THIS WEEK’S QUICK HITS:
• James Madison joined Delaware and Richmond as the only teams to beat Old Dominion on its home court in conference play with a 72-67 victory on Sunday. The loss was only the Lady Monarch’s third ever conference loss on its home court having suffered a 70-74 loss to Richmond on February 19, 1992 and Delaware on January 9, 2005 with a 70-73 setback. Old Dominion drops to 164-3 at home against the CAA and 317-18 all-time.
• The CAA has posted a 76-54 record in non-conference play.
• The CAA is ranked 10th 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 Jan. 25). VCU jumped back in front with an RPI rating of 40, while Old Dominion, perennial powerhouse of the CAA, followed at 52. James Madison improved to 75 after a big win at Old Dominion on Sunday, while Towson follows with a rating of 89.
• The CAA has the two of the top four scorers in the nation playing in the league. James Madison’s Dawn Evans continued to steady her spot at No. 1 while averaging 24.8 points per outing. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean is ranked fourth as she is averaging 22.8 points per contest.
• Virginia Commonwealth made an appearance in the AP Poll on Jan. 26, as they received a vote. This is the first appearance for the Rams in VCU history that they have appeared in the AP Poll.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Dawn Evans • James Madison
Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast, So., Guard
James Madison sophomore guard Dawn Evans was named CAA Player of the Week after leading the Dukes to a pair of conference wins, including a road victory over Old Dominion. The sophomore, who leads the nation in scoring, averaged 27.0 points per game and dished out a team-best 14 assists on the week. She scored a team-high 18 points in the win over George Mason and poured in a Ted Constant Center opponent record 36 points in the win over ODU. Evans also added a career-high 11 assists against Mason on Thursday.
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, Jr., Forward
Drexel junior forward Gabriela Marginean earned CAA Player of the Week honors after helping the Dragons to a 2-0 week in conference play. She averaged 21.5 points per game and grabbed 8.0 rebounds per outing for the Dragons. Marginean shot 64.3 percent from the floor (18-of-28) and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line (7-of-9) in the victories. She tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds against Northeastern and then recorded a game-high 19 points in the win over Towson to finish the week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Nicole Capurso • Hofstra
Staten Island, N.Y./St. John Villa Academy, Fr., Guard
Hofstra freshman guard Nicole Capurso received CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season after leading the Pride in scoring this week as she averaged 13.5 points as Hofstra went 1-1 on the road last week. The rookie shot a stellar 7-of-11 (.636) from long range and was 9-of-19 (.474) from the field in the two outings. Capurso posted 13 points in the match-up against VCU and then followed that performance with a team-high 14 points in the Pride’s win over Georgia State. The freshman also recorded four rebounds, two steals and one assist on the week.
NCAA STAT LEADERS (THROUGH GAMES OF JAN. 25): The CAA has the two of the top four scorers in the nation playing in the league. James Madison’s Dawn Evans continued to steady her spot at No. 1 while averaging 24.8 points per outing. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean is ranked fourth as she is averaging 22.8 points per contest. Drexel’s Andrea Peterson is ranked second with an assist turnover ratio of 2.89. Marginean improved to seventh in free-throw percentage while shooting 90.2 this far this season. Hofstra’s Jess Fuller is ranked eighth with a shooting percentage of 60 percent from the field. Fuller is also ranked ninth in blocked shots per game (3.1 bpg), while William & Mary’s Tiffany Benson follows at 11th (3.0 bpg). Benson is also eighth pulling down 11.1 rebounds per contest. Drexel’s Jasmina Rosseel jumped to 12th in the nation as she is averaging 2.8 three-pointers made per outing. Towson’s Shanae Baker-Brice moved to 14th as she is averaging 3.1 steals per game. The Dragons of Drexel lead the nation in free-throw percentage while shooting 83.0 from the charity stripe. The Hofstra Pride defense stands strong and tall as they are third in the nation in blocked shots averaging 7.3 per game. The Georgia State Panthers are ninth in the nation averaging 12.4 steals per match-up and improved to eighth with a turnover margin of 6.18. Towson follows ranked 15th snatching 11.7 steals per contest. The Delaware’s defense is ranked sixth holding its opponents to shooting only 24.8 percent from the three-point range and Drexel follows holding its opponents to 26 percent from beyond the arc.
