QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• James Madison jumped to No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll after sitting at No. 25 for three weeks straight. The Dukes are unbeaten in conference play as they are scheduled to visit both Delaware and Old Dominion this week.
• The CAA was ranked eighth in the RPI entering the week with four teams in the Top 50.
• JMU currently has a 25-game winning streak at its home court, which is the second-longest in Division I women’s basketball. The Dukes’ 16-game winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest in the nation.
• ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme has FOUR CAA teams headed to the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology projection. Earning the CAA automatic bid is No. 22 James Madison, while Old Dominion, Delaware and Hofstra are listed to receive an at-large bid.
• Old Dominion will host James Madison in a tough match-up on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on CN8 and WSKY at Noon.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST 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 visit Northeastern, for the second time in eight days.
• The CAA jumped to No. 8 in the RPI at the start of the week.
• ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme had three CAA teams headed to the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology projection. Delaware, James Madison and Old Dominion are listed.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Meredith Alexis • James Madison
Hanover Township, Pa./Bishop Hoban, Sr., Center
James Madison center Meredith Alexis earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the sixth time this season after leading the 25th-ranked Dukes to a pair of conference victories. The senior averaged 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Alexis broke the JMU career scoring record of 1,607 and moved into the CAA career top 10 with her 20 points in Thursday’s game against the Patriots. Against Northeastern, she broke her own JMU season record set last year with her 18th double-double and increased her career records to 59 double-doubles and 71 double-figure rebounding games.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Sam Brigham • Hofstra
Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury, Fr., Guard
Hofstra guard Sam Brigham received CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season after assisting the Pride to a pair of victories last week. She averaged 10 points, three steals, three rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last week. Brigham had a solid all-around game against Georgia State with 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. The rookie also tallied seven points, two assists and two steals in the win over Drexel.
CAA No. 8 IN 11TH RPI RANKING: The CAA continued to rank 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 in week nine. The CAA was ranked as high as sixth this season in the first RPI report. No. 22 James Madison enters the week leading the CAA at #22. Old Dominion follows JMU at 25. The Blue Hens, who were ranked as high as 13th this season, are ranked at 30. Hofstra closed out the four CAA women’s basketball teams in the top 50 at #50.
JAMES MADISON JUMPS TO 22 IN TOP 25: The James Madison women's basketball team improved to No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, after sitting at No. 25 for three straight weeks. 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 received votes in the AP poll three weeks prior to entering the Top 25, made the rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 1987-88 season, when they were 14th.
RECEIVING VOTES: James Madison received 32 votes in the most recent USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls. Delaware and Old Dominion also received votes in the latestUSA Today/WBCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Hofstra and Delaware had received votes this season in past AP Top 25 Polls, while the Pride previously joined JMU, Delaware and ODU in past USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls.
CAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP IN NEWARK, DEL.: The CAA women’s basketball championship will be hosted by the University of Delaware (Newark, Del.) on March 8-11. The Blue Hens will play host to the exciting 12-team, four-day event.
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 16-game winning streak. The streak is tied for the fifth longest in the nation. 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 Feb. 1.
HOME SWEET HOME: No. 22 James Madison extended their home court winning streak to an impressive 25 games, which is the second 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.
HIT THE ROAD AGAIN: Both James Madison and Hofstra stand among the top with 11 true road wins this season. They are tied with three other Division I teams, including Duke, Middle Tennessee State and Stanford.
1,000 POINT CLUB: The CAA has 13 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, Drexel and Northeastern each have one active player on the list. Old Dominion’s T.J. Jordan needs only 15 points to join the prestigious club.
RECORD SETTERS: 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 Monarch’s win over Northeastern in Boston. 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 20-6 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 will finish up its regular season television schedule as Old Dominion hosts James Madison on Sunday in Norfolk, Va. The game will be aired on CN8 and WSKY at Noon.
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. Old Dominion will host their respective "Girl Scout Appreciation Day’s" on Sunday.
