QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• James Madison held its spot at No. 25 in the AP Top 25 Poll for the third consecutive week. The Dukes are unbeaten in conference play as they are scheduled to host George Mason and visit Northeastern, for the second time in eight days.
• The CAA jumped to No. 8 in the RPI at the start of the week.
• JMU currently has a 24-game winning streak at its home court, which is the third-longest in Division I women’s basketball. The Dukes’ 13-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in the nation.
• ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme has three CAA teams headed to the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology projection. Delaware, James Madison and Old Dominion are listed.
• The CAA has a pair of women’s basketball games on television this Sunday, as Hofstra takes on Georgia State in Atlanta and George Mason faces VCU in Richmond. The broadcast from Atlanta will be aired on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Southeast, SportsNet New York at 2 p.m. The contest in Richmond will follow on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia at 4 p.m.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST WEEK:
• James Madison steadied at No. 25 in the AP Poll, for the second week in a row, after defeating Old Dominion and William & Mary. The Dukes are the first CAA team to reach the AP Top 25 since Old Dominion finished at No. 15 in the final 2001-02 poll.
• Old Dominion’s T.J. Jordan made the most 3-point FG's in a game by any CAA player, women's or men's, in conference history with 10 in the Lady Monarchs’ win over Northeastern on Thursday.
• JMU’s Andrea Benvenuto finished the week dishing out 34 assists. She put a mark in the record books as she handed out 14 assists in the Dukes’ win over VCU on Thursday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
T.J. Jordan • Old Dominion
Portsmouth, Va./Wilson, Jr., Guard
Old Dominion junior guard T.J. Jordan earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after averaging 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and assisting the Lady Monarchs to a pair of conference wins. The junior made the most 3-point FG's in a game by any CAA player, women's or men's, in conference history with 10 in the Lady Monarchs’ win over Northeastern on Thursday and finished the night with 34 points. She added two blocks and a pair of steals on the week.
Marcquitta Head • Georgia State
Conley, Ga./Forest Park, So., Center
Georgia State center Marcquitta Head earned CAA Player of the Week honors after averaging 17.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.5 blocks a game as the Panthers went 2-0 last week. The sophomore shot 71.4 percent on 15-of-21 shooting in the two games. Head scored a career-high 25 points in GSU’s win over Towson on Sunday. With her 13 blocked shots, Head became the Panthers’ single-season leader with 60. The sophomore also shot 80 percent from the free-throw line.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, Fr., Forward
Drexel forward Gabriela Marginean received CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and the third time this season after averaging 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds a game. The rookie pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds and added 16 points against Towson last week. She finished the week with a 20-point, nine rebound effort in the Dragons close loss to VCU on Sunday. Marginean had a perfect showing from the charity stripe as she went 6-for-6. The rookie also added four assists, two steals and one block for the Dragons.
CAA No. 8 IN NINTH RPI RANKING: The CAA jumped to eighth among the nations 32 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News through games of Feb. 11. The CAA finished ranked eighth in last season’s final RPI report and had been 10th since the December 24th report and recently was ranked ninth last week. The CAA was ranked as high as sixth this season in the first RPI report. James Madison entered the week leading the CAA at #22. The Blue Hens, who was ranked as high as 13th this season, are ranked at 32, while Old Dominion jumped to 35 #36. Hofstra followed ranked #58.
JAMES MADISON CRACKS TOP 25: The James Madison women's basketball team steadied at No. 25 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the third straight week. The Dukes are the first Colonial Athletic Association team to reach the AP Top 25 since Old Dominion finished at No. 15 in the final 2001-02 poll. The Lady Monarchs were also the most recent CAA squad to be nationally ranked at No. 22 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll on November 18, 2002. The 17-2 Dukes, who have received votes in the AP poll the last three weeks, cracked the Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of the 1987-88 season, when they were 14th.
RECEIVING VOTES: Delaware continued to receive votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Blue Hens received seven votes among the "Others Receiving Votes". James Madison received 19 votes in the most recent USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls. Hofstra and Delaware had received votes in the past AP Top 25 Poll, while the Pride and the Blue Hens previously joined JMU in past USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls.
ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Three CAA women’s basketball members were recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team. Hofstra’s Lizanne Murphy was named to the District 1 first team, while classmate Cigi McCollin was selected to the second team. James Madison’s Lesley Dickinson was named to the District 3 second team.