CAA NO. 10 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA is ranked 10th 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 Jan. 25). VCU jumped back in front with an RPI rating of 40, while Old Dominion, perennial powerhouse of the CAA, followed at 52. James Madison improved to 75 after a big win at Old Dominion on Sunday, while Towson follows with a rating of 89.
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 (The Comcast Network) 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.
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. STAT WATCH: Dawn Evans has scored 851 points in just 47 contests. If Evans continues to average her current average, 24.8 points per game, she can score her 1,000th point in her 53rd contest, becoming the fastest player to reach 1,000 points in CAA history.
AP POLL UPDATE: Virginia Commonwealth received a vote in the most recent AP Poll, posted on Jan. 26. The Rams are 15-4 overall and 5-2 in CAA action. This is the first time in VCU history that the women’s basketball program has received votes in the AP Poll.
CAA TEAMS UP WITH GIRL SCOUTS: For the 15th consecutive year, the CAA and Girl Scouts of the USA are teaming up for the “Be Your Best” partnership. Each CAA institution has designated a women’s basketball game this season as “Girl Scout Appreciation Day”, with the goal of teaching girls the many benefits that can be gained from participating in sports. Girl Scouts are invited to attend the games and cheer for their favorite CAA team. A variety of activities is planned in conjunction with the games, including autograph sessions with players, instructional clinics with coaches and spirit contests. To receive the special admission, Girl Scouts must wear their uniforms (i.e., t-shirt or sweatshirt, pins) to the game.
CAA TEAMS UP WBCA FOR THINK PINK: The CAA women’s basketball programs have committed to participate in a variety of different ways to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The week set aside for this year’s initiative is February 13-22, however many schools are participating outside of that window due to the scheduling conflicts. A large number of schools have committed to participate nationwide in the 2009 WBCA’s “Think Pink” initiative.
A TOUCH OF HISTORY: There is something in common with VCU’s Rochelle Luckett, Old Dominion’s Mery Andrade & Tisha Penicheiro and Georgia State’s Brittany Hollins as they will all have recorded at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 300 steals. Luckett, Andrade, Penicheiro and Hollins are the only four that have accomplished these numbers in CAA history.
HOME SWEET HOME: VCU is the only teams in the CAA that has a perfect record on their home court, as the Rams enters the week with a 11-0 record at the Siegel Center this season. VCU currently own a 13 game win streak at home, dating back to the end of the 2007-08 season. The streak ranks tied for eighth in the nation. The 13 straight wins at home is the second longest home winning streak in school history. With the Rams’ men’s squad also undefeated at home, it makes VCU one of only five schools in the country to have both the men’s and women’s teams undefeated at home. (Other schools: Duke, Illinois State, Texas, and Texas-Arlington). Two hearty home court winning streaks have been broken this year in the CAA, as Old Dominion’s 29-game streak and James Madison’s 12-game stretch were snapped. James Madison had won 12 straight games at the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, before VCU captured a victory over the Dukes on Jan. 11. Old Dominion’s 29-game winning streak on its home court was spoiled by #11/14 Tennessee on Dec. 18. ODU was the only CAA team that did not lose a contest on its home court in 2007-08. The Lady Monarchs were tied with Hartford for the nation’s longest home winning streaks at 29. Georgia State had a seven game winning streak snapped when Hofstra earned a victory in Atlanta on Jan. 25.
LADY MONARCHS FALL OUT OF AP & USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES’ POLLS: After the loss to then-ranked #24 Michigan State in November, 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, but then fell out of the Top 25 after a loss to St. Bonaventure.