DELAWARE (22-4, 13-2 CAA):
Delaware went 2-0 on the week as they defeated UNC Wilmington, 80-62, Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center and earned a 70-52 victory on the road at Towson on Sunday. Senior guard Alena Koshansky scored a season-high 22 points and tied the school record by hitting six three-pointers to lead the Blue Hens over the Seahawks. Koshansky went 6-of-8 from behind the arc for the Blue Hens, who tied the team record by hitting 11 three-pointers in 18 attempts. Koshansky had also hit six three-pointers last season at George Mason, while Megan Dellegrotti also drained six three-pointers twice in her career. Senior guard Tyresa Smith also scored 22 points for Delaware as she reached the 20-point mark for the fifth straight game. Junior guard Kyle DeHaven was the other double figure scorer for the Blue Hens with 11 points, while senior guard Chrissy Fisher added seven points and a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore center Farrah Ferguson set a career-high with six blocks and scored six points, while sophomore guard Ethlynne Thomas came off the bench to add a career-best six points and three rebounds. Against Towson, Smith scored a game-high 23 points and became the first Delaware player since the 1979-80 season to surpass the 20-point mark in six straight games. Smith has now surpassed the 20-points mark in 15 games this season. Koshansky added 18 points, Fisher added 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season, and Courtney Irving came off the bench to contribute 10 points. Delaware, which has now reached the 22-win plateau two straight years and six times in the last seven seasons. The win also assured Delaware of at least a third place finish in the CAA standings and a first round bye in the CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be hosted by Delaware in March. The Blue Hens will host No. 22 James Madison and Drexel this week.
DREXEL (7-19, 2-13 CAA):
Drexel dropped its third straight game as they fell to Hofstra, 61-52, on the road Thursday before snapping its streak with a 71-59 win at UNC Wilmington on Sunday. After trailing by as much as 25 points in the second half, Drexel turned up the pressure to force five turnovers in the final seven minutes while mounting a 17-4 run to make it a nine-point game with 2:38 remaining against the Pride. Hofstra snared two key steals in the final two minutes to hold on for a 61-52 victory. Gabriela Marginean led all scorers with 23 points to go with nine rebounds. The rookie went 9-for-16 from the floor and shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. Marginean finished the game with a team-high nine rebounds. The Dragons got eight points from Kira Karlstrom and six points from Narissa Suber and Nicole McCombs each. On Sunday, Drexel drained a season-high 13 three-pointers against the Seahawks in route to the Dragons’ second conference victory of the season. The Dragons attempted a season-high 31 treys, which was just two attempts shy of the all-time single-game high. Freshman Alison Lupariello, who came off the bench, scored a season-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from deep on Sunday, while leading four Drexel players in double figure scoring. Junior forward Anora Suber added 13 points, freshman forward Gabriela Marginean and junior guard Narissa Suber added 12 points apiece. It was only the second time this season that four Dragon players have scored in double figures. The Dragons’ 12-point win over UNCW was the largest margin of victory for the team this season. It is the second time in the last three seasons that Drexel has swept its regular-season series against the Seahawks. The victory was Drexel’s second win ever in Wilmington, N.C.
GEORGE MASON (8-17, 2-13 CAA):
George Mason lost an 88-60 decision to 25th-ranked James Madison on Thursday and fell to VCU, 61-52, on Sunday. The Patriots had two players scoring in double-figures in the loss to the Dukes. Redshirt senior forward Tracy Ann Holness finished with a team-high 18 points, while junior guard Lateisha Wade added 14. Wade and junior forward Moni Akintunde led the Patriots in rebounding by snagging six rebounds each. Wade also handed out eight assists. Mason is now 0-3 on the season against nationally ranked squads. In Richmond, Wade led George Mason with 16 points and six rebounds, but made just 6-of-19 shots from the field. Nikkia Slade came off the bench to add 10 points. Akintunde grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. On the week, Mason shot 73 percent from the line compared to its opponents combined 66 percent. The Patriots will complete a three-game road skid as they visit Old Dominion on Thursday. Mason will return to Fairfax for the final time this season on Sunday when they host William & Mary.
