THIS WEEK’S QUICK HITS:
• VCU, James Madison and Drexel are tied for first place with 9-2 records in conference play. Old Dominion snapped a three-game losing streak with a home contest against Northeastern. The last time ODU lost three conference consecutive contests was in 2002-03 when the Lady Monarchs fell to James Madison, VCU and Delaware, all on the road mid-season.
• The CAA is ranked ninth 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 Feb. 8). VCU continued in front of the conference ranked at 33, while Old Dominion, perennial powerhouse of the CAA, followed at 66. James Madison has an RPI of 73, while Towson followed with a rating of 93. Drexel neared inside the top 100 as they sit at 104 at the start of the week.
• The CAA has the two of the top six scorers in the nation playing in the league- JMU’s Dawn Evans (25.0 ppg/1st) and Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean (23.1 ppg/6th).
• The CAA will have three games televised this week starting with a VCU/Towson match-up on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England will air the George Mason/William & Mary contest on Sunday at Noon. Following the match-up in Williamsburg, Va., WSKY (Hampton Roads) will broadcast the Old Dominion/Delaware contest in Norfolk, Va. The tip between the Blue Hens and the Lady Monarchs is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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 home victories last week. The nation’s leading scorer averaged 26.5 points per game last week on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor (18-of-35). Evans also dished out 10 assists and added one block and two steals on the week. The sophomore was a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe in the games against William & Mary and Northeastern. This is Evan’s fifth weekly award this season.
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 third consecutive week and fifth time this season after leading the Dragons to a pair of conference victories. She averaged 26.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. At Mason, she led all scorers with 21 points and moved into third place on Drexel’s career scoring list. On Sunday, the junior scored eight of Drexel’s 10 points in overtime against William & Mary and finished with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds for her 19th career double-double. The league’s top free-throw shooter hit a free throw with 12.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game with the Tribe and sending it into overtime.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Taysha Pye • William & Mary
Bronx, N.Y./St. Annes-Belfield (Va.), Fr., Guard
William & Mary freshman guard Taysha Pye received CAA Rookie of the Week honors for after leading the Tribe with 18.0 points per game. She also contributed 5.5 rebounds per contest. Against James Madison, Pye scored all 18 of her points in the second half, accounting for 53% of the team’s points in the half. In the overtime loss to Drexel, Pye shot 10-of-12 from the free throw line en route to 18 point performance. Both efforts were career highs for the rookie. Pye entered the week averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
NCAA STAT LEADERS (THROUGH GAMES OF FEB. 8): The CAA has the two of the top six scorers in the nation playing in the league. James Madison’s Dawn Evans continued to steady her spot at No. 1 while averaging 25.0 points per outing. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean is ranked sixth as she is averaging 23.1 points per contest. Drexel’s Andrea Peterson has an assist turnover ratio of 2.84 for the second best mark among Division I women’s basketball. Marginean is 10th in free-throw percentage while shooting 89.1 this far this season. Towson’s Shanae Baker-Brice fell to 12th averaging 3.2 steals per game. William & Mary’s Tiffany Benson steadied at eighth pulling down 11.2 rebounds per contest. Hofstra’s Jess Fuller is ranked eighth with a shooting percentage of 61.0 percent from the field. Fuller joins Benson ranked in blocked shots per game as Fuller is ranked 10th (3.0 bpg) and Benson is 15th (2.8 bpg). Drexel’s Jasmina Rosseel and Evans are averaging 2.9 made treys per game are ranked fourth. The Hofstra Pride defense stands strong and tall as they are top in the nation in blocked shots averaging 7.1 per game. The Pride is also holding its opponents to 34.6 percent from the field to be ranked 10th in field-goal percentage defense. The Delaware’s defense is third in the nation while holding its opponents to shooting only 24.2 percent from the three-point range and James Madison follows at 15th holding its opponents to 26.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Dragons of Drexel are third in the nation in free-throw percentage while shooting 81.0 from the charity stripe. The Georgia State Panthers are seventh in the nation averaging 12.6 steals per match-up and is sixth with a turnover margin of 6.18.
CAA NO. 9 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA is ranked ninth 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 Feb. 8). VCU continued in front of the conference ranked at 33, while Old Dominion, perennial powerhouse of the CAA, followed at 66. James Madison has an RPI of 73, while Towson followed with a rating of 93. Drexel neared inside the top 100 as they sit at 104 at the start of the week.
