THIS WEEK’S QUICK HITS:
The CAA looks to improve on its 41-37 record with only eight contests on the schedule for the week.
The first RPI ratings came out from Collegiate Basketball News and the CAA is ranked #8 through games of Dec. 7. VCU leads the conference ranked at #28 and Towson follows at #30.
Old Dominion looks to extend its home winning streak to 29, tying the national leader Hartford, with a win over Saint Joseph’s on Friday evening.
The CAA has the top two scorers in the nation playing in the league as Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean jumped to the #1 spot netting 27.1 points per game and JMU’s Dawn Evans falling to second while averaging 26.7 points per contest. Evans also leads the nation in three-point field goals made (3.8) per game.
After an impressive week with 70 forced turnovers and 49 steals, the Georgia State Panthers lead the nation as a team averaging 18.0 steals per match-up.
Drexel, George Mason, Georgia State, VCU and William & Mary are idle this week due to final exams.
LAST WEEK’S QUICK HITS:
The CAA improved its record to 41-37.
Averaging 30.8 and 27.5 points per game, JMU’s Dawn Evans and Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean, respectively, led the nation as the top two scorers among the Division I women’s basketball. Evans also led the nation in three-point field goals per game (5.0 per game).
JMU’s Dawn Evans posted a game-high 27 points in the Dukes’ win over Liberty on Tuesday night, while Georgia State collected a win in their home opener as they registered a school record 30 steals to go along with 41 forced turnovers against Presbyterian.
Northeastern collected its first win of the season with a 56-53 road victory over Rhode Island and continued its streak with a win over Stony Brook, 62-51, on Saturday.
JMU’s Dawn Evans was held to only 10 points in the Dukes’ loss to Georgetown on Friday evening, while Drexel’s Marginean posted another 20+ point performance in the Dragons’ loss to Army as she netted 25.
Georgia State’s Brittany Hollins scored her 1,000th career point in the Panthers’ victory over Alabama State on Friday evening.
Towson extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over Bucknell on Wednesday, but on Saturday, UMBC spoiled the Tigers run with a one-point win, 69-68.
The Lady Monarchs fell out of the Top 25 Polls after their loss to then-ranked #24 Michigan State. The last time ODU was not ranked in the Top 25, but was still receiving votes was Nov. 20, 2007.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Danyiell McKeller Georgia State
Fayetteville, N.C./Westover, Jr., Forward
Georgia State junior forward Danyiell McKeller received CAA Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after helping the Panthers to a pair of home victories last week. The junior averaged 14.4 points per game, while shooting 79 percent from the floor (11-for-14) in the contests. McKeller, who averaged 19.0 minutes per game over the course of the week, shot 64 percent from the free-throw line (7-of-11). She also contributed five steals, four rebounds and two assists in the two contests.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Joelle Connelly Hofstra
Arcade, N.Y./Pioneer Central, Fr., Forward
Hofstra forward Joelle Connelly collected CAA Rookie of the Week for the third time this season as she helped the Pride to an overtime win over Buffalo on the road. The freshman hit a buzzer-beater basket as time expired in regulation that sent the contest into overtime. She finished the contest with 11 points and recorded career highs of 13 rebounds and six blocks, marking her third double-double of the season. The 13 rebounds were tied for game-high honors, while her six blocks marked a game-high. Connelly shot 71 percent from the floor (5-of-7). She had four offensive rebounds and nine defensive boards, while also picking up three assists.
NCAA STAT LEADERS: For the second straight week, the CAA has the top two scorers in the nation playing in the league. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean and James Madison’s Dawn Evans swapped spots this week as Marginean now leads the nation averaging 27.1 points per game and Evans follows at #2 putting up 26.7 points per outing. UMBC’s Carlee Cassidy is the next closest player, who is ranked third, as she is netting 23.9 points per contest. Evans is tied leading the nation in three-point field goals made per game with Bethune Cookman’s Keturah Newkirk, as they each average 3.8 per game. Also ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA statistic summaries is Hofstra’s Joelle Connelly and Old Dominion’s Tiffany Green in blocked shots per game. Connelly is ranked fourth averaging 3.3 blocks per outing, while Green follows at #6 stopping 3.2 per contest. The Georgia State Panthers lead the nation as a team averaging 18.0 steals per match-up, while Towson follows at #10 with13.3 per contest. The Panthers also rank second with a turnover margin of 14.0. The Pride of Hofstra is ranked sixth in blocked shots per game (6.5 bpg).