GEORGIA STATE (15-11, 7-8 CAA):
Georgia State dropped its two games last week, falling at Northeastern, 64-42, and losing to Hofstra, 86-74. The Panthers’ offense struggled against Northeastern, shooting 33 percent from the floor. Sophomore guard Brittany Hollins tied for team-high honors with 10 points and added a team-high seven assists. Freshman forward/center RaShay Rawls also had 10 points off the bench for the Panthers and contributed eight rebounds. Sophomore center Marcquitta Head tied for game-high honors with 10 rebounds. State loss at Northeastern was its first in eight games this season against a team with a sub-.500 record. On Sunday, State played in front of a season-high crowd of 1,228 at the Georgia State Sports Arena in its loss to Hofstra. Senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen recorded a game- and career-high 33 points to lead three Panthers in double figures. Head totaled 10 points and seven boards. Hollins dropped 15. Rawls tied her career-high and registered a team-high 11 rebounds. Georgia State took its first lead of the second half (69-68) with 8:58 left in the game following a layup from Hollins. However, Hofstra rebounded with an 11-1 run that State couldn’t overcome. The Panthers are 14-3 when three or more players score 10 points or more. State is 1-8 when less than three players score in double figures. Georgia State has won 15 or more victories in a season for the ninth time in the past 10 campaigns. One more win assures State of a winning season. Hollins needs two steals to break the single-season school record (86). Roegiers-Jensen needs 29 assists to break the single-season record (199). She has moved into fourth-place all-time in assists at Georgia State with 452 and currently ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game (6.6). Freshman guard Tabitha David needs 13 three-pointers to break the single-season record (69). Georgia State shot 58 percent (21-of-36) from the free throw line last week compared to 76 percent (31-of-41) for its opponents. State had shot over 70 percent from the charity stripe in its six previous outings. The Panthers travel to Williamsburg, Va. to play William & Mary on Thursday before facing VCU in Richmond on Sunday.
HOFSTRA (20-6, 10-5 CAA):
Hofstra won its third and fourth straight contests with victories over Drexel, 61-52, and Georgia State, 86-74. With the two wins, Hofstra reached the 20-win plateau for just the second time at the Division I level and the first time since the 1982-83 squad won 21 games. Hofstra also improved to 5-1 in February with the wins and won its 11th road contest of the season at Georgia State, already a school record. Against Drexel, senior guard Cigi McCollin scored 19 points and sophomore guard Niki Williams flirted with a triple-double, contributing 10 points, eight assists and a career-high 11 rebounds in the wire-to-wire victory. The double-double for Williams was the first of her career. In the win over Georgia State, senior center Vanessa Gidden scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds and senior forward Lizanne Murphy had 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Pride improved to 42-9 all-time as a Division I program when scoring over 80 points in a game. The double-double against the Panthers was the seventh this season and the 23rd of Murphy’s career and with her 16 points she moved into 14th place all-time in scoring at Hofstra. With 1,129 career points, Murphy passed Sharon Solowitz (1984-88) and Mary Heywood (1982-86). The 45 first half points against GSU was the most Hofstra has scored in a CAA contest this year and the third-most the Pride has scored in the opening stanza overall this season, only eclipsed by the 55 they scored at Stony Brook and the 48 vs. Rider. With her 17 points in the win over Georgia State, McCollin moved into fourth place all-time in scoring at Hofstra with 1,558 career points. She passed Christine Lathuras, who had 1,548 career points from 1980-84. McCollin tied a career-best six assists on Sunday. Hofstra rookie Sam Brigham averaged 10 points, three steals, three rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last week. The rookie registered 13 points in the Pride’s win over the Panthers and tabbed four steals. Hofstra will host its final two home games of the season this week as Towson visits on Wednesday before Northeastern comes to Hempstead on Sunday when the Pride celebrates "Senior Day".
No. 22 JAMES MADISON (24-2, 15-0 CAA):
The Dukes extened their home-court winning streak to 25 with an 88-60 win over George Mason on Thursday and then continued to stay unbeaten in conference play with a 71-57 victory over Northeastern. James Madison senior center Meredith Alexism broke the school career scoring record as she scored 20 points to move her career total to 1,618, breaking the former record of 1,607 held by Holly Rilinger (‘97). In addition to Alexis, three other JMU players finished in double-digits. Tamera Young scored a game-high 21, while Lesley Dickinson scored a season-best 19 and Jasmin Lawrence tied her season-high with 12. Alexis led the Dukes in rebounding with nine. Senior guard Andrea Benvenuto finished with 11 assists for her third straight double-figure assist game. The Dukes made a school- and Convo-record 12 three-point field goals. On Sunday, Alexis had game highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds, and senior guard Lesley Dickinson had 15 points, all on three-point field goals. Alexis hit on 11-of-20 shots from the field, and 17 of her points came after halftime. She also blocked a shot and had a steal in 30 minutes, and her scoring-rebounding double-double was her JMU season-record 18th of 2006-07 and the 59th of her career. Alexis extended her JMU and CAA career records to 1,233 rebounds. Dickinson hit on her first five three-point attempts of the game, including four during the opening half. She took only six shots overall in 29 minutes and also had five rebounds. Young added 10 points and nine rebounds for JMU, and the Dukes got six points and nine assists from senior guard Benvenuto. Young had four steals and Benvenuto three. The Dukes’ 11 road wins ties a school record and is tied with four other schools nationally (including CAA foe Hofstra). The Dukes have a tough schedule this week as they will visit both Delaware and Old Dominion.
