five different states, which is something that has never happened before in program history. The Patriots will play three road games this week, beginning with a Monday evening tilt at High Point before road trips to Longwood (Thursday) and Winthrop (Saturday). Following the game against the Eagles, the Patriots will take a two-week final exam break before returning to action at Howard on Dec. 21.
GEORGIA STATE (1-2, 0-0 CAA)
Georgia State suffered back-to-back road losses as the Panthers dropped a 74-56 loss to ACC foe Georgia Tech on Wednesday evening and fell to College of Charleston, 51-49, on Saturday. Junior forward Danyiell McKeller led the Panthers last week as she averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. Teammate Jylisa Williams snatched a team-high eight steals, with seven coming in the game against the Cougars. Against Tech, Georgia State got 19 points from McKeller and 10 points from senior guard Brittany Hollins. The Panthers posted 12 steals with their pressure defense with eight players having at least one steal. Both Panther starting freshman guards who scored in double figures at Clemson, Crystal Johnson and Williams, each fouled out of the game with just six points combined. On Saturday, Georgia State’s furious second-half rally fell a basket short as the host College of Charleston hung on for a 51-49 win. The visiting Panthers found themselves down by 15 points with 14:31 to play in the game, but came back to tie the game at 47 with 1:57 to play. Georgia State was led by McKeller’s 15 points and eight rebounds, with Johnson adding 10 more points. Along with Williams’ seven steals, she posted nine points and nine rebounds as she was working toward a rare triple-double game. Even in the two losses this week, State outscored its opponents in the second half (30-20 vs. CoC; 32-31 vs. GT), after outscoring Clemson, 48-46, in that win to make it 110-97 in the second stanzas. The school’s all-time leader in steals, Brittany Hollins, has six on the season and needs six more to crack the CAA’s all-time top 10 list as she enters the week with 266. Hollins also enters the week with 985 career points, needing 15 to become the 18th Panther to score 1,000-career points. The Panthers will now get the pleasure of playing three straight games at home over the next 13 days. Georgia State is the last CAA school to play their home opener, as they will host Presbyterian on Tuesday. The Panthers will finish the week when they entertain Alabama State on Friday.
HOFSTRA (2-3, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra went 2-1 last week, with its lone loss coming at the hands of nationally-ranked Arizona State. The Pride opened the week with a dominating 81-61 rout of Manhattan on Tuesday, before taking part in the Junkanoo Jam over the weekend. Hofstra fell in its opening contest at the Junkanoo Jam as they fell to #21/19 Arizona State, 80-54, on Friday and then defeated Southern Illinois, 71-67, on Saturday. Junior center Jess Fuller led Hofstra on the week as she averaged 13.3 points per game. Freshman forward Joelle Connelly led the team on the boards averaging 6.3 rebounds per contest and also posted a team-best 3.0 blocks per game. Against Manhattan, Fuller tied a career-high with 19 points and Connelly recorded her second double-double scoring 15 points, while adding 12 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Connelly also added a game-high seven assists in the contest, leading a Pride offensive attack that saw Hofstra dish out 27 assists compared to the Lady Jaspers’ 11. Freshman guard Nicole Capurso contributed 17 points off the bench, giving the Pride three double-figure scorers. Against ASU, Fuller shot 6-of-7 from the field and led Hofstra with 12 points. Sophomore Candice Bellocchio finished with 10 points, six assists and four steals for the Pride, which also got nine points apiece from senior guard Natty Fripp and sophomore guard Aamira Terry. Against the SIU, Terry scored a career-high 16 points and provided a huge second half spark with 10 points after intermission. Brigham followed with 14 points for the Pride. Fuller finished with nine points and four rebounds in the game and shot 18-21 (85.7%) from the field over the last three games. Connelly also added nine points, all in the first half, while also contributing three rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots. Bellocchio was Hofstra’s third player in double figures as she added 11 points to the Pride’s efforts. Niki Williams, who was sidelined the first two games because of injury, returned to the court and put in 34 minutes in the three outings. Bellocchio was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 10.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds in the Pride’s two contests. The Pride will next travel to Buffalo for a match-up on Saturday, Dec. 6, their only contest of the week. Following the trip to Buffalo, Hofstra will begin a three-game homestand, starting with a match-up against Maine on Dec. 9
JAMES MADISON (2-2, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison split on the week, 1-1, at the Caribbean Challenge. The Dukes earned an 80-76 victory over Eastern Michigan on Thursday afternoon, but fell to Boston College, 71-63, on Friday. Senior guard Dawn Evans led the Dukes averaging 32.5 points and 3.5 assists per outing in Cancun, while senior forward Nina Uqdah grabbed 9.0 rebounds per contest to help the Dukes out-rebound their opponents 80-75. Evans shot 50 percent from the field, 55 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the charity stripe last week. On Thursday, the Dukes held off a late EMU rally and were led by a 28-point performance by Evans, who scored 20+ points for the fifth game in a row. Evans’ efforts were good enough for game-high honors. Joining Evans in double-figure scoring for the Dukes were senior forward Kisha Stokes and Uqdah with 11 points each. Stokes and Uqdah also led JMU in rebounding with eight apiece. With her 11 points, Stokes reached the 500 career plateau and after the weekend has 512. Against Boston College, the Eagles outscored the Dukes 15-6 down the stretch to win the game. Evans led all players with 37 points, one below the school record that she shares with Tamera Young (’08). Evans was the only Duke in double figures and she matched her career high with 14 field goals, one below the school record shred by Carolin Dehn-Duhr (vs. Radford in OT on 12/19/88) and Mendy Childress (vs. Lock Haven on 1/10/79). The sophomore has now recorded her school-record sixth game with 20+ points and ninth career game with 20+ points. The former record was held by Meredith Alexis in 2006-07. Evans also passed 500 career point plateau in her 34th career game. Only two other JMU players reached 500 points faster: Sue Manelski (‘83) in her 32nd game and Lesley Dickinson (‘07) in her 33rd game. Uqdah was JMU’s leading rebounder with 10 and also had game highs of three blocked shots and a career-high five steals. Her three blocked shots pushed her to just being four away from fifth place in the JMU all-time career list. The Dukes will return to Virginia to host Liberty on Tuesday, Dec. 2, before traveling to Washington, D.C. to play Georgetown on Friday, Dec. 5.