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. The CAA will have three games televised this week starting with a VCU/Towson match-up on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England will air the George Mason/William & Mary contest on Sunday at Noon. Following the match-up in Williamsburg, Va., WSKY (Hampton Roads) will broadcast the Old Dominion/Delaware contest in Norfolk, Va. The tip between the Blue Hens and the Lady Monarchs is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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 955 points in just 52 contests. If Evans continues to average her current average, 25.0 points per game, she can score her 1,000th point in her 54th contest, becoming the fastest player to reach 1,000 points in CAA history.
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 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 all have recorded at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 300 steals in their careers. Hollins just recently joined Luckett, Andrade, Penicheiro as the only four that have accomplished these numbers in CAA history.
HOME SWEET HOME: VCU is the only women’s team in the CAA that has a perfect record on their home court, as the Rams enters the week with a 13-0 record at the Siegel Center this season. VCU currently own a 15 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 15 straight wins at home is the second longest home winning streak in school history. 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.
AP & USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES’ POLLS: After the loss to then-ranked #24 Michigan State in November, the ODU 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. On Jan. 26, Virginia Commonwealth received a vote in the AP Poll. The Rams were 15-4 overall and 5-2 in CAA action at that time. This is the first time in VCU history that the women’s basketball program has received votes in the AP Poll. The Rams fell out the following week.
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 14-8, the Hofstra Pride has produced the second best turnaround record in the nation with just under a month left of the regular season in Division I women’s basketball. The Pride has won nine more games than they had won all year in 2007-08. Delaware is tied for 14th as they have won four more games than the previous season and Georgia State is tied for 20th, winning three games more than last year. Leading the nation is Central Connecticut State as they have gone from winning only four games last season to 14 this current year.
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 (11-11, 3-8 CAA)
Delaware’s three-game winning streak was spoiled as Hofstra defeated the Blue Hens, 58-49, on the road Thursday evening. The Blue Hens then fell in a close battle with VCU at home on Sunday, 70-63. On the week, Tesia Harris led UD averaging 18.0 points per outing and added 7.0 rebounds per game. Teammate Corinthia Benison contributed 14.5 points per game and Vanessa Kabongo netted 12.0 points per contest. Ariene Jenkins led the team under the basket pulling down 7.5 rebounds per outing. Against the Pride, Tesia Harris led Delaware with 15 points and tied for game-high honors with nine rebounds. Corinthia Benison added 11 points, while Vanessa Kabongo scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the game. On Sunday against league-leading VCU, Delaware led for most of the second half before the Rams used an 8-0 run to take control with five minutes remaining. The Rams then captured the 70-63 victory. After a 30-30 halftime tie, the Hens took the lead early in the second half and went up by as much as six points at 46-40 with 12:49 left in the game before the Rams rallied back. The Hens, who lost their second straight, got 21 points and five rebounds from Harris, while Benison scored a career-high 18 points and Kabongo chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds. Delaware, trying to avenge a 68-45 loss to VCU back on Jan. 18 in Richmond, Va., was outrebounded by a 39-30 margin to the veteran Rams and was hurt by 21 turnovers, including 13 by Benison. Ironically, the Blue Hens were tied in both outings last week, but fell in both. Delaware played in front of a season-high crowd of 2,004 at the Bob Carpenter Center on Sunday. The Blue Hens will welcome William & Mary on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest before they have to visit Old Dominion on Sunday. The outing in Norfolk, Va., will be televised on WSKY in the Hampton Roads Area.
