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THIS WEEKS QUICK HITS:
• The league owns a 19-14 record in non-conference play.
• James Madison and UNC Wilmington will face nationally-ranked opponents this week. The Dukes will face #21/22 Iowa, while the Seahawks will visit #7/7 Ohio State.
• Delaware's Elena Delle Donne poured in record book numbers against Yale with 41 points. That total ties fifth best in the CAA record book.
• Three CAA WBB teams continue to be ranked in the Nov. 16 edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll (#5 Old Dominion, #9 James Madison and #15 Delaware).
• Delaware's Elena Della Donne and JMU's Dawn Evans have been added to the watch lists of two prestigious awards -- Wooden and the Naismith Awards, and both were named CAA Preseason Co-Players of the Year.
• James Madison was the preseason pick to take the 2011 CAA Women's Basketball title.
• The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Md.) will host the 2011 CAA Women's Basketball Championship on March 10-13.
• The CAA has 27 games slated to be televised for the 2010-11 season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Elena Delle Donne • Delaware
Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy, So., Guard/Forward
Delle Donne earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the second straight week after leading the Blue Hens to a pair of victories over Villanova and Yale. She poured in a league-high 75 total points on the week, including a season-high 41 performance on the road Saturday. Delle Donne shot an impressive 59.1 percent (26-of-44) from the floor, 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from long and 90.0 percent (18-of-20) from the free throw line. She also finished the week with 17 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Alisha Andrews • UNC Wilmington
Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan, Fr., Guard
Andrews received CAA Rookie of the Week accolades after helping the Seahawks to a pair of road victories to open the season. She opened her collegiate career scoring 10 points, becoming the first UNCW freshman since 2007-08 season to reach double figures in her Seahawk debut. The rookie averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, while adding five assists and three steals for the Seahawks.
Jacqueline Brewer • VCU
Winchester, Va./Martinsburg Central, Fr., Guard
Brewer received CAA Rookie of the Week honors after averaging 10.5 points per game off the bench for the Rams two outings. The rookie scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and two steals against Virginia Tech and added seven points in the game against Winthrop earlier in the week. Brewer shot 80.0 percent, missing just one shot (4-of-5), from the free throw line.
CAA INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne leads the league in scoring as she is averaging 37.0 points per game. Over the weekend, the sophomore guard/forward poured in a season-high 41 points against Yale, which ties the fifth best point total in a single game for the CAA. Dawn Evans from JMU (25.7 ppg) and VCU's Courtney Hurt (23.7 ppg) follow. UNC Wilmington's Brittany Blackwell lead the CAA in rebounds per game with 14.0, while Georgia State's Chan Harris follows at 12.5 rpg, Hurt is averaging 12.0 rpg and Mason's Angelee LaTouche wraps up the double-figure rebounding with 10.0 rpg. Northeastern's Jamie Conroy has dished out a league-best 27 assists (6.8 apg), while teammate Rachel Pecota leads the league with 11 steals and 14 three-pointers made.
TOP SHOOTERS FROM THE LINE (min. 2.0 FT/G): The CAA has five free-throw shooters who have made over 10 free-throws this season and only missed two or less. James Madison's Dawn Evans has made 20 of her 21 free throws, while NU's Mia Mayberry and Hofstra's Marie Malone have made 10 of their 11 shots from the line. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (24-of-26) and Hofstra's Candice Bellocchio (12-of-14) have just missed two.
CAA PRESEASON TEAM PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: James Madison, which captured the 2010 CAA women's basketball championship, is favored to win the conference title again in 2010-11 according to a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media members. The results of the poll were announced during the CAA Basketball Media Day at Champps-Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va. The Dukes were followed in the voting by Old Dominion, Delaware, Hofstra and VCU. Drexel was picked to finish sixth, followed by William and Mary, UNC Wilmington, Georgia State, George Mason, Towson and Northeastern.
CAA PRESEASON INDIVIDUAL HONORS: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and JMU's Dawn Evans were chosen as the CAA Preseason Co-Players of the Year. They are joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by Hofstra's Evans, UNC Wilmington senior guard/forward Brittany Blackwell (12.9 ppg/7.7 rpg) and William and Mary junior guard Taysha Pye (16.4 ppg/5.2 rpg). Voted to the preseason All-CAA second team were Old Dominion's Green, Lewis and Parker, James Madison's Hislop and VCU junior forward Courtney Hurt (13.7 ppg/7.7 rpg).
TWO NEW HEAD COACHES WELCOMED TO THE LEAGUE: Two CAA schools have new head coaches this season. UNC Wilmington hired Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who has previously served as head coach at Prairie View A&M. The former college great, Olympic gold medalist and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Most Valuable Player was enshrined into the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13 in Springfield, Mass. She replaces Ann Hancock. Georgia State hired Sharon Baldwin-Tener to replace Lea Henry. Baldwin-Tener had spent the past eight seasons with the East Carolina Lady Pirates and previously was the head coach Mercer and Life.
