QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• James Madison fell out of the AP Top 25 after Old Dominion and Delaware captured wins over the recently ranked #22 Dukes.
• The CAA is ranked eighth in the RPI entering the week with four teams in the Top 50.
• James Madison, Old Dominion, Delaware and Hofstra have cliniched a first-round bye in the 2007 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship which will be held at the University of Delaware from March 8-11.
• JMU currently has a 25-game winning streak at its home court, which is the longest in Division I women’s basketball. Delaware owns a 15-game winning streak at the Bob Carpenter Center.
• ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme has THREE CAA teams headed to the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology projection. Earning the CAA automatic bid is Old Dominion, while James Madison and Delaware are listed to receive an at-large bid. Hofstra is listed as one of the four last teams out.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST WEEK:
• James Madison jumped to No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll after sitting at No. 25 for three weeks straight. The Dukes, who fell to Delaware in their first conference loss of the season, also lost to Old Dominion on Sunday. Both games were on the road.
• The CAA was ranked eighth in the RPI entering the week with four teams in the Top 50.
• James Madison, Old Dominion, Delaware and Hofstra have cliniched a first-round bye in the 2007 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship which will be held at the University of Delaware from March 8-11.
• Drexel’s win over Northeastern, on Thursday, came after a NCAA record five overtimes. The Dragons held out for a 98-90 victory at home.
• ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme had FOUR CAA teams headed to the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology projection. Earning the CAA automatic bid was No. 22 James Madison, while Old Dominion, Delaware and Hofstra were listed to receive an at-large bid.
CO-PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, Fr., Forward
Drexel freshman forward Gabriela Marginean earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the first time this season after setting a new Drexel scoring record with 47 points as she led the Dragons in an NCAA record five overtime win against Northeastern on Thursday. The rookie, who also garnered a second award as CAA Rookie of the Week this week, grabbed a season-high and school-record 22 rebounds in 59 minutes of play before fouling out in the fourth overtime. Both her points and rebounds were second-bests in the CAA single-game all-time records. The freshman forward scored 20 of the Dragons’ 30 points during her overtime play. Marginean averaged 32.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game last week as the Dragons split on the week. The rookie shot 61.5 percent (24-of-39) from the floor and 81.0 percent (17-of-21) from the line. Marginean has received four CAA Rookie of the Week awards this season.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Shaleyse Smallwood • Northeastern
Boston, Mass./O’Bryant, Jr., Guard
Northeastern junior guard Shaleyse Smallwood received CAA Player of the Week honors after averaging 30.5 points a game. The junior guard poured in a career-high 37 points in the five overtime loss to Drexel on Thursday. She also registered a personal best with 14 field goals made in 63 minutes of play, also a career high. Smallwood, a Huskie starter, showed no exhaustion as she recorded a game-high 24 points in the Huskies’ contest against Hofstra on Sunday. She shot 56.1 percent from the floor (23-of-41) on the week and 93.3 percent from the line (14-of-15). Smallwood grabbed a total of 14 rebounds, dished out seven assists and snatched one steal on the week.
CAA No. 8 IN 12TH 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. Old Dominion enters the week jumping to the front of the CAA teams at #23. James Madison follows close behind at #24. The Blue Hens, who were ranked as high as 13th this season, are ranked at 28. Hofstra closed out the four CAA women’s basketball teams in the top 50 at #48.
JAMES MADISON PREVIOUSLY IN TOP 25: The James Madison women's basketball team fell out of the AP Top 25 after dropping a pair of tough road games last week to Delaware and Old Dominion. The Dukes were ranked #22 last week and stood at #25 three weeks prior in the Associated Press Poll. The Dukes were 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 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. The Dukes reached the Top 25 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll last week at #25.
RECEIVING VOTES: Old Dominion, James Madison and Delaware each received votes in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. The Lady Monarchs were fourth in "Others Receiving Votes" with 20 votes, while the Dukes followed with 15 and the Blue Hens collected eight votes. Delaware, Old Dominion and Hofstra had received votes in past USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls. Hofstra also received votes this season in past AP Top 25 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.