CAA NO. 8 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA opened the 2008-09 season ranked eighth among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News (through games of Dec. 7). VCU leads the conference ranked at #28 and Towson follows at #30. Old Dominion is then ranked at #57, while Hofstra and Georgia State follow at #96 and #97, respectively.
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 follows Hartford (29) which has the nation’s longest home winning streak. The Lady Monarchs will look to extend their steak when they host Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 12. The Hawks will now play on the road for the next month and will return to their home court on Jan. 7 when they host Binghamton in America East conference play.
LADY MONARCHS FALL OUT OF AP & USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES’ POLLS: With the loss to then-ranked #24 Michigan State, the Lady Monarchs fell out of the Top 25 AP Poll on Dec. 1 and then out of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll on Dec. 2. 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 is still receiving votes, just short of the top 25.
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.
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.
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 in 2007-08. 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 (4-3, 0-0 CAA)
The Blue Hens snapped a three-game losing streak with a road victory at Maryland Eastern Shore, 64-45, on Thursday evening and went on to finish the week with a 55-40 home win over Maine on Sunday. Freshman Jocelyn Bailey led Delaware on the week averaging 11.5 points, while sophomore forward Ariene Jenkins averaged a double-double with 10.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Vanessa Kabongo also contributed 10.0 points per outing.Against the Hawks, Kabongo tied a career high with 17 points and Bailey scored a season-high 14 to lead Delaware. A big key to Delaware’s win was Jenkins’ rebounding as she grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. Free-throw shooting was also a major key for Delaware, as the Blue Hens made 23-33 (69.7) from the foul line, including 10-of-13 in the first half. Bailey was particularly impressive at the line, making 10-of-12. On Sunday, Jenkins posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tesia Harris added 11 points and Corinthia Benison chipped in with 10 points and posted five steals as the Blue Hens won their second straight game and posted their best defensive effort since a 42-37 win over VCU on Feb. 7, 2008. The Blue Hens return to the court on Dec. 10 when they visit Massachusetts for a 5 p.m. match-up.
DREXEL (3-4, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel dropped a 55-49 decision to visiting Army on Friday evening. The Dragons came all the way back after trailing by 14 points in the first half to take a three-point lead with 8:51 left in the game. But a 10-0 run by Army over the next four minutes allowed the Black Knights to pull away for the win. Junior forward Gabriela Marginean led all scorers with 25 points and swiped a career-high five steals, but it was not enough to give the Dragons their second home win of the season. Senior forward Nicole Hester set season highs with five assists, two steals and two blocks. Marginean shot 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. It was just the second time in her career that she’s missed more than two free throws in a game. The other time it happened was on Feb. 22, 2007, when she scored a school-record 47 points in an NCAA-record five-overtime game against Northeastern and went 15-of-18 from the line. The Dragons are not scheduled to play a game for two weeks as they complete their final exams for the semester. The next time Drexel will be in action is on Dec. 19 at cross-town rival Penn.
GEORGE MASON (0-7, 0-0 CAA)
The Patriots went 0-3 on the week with road losses at High Point, 66-55, Longwood, 52-42, and Winthrop, 58-42. Junior guard Rashauna Hobbs led all Patriots averaging nine points a game last week. Sophomore forward Eugenia Broadus was well balanced statistically as she averaged seven points and 9.3 rebounds per outing. On Monday against High Point, the Patriots were led by 14 points from Hobbs, while Broadus and senior Brittney Wilkins each pulled down double-digit rebounds, recording 11 and 10 boards, respectively, leading the way for Mason which out-rebounded the Panthers by a 51-to-38 differential. Against Longwood, the Patriots were led by 10 points from Wilkins. With the score tied at 36, Longwood used an 8-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 44-38, an advantage which grew as large as 11 as the game came to a close, denying Mason its first win of the season. At Winthrop, Mason was led by senior Whitney Ward’s 11 points. The Patriots were plagued by poor field goal shooting as they posted 21.7 percent field goal shooting (10-for-46) as they fell to the Eagles in a game that was marked by 48 fouls and 70 free throw attempts between the two teams. The Patriots will take a two-week final exam break before returning to action at Howard on Dec. 21.