DREXEL (14-8, 9-2 CAA)
Drexel extended its winning streak to six games as they earned a 71-52 win over George Mason on the road Thursday and a 76-74 overtime win at home over William & Mary on Sunday. The streak is the longest for the Dragons since they won nine from Dec. 16, 2007 to Jan. 24, 2008. Drexel is off to its best start ever after 11 games in CAA play and this is the latest the team has retained a tied for first place in the conference. Junior forward Gabriela Marginean led the team netting 26.0 points and grabbing 6.0 rebounds per contest. Sophomore Jasmina Rosseel added 14.0 points per outing and Nicole Hester recorded 10.0 points per game. Hester also contributed a team-high 6.0 rebounds per contest. Andrea Peterson dished out 10 assists in the two contests. Against George Mason, four Dragons reached double figures in scoring led by Marginean’s 21 points. Hester scored a season-best 13 points and pulled down a team-leading 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. Rosseel (15 points) and Peterson (11 points) also reached double figures for the Dragons. Drexel completed a three-game road swing, 3-0, with a win at Mason. It was the first time Drexel has won three straight conference road games since joining the league in the 2001-2002 season. In the overtime victory in a match-up against William & Mary, The Dragons erased a five-point deficit with less than three minutes left in regulation when a free throw by Marginean knotted the score at 66-66 with 12.6 seconds remaining. Marginean, who finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds, scored eight of Drexel’s 10 points in overtime. The win was Drexel’s sixth straight and keeps the Dragons in first place in the league with a 9-2 record. Jasmina Rosseel was the Dragons’ second-leading scorer with 13 points in the contest. She knocked down three three-pointers, which moved her into sole possession of fourth place on Drexel’s career three-pointers list (107). Rosseel and Crane each had three steals in the game as well. The Dragons will host Old Dominion on Thursday before visiting Georgia State on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (3-19, 1-10 CAA)
George Mason fell to a tough Drexel squad, 71-52, at home Thursday, but recorded its first CAA win of the season with a 63-59 victory at home on Sunday over Georgia State. A common first name was the key for the top scorers for the Patriots on the week as sophomore guard Brittany Poindexter led the team averaging 13.5 points last week and was followed by sophomore guard Brittany Eley (11 ppg) and Brittney Wilkins (10 ppg). Sophomore forward Eugenia Broadus (8.5 rpg) and freshman forward Rachel Robinson (7.5 rpg) led the Patriots on the boards. Freshman guard Becky Cox dished out a team-best 11 assists in the two outings. Against the Dragons, Poindexter notched her 10th double-figure scoring outing of the season with a team-high 13 points. Robinson led Mason with a career-high eight boards. On Sunday, 3,073 fans packed the Patriot Center, nearly setting a new school record, as Mason earned its first CAA win of the season as they defeated Georgia State, 63-59. On Pack the House Day, the Patriots’ crowd was the second-largest in school history, just 79 fans behind the school record of 3,182. Three Patriots reached double figures in points, with Poindexter and Eley each chipping in 14 points along with six rebounds. Staunch defense was the key to Mason’s win, as the Patriots held the Panthers to 30.4 percent field goal shooting (21-69), compared to 40.7 percent for Mason (24-59). Mason opens a three-game road trip this week, visiting UNC Wilmington on Thursday before a televised tilt at William & Mary, which can be viewed live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England on Sunday at Noon.
GEORGIA STATE (11-11, 3-8 CAA)
Georgia State fell in a pair of conference outings last week. The Panthers fell to Towson, 61-54, at home on Thursday, before dropping a 63-59 loss to George Mason on Sunday. Sophomore forward Chandra Harris led the Panthers scoring 12.0 points and grabbing 9.5 rebounds per contest last week. Freshman Crystal Johnson dished out a team-high eight assists and added 9.0 points per game, while classmate Jylisa Williams netted 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per outing. Against Towson, Georgia State played without its two starting forwards who are sidelined with injuries. But, the two reserves that filled in led the production. Junior forward Shay Rawls had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Harris scored 14 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Sophomore guard Traci Haltiwanger came off the bench to add 11 points with a trio of three-point baskets. The Panthers went on a 20-1 second half run to open a nine-point lead with 11:30 to go, but State went 10 minutes with just one basket as the shooting and missed open shots cost them the loss. Towson picked up its first-ever win in Atlanta. On Sunday, Georgia State struggled with 30 percent shooting (21-of-69) and 19 turnovers in falling to the Patriots. Johnson paced State with 12 points, followed by 11 from Jylisa Williams. Harris had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. McKeller returned from a month’s absence with a knee injury to add nine points and eight rebounds. Senior Brittany Hollins made her 100th consecutive start for Georgia State to become just the fifth player to do so. She has played in 111 career games. Rawls grabbed her 500th career rebound in Sunday’s game. With starting forward Dana Olsen now out for the year, the Pathers’ 15-member roster that started the year is down to 10 players. Georgia State will fly to Boston, Mass., to face Northeastern on Thursday before hosting Drexel on Sunday for the “Hoops for Hopes” Cancer Awareness game.
