QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST WEEK:
• Hofstra won its school-record seventh straight game with a 71-52 decision over Yale on Tuesday. Hofstra also set a school record with its ninth straight home win and the 8-1 start to the season matches the 1982-83 squad for the best start in school history.
• Delaware extended its winning streak to eight games as it snapped Massachusetts home winning streak of 10 games with a close 63-62 win on the road.
CAA No. 7 IN SECOND RPI RANKING: The CAA is ranked seventh among the nations 32 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News through games of Dec. 17. The CAA finished ranked eighth in last season’s final RPI report. Delaware tops the conference at #13, while James Madison follows at #17. Hofstra is ranked #42 in the second edition of the Collegiate Basketball News RPI report and Towson (#54) rounds out the members in the top 55.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Stamford, Conn./Stamford, Sr., Center
Hofstra senior center Vanessa Gidden received CAA Player of the Week honors after leading the Pride to a 71-52 victory over Yale on Tuesday. The senior poured in a game-high 22 points and added a team-high eight rebounds. She also registered three blocked shots and two steals in her 27 minutes of play. With her double-digit scoring total, Gidden has now reached double figures in 20 straight games and has scored 20-plus points in a team-high four games this season. It has also marked Gidden’s sixth time leading the Pride in points this season and the second time she has led the squad in rebounding.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Alison Lupariello • Drexel
Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson, Fr., Guard
Drexel guard Alison Lupariello earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors as she registered a season-high 15 points in the Dragon’s 75-67 overtime win against Monmouth. The redshirt freshman was 6-for-8 from the floor, including a 3-for-5 showing from behind the arc. She helped the Dragons’ tie the game at 36-36 with a driving layup with five minutes into the second half and three minutes later she drained a three-pointer to give Drexel its first lead of the game, 39-38. Lupariello finished the game with two steals and two rebounds.
RECEIVING VOTES: Both Hofstra and Delaware received votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, for the third consecutive week. The Pride received 26 votes and was fifth among the "Others Receiving Votes", while the Blue Hens tabbed nine votes and were listed 10th. Both teams have also received votes in the past two USA Today Coaches Polls.
THIS WEEK IN THE CAA: CAA Women’s Basketball kicks it back into gear after a week of exams, as they are scheduled to play 19 games this week. Delaware and Hofstra will look to extend their nationally ranked winning streaks. Old Dominion will visit Middle Tennessee State, which has been receiving votes, and will host #5 Tennessee on Friday. The Friday match-up will be broadcast on ESPNU.
CAA TOPS RANKED TEAMS: Hofstra and Delaware defeated a ranked team for the first time in school history. On Wednesday, Nov. 22 Hofstra downed No. 17 Michigan State on the road (57-53), before Delaware defeated #20 Kentucky (86-70) on Friday, Nov. 24.
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison extended their home court winning streak to an impressive 17 games, which is the fourth best home streak in the nation. The streak dates back to last season, when the Dukes posted a 13-0 record at home. It's the second longest known streak in school history. Delaware extended their regular season home winning streak against non-league opponents to 16 games, which dates back to the 2002-03 season.
HOW LONG CAN THEY GO?: Hofstra and Delaware have posted the CAA’s longest winning streaks of the season with seven and eight straight wins, respectively.
TV EXPOSURE: CAA women’s basketball is scheduled to increase its television exposure with 17 games on the air this season. All 12 teams will make at least one television appearance.
DELAWARE (9-1, 1-0 CAA):
DREXEL (3-6, 0-1 CAA):
Drexel snapped a two-game losing streak as they defeated Monmouth, 75-67, in overtime on Saturday. The Dragons are now 2-0 in overtime games this season. Narissa Suber poured in a career-high 28 points for the Dragons, while teammates Alison Lupariello and Gabriela Marginean each added 15. Kira Karlstrom closed out four players scoring double-figures with 13 points, matching her season-best. She also dished out a personal best eight assists while committing just one turnover. Anora Suber also set a career high with five assists in the game, while playing a career-high 42 minutes. Karlstrom is leading the team averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. At 5-4, Karlstrom is also among the tom sub 5-6 rebounders in the nation. In the win over Monmouth, Drexel shot a season-high 44.7 percent from the floor and 47.6 percent from deep. The Dragons will visit neighboring Penn on Thursday.
GEORGE MASON (4-2, 1-0 CAA):
George Mason was idle last week. Currently, the Patriots are led by Lateisha Wade as she averages 13.8 points per game. Jessica Smith leads the team averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. Moni Akintunde averages 10 points and 7.0 rebounds per outing. The Patriots will host Georgia on Wednesday for their next contest.
GEORGIA STATE (4-4, 0-1 CAA):
The Panthers were idle last week. Georgia State has three top scorers as Danyiell McKeller (13.3 ppg), Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen (13.1 ppg) and Tabitha David (11.2 ppg) are averaging double-figures. Marcquitta Head leads the team grabbing 8.0 rebounds per game and Roegiers-Jensen has handed out a league-best 47 assists in eight games (5.88 apg). Brittany Hollins leads the team in steals with 25. The Panthers will play Florida A&M on Dec. 18, before playing North Florida on Dec. 19 at the University of Central Florida Tournament.