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.
FLASHBACK TO 2008 - 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.
IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2008-09: With a record of 12-6, the Hofstra Pride is tied for the top turnaround record in the nation in Division I athletics. The Pride has won seven more games than they had won all year in 2007-08. Delaware is tied for 20th as they have won two more games than the previous season and Georgia State follows tied for 25st as they are one above what they finished a year ago. Tying Hofstra with seven more wins than last season is Fordham and Central Connecticut State.
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 (9-9, 1-6 CAA)
Delaware suffered a 59-53 loss at UNC Wilmington on Thursday evening, before collecting its first conference win of the season with a 70-53 victory at home over George Mason on Sunday. The win snapped Delaware’s longest CAA losing streak and the Blue Hens rebounded from its worst start in conference play (0-6). The Blue Hens were led by sophomore guard Vanessa Kabongo as she averaged 20.5 points per outing last week on 41.7 percent shooting. She also led the team pulling down 7.0 rebounds per contest and snagged a team-best nine steals. Junior guard Corinthia Benison (11.0 ppg) and Tesia Harris (10.5 ppg) also contributed double-figures for Delaware. Benison dished out a team-high eight assists on the week. On Thursday, Delaware was led by Kabongo, who totaled 16 points and six rebounds. Benison was the only other Blue Hen in double figures with 11. The Blue Hens led at the half, 28-25, but struggled down the stretch in a game that featured seven lead changes. Against the Patriots, Kabongo exploded for a career-high 25 points and also pulled down a career-high eight rebounds to help snap the Hens’ losing streak. Sophomore guard Tesia Harris added 13 points and seven rebounds, junior guard Corinthia Benison chipped in with 11 points and added five rebounds, four assists, and five steals, and Jocelyn Bailey came off the bench to contribute nine points. The Hens, whose nine-player rotation features seven freshmen and sophomores and just one senior, Delaware will visit Northeastern on Thursday before hosting Towson in Newark, Del., on Sunday.
DREXEL (10-8, 5-2 CAA)
Drexel posted a 2-0 record at home last week as the Dragons collected a 61-51 victory over visiting Northeastern on Thursday evening and followed that up with a 60-41 win over Towson on Sunday. Junior forward Gabriela Marginean led the Dragons on the week averaging 21.5 points per outing on 64.3 percent shooting and pulled down a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Jasmina Rosseel scored 12.0 points per contest for the Dragons and tied a team-high seven assists. Against the Huskies, Marginean scored 17 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. The junior, who compiled her 18th career double-double with 10 rebounds to go with her game-high 24 points, scored the Dragons’ first 12 points of the game. The Dragons also received significant contributions from senior forward Brooke Cornish, who swatted a career-high six shots to go with six points and four rebounds. Her six blocks were the most for a Dragon since Ann Fitzpatrick blocked six on Feb. 26, 1993 against New Hampshire. Rosseel chipped in nine points, five boards, two steals and a block to go with her career-best six assists. Andrea Peterson added 11 points and shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Marginean’s 24-point, 10-rebound double-double was her fourth of the season and second in conference play. Cornish’s six blocks is the most for a Dragon all season and came just three short of Drexel’s all-time single-game record held by Joyce Moffett with nine on Feb. 17, 1989. On Sunday against the Tigers, Drexel used its best shooting game of the season, 58.3 percent from the floor, and a combination of 19 points from Marginean and 15 from Rosseel to captured a victory. The win improved the Dragons to 4-0 in conference home games this season. The match-up against the Tigers was televised on The Comcast Network and the Dragons are now 6-0 in televised games dating back to the 2005-06 season. Drexel returns to the hardwood on Thursday to start a two-game road trip at Hofstra, before visiting UNC Wilmington on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (2-16, 0-7 CAA)
