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Women's #CAAHoops Weekly Report - Dec. 23

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          Release: 12/23/2013
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CAA 4-1-1:

        •      Non-Conference Record: The CAA teams are 43-49 (.467) against non-conference opponents. Delaware (8-2) and James Madison (8-3) and are sitting at the top of the league standings late in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

        •      RPI Ratings: In the most recent RPI ratings posted, the league was ranked 13th among the conferences. James Madison led the CAA with a RPI of 62, while Hofstra (96) and Delaware (99) followed.

        •      National Rankings - Team: Northeastern is ranked 15th among the nation in free throw percentage (77.1), Coll. of Charleston is sitting at 16th in steals per game (11.8) and 20th in turnover margin (6.0), Drexel is 15th in turnovers per game (12.5), James Madison is ranked 20th in rebound margin (10.5), and Hofstra is 15th in three point field goal defense allowing opponents to shoot 25.3 percent from beyond the arc.

        •      National Rankings - Individual: JMU’s Jazmon Gwathmey ranks 16th among the national leaders with a 90.6 free throw percentage, William & Mary’s Kyla Kerstetter ranks 17th in steals per game (3.11) and UNCW’s Kelva Atkins follows at 21st (3.0 spg), Northeastern’s Tiffany Montagne is shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc to rank 26th in that category and Charleston’s Jill Brown is ranked 26th dishing out 6.0 assists per contest.

        •      Naismith Early Top 50 Watch List: James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder was named to the Top 50 Naismith Women’s Basketball Early Watch List.

        •      WBCA, Good Works Nominee: Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan was the only CAA  women’s basketball representative nominated for the WBCA Allstate Good Works honor.

        •      Welcome to the CAA: The CAA welcomes the College of Charleston Cougars to the league for this season. Elon will join for the 2014-15 competitive season. 

        •      New Head Coaches: The league welcomes two new head coaches as Niki Reid Geckeler takes over the leadership of the Towson Tigers and Ed Swanson starts a new era at the helm of the William & Mary Tribe after 23 years at Sacred Heart.

        •     2014 CAA Championship: The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship will return to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., in 2014 for the fourth straight season.


Tiffany Montagne • Northeastern
Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial, So., Guard

Montagne earned CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after leading the Huskies with 26.5 points per game as Northeastern went 1-1 on the week. The sophomore scored a career-high 34 points in the win against Massachusetts, after tallying a career-high 19 points in the game against Marist earlier in the week. She shot an impressive .606 percent (20-33) from the field and .667 percent (12-18) from beyond the arc in her two outings. Montagne earned a spot in the starting line-up against UMass and posted a career-high seven made treys out of eight tries (.875) and tied a NU program single-game best record for made threes. She also finished the contest against the Minutemen shooting 13-17 from the field (.765). The sophomore contributed 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.0 spg in 69 minutes of play. 


Erika Brown • Delaware
Haledon, N.J./John F. Kennedy, Fr., Guard

Brown was named CAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after helping the Blue Hens win the Lehigh Christmasn City Classic. The freshman averaged 14.5 points per game, after pouring in a career-high 23 points in the win over host Lehigh.  Brown shot a strong .818 percent (9-11) from the floor against the Mountain Hawks and finished the week shooting .688 percent (11-16) from the field. The Haledon, N.J., native also shot .700 percent (7-10) from the charity stripe during the tournament and added four rebounds, five assists and two steals on the week. The rookie came off the bench in both outings and chalked up 42 minutes played in her two outings while totaling 29 points.


        •      College of Charleston: The Cougars went 2-0 on the week with wins over Coastal Carolina and South Florida. Alyssa Frye led the team scoring 17.5 ppg and Afreyea Tolbert pulled down a team-best 11.0 rpg.

        •      Delaware: The Blue Hens won the Lehigh Classic with victories over Youngstown St. and host Lehigh. UD was led by Kelsey Buchanan’s 17.5 ppg on .608 percent shooting. Rookie Erika Brown poured in a career-best 23 points against Lehigh to finish 14.5 ppg on the week on .688 percent shooting.

        •      Drexel: The Dragons, who snapped a two-game winning streak with a pair of losses this past week, fell to Hampton and Penn by a total of five points. Rachael Pearson match a career best with 19 points against HU.

        •      Hofstra: The Pride fell on the road to a tough Harvard team, but was led by Annie Payton’s 14-point performance and Elo Edeferioka’s seven rebounds.

        •      James Madison: James Madison fell to a tough visiting Vanderbilt squad in overtime Wednesday evening, 89-85, to snap the Dukes’ three-game winning streak. Toia Giggetts led the Dukes with a double-double including a career-high 25 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Four other JMU players scored in double figures.

        •      Northeastern: The Huskies split on the week as sophomore guard Tiffany Montagne had a breakout week averaging 26.5 points per game, including pouring a career-high 34 points in NU’s win over UMass. She also shot an impressive .606 from the field (20-33) and .667  (12-18) from beyond the arc.  Jewel Tunstull scored her 1,000th-career point while recording her seventh double-figure game this season with 14 points against UMass.

        •      Towson: Senior guard Tanisha McTiller continues to produce for the Tigers, despite of the team’s 0-2 record on the week, as she posted 18.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 4.0 apg. 

       •      William & Mary: The Tribe went 1-1 on the week, adding to the win column with a victory over Radford. Jazmon Boone finished the week averaging 16.5 ppg in her two starts, while Kaitlyn Mathieu added 13.0 ppg and Kyla Kerstetter contributed 11.5 ppg.  Kerstetter also led the team with 13 steals on the week.