HOFSTRA (8-1, 1-0 CAA):
Hofstra improved to 8-1 with a 71-52 win over Yale on Tuesday. The win was Hofstra's school record seventh straight. The Pride also set a school record with its ninth straight home win and the 8-1 start to the season matches the 1982-83 squad for the best start in school history. The home court win streak was set in 2003-04 and the overall win streak has occurred on three previous occasions. Senior center Vanessa Gidden had a game-high 22 points and added eight rebounds. Senior guard Cigi McCollin was second on the team with 12 points in the contest and tied her career-high with a game-high six assists. Senior Lizanne Murphy posted 11 points and added five rebounds and three assists, while Gidden led the Pride with eight rebounds in the game. Janelle Hughs also handed out five assists. Hofstra was out-rebounded, 44-33, in the game, marking only the second time this season and the first time in a victory that the Pride has been out-rebounded. The Pride turned the ball over just 10 times in the game, a season-low. By holding Yale to just 52 points, it marked the sixth time during Hofstra’s current seven-game win streak that the Pride has held its opponent to less than 60 points. The Pride is 43-4 in its last 47 games when they hold their opponent under 60 points (6-0 this season, 11-0 last season and 5-0 in 2004-05). Hofstra has held six of its last seven opponents under 60 points and has won 23 straight games when holding its opponent under 60 points. Hofstra has just one game scheduled this week as they will host Hartford on Friday at noon. The Hawks are coming off a 27-4 season in 2005-06 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year. Hartford is currently 7-4 in 2006-07 and beat #23 Brigham Young, 60-43, on December 2.
JAMES MADISON (6-1, 1-0 CAA):
James Madison was idle last week. JMU is currently led by Meredith Alexis as she leads the CAA with 20.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Tamera Young (16.4 ppg) and Lesley Dickinson (10.4 ppg) also average double-figures. Andrea Benvenuto has dished out a team-best 35 assists this season and has shot a team-high 91.7 percent from the free-throw line (22-of-24). The Dukes will host Savannah State on Monday, before playing the next seven games on the road, beginning with a contest at Wake Forest on Thursday.
UNC WILMINGTON (4-4, 0-0 CAA):
UNC Wilmington was idle last week. Lori Drake currently leads the Seahawks with 12.3 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per outing. The Seahawks will host Campbell at Trask Coliseum on Monday. UNCW will visit Coastal Carolina on Wednesday in the Carolina’s Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The game against the Chanticleer’s is at 5 p.m., while St. John’s will play North Carolina in the second part of the double header.
NORTHEASTERN (0-8, 0-1 CAA):
Northeastern continues to look for its first win of the season, after falling to Long Island on Saturday, 74-61. The Huskies outscored Long Island 37-32 in the second half. NU got double digit scoring from four players. Freshman forward Kim Carr scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Lucia Pablos added 13 points and four assists. Ashlee Feldman scored 14 points to lead the Huskies, but struggled from the field going 3-for-15 on the afternoon. She was 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Freshman Kateema McLean replaced Shaleyse Smallwood early in the first half after Smallwood left the game with an injury. Smallwood sat out the remainder as McLean filled in with 10 points and one assist. Joanna Ausmann pulled down a game-high six rebounds for NU to go with two assists and two blocks. The Huskies trailed wire-to-wire as they sank into an early 10-point deficit and could never cut the lead back to single digits. LIU was led by four players with double-digit games. Valerie Nainima posted a game-high 15 points and added three rebounds and three assists. The Huskies are scheduled to face New Hampshire on Tuesday, before playing Harvard on Thursday. Both games are on the road.
OLD DOMINION (3-5, 0-0 CAA):
Old Dominion lost a 16-point first half lead and committed 32 turnovers as they fell 68-64 at Halton Arena on Sunday in the lone outing of the week. The win was Charlotte’s 15th straight home victory that begun after Old Dominion defeated the 49ers, 79-69, on December 18th, 2005. The loss dropped the Lady Monarchs to 3-5 overall. Junior T.J. Jordan and sophomore Tiffany Green both posted double-doubles in the loss. Jordan tallied a team-high 16 points and grabbed career-high 10 boards. Additionally, she set a new career mark in field goals attempted with 22. Green, in her second straight double figure scoring and rebounding performance, added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Shahida Williams was the other Lady Monarch in double figures with 14. The Lady Monarchs return to action in two games this week against teams featured in the polls. Old Dominion travels to Middle Tennessee State, who has been receiving votes, on Tuesday. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. On Friday evening, Old Dominion will take on #5 Tennessee in its annual meeting. The 40th meeting between the Lady Vols and Lady Monarchs will be aired on ESPNU with Charlene Curtis and Beth Mowins calling all the action. Old Dominion has only faced CAA rival James Madison more times in its history.
TOWSON (6-1, 1-0 CAA):
The Tigers were idle last week. The Tigers are currently led by newcomer Holly Mahan, as she leads the team with 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She also leads the team with 33 steals this season and leads the league with a 55.6 field goal percentage (45-of-81). Towson returns to action on Tuesday when the Tigers travel to Winston-Salem State University. It will be a rematch of the Tigers’ home opener which Towson won by 76-51 on November 14. It will be the final non-conference regular season game for the Tigers this season.
VCU (6-3, 0-1 CAA):
The Rams are idle last week. VCU is led by Krystal Vaughn’s 17.2 points per game and Quanitra Hollingsworth’s 8.4 rebounds per game. Hollingsworth has also registered 12 block shots on the season, while Michele Cosel has recorded 17 steals. The Rams are scheduled to visit Appalachian State on the road on Thursday.
WILLIAM & MARY (5-4, 0-1 CAA):
The Tribe were idle last week. Three Tribe players are averaging double-figures headed into this week. W&M is led by Dani Kell (14.3 ppg), Devin James (13.3 ppg) and Kyra Kaylor (12.6 ppg). Kaylor leads the team with 9.2 rebounds per game. James leads the team with 17 steals and Sarah Stroh has handed out a team-best 35 assists. Newcomer Tiffany Benson has registered 21 blocks this season. William & Mary will visit Norfolk State on Thursday.