George Mason fell in a pair of conference contests last week as they suffered a 70-65 road loss at James Madison on Thursday before falling to Delaware in a 70-53 decision. Sophomore guard Brittany Poindexter led the Patriots on the week posting 19.0 points per outing and added a team-high seven steals. Freshman forward Rachel Robinson averaged 10.0 points per game and Eugenia Broadus pulled down a team-high 7.5 rebounds per contest. On Thursday, Poindexter led the Patriots with a game-high 19 points, while Robinson snagged a team-high seven rebounds. Mason managed to cut the lead to two, 67-65, when Robinson hit a layup and was fouled with 21.9 seconds left. However, she missed the ensuing free throw, and JMU snagged the rebound and was fouled. Against the Blue Hens, Poindexter led Mason with 19 points, while Robinson added 12. Broadus contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.The Patriots committed 22 turnovers, hit just 38.5 percent of its shots from the field (20-of-52) and missed on all nine of its attempts from beyond the three-point line. George Mason returns home on Thursday when they entertain UNC Wilmington before the Patriots trek to Boston for a match-up against Northeastern on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (9-8, 2-5 CAA)
Georgia State, who was completing a three-game road stand, fell to Towson, 71-67 on Thursday evening. The Panthers returned home and fell in their first home contest this season to Hofstra, 59-49, on Sunday. Georgia State was led by freshman Jylisa Williams this past week as she posted 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. Classmate Crystal Johnson contributed 11.5 points per game and 11 assists on the week, while Shay Rawls pulled down a team-high 9.0 rebounds per outing. In the close match-up at Towson, Georgia State was led by Johnson’s 19 points and eight assists, with 16 more points from Williams. Wing Brittany Graham came off the bench to hit five three-point baskets for 15 points. Against Hofstra, Georgia State had a season-high 26 turnovers and shot just 31 percent in its first game at home in two weeks. Willams had 15 points and 10 rebounds, but shot just 5-of-17. Rawls came off the bench to lead with 13 rebounds, six offensively. Senior guard Brittany Hollins joined only three other players in CAA all-time history when she recorded her 400th career assist today. That puts her in an elite group that all had 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 300 steals. Leading scorer and rebounder Danyiell McKeller missed her third and fourth straight games with a knee injury. The Panthers will play a trio of games this week as they host Winthrop on Tuesday for a make-up game that was previously scheduled for December. Georgia State will then host Old Dominion on Thursday, only 11-days after falling to the Lady Monarchs in Norfolk and the Panthers will close out the week when they visit William & Mary on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest.
HOFSTRA (12-6, 4-3 CAA)
Hofstra fell to a tough VCU squad on Thursday evening by a score of 83-58, but rebounded in Atlanta with a 59-49 win over Georgia State on Sunday. Freshman Nicole Capurso led the Pride last week scoring 13.5 points per outing, while junior Jess Fuller contributed 11.0 points per contest and grabbed a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior Niki Williams handed out 10 assists in the two outings, and Fuller finished the week with eight blocks. The loss to VCU ended a short two-game win streak for the Pride. Williams scored a season-high 15 points for Hofstra and Capurso was the only other player in double figures for the Pride as she chipped in with 13 points. Fuller added eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Pride. Against the Panthers, Fuller led the team with 14 points and added four rebounds and four blocks in the victory. Capurso also posted 14 points, including four treys in the contest. Senior guard Natty Fripp finished with nine points and six rebounds for the Pride, who also got a game-high six assists from Williams. Atlanta, Georgia native Aamira Terry chipped in with eight points in her return home. With her three-pointer against GSU, junior Sam Brigham now has 70 career three-pointers and that total puts her in the top 10 in program history at number 10. Williams also reached a milestone as she as now played in 111 games as a member of the Pride, breaking a seven-way tie for sixth all-time in Pride history. She is now just two games played shy of fourth place all-time, currently held by Jenii Reynolds (1988-92) and Toyna Yandrisevitz (1989-93). The win over the Panthers on Sunday allowed Hofstra to already eclipse last season’s total of three CAA wins. Hofstra returns to Hempstead for a pair of home contests this week as they host Drexel on Thursday and James Madison on Sunday.