HOW LONG CAN THEY GO?: Currently, James Madison is on a league-high 14-game winning streak. The Dukes spoiled ODU’s nine-game winning streak on Thursday, Feb. 1. Hofstra had posted a 10 game winning streak before Delaware spoiled it on Thursday, Jan. 4. Delaware previously owned a nine game winning streak earlier this season and William & Mary recently owned a seven game winning streak.
SPOILING THE FUN: JMU has stopped opponent winning streaks of five or more games eight times this season. The Dukes handed a 5-0 Liberty team (Nov. 29) and a 6-0 Virginia Commonwealth squad (Dec. 3) their first defeats of the year. Wake Forest (Dec. 21) saw its seven-game winning streak end, Towson (Jan. 4) had a five-game string of wings stopped, and Georgia State’s (Jan. 7) six-game streak ended. The Dukes stopped Delaware’s six-game winning streak on Jan. 25 and Old Dominion’s nine-game winning streak on Thursday.
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison extended their home court winning streak to an impressive 24 games, which is tied for third best in the nation. The streak dates back to last season, when the Dukes posted a 13-0 record at home. Hofstra had its 11 game-winning streak at home snapped as Delaware defeated the Pride on Jan. 21. Delaware extended their regular season home winning streak against non-league opponents to 22 games, which dates back to the 2002-03 season.
1,000 POINT CLUB: The CAA has 12 active players who have reached the 1,000 career-point club. Four players on the James Madison squad and three Hofstra members have reached the special plateau, while Delaware, William & Mary, Georgia State, Towson and Drexel each have one active player on the list.
RECORD SETTERS: On Thursday, Old Dominion’s T.J. Jordan made the most 3-point FG's in a game by any CAA player, women's or men's, in conference history with 10. James Madison’s Meredith Alexis finished the Jan. 18 contest against Drexel with 1,128 career rebounds, which placed her atop the CAA All-Time Records--currently with 1,211. The 6-0 center entered the season listed seventh with 930 career rebounds. Hofstra’s Cigi McCollin jumped atop the three-point field goals attempted in her career with 753, while she also sits at No. 2 in the three-point field goals made category with 263 in her career.
KILBURN-STEVESKEY AMONG TOP FIRST-YEAR COACHES: Hofstra first-year head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, who as guided the Pride to a 17-6 mark this season, currently owns the third-best overall record among head coaches who are coaching their first year at their current institution. She follows Dave Magarity of Army and Sharon Versym of Purdue. Kilburn-Steveskey has the best record of all true first-year women’s basketball head coaches as Magarity, who coached the Marist men’s squad for 23 years, is in his first season as a head coach of the Black Knights.
CAA TOPS RANKED TEAMS: Hofstra and Delaware each defeated a ranked team for the first time in their respective school histories. 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.
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. The CAA has a pair of women’s basketball games on television this Sunday, as Hofstra takes on Georgia State in Atlanta and George Mason faces VCU in Richmond. The Pride and the Panthers will tip-off at 2 p.m., while the Patriots and the Rams’ tip is scheduled for 4 p.m.
2007-08 DEAL WITH THE AMERICA CHANNEL: Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager announced that the league has entered into an agreement with The America Channel, which will provide live television coverage of a minimum of 18 women’s basketball games and several other CAA Championships beginning in the 2007-08 academic year. The America Channel® is a new programming network that will explore and celebrate our communities, campuses, real heroes, and ordinary people who accomplish the extraordinary. The America Channel’s SportsLife ™ initiative merges life and sport – combining broadcast of over 200 NCAA sports games and matches, with real-life drama about the aspirations, achievements, challenges, adventures, community service, and lifestyles of students and student athletes from numerous NCAA conferences.
TOP RETURNING STARTERS: With the CAA returning 75% of its starters, two CAA teams enter the season ranked among the top five with total starts. James Madison’s returning players entered the 2006-07 season with a combined 379 starts, which is more than any total starts for a Division I team in the country. The Dukes have 35 more starts than second-place Oklahoma, whose returning players have started 344 contests. Hofstra follows fifth with 292 starts entering this season.
CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS-UP WITH GIRL SCOUTS: For the 13th consecutive season, 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 athletics. Northeastern, Georgia State and UNC Wilmington will host their respective "Girl Scout Appreciation Day’s" this weekend at their Sunday contests.