HOFSTRA (14-8, 6-5 CAA)
Hofstra collected a 58-49 win over Delaware at home on Thursday, before finishing the week 2-0 with a 56-53 nailbitter at Towson on Sunday. The win over UD, marked Hofstra’s first-ever season sweep of Delaware when both programs were members of the same conference (East Coast, North Atlantic, America East and CAA) in the Pride’s Division I history (since 1982-83). The victory ended a short two-game losing skid for Hofstra. Junior center Jess Fuller led the Pride posting 14.5 points per game and added five blocks. Freshman Nicole Capurso (11.5 ppg) and senior guard Natty Fripp (11 ppg) also contributed double-digits for the Pride. Fripp led four players averaging five or more rebounds per contest as she grabbed 6.5 per game. Senior guard Niki Williams handed out a team-high 12 assists in the two victories and also snatched a team-best seven steals. Against the Blue Hens, Fuller scored a career-high 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field. Fripp added 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Pride, while Williams chipped in with five points, five rebounds and game-highs of five steals and seven assists. On Sunday afternoon, Capurso tied for team-high honors with 12 points and sank a three-pointer that turned out to be the game-winner with 1:16 left and Williams added 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and a clutch basket in the final minute to allow Hofstra to defeat Towson, 56-53. The victory completes the season sweep of Towson for Hofstra. Fripp added 11 points and five rebounds for Hofstra, which also got five points, six rebounds and three assists from Fuller. The game against the Tigers started a three-game road swing as the Pride will visit James Madison on Thursday and UNC Wilmington on Sunday.
JAMES MADISON (16-6, 9-2 CAA)
James Madison went 2-0 on the week as they defeated William & Mary, 73-57, Thursday and Northeastern, 74-66, Sunday. Both wins were at home on the Convocation Center court. The nation’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Dawn Evans, led the Dukes in the two victories posting 26.5 points per outing. She also joined sophomore guard Courtney Hamner as they split 20 assists evenly on the week. Junior guard Sarah Williams netted 15.0 points per contest and grabbed a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guard/forward Kiara Francisco also averaged double-digit points with 10 per contest. In the home victory over the Tribe, Williams recorded a season-high 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Evans had a game-high 21 points. Francisco added a career-high 14 points to join Evans and Williams in double-digits for the Dukes. Against the Huskies on Sunday, Evans scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Dukes to a victory. It was also Evans’ seventh season and eighth career 30-point game, adding to her school records in both categories. JMU’s eighth win in its last nine games was played before a season-high 5,347 fans. That’s the second-highest home attendance in school history behind the record of 6,500 set against Old Dominion on Jan. 17, 1997. She was joined in double figures by Williams and sophomore forward/center Jalissa Taylor, who both scored 12. Redshirt senior forward Nina Uqdah snagged a team-high 10 rebounds. Senior Kisha Stokes returned to play 15 minutes versus NU after sitting out the previous two games with an ankle injury. The win over the Huskies clinched a winning season for the Dukes. It’s JMU’s 23rd winning season in the last 25 years. The Dukes will play the remainder of the season without sophomore Lauren Jimenez due to a knee injury. Jimenez is currently the Dukes’ second-scoring leader averaging 8.8 points per game and grabbing 5.9 rebounds per contest. She has also contributed 20 blocks on the season. The Dukes will wrap up a homestand as they entertain Hofstra on Thursday for the first of two “Think Pink” Days at JMU. Madison will then travel looking for a victory over VCU in Richmond, Va. on Sunday. The Rams defeated the Dukes in Harrisonburg, Va., on Jan. 11.
UNC WILMINGTON (10-12, 4-7 CAA)
The Seahawks faced a tough road trip last week as they fell to VCU, 64-42, in Richmond, Va., on Thursday and then dropped a 66-46 decision at Old Dominion on Sunday. Junior guard Greta Luksyte led the Seahawks averaging 9.0 points per game, while senior forward Sahsha Taylor posted 8.0 points in the match-up against VCU. Taylor missed the outing against ODU due to an illness. Sophomore Brittany Blackwell led the team with 6.0 rebounds per outing and added 7.5 points per game. The Seahawks split VCU for the regular season. Taylor scored a team-high eight points and Luksyte and Blackwell scored six points apiece to lead UNCW, who was limited to a season-low 42 points. Blackwell pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Against the Lady Monarchs, Luksyte notched a team-high 12 points and sophomore Martha White added 10 for the Seahawks, who shot a season-low 28.0 percent from the floor in the contest. Luksyte and Blackwell both pulled down a team-high six rebounds while sophomore Sheronda McLean dished out a team-high four assists. McLean finished the week with a team-best six assists. It marked just the second time in Blackwell’s career that she was held below double-figures in back-to-back contests. UNC Wilmington returns to action this week with a pair of home contests. The Seahawks will host George Mason Thursday before welcoming Hofstra to the Port City on Sunday. The outing against the Pride will serve as the team’s annual “Pink Zone” contest, with proceeds from the event going to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