JAMES MADISON (13-5, 6-1 CAA)
James Madison captured a 70-65 win at home over George Mason on Thursday and then captured a historical win over Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday, 72-67. James Madison has now won 10 of its last 11 games. Sophomore guard Dawns Evans, who leads the nation averaging 24.8 points per game, exploded last week averaging 27.0 points per contest. She also led the Dukes dishing out 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals per outing. Against George Mason, James Madison Evans tallied a career-high 11 assists and a team-high 18 points to lead the Dukes. In her first career double-double JMU sophomore forward/center Jalissa Taylor finished with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, tying her career-highs in both categories. Evans and Taylor were joined in double figures by redshirt junior guard Sarah Williams, who scored 10. In the win over the Lady Monarchs, Evans posted a Ted Constant Center record 36 points. The victory ended ODU’s 37-game home winning streak against CAA teams and was only the third home loss the Lady Monarchs have suffered to a CAA team in 18 seasons of league play. Evans’ scoring performance surpassed the arena opponent scoring record held by former national Player of the Year Candace Parker of Tennessee, who scored 32 against the Monarchs. She had her sixth career 30-point game and fifth 30-point game of the year, both team records. Also scoring in double figures for the Dukes was freshman guard Brittany Crowell, who hit three three-pointers for the third consecutive game and finished with 10 points. JMU redshirt senior forward Nina Uqdah was the Dukes’ top rebounder with eight. Senior forward Kisha Stokes, playing after missing her first career game last week due to an ankle injury, had seven rebounds and a team-high four assists. Evans passed 800 career points in the Mason game, her 47th career game, setting a school record. Evans career total now stands at 851 and is only 50 points away from the JMU record for combined points in a freshman/sophomore seasons. The record is held by Lesley Dickinson’s 901 points (2003-05) and in second is Tamera Young’s 884 (2004-06). The Dukes continue a three-game roadstand as they visit Hofstra on Towson on Thursday and Hofstra on Sunday.
UNC WILMINGTON (9-9, 3-4 CAA)
The Seahawks snapped a four-game losing streak as they earned a 59-53 win over Delaware at home on Thursday and then defeated VCU, 73-60, on Sunday. The Seahawks were led by sophomore forward Brittany Blackwell’s 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She also posted a team-best five steals on the week and added five assists. Sophomore guard Treasure Johnson averaged 13.0 points per contest and junior guard Candace Walker dished out a team-best 10 assists. Against the Blue Hens, Johnson and starting playmaker Sheronda McLean scored key buckets in the final three minutes to lift UNC Wilmington over Delaware. Blackwell led three players in double figures for UNCW with 14 points. Walker chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. Johnson scored 10 points as UNCW’s reserves outscored their counterparts from Delaware, 22-8. The Blue Hens led at the half, 28-25, but struggled down the stretch in a game that featured seven lead changes. The Seahawks trailed by three points with 18 minutes remaining and finally took the lead for good with 2:45 to go when Johnson drained a 3-pointer to give UNCW a 52-50 edge. Against VCU, the Seahawks shot a season-high 53.1 percent from the floor. Johnson led four UNCW players in double figures with 16 points. Blackwell recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Seahawks are now 6-1 this season when Blackwell posts a double-double. Junior Greta Luksyte chipped in 13 points and sophomore Sheronda McLean tallied a career-high 10 points. McLean also matched a personal best with eight rebounds, set in her collegiate debut against Presbyterian. The Seahawks were without the services of Sahsha Taylor on Sunday, who missed the game due to an elbow injury suffered during the match-up against Delaware. UNC Wilmington returns to action this week with a pair of CAA contests, traveling to George Mason on Thursday and then returning home for a Sunday showdown against Drexel.