STREAK SNAPPING: Delaware snapped James Madison’s league-high 16-game winning streak on Thursday. The streak was 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: James Madison returns home this week for its final regular season home game. The Dukes will look to extend their home court winning streak which stands at an impressive 25 games, which is the longest current home winning streak in the nation. The streak dates back to last season, when the Dukes posted a 13-0 record at home. Delaware currently owns a 15 game winning streak at the Bob Carpenter Center as their next home game will be when they host the 2007 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship (March 8-11). Hofstra had its 11 game-winning streak at home snapped as Delaware defeated the Pride on Jan. 21.
HIT THE ROAD AGAIN: Entering the week, both James Madison and Hofstra stand among the top with 11 true road wins this season. They are tied with 14 Division I women’s basketball teams, but follow two teams which have won 12 road wins (Tennessee, Middle Tennessee).
1,000 POINT CLUB: The CAA has 14 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 seven other schools (Delaware, Drexel, Georgia State, Northeastern, Old Dominion, Towson, and William & Mary) each have one active player on the list.
CAA 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. Georgia State’s Marcquitta Head made a top spot for herself in the CAA record books as she recorded 11 blocks, which was also a school record, in the game against Hofstra on Dec. 3. She finished with a triple double, which included her impressive 11 blocks, 16 rebounds and 14 points.
A SPOT IN THE NCAA RECORD BOOK: Thursday’s five overtime marathon between the Drexel Dragons and the Huskies of Northeastern set a new record for number of overtimes in a NCAA Division I women’s basketball contest. The Dragons also tied a NCAA record scoring 43 points in the five overtimes.
KILBURN-STEVESKEY AMONG TOP FIRST-YEAR COACHES: Hofstra first-year head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, who as guided the Pride to a 22-6 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. The Blue Hens defeated their second ranked team on Thursday as they were victorious over No. 22 James Madison, 77-67, at home. Old Dominion captured its first win over a ranked opponent as they also defeated No. 22 James Madison last week, 62-57.
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 next CAA women’s basketball contest scheduled to broadcast is the CAA Women’s Semifinals and Championship game at the tournament. The semifinals will air on CN8, WSKY and CSS on Saturday, March 10 (Noon and 2:30 p.m.), while the championship contest will air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and CSS. The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.
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.
DELAWARE (24-4, 15-2 CAA):
DREXEL (8-20, 3-14 CAA):
The Dragons went 1-1 on the week as they defeated Northeastern in five overtimes, 98-90, and fell to a tough Delaware team on Sunday, 63-36. Drexel won their second straight after playing 65 minutes in a five overtime game against Northeastern. The Dragons pulled through with a 98-90 victory on their home court. The five overtime contest is the longest game in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history. Freshman Gabriela Marginean scored a Drexel single-game record 47 points, including 20 during four of the overtime periods, before fouling out in the fourth extra frame. Marginean’s 47 points is also the second highest single-game point total in CAA history, whil her 22 rebounds is also the second highest in a single game in the CAA record books.. In the fifth overtime, Narissa Suber gave the Dragons some breathing room when she dribbled to the left off a screen and knocked down a three-pointer with 2:56 on the clock to give Drexel a five-point lead. A half a minute later after a Northeastern turnover, Suber nailed a three-pointer from the same spot on the floor to seal the game for the Dragons with a 95-87 lead. Suber finished with 15 points, while Andrea Peterson added 16. Marginean went 15-of-18 from the line. Marginean became just the second player in Drexel history to score 400 points in her rookie season. The only other player to reach the 400-point mark was Katrina Martin, Drexel’s second all-time leading scorer, who had 476 in her freshman campaign. Narissa Suber broke her own single-season record for three-pointers attempted. She set the mark at 215 last season and has attempted 235 so far this season. Andrea Peterson matched her career high with 16 points against Northeastern, a mark that she had previously set against Norfolk state while playing with St. John’s during the 2004-05 season. Against the Blue Hens on Sunday, Gabriela Marginean led the Dragons with 18 points and eight rebounds but no other Drexel player managed more than six points. The Dragons will close out the regular season as they host George Mason on Thursday.