THREE CAA WBB TEAMS RANKED IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM FIRST MID-MAJOR POLL: Old Dominion jumped from 11th to 5th after the first week of play, while James Madison was ranked 9th and Delaware followed at 15th in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll on Nov. 16. VCU also received votes in the preseason poll. Atop the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 is Green Bay, which received 22 first-place votes. The women's Mid-Major Top 25 is comprised of teams from America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, CAA, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference. The Mid-Major Top 25 will be released every Tuesday throughout the 2010-11 season.
CAA IN THE AP POLL: The James Madison Dukes continues to receive votes in the 2010-11 AP Top 25 (Nov. 16), but the Dukes fell out of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, where they received votes during the preseason.
2011 & 2012 CAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HOSTED BY NEUTRAL SITE: The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. has been selected to host the CAA Women's Basketball Championship in 2011 and 2012 by the league's athletic directors. It will be the first time that The Show Place Arena has served as host of the CAA women's championship. All games in the four-day, 11-game tournament will be played at the 5,000-seat arena, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This season's event will be held from March 10-13, 2011.
TWO CAA PLAYERS ADDED TO WATCH LISTS: CAA women's basketball standouts Elena Delle Donne of Delaware and Dawn Evans of James Madison were added to the 2010-11 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Farm® Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year and the Naismith preseason watch lists. Delle Donne, a sophomore forward/guard, led Delaware to a 21-12 record and a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) as a freshman. The Blue Hens' forward was named the CAA Player and Rookie of the Year and became the first player in UD history to earn All-America honors when she garnered third team Associated Press and honorable mention WBCA accolades. Evans, a senior guard at JMU, ranked fifth in the nation in scoring with 24.6 points per game, was third nationally in three-pointers per game (3.6) and also was third in the CAA with 4.6 assists per game last season. Evans also honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press.
TV EXPOSURE: The CAA surpassed its all-time record of 25 game (2007-08) with 27 games aired during the 2009-10 season and looks to accomplish the same task in 2010-11. At the start of the season, the league has 27 games scheduled for the new season. All 12 teams will make at least one television appearance. The CAA women's basketball television package has aired over 20 games for at least the last three seasons.
ONE OF THE BEST WBB COLLEGE POINT GUARDS: James Madison women's basketball player Dawn Evans has been ranked as one of the top five point guards in the country by AOL FanHouse. The selections were made by FanHouse women's basketball writers Michelle Smith and Milton Kent. Evans averaged a team-high 24.6 points per game (fifth-highest in the NCAA) and a team-high 4.6 assists per game last season. She enters the 2010-11 season 215 points away from the school career points record of 2,121 and is on pace to also break the CAA career scoring record of 2,581. The FanHouse point guard ranking was as follows: 1. Danielle Robinson, Sr., Oklahoma; 2. Jasmine Thomas, Jr., Duke; 3. Samantha Prahalis, Jr., Ohio State; 4. Courtney Vandersloot, Sr., Gonzaga; 5. Dawn Evans, Sr., James Madison.
RECORD-HIGH SEVEN TEAMS IN POSTSEASON PLAY: For the first time in conference history, the CAA sent seven women's basketball teams to the postseason. James Madison earned a bid in the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament, while Old Dominion, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, and VCU earned bids to the Women's National Invitation Tournament and Towson played in the Women's Basketball Invitational. For the fifth consecutive season, at least three CAA teams advanced to the postseason and for the 10th consecutive season the CAA had a representative in the WNIT. The CAA was just one of four conferences to see five teams in the WNIT. The Big Ten, Big East and Atlantic 10 also saw five conference teams advance to the postseason event.
CAA AT NO. 9 IN RPI RANKING: The CAA completed the 2009-10 season ranked ninth among the nation's 32 Division I conferences in women's basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News. James Madison finished ranked 44th in the team RPI ranking. Old Dominion (59) and VCU (97) are the only other CAA schools that completed the season in the Top 100.
DELAWARE (3-0, 0-0 CAA)
Delaware improved to 3-0, for the first time since 2005-06, with a 69-62 home victory over Big East foe Villanova on Tuesday evening and a road win over Yale, 79-61. Sophomore All-American Elena Delle Donne averaged a league-best 37.5 points per game last week and contributed 17 total rebounds. Sophomore forward Danielle Park, who dropped back-to-back double-doubles last week, added 11.0 points and grabbed a team-high 11.0 rebounds per outing last week. In the win over Yale, Delle Donne poured in a season-high 41 points, which ranks second for a single game in Delaware history, just behind her own mark of 54 points against James Madison on Feb. 18, 2010 and tie her for fifth in the CAA records. She is also the first player in program has to post 30-plus points in three consecutive games. Delaware returns home to the Bob Carpenter Center on Tuesday when it takes on the Red Flash of St. Francis (Pa.).