NORTHEASTERN (7-11, 4-3 CAA)
Northeastern fell to Drexel, 61-51, Thursday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, Pa., before rebounding with a home victory over William & Mary, 59-5, Sunday. Jasmine Crew led the Huskies pouring in 18.5 points per outing, while freshman Brittany Wilson (11.5 ppg) and Kim Carr (11.0 ppg) also averaged double-figures. Wilson and Carr also each contributed 7.0 rebounds per game. Against the Dragons, Crew scored 16 of her career-high 21 points in the second half. Wilson added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Huskies. The two teams then exchanged baskets for the first stanza with Drexel taking a 30-25 advantage on the scoreboard going into the half. Crew took over the game for Northeastern, scoring 12 straight points bringing NU to within 11, 55-44. Against William & Mary, the Huskies overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat the Tribe, 59-55. Wilson secured the win with a pair of free throws in the final four seconds of the contest. Carr posted game-highs in points (18) and rebounds (9), and added four steals and three blocks. Crew added 16 points, five assists, five boards and two steals. Wilson contributed with a career-high 14 points and six rebounds. NU scored 40 of its 59 points in the paint and shot 46.2 percent from the field. The Huskies continue a three-game homestand as they host Delaware on Thursday and George Mason on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (11-6, 6-1 CAA)
Old Dominion went 1-1 last week with a 66-48 victory at William & Mary on Thursday and falling 67-72 to James Madison on Sunday. Senior forward Tiffany Green averaged 13.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game last week for the Lady Monarchs. Green also added five blocks and seven steals. Junior Jessica Canady returned to the hardwood to post 10.0 points per game. Against the Tribe, Green posted her fourth consecutive double-double to lead the Lady Monarchs with 20 points along with 12 boards. The game also marked the return of Canady to the court after missing the last seven games. Canady, who played only 19 minutes and netted two points in her comeback game, also added in five rebounds and a steal. Sophomore Jasmine Parker and senior Jazzmin Walters each added in 12 points, with Walters hauling in a career-high eight rebounds. The Tribe’s prowess from long range helped them take a 31-26 lead at the intermission, however the second half had Old Dominion outscoring William & Mary 40-17 and holding the Tribe shooting to 15 percent from the floor. On Sunday against James Madison, Old Dominion suffered just its third CAA loss on its home court and saw its 37 home CAA win streak snapped. The Lady Monarchs drop to 164-3 at home against the CAA and 317-18 all-time against the CAA. Green, ODU’s leading scorer, went 0-for-6, collecting all six of her points from the charity stripe. She did haul in 14 boards as the Lady Monarchs were outrebounded by five, 45-40, marking James Madison the first CAA opponent to outrebound the Lady Monarchs this season. A trio of Lady Monarchs finished the game in double digits. Along with Canady’s 18, freshman Mairi Buchan posted a career-high 15 points and senior Jen Nuzzo tied her career-mark with 14. Green finished the week with five blocks moving her into sole possession of third place on the CAA Career Blocks List with 191 career rejections. Additionally, this week Green totaled 26 rebounds to move her into 10th on the All-Time ODU Rebounding List with 896 career boards. The Old Dominion women’s basketball team is on the road this week wrapping up season-series with Georgia State on Thursday and VCU on Sunday.
TOWSON (11-6, 3-4 CAA)
The Tigers used a four-point halftime lead to claim a 71-67 victory over Georgia State on Thursday evening at the Towson Center. Towson finished the week with a loss to Drexel, 60-41, on Sunday. Junior guard Shanae Baker-Brice averaged 14.5 points per outing last week and posted a team-high 10 assists and six steals for the Tigers. Sophomore guard Omara Parker (12.0 ppg) and Kandace Davis (11.0 ppg) also added double-digit points in the two outings. Katrina Wheeler led the Tigers grabbing 10.0 rebounds per game. Against Georgia State, the Tigers, who tied the school record for free throw attempts in a game (43), were paced by Parker who scored a game-high 21 points and led four players in double figures. In addition to her 21 points, Parker had five boards and a steal. Baker-Brice chipped in 15 points, five boards, seven assists and two steals. Wheeler posted her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds while adding three blocked shots. Davis was the final player in double figures finishing with 13 points and six boards. Towson shot 44.9% from the floor (22-for-49) and 55.8% from the free throw line (24-for-43) in the contest. The Tigers held a 40-30 advantage on the boards and a 4-1 edge in blocked shots. On Sunday against Drexel, Baker-Brice led the Tigers with 14 points and three assists, while Davis finished with nine points and five rebounds. Wheeler led the Tigers on the boards with nine rebounds. Towson shot 27.1% from the floor and 70.6% from the foul line. Towson will host James Madison on Thursday and then travel to Delaware for a match-up in Newark, Del., on Sunday.