GEORGE MASON (8-19, 2-15 CAA):
The Patriots fell to Old Dominion and William & Mary last week extending their skid to nine games. George Mason had three members of its squad score in double figures, but it was not enough as the Patriots fell to Old Dominion, 80-52, on Thursday. Lateisha Wade put up 15 points, while both Nikkia Slade and Casey Quigley netted 11 from off the bench. Wade also led the team with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Tracy Ann Holness and Quigley each grabbed six rebounds for the Patriots. Mason, which closed its regular season home schedule on Sunday, fell to William & Mary, 65-56. Wade led the Patriots with 13 points, including a 4-for-4 showing from the line. Holness recorded 10 points. Jessica Smith and Wade each grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Mason will wrap up its regular season schedule as they visit Drexel on Thursday.
GEORGIA STATE (15-13, 7-10 CAA):
Georgia State dropped its third straight game as they fell to William & Mary, 55-53, in overtime on Thursday, before falling to VCU on Sunday, 78-67. Both games were on the road. Georgia State made 3-of-4 free throws in overtime, but finished 0-for-9 from the field in the extra session. The contest marked the fifth overtime game this season for Georgia State, extending its single-season record. State is 3-2 in overtime games this year. The Panthers led by five, 49-44, with 40 seconds remaining in regulation, but saw that lead evaporate after W&M’s Sarah Stroh nailed two straight 3-pointers, the last with seven seconds left, to tie the contest at 50-all. State senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Freshman guard Tabitha David tallied a team-high 14 points and added a career-high 10 rebounds for State. Freshman forward/center RaShay Rawls notched a team- and career-high 12 rebounds and contributed nine points off the bench. Panther sophomore guard Brittany Hollins posted eight points and six assists. She collected three steals to become the school single-season record holder with 88. Against VCU, Roegiers-Jensen registered a game-high 27 points, including tying her career-best with five 3-pointers, and added eight assists in the loss. Rawls totaled her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and had a career-best four steals. Hollins collected nine points, five assists and six steals in the contest. Sophomore forward Brittany Hudson came off the bench to score a season-high 10 points. State shot 52 percent in the second half, but allowed VCU to connect at a 65 percent clip in the stanza and was out scored 52-37. Both teams shot above 49 percent from the floor for the game. The Panthers went 7-of-12 from the free throw line compared to 19-of-32 for the Rams. The Panthers are 14-4 when three or more players score 10 points or more. State is 1-9 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. Roegiers-Jensen needs 14 assists to break the single-season record (199). She is fourth-place all-time in assists at Georgia State with 467. David needs 11 three-pointers and Roegiers-Jensen needs 14 to break the single-season record (69). Opponents made more free throws (32) than Georgia State attempted (27) last week. The Panthers need 10 assists to break the team single-season record (502) set during the 2000-01 campaign. State will close out its regular season when they host Old Dominion on Thrusday.
HOFSTRA (22-6, 12-5 CAA):
Hofstra extended its winning streak to six games as they defeated Towson, 58-45, on Wednesday before earning a 75-61 decision over Northeastern on Sunday. Both contests were at home. The 13-point victory was the Pride's 10th home win of the season, one behind the school record set during the 1982-83 season. Senior center Vanessa Gidden tallied her seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Cigi McCollin finished the contest with 10 points, six rebounds and a career-high tying six assists in the contest, while classmate forward Lana Harshaw added 14 points and six rebounds. Gidden added three blocks in the contest, helping Hofstra tie a season-high with seven blocked shots. Against Northeastern, Hofstra got 21 points and nine rebounds from senior forward Lizanne Murphy, who moved into second all-time in rebounding at Hofstra with 952 career rebounds. She now trails just Kate Gordon, who pulled down 1,031 rebounds from 1994-98. With the 14-point win over the Huskies, Hofstra also tied the school’s Division I record for home victories with its 11th of the season and conference victories. Gidden took over the team lead in double-doubles as she had 18 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double in 2006-07 and the 32nd of her career. McCollin also totaled 18 points, while Harshaw added eight points and 10 rebounds. With one regular season game remaining, the quartet of seniors on the Pride roster have totaled 68 wins in their careers, which is first in terms of wins in Hofstra’s Division I history and the fourth all-time winningest class since Hofstra started women’s basketball in 1936. Hofstra will travel to UNC Wilmington for its regular season finale on Thursday.