UNC WILMINGTON (7-18, 3-11 CAA):
The Seahawks dropped a pair of contests last week as they fell to a tough Delaware squad, 80-62, on Thursday and lost to Drexel at home, 71-59, on Sunday. Senior Lori Drake ended the game against the Blue Hens with 21 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season, while Sahsha Taylor added 20 points and eight boards. Denise Lawrence also posted a season-high 16 points for the Seahawks. After the Blue Hens took a 38-26 lead into halftime, UNCW cut the score to 42-32 after a basket from Drake, with 17:55 remaining, but it would be as close as the Seahawks would get the rest of the game. Delaware used 18 Seahawk turnovers and converted them into 30 Blue Hen points. Drake led the way for the Seahawks with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep. UNCW made 50 percent from the field in the first half and wound up hitting 48.1 percent, but still lost its fifth straight. Sophomore forward Sahsha Taylor also had 13 points for the Seahawks. The Seahawks will host VCU on Thursday before visiting Towson on Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (4-22, 3-12 CAA):
Northeastern defeated Georgia State at Solomon Court Thursday, 64-42, ending the Panther's two-game win streak. Then on Sunday, the Huskies fell to No. 25 James Madison, 71-57, but only after a hard fought battle in Boston. On Thursday, Lucia Pablos scored a game-high 21 points with five assists and four rebounds while Shaleyse Smallwood added 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds. The pair of guards did an almost perfect job of running the Huskies' offense as they combined for 13 assists and only three turnovers. Stefanie Hodell led the Husky frontcourt, posting a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. The Huskies benefited from a healthy Kendra Walton who got seven points with two rebounds and played well defensively while keeping the Panthers off the boards on both ends. For the first time since Dec. 2, the Huskies were able to divide minutes between four different forwards as Joanna Ausmann returned to the lineup to join Hodell, Walton and Kim Carr in the frontcourt. Northeastern held GSU to 42 points, the Huskies' best defensive effort of the season. Against the Dukes, Smallwood scored a team-high 21 points as she passed the 1,000 career-point milestone. Lucia Pablos scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting while Ashlee Feldman added 12 points. Stefanie Hodell pulled down 12 boards for her eighth double-figure rebounding game of the season. The Huskies outscored the Dukes 35-31 in the second half, but NU’s comeback bid fell short. The Huskies worked hard on defense and limited JMU to 71 points, the Duke's lowest output in 12 games. NU forced the Dukes into 19 turnovers while the Huskies had only 17 miscues. The Huskies will spend the next two games on the road as they visit Drexel and Hofstra this week.
OLD DOMINION (17-8, 13-1 CAA):
Old Dominion went 2-0 on the week improving their record to 18-8 overall and 13-1 in the CAA league race. On Thursday night, senior Tish Lyons captured a season-high 19 points as she helped the Old Dominion to its best shooting percentage in a game in nearly four years and its largest margin of victory this season in an 82-42 victory over Towson. The entire Old Dominion roster scored as Lyons was one of four in double figures. She was joined by sophomore Tiffany Green and junior T.J. Jordan, each with 12, and junior Shahida Williams with 10. Old Dominion shot a blistering 60.4 percent (32-of-53), not only a season-high, but the Lady Monarchs’ best shooting percentage since hitting 61.1 percent (33-of-54) against Hofstra in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament back on March 13, 2003. The 40-point victory was also the largest for the Lady Monarchs this season, surpassing its previous high of 39 in a 77-38 win over Chicago State on December 9th. Old Dominion reached the 80-point mark for the fifth time in 2006-07. The Lady Monarchs held a 37-26 lead at the half and proceeded to outscore the Tigers, 45-16, in half number two. Sunday’s game against William & Mary proved to be a thriller as the Lady Monarchs escaped Kaplan Arena with a 56-52 win. The Tribe were looking for their first win over the Lady Monarchs since 1976, but Green would not allow it. She iced two free throws with 11 seconds left in the game to give the Lady Monarchs not only it first lead, but the lead for good, with 11 seconds remaining in the game. Green entered the game shooting just 48.4 percent from the charity stripe, but made both attempts for a 54-52 Old Dominion lead. She has now made her last nine free throws. Lyons and Ransburg led the Lady Monarchs with 10 points a piece. Lyons went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw lines. Ransburg along with Wilson led Old Dominion on the boards with seven. ODU returns to the Ted Constant Convocation Center for its final two regular season home games. The Lady Monarchs close out the season series with George Mason on Thursday and will host No. 22 James Madison on Sunday, looking to avenge a 79-50 loss to the Dukes back on February 1st. The Dukes are the only team that has defeated the Lady Monarchs in conference play this season. The game will also be broadcast on CN8 and WSKY. Jordan will enter next week needing only 15 points for her 1,000th career point.