GEORGIA STATE (3-2, 0-0 CAA)
Georgia State opened the week with an 82-42 victory over Presbyterian in the Panthers home opener on Tuesday evening and completed the week with an 83-42 home win over Alabama State on Friday. The Panthers were led by junior forward Danyiell McKeller, who averaged 14.5 points per game last week. She was joined by freshman guard Jylisa Williams (12.5 ppg) and junior forward Dana Olsen (10.0 ppg) to averaged double figure points. Senior guard Brittany Hollins averaged 6.0 steals per outing, while freshman guard Crystal Johnson averaged 5.0 assists per contest. Against Presbyterian, the Panthers, who entered the game ranked No. 5 in the nation in turnover margin (+26) and No. 11 in steals (13.7 per game), certainly moved that ranking higher with the school record 30 steals to go with 41 forced turnovers. The Panthers had just 12 turnovers for a +29 and had the ball stolen just 3 times for a +27. The previous school record for steals in a game was 23 in 1995 against Kennesaw State. State’s leader of the steals pack was appropriately the school’s all-time steals leader, Hollins with seven and she moved into the top 10 in CAA history. Georgia State, with a hefty 33 points from its bench, had four players in double figures. Williams scored 14 points with five steals, while McKeller added 13 points. Hollins added 10 points. On Friday, Georgia State posted a school record as they went 38-of-54 from the free throw line against ASU. Hollins scored her 1,000th career point in the first half of Friday’s win as well. Georgia State was led by 16 points from McKeller, 14 points from Olsen and 10 points from Williams. Hollins, who played just 23 minutes of the game, added a team-best five steals, eight points and four rebounds. For the Georgia State top-10 statistically ranked team, it was another stellar effort as they maintained their season average of 17.8 steals and 30 turnovers a game with 19 more steals tonight and 29 forced turnovers. This also marks the first time in school history for back-to-back 40-point wins. Hollins finished the week with 278 career wins to place her eighth on the All-Time CAA Career Steals list. The back-to-back 40-point wins are another school record as State had never won two-in-a-row by 40 or more points before. Georgia State will now be off for 10 days for semester final exams and return to action on Monday, Dec. 15 against Louisiana-Lafayette in the UAB Blazer Invitational Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. Georgia State’s originally scheduled game for Dec. 13 with Winthrop has been moved to Jan. 27 for a 6 p.m. start.
HOFSTRA (3-3, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra evened its record on Saturday afternoon with an 80-73 overtime road victory over Buffalo. The win marks the first time the Pride has won back-to-back games since March 17 and 21, 2007, when Hofstra made a run to the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Hofstra has now won three of its last four games heading into it upcoming three-game homestand. The Pride was led by junior center Jess Fuller, who put up 14 points. She also posted career highs with 13 rebounds and five blocks. Hofstra also received a strong performance from freshman forward Joelle Connelly, as she recorded 11 points and added career highs of 13 rebounds and six blocks. The Pride used a buzzer-beating jumper from Connelly to send the game into overtime before earning the victory. The game was Hofstra’s first overtime win since a 91-85 victory over Delaware on Feb. 12, 2006 and it is the first time that Hofstra had two players with double-doubles since Feb. 1, 2007, when Lizanne Murphy and Vanessa Gidden achieved that feat. It was Fuller’s first double-double of the season, while Connelly picks up the third of her freshman campaign. The duo helped the Pride hold a 49-39 advantage on the boards in the contest. Fuller had 10 of her 14 points in the second stanza, while Hofstra got a team-high 17 points from freshman guard Nicole Capurso. Senior guard Natty Fripp finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Sam Brigham tallied 10 in the victory. Hofstra will begin a three-game homestand, starting with a match-up against Maine on Dec. 9.