JAMES MADISON (24-4, 15-2 CAA):
The #22 Dukes fell in back-to-back games for the first time this season as they dropped their first CAA game of the season, snapping a 16-game winning streak, in a 77-67 decision to Delaware on the road Thursday. James Madison’s only consecutive losses last season were the CAA championship game to Old Dominion and the first-round WNIT loss at Charlotte. The Dukes’ 16-game winning streak tied for the second-longest in school history behind the school record of 21. James Madison then lost to defending CAA champion Old Dominion in Norfolk, 62-57, on Sunday. Against the Blue Hens, JMU was led by senior center Meredith Alexis with 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Junior forward Tamera Young added 15, and senior forward Shirley McCall and senior guard Lesley Dickinson each scored 11. Junior starter Andrea Benvenuto dished out a game high eight assists and tied a game-high with three steals. On Sunday, the Dukes led only six times, in a game that had 10 ties, and held their biggest advantage at 50-46 with 7:46 remaining. JMU had four players in double figures led by Alexis with 12 and a game-high nine rebounds. Young, McCall and Benvenuto each scored 11 points. Benvenuto tied the season assist record at Delaware and broke it at ODU, as she has dished out 200 assists this season. The five-point margin of victory was the closest regular-season game JMU had played on the Monarchs' home court since a 68-64 loss on Jan. 6, 1995. ODU also beat JMU by four (66-62) in the 2001 CAA championship game. Alexis upped her school career records to 1,677 points, 1,255 rebounds, 60 double-doubles and 72 double-figure rebounding games and her season record to 19 double-doubles. The Dukes take a 25-game home winning streak --the longest current home streak in NCAA Division I-- into their final home regular-season game on Thursday as they host Towson.
UNC WILMINGTON (7-20, 3-13 CAA):
The Seahawks suffered a pair of losses last week as they fell to VCU at home, 76-64, on Thursday and to Towson, 63-59, on the road Sunday. UNC Wilmington have now lost seven straight heading into the last pair of conference games before the tournament. Against the Rams, sophomore forward Sahsha Taylor posted 16 points and senior guard Lori Drake added 15 for UNC Wilmington. Also scoring for the Seahawks was senior guard Denise Lawrence, who finished with nine and junior forward Bethany Stranges, who ended the night with a season high eight points. UNCW played with just eight players and led by seven points at halftime, but eventually wore down, allowing the Rams to shoot a torrid 54.3 percent in the second half. VCU also outrebounded the Seahawks in the second period, 24-13, and posted 13 second chance points to the Seahawks three. UNCW took a 33-26 lead into halftime, shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, while holding the Rams to a 39.3 percentage. UNCW's four point loss drops their record this year to 3-8 in games decided by six points or less as the Seahawks fell two Towson on Sunday. Leading the way for the Seahawks was senior guard Lori Drake, who recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Alex Stewart ended the game with a team-high 17 points, while senior guard Denise Lawrence added 13 and sophomore forward Sahsha Taylor finished with 12 points. The Seahawks will face Hofstra on Thursday evening before closing the regular season on Saturday when they host Old Dominion.
NORTHEASTERN (4-24, 3-14 CAA):
The Huskies erased a 16-point deficit to force an NCAA record five overtime periods before Drexel outlasted the Huskies, 98-90, in the longest game in NCAA women's basketball history. Northeastern played another tough game but fell short ina 75-61 loss to Hofstra on the road on Sunday. In the record setting contest on Thursday, Shaleyse Smallwood scored a career-high 37 points and scored to tie the game on seven different occasions throughout the second half and first three overtime periods. Her clutch play included baskets to force three of the five overtimes. Smallwood played 63 of the 65 minutes breaking the old NCAA record of 60 minutes played in a game. Four Huskies scored in double figures including Smallwood, as Lucia Pablos got 19, Feldman had 13 and freshman Kendra Walton scored a career-high 17 points.The Huskies trailed by 16 points in the first half, 13 at halftime and as much as 15 in the second before battling all the way back to force five overtime periods. The Huskies trailed the entire way until the 3:50 mark in the second half when Smallwood capitalized on a 3-point play to tie game for the first of 17 times. There were four ties and three lead changes in the last 3:50 of regulation. Kendra Walton hit two free throws to give the Huskies a one-point lead with :37 remaining but Marginean went 1-for-2 at the free throw line on the next possession to send in the game into overtime. The teams shot a total of 64 free throws as the Huskies were 29-of-35 (82.9 percent) from the line. On Sunday, Smallwood led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting. She also pulled down five boards and had two assists. The junior guard has scored 15-plus points in the last nine games and has eight 20-point performances and two 30-point games. Pablos added 13 points, four assists and two rebounds. Stefanie Hodell ripped down 10 rebounds to go with four points, two steals and a block. Hodell recorded double-digit rebounds for the tenth time this year. She had a career-high 17 boards earlier this season at Georgia State and has three games with 16 rebounds this season. The Huskies' outscored Hofstra in bench points, 12-10. The last time NU's bench outscored its opponents was last time the Huskies faced Hofstra at home on Feb. 1. The Huskies will finish the regular season at home against Delaware on Thursday.