UNC WILMINGTON (4-1, 0-0 CAA)
The Seahawks improved to 4-0 on the season as they earned a 53-48 victory over Fordham on Friday afternoon at the Cancun Challenge, but fell in their first contest of the year in the championship match against South Carolina, 57-54. Sophomore Brittany Blackwell averaged team highs in points (16.0 ppg) and rebounds (6.5 rpg). She was followed by senior Sahsha Taylor (13.0 ppg) and junior Greta Luksyte (11.0 ppg). Junior Candace Walkers averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest last week for the Seahawks. Against Fordham, Blackwell posted a game-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds to record her second double-double in as many contests and lead UNCW. Blackwell, who posted the eighth double-double of her career, was joined in double figures by Taylor, who chipped in 17 points on the strength of an 11-of-13 performance from the free-throw line, including a perfect 8-for-8 effort from the charity stripe in the second half. Luksyte added eight points and a game-best four steals, while Walker pitched in seven points and a season-high seven rebounds. Fordham’s bench outscored the Seahawks’ reserves by a 25-0 margin. The Seahawks fell to South Carolina by only a basket in the championship game on Saturday. Luksyte and Blackwell tallied 14 points apiece and Taylor chipped in nine for UNCW. In the contest against USC, Taylor became the 24th player in program history to play 100 games. She is just 16 appearances away from typing the program’s all-time leader, Shameka Montgomery. Luksyte also established a new personal best as she dished out a game-high five assists, while Taylor recorded a season-high four steals. Blackwell has now scored in double figures in each of the last 21 games she has played. Luksyte hit two treys versus the Gamecocks, moving her to just two trifectas away from tying Cindy Makowski for ninth place on the school’s career three-pointers made chart. The Seahawks will return home for their only contest of the week against Kent State on Thursday, Dec. 4.
NORTHEASTERN (0-4, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern played only one contest this past week and suffered its fourth straight loss with a close 71-68 decision to cross-town rival Boston University. The Huskies played in the opener of a double-header in Matthews Arena, rather than their typical home court in Cabot Gym (Soloman Court). Sophomore Jasmine Crew hit a three-point shot with seconds to go, bringing the Huskies to within one, but BU’s Aly Hinton made a pair of free-throws with six seconds left to seal the victory. Junior forward Kendra Walton set career highs with 20 points and 16 rebounds in the defeat. Walton pulled down a game-high 11 defensive boards for the Huskies and added two blocks and two steals against the Terriers. Crew added 17 points, eight boards and a game-high five assists. The Huskies will begin a four-game road stand as they visit Rhode Island on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and then travel to play Stony Brook on Saturday, Dec. 6.
#20 OLD DOMINION (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
The Lady Monarchs split on the week, 1-1, as they suffered a 74-48 setback to #24 Michigan State on the road Wednesday evening and then returned home to collect a 97-54 win over Norfolk State on Sunday. The win over the Spartans gave ODU its 28th consecutive home victory, tying for the nation’s longest home active streak with Hartford. The streak began back on Dec. 20, 2006 with a 72-55 victory over national runners-up Rutgers. ODU’s last loss at The Ted Constant Convocation Center was against national champion Tennessee, 79-59, back on Dec. 22, 2006. Senior Tiffany Green and junior Jessica Canady each averaged 16.0 points per game for the Lady Monarchs last week. Canady grabbed a team-high 11.5 rebounds per outing. Senior Jazzmin Walters also assisted with 11.5 ppg and dished out a team-best 4.5 assists per game. Against MSU, Old Dominion was led by Green’s 11 points. The Lady Monarchs, which led a majority of the first half, held as much as a seven-point edge in the opening stanza. A pair of free throws by senior Jen Nuzzo gave the Lady Monarch an 18-11 lead with 8:53 left in the half. From their however, Michigan State would close out the half outscoring Old Dominion, 22-9. The Lady Monarchs trailed 33-27 at the half. In the second half, the Spartans managed to outscore the Lady Monarchs, 41-21, and held Old Dominion to only one field goal in the opening nine and a half minutes. On Sunday, the Lady Monarchs scored 56 points in the paint, two more points than the entire NSU team combined. Canady recorded her eight career double-double and third of the year with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Her 19 rebounds were a career-high surpassing her previous personal best of 15 against Delaware (1/27/08). With her career-tying 21 point performance, Green moved up two notches on the ODU all-time scoring leaders list surpassing Sharron Francis (1998-02) and Shonda DeBerry (1992-96) to move into 22nd on the list. Green now has 1,103 career points and needs just 74 more to move into 21st past Kim McQuarter (1985-89). Old Dominion is in the midst of a four-game homestand, but will be idle this week and returns to action on Friday, Dec. 12 when they host Saint Joseph’s.