DREXEL (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel opened its season with a 2-0 record as they defeated a pair of Big Five rivals. Opening with back-to-back victories was a first for the Dragons since the 2001-02 season and Drexel's first win in a season opener since 2004-05. The Dragons opened the season with a 86-55 road victory over La Salle on Tuesday, before downing Penn, 62-31. It was the first time since the 1986-87 season that the team recorded back-to-back wins of 30 points or more. Drexel was led by three players averaging double-figure points, guided by Kamile Nacickaite's 17.0 points per outing. The junior also led the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. On Tuesday, Nacickaite poured in a game-best 26 points and led the team rebounds (7), assists (5) and steals (3) in the victory. Nacickaite was 10-for-15 from the floor with all five of her misses coming from beyond the three-point arc and shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the line over La Salle. Jasmina Rosseel added 13.0 points per contest and Hollie Mershon contributed 12.5 points per game. Drexel, which is one game into a four-game home stand, aims for its third straight win on Nov. 23 when it hosts Saint Joseph's at the DAC and then Villanova on Nov. 26.
GEORGE MASON (1-2, 0-0 CAA)
George Mason suffered a pair of losses this week as they fell to Fairfield, 54-37, on Monday evening before dropping a close 65-59 contest to Wichita State on Saturday. The Patriots were led by Amber Easter (11.5 ppg) and Taleia Moton (10. 5 ppg), while Anglee LaTouche led Mason on the boards with 9.5 rebounds per outing last week. The Patriots played a tough contest against the Shockers on Saturday as three Patriots posted double figure scoring led by Moton's 17, nine coming in the second half. Amber Easter added 16, while Brittany Eley contributed 14. George Mason returns to the court opening its home slate on Tuesday, November 23 against UMBC.
GEORGIA STATE (1-1, 0-0 CAA)
Georgia State picked up its first win of the season, under the direction of new head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener, with a 70-61 victory at Stetson on Sunday. Angelique Burtts had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, as did Chan Harris with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Traci Haltiwanger hit four three-point shots and added 15 points to the attack. Georgia State shot 55.9% in the second half and 49.2% for the game, while having a 46-33 rebound advantage in the road win. The victory over Stetson gave Baldwin-Tenner her 196th career victory as a head coach, leaving her four shy of the 200-win milestone. Georgia State stays in Florida for a Tuesday night game at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach. The Panthers will return home for their home opener on Nov. 25-26 when they host the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament. They will play Alabama A&M on Friday, before facing either Rice or Mercer on Saturday.
HOFSTRA (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra improved to 2-1 victories over Saint Peter's, 78-55, and Stony Brook, 84-72, last week. Three Pride players averaged double-figure points on the week, led by sophomore forward Shante Evans' 17.0 ppg. Marie Malone (14.0 ppg) and Nicole Capurso (13.5 ppg) also contributed. Evans also led the team with 10.0 rebounds per outing, while Aamira Terry added 7.0 rebounds per game. Candice Bellocchio dished out a team-high 10 assists on the week. Against the Peahens, Evans had 17 points and freshman guard Kate Loper added 16 points to lead the Pride. Capurso was the third member of the Pride in double figures as she added 10 points. In their first road contest, Hofstra was led by Evans again with her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Hofstra placed a total of four players in double figures as Malone had a career- and game-high 19 points, Capurso chipped in with 17 and junior guard Candice Bellocchio added 12. Hofstra has had three different high scorers in each of its first three games, and taking that one step further, the leading scorer in each of the first three contests has been from a different position. Loper (guard) led Hofstra with 16 versus UVA, Evans (forward) posted 17 points against the Peahens and Malone (center) notched 17 points at Stony Brook. Hofstra will next be in action on Monday when they travel to Providence.
JAMES MADISON (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison earned back-to-back wins at home to finish up the WNIT as they defeated St. Francis (Pa.), 64-49, on Friday and then took UCF into overtime on Saturday for a 82-78 victory. Senior guard Dawn Evans led the Dukes on the week with 26.0 points per outing and dished out 11 assists. Junior forward Lauren Whitehurst grabbed a team-high 9.0 rebounds per outing. Evans poured in a game- and season-high 34 points and added a career-best seven assists in the overtime win over UCF, including three four shots in the closing seconds of regulation to tie the game. Evans' 34 points marked her 18th career game with 30 or more points. Evans currently stands at 1,983 career points and remains in second place on the JMU list (138 points from Tamera Young's (2004-08) school record 2,121) and in fourth in the CAA record books. The Dukes will next be in action at the Caribbean Challenge and will face nationally-ranked Iowa and Montana.