VCU (15-4, 5-2 CAA)
VCU extended its home winning streak to 13 with an 83-58 victory over Hofstra on Thursday night, but then fell to UNC Wilmington, 73-60, in Wilmington, N.C. on Sunday. The 13 straight wins at home is the second longest home winning streak in school history. With the Rams’ men’s squad also undefeated at home, it makes VCU one of only five schools in the country to have both the men’s and women’s teams undefeated at home. (Other schools: Duke, Illinois State, Texas, and Texas-Arlington). Junior forward D’Andra Moss and senior guard Radoslava Bachvarova each chipped in 14.0 points per outing last week for the Rams, while senior center Quanitra Hollingsworth added 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per outing. Moss finished the week shooting 73.3 percent from the floor (11-of-15) and perfect from three-point range (5-of-5). Junior Kita Waller led the team on the boards averaging 7.5 per contest and finished the week snatching a team-high 10 steals. On Thursday, the Rams pick up their 11th win in the past 12 games. La’Tavia Rorie led all scorers with 17 points, while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists. Hollingsworth was right behind her with 16 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Bachvarova, who returned from a leg injury that kept her out just for one game, and Waller poured in 12 points apiece to round out the double-digit scorers for the Rams. Against the Seahwaks, the Rams were led by Moss who scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Bachvarova added 16 points. VCU entered the game outscoring its conference opponents by 20.2 points per game. VCU’s leading scorer, Hollingsworth, was held to a season-low four points. With her 14 rebounds on the week, Hollingsworth jumped into the CAA all-time record book for career rebounds as she has grabbed 152 boards in her three plus seasons in a Ram uniform. The Rams will return to the hardwood when they visit William & Mary on Thursday and then will look to defend their home court winning streak when they entertain Old Dominion at the Siegel Center on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (10-8, 3-4 CAA)
The Tribe suffered their third & fourth straight losses as they fell to Old Dominion, 66-48, at home on Thursday evening and Northeastern, 59-55, in Boston on Sunday. The Tribe was led by freshman Janine Aldridge’s 10.5 points per game last week. Junior Tiffany Benson pulled down a team-best 12.0 rebounds in the pair of outings. In the contest against Old Dominion, William & Mary posted a strong start as they took a 31-26 lead into the locker room at the half, but were unable to keep the lead as ODU put a stop to their three-point shooting in the second stanza. Aldridge led the Tribe with 15 points, including a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. Senior Dani Kell also reached double-digit scoring with 12 points to go with six rebounds, and Benson led all players with 16 boards. Against Northeastern, freshman Taysha Pye led W&M with 14 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Pye had eight of her points in the second half, and shot 50 percent from the field (4-of-8) and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Benson also had eight rebounds and three blocks, and chipped in 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Sophomore Katy Oblinger was the third Tribe player to reach double-digits in scoring with 12, and led the team with five steals. Head coach Debbie Taylor needs five more wins to become William & Mary’s all-time winningest coach, men’s or women’s basketball. Taylor is at 109 and the record is currently held by Bill Chambers, the W&M men’s coach from 1957-66. William & Mary is 5-2 at home this season and hosts both VCU and Georgia State in Kaplan Arena this week.
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