JAMES MADISON (3-3, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison split on the week, keeping their record even at 3-3. The Dukes defeated Liberty, 77-64, at home on Tuesday evening, before falling to Georgetown, 62-59, Friday evening. Sophomore guard Dawn Evans, who opened the week as the nation’s leading scorer averaging 30.8 points, was held to only averaging 18.5 points per game last week. Evans extended her school record of consecutive games with 20+ points to seven with her efforts against Liberty before Georgetown spoiled that streak holding the sophomore to only 10 points on Friday. Evans also contributed 5.5 assists per outing. Sophomore center Lauren Jimenez finished the week averaging 14.0 points per contest, while junior guard Sarah Williams followed with 11.0 ppg. Jimenez shot an impressive 69 percent from the floor (11-of-16) and 60 percent from the free-throw line (6-of-10) this week. Senior forward Nina Uqdah led the Dukes on the boards averaging 8.5 rebounds per game. Against Liberty, Evans scored a game-high 27 points to lead Madison. Uqdah led JMU with a game-high 12 rebounds. Also in double-figures for JMU were Williams and senior forward Kisha Stokes with 11 each and Uqdah with 10. Stokes also had nine rebounds. On Friday, Jimenez led all players with 20 points and four blocked shots, tying her career highs in both categories. Williams grabbed a game- and career-high 10 rebounds and matched her season scoring high with 11 points. Evans, who entered the game averaging an NCAA-leading 30.0 points, was held to 10 points and equaled her season high with seven assists. Evans did not hit a three-pointer in the contest against the Hoyas, marking only the second time in her career (36 games). Prior to that Evans had hit a three-pointer in a school-record 25 consecutive contests. The former record of 22 was set by Allyson Keener in 2000-01. Georgetown scored 23 points following JMU’s 27 turnovers. The Dukes will travel to Blacksburg, Va. to face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday, Dec. 14, for their only contest of the week.
UNC WILMINGTON (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
The Seahawks suffered a 69-54 setback to Kent State at home on Thursday, dropping their second straight contest. Senior Sahsha Taylor scored a season-high 19 points for UNCW, who shot season-lows of 30.0 percent from the floor and 11.1 percent from three-point range. Junior Greta Luksyte joined Taylor in double figures with 11 while sophomore Brittany Blackwell, the team’s leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, was held to a season-low nine points. It was the first time in 11 games that Blackwell was held under double digit points. Blackwell pulled down a team-best six rebounds while Taylor and Luksyte corralled five caroms each. UNCW struggled from the floor shooting season lows of 30 percent from the field and 11 percent from three-point range, while KSU shot 48 percent from the floor and 47 percent from beyond the arc in the 15-point victory. The 69 points scored by the Golden Flashes was a season high for a UNCW opponent, while their 37 points in the first half was the highest point output in a half by a Seahawk opponent this season. Taylor’s 19-point performance moved the Charlotte native into seventh place on the school’s career scoring list. She now has 1,212 points for her career and is just 11 points away from passing Jennifer Kapper for sixth on the all-time list (1,222). UNC Wilmington will play one game this week as it hosts lone-time foe and former CAA member East Carolina on Dec. 14 in a 4 p.m. matinee at Trask Coliseum.
NORTHEASTERN (2-4, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern went 2-0 on the week after holding off a late second half run by Rhode Island to earn a 56-53 road victory on Wednesday evening and earning a 62-51 road win over Stony Brook on Saturday. Sophomore forward Kim Carr shot 67 percent from the floor this week to lead the Huskies averaging 13.0 points per game. Junior forward Kendra Walton poured in 11.0 points per contest and senior guard Ashlee Feldman averaged 10.0 points per outing. Sophomore guard Jasmine Crew dished out 10 assists on the week. On Wednesday, the win over the Rams is the first of the season for the Huskies. Northeastern was lead by Carr, who had a game- and career-high 22 points along with five rebounds. Walton chipped in with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Crew added 13 points and a game-high six assists. The Huskies held the advantage on the boards, 32-27, but URI shot 48.1 percent from the floor while holding NU to shooting 43.1 percent from the field. The Rams only shot three free throws in the contest, missing all three, while the Huskies shot 88.9 percent (8-for-9). On Saturday, the Huskies were led by Feldman, who scored a game-high 17 points, while shooting 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. Walton chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds and three steals. Defense was the key for NU as the Huskies snatched 15 steals from the Seawolves. The Huskies will continue a four-game roadstand when they take on New Hampshire, Dec. 14, and Massachusetts, Dec. 20.
OLD DOMINION (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
Old Dominion was idle last week and returns to the hardwood on Friday night against Saint Joseph’s looking to extend their home court win streak. The Lady Monarchs have won 28 consecutive home games, the second longest active home winning streak in the nation behind Hartford’s 29 game streak. ODU’s streak began back on Dec. 30, 2006 with a 72-55 victory over national running-up Rutgers. ODU’s last loss at the Ted Constant Convocation Center was against national champion Tennessee, 79-59, back on Dec. 22, 2006. Old Dominion and Saint Joseph’s will meet for the first time since 1994, when the Lady Monarchs prevailed, 56-55, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Following Friday’s meeting with the Hawks, ODU will host defending NCAA Champion Tennessee on Thursday, December 18 and 2006 NCAA Champion Maryland on Sunday, Dec. 21. Both of those contests will be aired on Comcast SportsNet.