OLD DOMINION (19-8, 15-1 CAA):
Old Dominion moved into first place in the CAA for the first time this season as they earned victories over George Mason and No. 22/25 James Madison last week. Thursday’s 80-52 victory against the Patriots was never in doubt as Old Dominion opened the game on an 8-0 run. The Lady Monarchs held a 41-19 lead at the half and held as much as a 29-point lead midway through the second half. Junior T.J. Jordan finished the night with 15 points and connected on a three-pointer, her third of final of the night, at the 4:39 mark to reach the 1,000 point mark. She became the 25th Lady Monarch in ODU history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone. Sophomore Tiffany Green also concluded the night with 15 points and captured her team-leading third double-double of the season as she hauled in 11 boards. Junior Megan Pym came off the bench to record a career-high five steals and five assists in a season-high 21 minutes of action. Old Dominion then took over the top spot in the CAA standings with a 62-57 win over the ranked Dukes, giving the Lady Monarchs their first victory over a ranked opponent in five attempts. The victory also upped ODU’s overall record at the Constant Center to 65-12 and 13-2 for the 2006-07 season as they played in their final regular season home game. Senior Sherida Triggs poured in a game-high 15 points in her final regular season appearance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The fourth year Lady Monarchs was 7-of-12 from the floor and also hauled in six rebounds. Junior Tay Ransburg added in 11 from off the bench. Seniors Tish Lyons and Shantel Wilson were also playing in their final regular season home game. Lyons added six points, while Wilson netted a season-high nine points. The game remained close until the final seconds of the contest with clutch free throw shooting coming through for the Lady Monarchs. Leading by just one, 56-55, with 1:18 remaining, Old Dominion would go 6-of-8 from the charity stripe while allowing James Madison to reach the hoop just once. Wilson, who missed two free throws during a critical stretch in the final moments of last week’s William & Mary game in Williamsburg, remained calm, cool, and collected as she sunk all four attempts in the final moments. Junior Shahida Williams, who has also struggled from the line, hit 1-of-2 with :41 on the clock putting the game out of reach for the Dukes at 61-57. Two games remain in the 2006-07 regular season for Old Dominion. They wrap up the regular season next week by traveling to Georgia State on Thursday, March 1st and UNC Wilmington on Saturday, March 3rd
TOWSON (17-10, 8-9 CAA):
Towson snapped a four game loosing skid as they defeated UNC Wilmington, 63-59, on Sunday. The Tigers lost their fourth straight with a 58-45 decision to Hofstra on the road earlier in the week. In Hempstead, N.Y., playing in front of her home state fans, junior guard Holly Mahan scored a career-high 22 points with eight rebounds while senior Kelly Robinson added 10 points in the loss for the Tigers. Robinson enters the weekend needing 62 points to tie Cindy Phillips for fifth place on the career scoring ledger. On Sunday afternoon, Junior guard Jamell Beasley made 10-of-16 shots from the floor and scored a career-high 28 points to assist in the win over the Seahawks. Beasley scored 23 of her 28 points in the second half as the Tigers overcame several upset bids by the Seahawks. There were eight ties and seven lead changes in the game. Robinson added 16 points by making 6 of 10 from the field. She also had two steals. With the win, the Tigers reach the 17-win mark for the first time since the 1993-1994 campaign when they were members of the Big South Conference. It also marks the highest regular-season win total in the program’s history. Robinson tied the Towson career record by playing in the 113th game of her college career. The Tigers will finish the regular season when they visit James Madison in Harrisonburg on Thursday. Towson will challenge to snap the Dukes 25-game home winning streak at the Convo.