UNC WILMINGTON (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
The Seahawks have opened the season 2-0 under the direction of Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. The Seahawks held off a feisty UNC Greensboro team on Monday evening as UNC Wilmington earned its first win of the season with a 62-58 victory. They then went on to defeat in-state rival East Carolina, 84-73, on Friday evening. The Seahawks were led by Kristen Hanzer (18.5 ppg) and Martha White (18.0 ppg), while Brittany Blackwell also contributed double-figure points (13.5 ppg) on the week. Blackwell led the team on the glass as she snatched a team-best 28 rebounds and eight steals (a career-high six steals coming in the win over UNCG). Against the Lady Pirates, White and Hanzer combined for 48 points to lead UNCW. Hanzer scored a career-high 26 points and White matched her personal best with 22 markers. UNCW welcomes High Point to Trask Coliseum for its home opener on Monday, before visiting Wofford and #7/7 Ohio State later in the week.
NORTHEASTERN (1-3, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern went 1-2 on the three-game week as they fell to Kent State, 71-53, before splitting at the Iowa Challenge. The Huskies fell to #22/24 ranked Iowa, 87-59, but found their first win of the season against Northern Colorado, 61-53, at the tournament. Sophomore Rachel Pecota led the Huskies with 14.7 points per outing on the week, while Kashaia Cannon added 10.7 points per outing. Mayberry notched the first double-double of her career with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Northern Colorado, en route to being named to the Hawkeye Challenge All-Tournament team. She finished the week with 21 rebounds, falling just behind team leader Afreyea Tolbert (22). Mayberry shot an impressive 52.6 percent (10-of19) for the Huskies in the three outings. Jamie Conroy contributed a team-high 20 assists on the week. The Huskies will enjoy a week off before heading to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army on Monday, Nov. 29.
OLD DOMINION (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
Old Dominion played just one contests last week and improved to 2-0, for the third time in the past four seasons, with a 79-65 home victory over North Carolina A&T on Thursday. The last time the Lady Monarchs went 3-0 to start the season was 2007-08 when ODU ended the season 31-5 overall and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Junior Tia Lewis posted a game-high 15 points on 63.6 percent shooting (7-of-11) and sophomore Jackie Cook recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Alena Voronina posted a career-high 14 points and classmate Jasmine Parker chipped in 11 in the win. Old Dominion now prepares to make its first road trip of the season as the Lady Monarchs travel to N.C. State on Tuesday.
TOWSON (1-2, 0-0 CAA)
Towson evened its record with a 65-55 home victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on Tuesday evening, but then fell to #21/RV Maryland, 47-72, on Thursday night. Junior guard/forward Deree Fooks led the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per outing. Senior guard Simona Petronyte also added 10.5 points per contest. Dovile Miliauskaite posted a double-double in the win over the Red Flash and also finished the week averaging 7.0 rebounds per game. The Tigers return to action on Monday, Nov. 22 when they visit Charles Street rival, Loyola at 7 p.m.
VCU (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
VCU split on the week as they earned a 59-49 home victory against Winthrop before falling to Virginia Tech, 63-61, in overtime on the road. With the win over Winthrop, the Rams opened the season with back-to-back wins for the second year in a row and the fifth time in the last six seasons. Junior forward Courtney Hurt shined for the Rams this week as she tabbed her second and third straight double-doubles and averaged 25.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per outing on the week. The junior collected a team-high 25 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Winthrop, while classmate Jennifer Lane finished with eight points and a game-high four assists. Against the Hokies, Hurt posted a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Jaqueline Brewer scored 14 points and Lane added 11. Junior Chelsea Snyder averaged 4.5 points and 8.0 rebounds on the week, while collecting three blocks and an assist. She has started all three games this year after spending her first two seasons as a reserve. VCU will enjoy a 10-day hiatus before returning to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Dec. 2 against East Carolina.
WILLIAM & MARY (0-2, 0-0 CAA)
The Tribe suffered a pair of losses to start the season as they fell to Davidson, 69-47, on Friday before dropping an 82-64 loss at Wake Forest on Sunday. Taysha Pye averaged 15.0 points per game for William & Mary after posting a team-high 19 against the Wildcats and close the week with 11 points against the Demon Deacons. Emily Correal averaged 10.0 points in the Tribe's first two outings. Both Pye and Correal led the team with 12 rebounds a piece on the week. William and Mary continues on the road next weekend, heading down the Pan-American highway to Cancun, Mexico. In the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic, the Tribe will face Bradley Friday night, before taking on Buffalo Saturday.