TOWSON (5-1, 0-0 CAA)
Towson extended its winning streak to five games as they downed Bucknell on the road, 62-51, Wednesday evening, but the UMBC Retrievers spoiled the Tigers’ perfect record as Towson fell by one point, 69-68, on Saturday. The Tigers’ 5-0 start matched the best start in Towson’s Division I history in 2006-07 when the Tigers finished 17-12 (8-10 CAA) that season. Junior guard Shanae Baker-Brice led the Tigers on the week averaging 14.5 points per outing, for the only Towson player to average double-digit points. She also recorded team highs of nine steals and eight assists. Junior forward Katrina Wheeler grabbed a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game and junior forward Kandace Davis contributed 8.0 boards per contest. Against the Bison, the Tigers received a team-high 18 points from Baker-Brice. Baker-Brice hit double figures in the scoring column for the fifth straight game, notching 18 points to go along with six rebounds and game highs of eight assists and seven steals. Davis knocked down 11 points including eight in the second half. Senior guard Brandy Black, making her first start of the year, scored seven points. Sophomore forward Dovile Miliauskaite had seven points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. On Saturday, Towson placed four players in double figures in the scoring column, led by sophomore guard Omara Parker’s 15 points. Wheeler posted her third double-double of the season as she had 12 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots. Sophomore guard Simona Petronyte finished with 12 points, while Baker-Brice extended her double figure scoring streak to six games with 11. Davis grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with six points. The Tigers will host Navy on Tuesday, Dec. 9, before visiting an unbeaten Richmond squad that is 8-0. The Spiders have won back-to-back contests over CAA teams (VCU and William & Mary), but the Tigers look to put a stop to that streak as well as handing the Spiders its first loss of the season.
VCU (5-2, 0-0 CAA)
The Rams split on the week as they fell to cross-town rival Richmond, 56--48, to snap their three game winning streak on Wednesday evening, but earned a home victory with a 71-61 decision over Big East rival Georgetown. Senior Quanitra Hollingsworth and junior Kita Waller each averaged 13 points per outing for the Rams. Hollingsworth also grabbed nine rebounds per game and tallied her 40th career double-double against UR. Junior forward D’Andra Moss stopped six blocks on the week. Against the Spiders, Hollingsworth was the lone bright spot on the evening as the veteran netted her third straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Waller was the first-half force for the Rams and finished 11 points and five rebounds, while sophomore guard Jessica Taylor poured in six points off the bench. On Sunday against Georgetown, VCU’s balanced attack was on display with five different Rams in double-figures led by Waller’s 15 points. The junior standout also brought down eight rebounds and dished out four assist. Freshman point guard Jennifer Lane chipped in a career-high 12 points, while senior Radoslava Bachvarova poured in 14 points. Hollingsworth and Moss rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 and 10 points, respectively. VCU will take almost two week off for final exams and will return to the court on Dec. 19 when they travel to Radford. The Rams will also sneak in a home contest against North Carolina State before the holiday break on Dec. 21.
WILLIAM & MARY (5-3, 0-0 CAA)
William & Mary split on the week as they improved to 3-0 at home as they defeated Howard, 80-55, Thursday evening, before falling on the road to a tough unbeaten Richmond squad on Saturday, 63-47. Junior Kelly Heath turned it up for the Tribe this week as she averaged a team-best 12.5 points per outing. Junior Tiffany Benson grabbed a team-high 12.0 rebounds per game last week and added nine points per contest. Sophomore Katy Oblinger dished out a league-best 14 assists in the two contests. Against Howard, as a team, the Tribe took great care of the ball in committing only eight turnovers, tied as the second-fewest in a game all-time. Oblinger set a career-high in assists for the second-straight contest, dishing out 10 against zero turnovers to set a new single-game high mark for the CAA this season. Her 10 assists are tied as the sixth-highest single-game output in school history. Oblinger also finished second on the team in rebounding with a career-high seven, all coming on the defensive end. Against the Spiders, Heath was the team’s top offensive weapon, scoring 13 points and chipping in four rebounds. Benson just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds, seven coming on the offensive glass. The Tribe became the first team this season to lead the Spiders at the half, taking a 23-18 advantage into the locker room. William & Mary will now take a two week period off from contests for final exams. The Tribe will return to action on Dec. 19 when they host Hampton in Williamsburg, Va.
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