DELAWARE (20-4, 11-2 CAA):
DREXEL (6-18, 1-12 CAA):
Drexel suffered a pair of close conference losses as it fell to Towson on Thursday by a score of 55-52 on the road and dropped a 53-50 decision to VCU at home on Sunday. Drexel’s last three games, a win and two losses, have been decided by a combined nine points. Against the Tigers, freshman Gabriela Marginean showed the way for the Dragons with 16 points and a career high 15 rebounds as she shot 5-for-21 from the floor and went 6-for-6 at the foul line. Junior Anora Suber poured in 13 points as she made four of seven shots from three-point range. Karlstromm added 11 points. Narissa Suber became the 16th player in Drexel history to score 1,000 points when she nailed a three-point basket with 9:56 remaining in the game. She finished the game with five points and clearing the 1,000-point plateau of her career. The Dragons committed a season-low six turnovers against a Towson team that came into the game ranked third in the nation in steals. The Tigers managed just two swipes in the contest. On Sunday, Marginean, the game’s high scorer with 20 points, broke free for an open layup off an inbounds play. The ball hit the near rim off the backboard and caromed out and was collected by VCU. Marginean had scored 10 of the Dragons’ final 14 points to bring the team back from a seven-point deficit. After the Rams missed the second of two free throws, Marginean’s heave from just past half court hit the front and back rim and bouncing out to end the game in 53-50 victory for VCU. Drexel attempted just two free throws (1-of-2) against VCU, a season low for the Dragons. The Dragons also received nine rebounds and six assists by Kira Karlstrom, while transfer guard Andrea Peterson handed out a career-high seven assists. The Dragons will hit the road for a pair of conference games this week as they visit Hofstra on Thursday and UNC Wilmington on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (8-15, 2-11 CAA):
George Mason fell in a pair of home contests to the Blue Hens of Delaware on Thursday, 76-58, and then dropped a 69-55 decision to Hofstra. On Thursday, Lateisha Wade scored all of her team-high 16 points in the second half for George Mason, but the Patriots lost their fourth straight game and fell for the eighth time in the last nine outings. Nikkia Slade came off the bench to add 11 points for Mason, which turned the ball over 24 times and shot just 35.4 percent from the field for the game (17-of-48), including just 4-of-19 in the opening half. Against the Pride, George Mason was led by Tracy Ann Holness, who tallied 16 points and five rebounds in the game. Wade added 12 points for the Patriots, who had 2,789 fans in attendance for Girl Scout Day. Slade pulled down a team-high seven rebounds for Mason. The Patriots will begin a three-game road skid as they visit 25th-ranked James Madison on Thursday and VCU on Sunday. The game against the Rams will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia at 4:00 p.m.
GEORGIA STATE (15-9, 7-6 CAA):
Georgia State won its last two conference games at home by defeating UNC Wilmington in overtime, 61-57, on Thursday and topping Towson, 89-43, on Sunday. The contest against the Seahawks marked the second OT game against UNCW this season. The OT game against UNCW marked the first time in school history that the Panthers have gone into overtime against the same team in the same season. Senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen led three Georgia State players in double figures with 15 points as the Panthers rallied from nine points down in the second half. Sophomore guard Brittany Hollins finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Freshman guard Tabitha David scored 12 and collected a career-high seven rebounds for the Panthers. Sophomore center Marcquitta Head totaled a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with nine points and a game-high seven blocked shots. The win over Towson was the largest margin of victory for State this season and ever in the CAA, since joining in the 2005-06 season. The Panthers held the Tigers to a season low in points (43). Roegiers-Jensen and Head combined to score more points (56) than the entire Towson roster. Roegiers-Jensen finished with a game-high 31 points, including five three-pointers to break the school record for treys made in a career with 136. Head, who was also 11-of-12 from the floor, recorded her sixth double-double of the season and ninth of her career with a career-high 25 points and a game-best 10 rebounds. She also totaled six blocked shots to become the school single-season leader with 60. Hollins had eight points, six rebounds and game highs of 10 assists and four steals. David recorded a career-high eight rebounds against the Tigers. State tied its season high with 28 assists against Towson. The Panthers shot 62.5 percent (35-for-56) from the floor, which is the second-best single-game mark in school history and the first time the Panthers have shot over 60 percent in a game since Dec. 7, 2001. Hollins needs five steals to break the single-season school record (86). The Panthers will visit Northeastern on Thursday before hosting Hofstra on Sunday for a CAA TV broadcast. Sunday’s match-up will be aired on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Southeast, SportsNet New York at 2p.m.