TOWSON (16-9, 7-8 CAA):
With losses to a pair of the CAA’s top teams, the Tigers have lost three straight games. After falling by 82-42 to defending CAA champion Old Dominion, the Tigers were unable to complete their upset bid and lost to Delaware by a 70-52 margin. It is the Tigers’ longest losing streak of the season. The two losses opened a stretch of five games where the Tigers will face the top four teams in the CAA. The Tigers have lost their last three games by an average of 34.7 points while being held to a 45.7 point per game average during that span. Towson was held to a season-low 42 points in Thursday’s loss to the Lady Monarchs. Senior Kelly Robinson led the Tigers in the two losses last week by averaging 14.5 points per contest. She made six of seven shots from the floor against ODU before making 6-of-13 field goal attempts in the loss to the Blue Hens. With her 29 points last week, Robinson moved into sixth place on the Tigers’ career scoring list with 1,135 points. Robinson enters this week’s action needing 72 points to tie Cindy Phillips for fifth place on the career scoring ledger. Freshman guard Shanae Baker-Brice was held to seven points on Thursday, but scored a team-high 17 points in the loss to Delaware. She made 6-of-11 shots from the floor and was two-for-four from three-point range. The Tigers will travel to Hofstra on Wednesday night to face the Pride in a re-match of the January 18 meeting at the Towson Center, which Hofstra won by a 56-49 margin. On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers will play in their final home game of the season when they host UNC Wilmington. Robinson is on pace to tie the school record for games played with 113 if she appears in both contests. She has started all 25 games this season.
VCU (14-11, 7-8 CAA):
VCU extended its winning streak to three games as they downed William & Mary on Thursday by a score of 68-54 and defeated George Mason, 61-52, on Sunday. Against the Tribe, Krystal Vaughn paced the Black and Gold with 17 points. Junior point guard Lakea Jones added a season-high 14 points and the Rams forced a season-high 14 steals in the conference match-up. Sophomore center Quanitra Hollingsworth kicked in 12 points and nine rebounds for the Black and Gold. On Sunday, Hollingsworth scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the second half and Vaughn chipped in with 17. Hollingsworth connected on 6-of-8 shots from the field in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds to register her eighth double-double of the season. It is also her 22nd career double-double in 52 games, moving Hollingsworth in to a tie with Lauren Hogan for third on the school’s all-time list. Vaughn nailed 6-of-13 attempts from the field and hauled in five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench for VCU. Jones contributed 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Hollingsworth is three blocked shots to become just the fourth player in school history to register 100 for her career. The Rams are currently 11-1 this season when holding the opposition to less than 60 points. VCU will visit UNC Wilmington on Thursday before hosting Georgia State on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (15-11, 7-8 CAA):
William & Mary went 0-2 last week as they fell to VCU on the road and ODU at home. Playing in its third consecutive road contest, the Tribe fell to VCU, 68-54, on Thursday. William & Mary led by as many as 13 points and for all but the final 1:14 of play, Old Dominion rallied back to defeat the Tribe, 56-52. On Thursday, sophomore Courtney Portell scored a team-high 12 points, on 4-of-7 shooting beyond the arc, to lead a quartet of Tribe players in double-figures. Senior Sarah Stroh and junior Devin James each tallied 11 points, while junior Kyra Kaylor recorded 10 points. Kaylor just missed out on earning a double-double as she hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. With a pair of assists against the Rams, senior Sarah Stroh moved into a tie for fourth on the school’s all-time assists list. The College out-shot Old Dominion 42.6 percent to 31.3 percent on Sunday, while it sank 45.5 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc. Additionally, W&M limited the Lady Monarchs to just 19.4 percent shooting in the second half. By holding ODU to just 56 points, it marked the best defensive effort for W&M against its in-state foe since the 1972-73 season when the Tribe won, 55-46, in Williamsburg. Kaylor led the Green and Gold with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds. James also scored in double figures with 12 points, while freshman Tiffany Benson recorded three blocks to move into fifth place on the program’s all-time career list with 57. William & Mary will host Georgia State on Thursday before visiting George Mason on Sunday. 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.