NORTHEASTERN (8-14, 5-6 CAA)
Northeastern traveled to Virginia to suffer a pair of conference losses. The Huskies fell 70-54 to Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, before falling to James Madison, 74-66, Sunday. Sophomore guard Jasmine Crew led the Huskies on the week averaging a team-high 20.0 points per outing. Senior guard Ashlee Feldman also contributed double-figures with 11.5 points per contest last week. Freshman guard Brittany Wilson snatched a team-high 9.5 rebounds for NU in the two contests, while freshman Jamie Conroy handed out a team-best six assists on the week. The Huskies forced 24 ODU turnovers on Thursday, but the Lady Monarchs shot 47.5 percent from the field and dished out 18 rebounds. Crew posted a career- and game-high 23 points along with four steals. Wilson added six points and grabbed seven boards, while Feldman added seven points. Against the Dukes of James Madison, the Huskies faced a rough first half before returning in the second stanza to outscore JMU 39-28 and shot 50 percent from the field, but it wasn’t enough as they fell in their second contest last week. Wilson recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Crew posted a team-high 17 points. Feldman went 4-for-8 from long range and finished with 16 points. Northeastern will return to Boston for a pair of conference outings at home as they welcome Georgia State on Thursday and Towson on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (13-8, 8-3 CAA)
Old Dominion snapped a three-game losing skid as they defeated Northeastern, 70-54, at home on Thursday and then posted a 66-46 win over UNC Wilmington on Sunday. Both victories gave the Lady Monarchs the sweep in the season series. Senior center Tiffany Green averaged a team-high 14.0 points and also grabbed 10.5 rebounds per outing last week. Sophomore guard Shadasia Green returned to the court after being awarded an academic appeal by the NCAA on Tuesday, to finish the week averaging 13.5 points per outing, while junior Jessica Canady led the Lady Monarchs in rebounding picking up 13.0 per game. Against the Huskies on Thursday, Green lead the Lady Monarchs with a career-high 19 points as the ODU snapped its losing streak. Old Dominion shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half, and would allow the Huskies no closer than 14. Tiffany Green and Canady each posted double-doubles in the victory. Tiffany Green collected her 10th double-double of the year with 13 points and 12 rebounds as she surpassed Lady Monarch great Ticha Penicheiro on the ODU all-time scoring leaders list. Tiffany Green moved into 20th on the list having accumulated 1,304 career points. Canady put up 11 points and hauled in 11 boards in her fifth double figure point and rebound performance of the year. On Sunday against the Seahawks, senior Jen Nuzzo dished out a career-high eight assists and was one of three Lady Monarchs in double figures with 13 points. Tiffany Green poured in a game-high 15 points to lead the Lady Monarchs, with and sophomore Sierra Little came off the bench to collect 11 points. Freshman Mairi Buchan gave Old Dominion its largest lead of the game on her third three-pointer of the afternoon. The Scottish native gave her squad a 24-point edge, 62-38, with 4:07 left in the game. Buchan, who entered the game shooting only 16 percent from three-point range, finished the game 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Canady continued to be a rebounding machine hauling in double figure boards for the third straight game despite a thumb injury. Canady collected 15 in Sunday’s victory over the Seahawks. The ODU defense held UNCW to its lowest field goal percentage of the season at 28 percent as the Seahawks hit only 14 of its 50 attempts from the floor. The Lady Monarchs were also able to limit Seahawk bench was only able to only six points. ODU goes on the road in three of its next four games. The Lady Monarchs travel to Drexel on Thursday, February 12th for its lone meeting with the Dragons and return home on Sunday, February 15th for the annual “Hoops for a Cure” game versus Delaware. The outing in against the Blue Hens will be televised on WSKY in the Hampton Roads Area.