HOFSTRA (18-6, 8-5 CAA):
Hofstra defeated William & Mary on Wednesday, 62-56, and George Mason on Sunday, 69-55, to earn consecutive victories for the first time since January 7 and 11 when they defeated VCU and Drexel. The back-to-back wins ended a string of nine games in a row where the Pride had alternated wins and losses. With the win over George Mason, Hofstra established a new school record for road victories in a single season with 10 this year. Previously, the 1983-84 squad and last year’s team both won nine road games. Hofstra held both of its opponents this week to less than 60 points and is now 30-1 over its last 31 games when holding its opponents under that total. With her 18 rebounds this week, Pride senior forward Lizanne Murphy moved into eighth place on the all-time CAA rebounding list with 920 caroms. Murphy passed Ashleigh Akens (William & Mary), who had 915 rebounds from 1990-94. Sophomore guard Niki Williams is really settling into her starting point guard role for the Pride. Williams averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Hofstra’s two games last week. Those totals included a career-high 14 points against William & Mary and a career-high tying nine assists, zero turnover performance against George Mason. With its 18th win on Sunday, this year’s team tied for the third-most wins in the program’s Division I history. Tied with the 1983-84 squad, only the 1982-83 team with 21 wins and last year’s 19-win team achieved more victories. A pair of Hofstra student-athletes received academic awards this season as Murphy was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team and senior guard Cigi McCollin earned second team honors. By virtue of being named to the first team, Murphy moves on to the national ballot for possible inclusion on the national Academic All-America team, which will be announced later this month. Hofstra will host Drexel on Thursday before traveling to Atlanta on Sunday to face Georgia State in a contest that will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Southeast, SportsNet New York at 2p.m.
No. 25 JAMES MADISON (22-2, 13-0 CAA):
The Dukes went 3-0 on the week as they defeated Longwood, 80-41, VCU, 76-63, and Northeastern, 85-63. James Madison currently owns league-best 14 game win streak, which is the fifth-longest streak in school history and ties for the sixth-longest current streak in NCAA Division I. The Dukes’ 24-game winning streak at home is the third longest current home streak in Division I women’s basketball. On Tuesday, five players scored in double figures as 25th-ranked (AP) James Madison defeated Longwood 80-42 in a non-conference women's basketball game Thursday evening at Willett Hall. The win over the Lancers was JMU’s 20th, giving the program its 11th 20-win season in school history. It marked the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the Dukes accomplished that in the 1994-95 (22-7) and 1995-96 (21-9) seasons. No JMU team has reached 20 wins faster than the 2006-07 Dukes’ squad. JMU senior center Meredith Alexis led the Dukes with 14 points and also had a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Tamera Young and Jasmin Lawrence each finished with 11 points, and senior forward Shirley McCall and redshirt junior forward Jennifer Brown added 10 points apiece. Senior guard Andrea Benvenuto handed out a game-high nine assists. On Thursday, Alexis had game highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds and Benvenuto handed out a career-high 14 assists to lead JMU to a 76-63 win at VCU. Young finished with 21 points, and McCall added 10 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Benvenuto's 14 assists is second only to Jess Cichowicz's school-record 17 set against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 16, 2001. Her previous career high was 12, set against Georgia State last Feb. 26. The Dukes returned home to capture their 24th straight home victory with a win over conference foe Northeastern on Sunday. Young had a game high 23 points, leading four JMU players in double-digit scoring. Alexis finished with 21 points and a game-high 17 rebounds to extend her career records to 1,211 rebounds, 58 double-doubles and 70 double-figure rebounding games. She tied her own season record with her 17th season double-double. Brown and McCall completed the victory with 14 points a piece. McCall was 7-of-10 from the floor against the Huskies, which was the ninth time in the last 14 games that she has shot 50 percent or better from the field. Brown’s 14 points was a season-high against Northeastern. Benvenuto finished the week with 34 assists, increasing her career total to 549. She moved from 10th to eight in the CAA career list. The Dukes’ game against NU was JMU’s fourth game in eight days, and three of those were on the road. JMU’s 22-2 record ties for the best 24-game start in school history. The 1990-91 and 1985-86 teams were also 22-2 after 24 games. Dickinson was named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Second Team. A psychology major with a minor in business and a 3.40 grade-point average, she won the award for the second year in a row. She is only the fifth player in JMU history to be named to the prestigious team. The Dukes will look to extend their winning streak at home as they host George Mason on Thursday before traveling to Boston to face Northeastern, for the second time in eight days, on Sunday.