VCU (16-11, 9-8 CAA):
VCU extended its winning streak to five games as they defeated UNC Wilmington on the road, 76-64, on Thursday and Georgia State, 78-67, at home on Sunday. Junior forward Krystal Vaughn torched the Seahawks for 25 points, just one shy of her career high, while Quanitra Hollingsworth added 16 points and 15 rebounds. Vaughn knocked down 10-of-16 shots from the field in the game and was 5-of-7 from the free throw line in her seventh 20-point effort of the season and the 11 th of her career. In addition, Hollingsworth contributed her ninth double-double of the season and the 23 rd of her career in 53 games, moving her into sole possession of third place in school history. Senior guard Michele Cosel added 12 points and four assists for VCU. VCU, which trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and was down 33-26 at halftime, shot 54 percent (19-of-35) after the break, committed just five turnovers and out rebounded UNCW, 24-13. Brittany Pinkney, who entered the Georgia State game averaging 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds, exploded for a career-high 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Pinkney, who was 0-for-7 from three-point range on the year, knocked down 4-of-4 from distance Sunday. She hit 6-of-10 from the floor overall and was 5-of-7 from the free throw line. In addition, Hollingsworth added 20 points and nine rebounds, while Vaughn pumped in 15 points. Cosel and Miranda Smith chipped in nine points and six assists and nine points and three rebounds, respectively, in their final home game. VCU’s two wins last week were both tales of two halves. The Rams, who trailed 33-26 at UNCW adn 30-26 against the Panthers, shot a combined 59 percent (36-of-61) and outscored the opposition, 102-68, in the two second halves. The Black and Gold tied a season-high with seven treys on Sunday. Hollingsworth recorded her ninth double-double of the season and the 23rd of her career against the Seahawks. She is now in sole possession of third place on the school’s all-time double-doubles list as a sophomore. VCU will meet William & Mary on Thursday at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va. at 7 p.m.
WILLIAM & MARY (17-11, 9-8 CAA):
The Tribe went 2-0 last week including a 55-53 overtime in against Georgia State and a 65-56 win over George Mason. With the triumphs, W&M improves its record to 17-11 and has now earned the second-most wins in school history. Only the 1993-94 team, which went 20-8, recorded more wins. Senior Sarah Stroh sank two three-pointers in the final 31 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime, and the William and Mary women’s basketball team rallied back from an 11-point first half deficit to defeat Georgia State, 55-53, on Thursday evening in Williamsburg. With the win, W&M clinches consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1977-78 and 1978-79. It is the first time the College has accomplished the feat as a Division-I program. Junior Kyra Kaylor led the College with her 10th double-double of the season, totaling a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds. With the performance, she now has 1,347 points and moves into fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list. Stroh earned a career-high 15 points, while senior Katy Neumer also tallied 15 points. Freshman Tiffany Benson recorded three blocks and now ranks fourth on the all-time career list at W&M with 60. The extra frame was a defensive battle as both teams struggled scoring. With the count tied at 53 and 48 seconds left, Stroh sank one of two at the free throw line to put the Tribe ahead. GSU failed to score on the following possession and put sophomore Courtney Portell on the line. Portell, who had made her last 14 attempts from the stripe, missed both. State’s Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen had a chance with a game-winning layin, but Benson got a piece of the attempt and snared the board. After Benson sank one of two from the line, Stroh stole GSU’s long inbounds pass to seal the 55-53 win. In the sweep against the Patriots, Kaylor scored a game-high 26 points, 15 of which came in the second half. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was 15-of-16 from the free throw line, which ranks as the second-most makes from the charity stripe in the program’s history. Julie Sommer holds the W&M single-game record with 16 versus American on Jan. 3, 1999. Kaylor’s 139 made free throws this season ranks third on the Tribe’s all-time single-season list, and she needs just four more to eclipse Ashleigh Akens’ mark of 142 that was established in 1993-94. Stroh also finished in double figures scoring for the College, recording 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Junior Devin James and Benson just missed out on recording double-digit totals with nine and eight points, respectively. The Tribe will close out the regular season when it hosts VCU on Senior Night on Thursday at 7 p.m. Both teams are currently tied for fifth in the CAA standings.