TOWSON (4-0, 0-0 CAA)
Towson extended its winning streak to four games as they earned home victories over Radford, 59-53, and Duquesne, 59-56. Junior guard Shanae Baker-Brice led the Tigers last week averaging 16.0 points per game and shooting 50 percent from the floor, 100 percent from three-point range and 87.5 percent from the charity stripe. Junior forward Katrina Wheeler took charge under the boards as she averaged 14.0 rebounds per outing. Senior guard Alis Freeman averaged a team-best 6.5 assists per contest. Against Radford, Baker-Brice scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half to help the Tigers overcome a 12-point halftime deficit. Junior forward Kandace Davis posted the seventh double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Wheeler recorded the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Freeman contributed five points, nine assists and four steals. Towson won the rebounding battle for the first time all season, 40-37. On Sunday, a three-pointer by Freeman with 1:38 to play in the game allowed the Towson basketball team to rally from a second-half deficit and defeat Duquesne. The Tigers recorded their victory ever against the Dukes and snapped Duquesne’s six-game win streak. Wheeler posted her second straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Omara Parker knocked down a team-high 15. Towson takes the road for most of the month of December as they will play five of their six games away from the Towson Center. The Tigers open the month with an outing in Lewisburg, Pa., against Bucknell on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Towson will continue its road trek with a contest at UMBC on Saturday, Dec. 6.
VCU (4-1, 0-0 CAA)
The Rams won back-to-back contests as they defeated East Carolina, 78-67, on Tuesday night in Richmond before downing Albany, 67-53, on the road Saturday afternoon. The pair of victories extended VCU’s winning streak to three games. Senior center Quanitra Hollingsworth led the Rams as she averaged 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game last week. Junior guards La’Tavia Rorie put together 17.5 points per game and Kita Waller added 12.0 points per outing. Rorie finished the week shooting 58 percent from the floor, 75 percent from beyond the arc and 91 percent from the charity stripe. Against ECU, the Rams received a career-high 24 points from Rorie and the first double-double of the season for Hollingsworth. Including a career-high, Rorie’s 24 points were a game-high, while Hollingsworth finished with her 38th career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Waller and senior Radoslava Bachvarova were the other two Rams in double-figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. On Saturday, Hollingsworth posted game highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds. It marked the 39th time during her career that Hollingsworth reached double figures in those two categories. She helped lead VCU to a 43-31 rebounding advantage. Hollingsworth had five offensive rebounds, as did Rorie. Rorie contributed 11 points and seven total rebounds. Waller also had 11 rebounds to go with five rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Jessica Taylor scored a career-high 11 points, all in the second half. She also had four steals and two rebounds. The victories improve VCU’s record to 4-1 on the year and 21-3 in the month of November under Cunningham. She also needs just 10 career wins to become the all-time winningest coach in school history. The Rams will now prepare to host cross-town rival Richmond on Wednesday, before traveling to nearby Washington, D.C. for a contest with Georgetown on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
William & Mary fell to host New Mexico, 68-51, in the N.M. Thanksgiving Tournament, but rebounded in the consolation contest with a close 53-50 win over Butler on Saturday to earn third place at the tournament. Averaging 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last week, junior forward Tiffany Benson led the Tribe in both categories. Sophomore guard Katy Oblinger dished out a team-high 11 assists (5.5 apg) and Benson and junior forward Lauren Aadland each blocked six shots a piece. Junior guard Kelly Heath averaged 9.5 points per game, all of them coming in the second halves of the two contests. Against the Lobos, Benson led the Tribe with 11 points, while senior guard/forward Dani Kell and Aadland each followed with 10. Aadland led the Tribe with a team-high six rebounds. Kell also added a team-high three steals, while Oblinger and Heath each pulled down a five boards. The Lobos outrebounded the Tribe, 51-38, on the evening. On Saturday, the Tribe used a stifling defense to hold Butler without a field goal and to only a single free throw over the final 6:20 while mounting a 10-1 run to claim the come-from-behind victory, 53-50. Benson led all players in the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds along with four blocks, 10 and seven coming in the first 20 minutes. Heath provided the fireworks down the stretch scoring the Tribe’s final eight points as she finished with 10 in the game. Oblinger had a career-high seven assists in the win. The Tribe will return home to host Howard on Thursday, before making the short trip to Richmond to play the Spiders on Saturday.