UNC WILMINGTON (7-16, 3-9 CAA):
The Seahawks suffered a pair of conference games. UNC Wilmington fell in a 61-57 overtime decision to Georgia State on the road on Thursday, before losing to William & Mary, 56-38, on Sunday . Thursday’s contest marked the second OT game against the Panthers this season. Senior guard Lori Drake led the Seahawks with 21 points, just three points off her career-best, and seven rebounds, but was the only UNCW player to end the game in double figures. UNCW shot a dismal 29 percent for the game, and was just 14-of-25 (56.0) percent from the free throw line in the game. The Seahawks also committed 20 turnovers in the game, which led to 19 Georgia State points. Thursday’s four-point loss to Georgia State marks the 10 game this season that has been decided by six points or less. UNCW is 3-7 in those games, with two of their wins coming against George Mason. In games decided by 10 points or less the Seahawks hold a 5-9 record. Against the Tribe, sophomore forward Sahsha Taylor scored 11 points and Drake had 10 for the Seahawks, who shot just 27.8 percent on the day in being swept by the Tribe for the first time since 2000-01. The Seahawks did not make a three-pointer in the contest against William & Mary as they went 0-for-10 from beyond the arc. Becca Papach has started the last two games for UNCW and has averaged 6.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, well above her season average of 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. The Seahawks will visit a tough Delaware team on Thursday before they return home to host Drexel on Sunday afternoon.
NORTHEASTERN (3-21, 2-11 CAA):
The Huskies played a tough schedule last week as they went 0-2 falling to Old Dominion and 25th-ranked James Madison last week. Northeastern trailed by only three at halftime but fell, 89-75, to Old Dominion Thursday night at Solomon Court, but fell 89-75 to the Lady Monarchs. Shaleyse Smallwood led four Huskies in double figures with 21 points and 11 assists for her first double-double of the year. Lucia Pablos scored 17 while Ashlee Feldman got 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Stefanie Hodell added 12 points with nine boards. Offensively, the Huskies played one of their best games of the season, as they posted 75 points, their third highest output of the year. Jody Burrows made her first start after tearing her ACL on Dec. 2. She played only the first six minutes before colliding with an ODU player on a fast break. Burrows missed 14 games before returning to action against UNC Wilmington on Jan. 28. Kendra Walton made her return to the Husky lineup after missing the last 17 contests. She finished with five points in 14 minutes of action. On Sunday, the Huskies fell to a strong James Madison squad, 85-63. Pablos posted 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists, but it wasn't enough as JMU has now won 14-straight overall and 24-straight at home. Four Huskies played all 40 minutes and each scored in double figures. Smallwood and Feldman each netted 13 while Hodell scored 10. After the Huskies took a 4-0 lead, NU never saw another lead as JMU led from the 15:21 mark on. NU was outrebounded 48-22 and 16-7 on the offensive glass. JMU capitalized on its size to come up with 20 second-chance points. Northeastern will host Georgia State on Thursday before hosting the Dukes’, for their second meeting in eight days, on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (15-8, 11-1 CAA):
With a pair of victories last week, the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs moved into second place in the conference standings. ODU defeated Northeastern on Thursday, 89-75, before capturing a 63-47 win over Delaware on Sunday. Junior guard T.J. Jordan exploded for a career-high 34 points and set new records for three-pointers made and attempted in a game in ODU’s first ever appearance at Solomon Court on Thursday. Jordan went 10-of-22 from downtown replacing Aubrey Eblin's former record of 9-of-16 against UNC Wilmington on Feb. 17, 1998. The 89 points scored by Old Dominion were the most netted this season by the team. The Lady Monarchs have reached the 80-point or more mark four times this season. Jordan was one of three Lady Monarchs in double figures. Joining Jordan were sophomore Tiffany Green with 15 and junior Shahida Williams with 11. Green and senior Sherida Triggs grabbed a team-high seven boards as the Lady Monarch outrebounded the Huskies 49-24. Against the Blue Hens, Triggs collected her second double-double of the year and 11th of her career with a team-high 12 points and 11 rebounds. Triggs was one of four Lady Monarchs in double figures along with 11 from Jordan, and 10 from both Green and Tay Ransburg. The Lady Monarchs had their best performance from the line all season shooting 91.7 percent (11-of-12) from the stripe. Green, who at times has struggled from the line, went a perfect 4-of-4 as one of three Lady Monarchs to go perfect at the charity stripe. Ransburg managed to give the Lady Monarchs its largest lead of the afternoon, a 23-point 63-40 advantage, with 2:14 left. Old Dominion will return to action at home on Thursday against Towson and then travel to William & Mary on Sunday.