TOWSON (13-8, 5-6 CAA)
The Tigers recorded a 61-54 victory over Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga., for their first win at GSU, before falling to Hofstra, 56-53, at home on Sunday. Junior forward Katrina Wheeler led the Tigers in the 1-1 week averaging 17.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per outing. Junior Shanae Baker-Brice followed closely netting 16.5 points per contest. Junior forward Kandace Davis also added on the boards as she grabbed 9.5 per game. Senior guard Alis Freeman dished out a team-best eight assists on the week. Against the Panthers, Towson was paced by Wheeler’s 17 points and 13 rebounds. She posted her third straight double-double and ninth of the season. Baker-Brice contributed 16 points and three assists, while Omara Parker came off the bench to score 11 points. Freeman, who tied the school record for career games played as she appeared in the 115th of her career, also scored the 800th point of her career finishing with six points. Davis pulled down 11 rebounds in the game. Against the Pride, the Tigers dropped just their second game at home this year despite a combined 27 points from Baker-Brice and Dovile Miliauskaite. Baker-Brice led the Tigers with 17 points, two assists and two steals. Miliauskaite, who made her first start of the year in place of the injured Wheeler, finished with a season-high 10 points. Miliauskaite would also add four rebounds, two assists, three steals and a blocked shot. Davis was the team’s leading rebounder finishing with eight and four points. Sophomore forward Jessica Haywood would also add four points and four rebounds. The Tigers will host VCU for a Thursday evening televised contest and the fans can participate in the “Pack the House” challenge. The game will be aired on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. Towson will then visit Northeastern for a Sunday afternoon match-up.
VCU (19-4, 9-2 CAA)
VCU extended its perfect record at home this season and have now won 15 straight at the Siegel Center with a 64-42 victory over UNC Wilmington on Thursday. The Rams then earned a 70-63 victory at Delaware on Sunday. VCU was led by four players averaging double-digit points on the week as La’Tavia Rorie posted a team-best 14.5 points per game and was followed by Quanitra Hollingsworth (14.0 ppg), Kita Waller (11.5 ppg) and Radoslava Bachvarova (10.5 ppg). La’Tavia, Hollingsworth and Waller also each contributed a team-high 6.5 rebounds per outing. Freshman guard Jennifer Lane dished out a team-best nine assists and Rorie also added seven. Against the Seahawks, Rorie had an outstanding all-around effort with a game-high 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Rams. Hollingsworth tallied 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Bachvarova added 10 points in the win. In Delaware, Hollingsworth became the first player in VCU history to tally 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She finished the day with eight rebounds to give her 1,006 for her career to go along with her 1,444 points. She is first women’s basketball player to join that club and only the third Ram ever to do it along with Kendrick Warren and Lorenza Watson on the men’s side. Hollingsworth joined Rorie for team-high 15 points, while Waller added 14 and Bachvarova netted 11. Freshman Courtney Hurt came off the bench to chip in seven points and grab eight rebounds in just 21 minutes. Rorie added six boards and five steals, while Lane finished with seven points, six rebounds and four assists. It was announced Friday evening that the Rams will be without junior forward D’Andra Moss for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in the VCU win over the Seahawks on Thursday evening. The Rams will visit Towson for a Thursday evening televised contest at 7 p.m. The match-up against the Tigers will be carried on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. VCU will then return home to prepare for a battle of two first teams as James Madison comes to Richmond, Va. The Rams defeated the Dukes in Harrisonburg, Va., earlier in the season on Jan. 11.
WILLIAM & MARY (11-11, 4-7 CAA)
The Tribe suffered a pair of conference losses on the road last week as William & Mary fell to James Madison, 73-57, Thursday evening and then lost at Drexel, 76-74, in overtime on Sunday. W&M were led by freshman guard Taysha Pye as she averaged a team-best 18.0 points per game. The rookie also contributed under the basket grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game. Pye entered the week only averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Tribe. Junior Tiffany Benson led the Tribe in rebounding snatching 10.5 per outing. The Tribe was led by Benson and Pye, who both scored 18 points. The duo scored 29 of W&M’s 34 second-half points against the Dukes. Senior guard Dani Kell finished with 11. Pye had a team-high 11 rebounds. Against Drexel, Pye led the Tribe for the second game in a row, scoring 18 points with six rebounds. Pye hit on 10-of-12 free throws including all four she took in the extra period. Senior Courtney Portell was the second-leading scorer with 17, coming on five three-pointers and a pair of free throws, and Benson finished with her 12th double-double of the season, recording 11 points and 10 rebounds. Benson, who is on pace to average a double-double for the season, would become just the fourth player in school history to do so, following most recently Kyra Kaylor in 2005-06. Head coach Debbie Taylor needs four more wins to become William & Mary’s all-time winningest coach, men’s or women’s basketball. Taylor is at 110 and the record is currently held by Bill Chambers, the W&M men’s coach from 1957-66. The Tribe will travel to face Drexel on Sunday. The Tribe will finished a three-game road skid as they visit Delaware on Thursday evening. William & Mary will then welcome George Mason to Williamsburg, Va., on Sunday. The match-up against the Patriots will be televised at Noon on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England.
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