TOWSON (16-7, 7-6 CAA):
For the second straight week, the Tigers split a pair of games. After earning a 55-52 victory over Drexel on Thursday night, the Tigers dropped an 89-43 decision at Georgia State on Sunday afternoon. The loss to the Panthers was the Tigers’ worst loss since an 87-34 loss at Old Dominion during the 2003-04 season. By beating the Dragons, the Tigers earned their first season sweep over Drexel since the 1997-98 season. Freshman guard Shanae Baker-Brice scored a game high 17 points and her six assists. She was instrumental in the Tigers’ victory by recording two of her assists in the final 58 seconds. Baker-Brice, who shot 7-for-15 from the floor, also had six rebounds in the win. Holly Mahan added 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting for the Tigers. Freshman Kandace Davis had only three points for the Tigers but she led the team with ten rebounds and a career high four blocked shots. In the loss to the Panthers, the Tigers set a season low with their 43 points. Towson was held to 27.1 percent shooting from the floor, making just 19-of-70 attempts. The Tigers also converted just 1-of-7 free throw attempts. Georgia State shot a blistering 62.5 percent from the floor, including a 70.6 percent effort in the second half, marking the highest field goal percentage by an opponent this season. Freshman Alexis Abraham led the Tigers in the loss by scoring nine points, making 3-of-9 field goals. She was 3-of-7 from three-point range. Baker-Brice was held to four points, snapping a streak of seven straight games of scoring in double figures. The Tigers will continue their brief two-game road trip on Thursday night as they visit Old Dominion. On Sunday, the Tigers return to the Towson Center to face Delaware in the second meeting of the season between the two teams.
VCU (12-11, 5-8 CAA):
VCU split on the week as they lost to No. 25 James Madison, 76-63, at home before defeating Drexel, 53-50, on the road. Junior forward Krystal Vaughn provided one of the few bright spots for the Rams in the contest against the Dukes with 17 points and six rebounds. Vaughn was one of four VCU players in double figures. Senior guard Michele Cosel tossed in 11 points, including three 3-point field goals and junior guard LaKea Jones (dished out eight assists). VCU was within five points, at 22-17 with 6:20 left in the first half, but saw the Dukes blow the game open with a 14-1 salvo that pushed the lead to 36-18. Alexis had six points to spark the run. Freshman Kita Waller poured in a career-high 15 points off the bench and the Rams survived two late scares to pick up a 53-50 win over Drexel on Sunday. Waller, who scored 11 of her points in the second half, snapped a 50-50 tie with two free throws with 41 seconds remaining. Waller, a 36-percent free throw shooter coming into the game, knocked down all seven of her attempts on the day. She also had four steals and four rebounds. Quanitra Hollingsworth finished with nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while junior forward Vaughn added nine points and six rebounds. Cosel hit one three-pointer in the contest against the Dragons and is now tied with Cyndy Wilks for the eighth-most in a season in school history with 40. Junior LaKea Jones handed out 15 assists in the two games last week to move into 10th place on VCU’s all-time assists charts with 234. Hollingsworth needs six blocks to become just the fourth VCU player with 100 in her career. The Rams will return to action on Thursday against William & Mary as they start a two-game skid at home. VCU will also host George Mason on Sunday. The contest against the Patriots will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia at 4 p.m.
WILLIAM & MARY (15-9, 7-6 CAA):
The Tribe fell to the Pride of Hofstra, 62-56, on Thursday, but rebounded with a 56-38 win over UNC Wilmington on Sunday. Both contests were on the road. The contest against the Pride had 15 lead changes and nine ties. W&M was led by junior Kyra Kaylor who scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was 9-of-10 from the free throw stripe. Sophomore Katie Tausanovitch nearly finished in double figures with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, while junior Devin James recorded eight points. As a team, the College out-shot Hofstra 38.0 percent to 33.9 percent. Additionally, the Green and Gold sank 41.2 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc (7-of-17). On Sunday, James led the Tribe with a game-high 17 points, 14 of which came during the second half. Kaylor recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, as she moved into fifth place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,296 points. Freshman Tiffany Benson also tallied a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals. The Tribe enters the week needing only one more victory to earn its second straight winning season, a feat last accomplished by the programs in 1976-77 and 1977-78. With only a pair of assists, senior Sarah Stroh can move into a tie for fourth on the school’s all-time assists list. The Tribe will visit VCU on Thursday before hosting Old Dominion on Sunday.