THIS WEEKS QUICK HITS:
- The league jumped to 56-47 in non-conference play and the CAA steadied with a RPI of 12 in the second report by Collegiate Basketball News.
- For the four week in NCAA Stat reporting, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (26.0 ppg) leads the nation in scoring average, while VCU's Courtney Hurt (25.5 ppg) improved to #2. JMU's Dawn Evans' 24.3 ppg is the fourth best average in the nation. Hurt leads the nation in rebounding with 13.4 per game, while Hofstra's Candice Bellocchio's 7.0 assists per outing is the third best in the nation.
- Five CAA WBB teams are ranked in the Dec. 14 edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll (#7 Delaware, #9 Old Dominion, #13 James Madison #17 Drexel, and #25 Hofstra). Five teams from one conference is the most ranked in the poll.
- The CAA Women's Basketball Weekly Teleconference call will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Noon. Georgia State's Sharon Baldwin-Tener, James Madison's Kenny Brooks and Old Dominion's Wendy Larry will join the call.
- The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Md.) will host the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship on March 10-13.
- The CAA has 29 games slated to be televised for the 2010-11 season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
- UNC Wilmington
Raleigh, N.C./Cary Academy, Sr., Forward
Blackwell earned CAA Player of the Week honors after helping the Seahawks to a 2-1, with their only loss going to nationally-ranked Boston College. The senior averaged 20.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She poured in 62 total points on the week on 65.8 percent (25-for-38) shooting from the field and 57.1 percent from the free throw line. The senior also added a team-high 15 steals, four assists and two blocks.
Conyers, Ga./Salem, Jr., Forward
Hurt received CAA Player of the Week honors for the second straight week as she guided the Rams to a home victory over Longwood. The junior tabbed her eighth straight double-double with 31 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Hurt added three steals and one assist in the win pushing VCU back to the .500 mark.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
- William & Mary
Waterboro, Maine/Worcester Academy (Mass.), Fr., Center
Mathieu collected CAA Rookie of the Week honors after helping the Tribe to their first win of the season against Norfolk State, before fighting in a double overtime loss to Virginia Tech. The rookie averaged 15.5 points per game on the week, while pulling down 9.5 rebounds per outing. She also shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field, 50.0 percent (2-for-4) from long range and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Mathieu added six blocks, four steals and three assists on the week.
CAA AT NO. 12 IN RPI RANKING (though games of Dec. 19): The RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News ranked the CAA as 12th out of 32 conferences early in the season. Drexel leads the CAA schools ranked at #51 in the team ranking. Delaware (57), Old Dominion (84), James Madison (97) and UNC Wilmington (100) are also in the Top 100. Hofstra nears the Top 100 at #110.
CAA INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne leads the league in scoring as she is averaging 26.0 points per game. VCU's Courtney Hurt (25.5 ppg) and JMU's Dawn Evans (24.3 ppg) follow. Hurt leads the league in rebounding with 13.4 rpg, while GSU's Chan Harris follows at 10.3 rpg. Delaware's Danielle Parker (9.8 rpg) and Hofstra's Shante Evans (9.6 rpg) are also among the
top. Hofstra's Candice Bellocchio leads the conference while dishing out 7.0 assists per game and is more than 2.0 assists per game from the next best. UNCW's Brittany Blackwell tops the conference with 3.3 steals per outing. Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite has shot 16-for-16 from the charity stripe, while Delle Donne follows at 93.3 percent (38-for-41) and Dawn Evans at 92.7 percent (43-for-49) to top free-throw shooters. Dawn Evans leads the conference shooting 3.3 treys per outing, while UD's Sarah Acker and Harris top the league with 2.3 blocks per game.
STANDING OUT IN NATIONAL STATS (through games of Dec. 19 - updated weekly): Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (26.0 ppg) lead the nation in scoring, while and VCU's Courtney Hurt (25.5 ppg) has the second best average in the nation, followed by JMU's Dawn Evan's (24.3 ppg) fourth-best average. This is the third week of NCAA reporting and Delle Donne has held the top spot all three weeks. Hurt, who leads the conference in rebounding, leads the nation with 13.4 rebounds per game. Hofstra's Candice Bellocchio's 7.0 assists per game is ranked third among DI players. Hurt's eight double-doubles on the year ranks second among all Division I women's players. Delle Donne and Drexel's Kamile Nacickaite have the nation's third best shooting percentage from beyond the arc at 50.0 percent. (CAA Top 50 individual & team listing on page 7)
STAT WATCH: Delaware sophomore All-American Elena Delle Donne is nearing the 1,000-point plateau. She has recorded 956 career points in 36 games and if she continues to average 26.0 points per game, she should reach her 1,000th-career point during her 38th career game as a Blue Hen. The fastest player to reach 1,000th career points in CAA history is JMU's Dawn Evans, who reached the milestone in 55 games. Drexel's Jasmina Rosseel is just 15 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau.
REACHING MILESTONES: Against the Lady Vols, ODU's Jasmine Parker scored her 1,000th career point and became the 28th Lady Monarch to do reach the milestone. JMU's Dawn Evans posted 31 points against Monmouth and set a new JMU record for the Dukes. She currently has 2,125 career points and topped Tamera Young's (2004-08) school record of 2,121. Evans now ranks second in the CAA record books and looks to pass Drexel's Gabriela Marginean.
FIVE CAA WBB TEAMS RANKED IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOP 25 MID-MAJOR POLL: Delaware moved up in the Mid-Major Poll and a top the CAA schools at #7. Old Dominion fell to #9, while James Madison (#13), Drexel (#17), and Hofstra (#25) followed in the Dec. 13th CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll. The Pride makes its first appearance in the top 25 rankings. UNC Wilmington (10) and VCU (1) received votes. With five teams ranked, the CAA has the most of any conference ranked in the Top 25. Atop the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 is Green Bay, which received 17 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.
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 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan 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 threepointers 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. The league has 29 games scheduled for the current 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.
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.
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 Fan- House. 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 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).
DELAWARE (6-2, 0-0 CAA)
Delaware suffered its second loss of the season with a 64-55 loss at Penn State on Sunday. It was the Blue Hens' first outing in two weeks. The Blue Hens were led by Elena Delle Donne as she poured in a game-high 25 points. She inches closer to the 1,000-point career plateau as she has 956 career points in just 36 games played. Lauren Carra led the team with nine rebounds. Delaware will next face Saint Joseph's on Wednesday at home.
DREXEL (6-2, 0-0 CAA)
Drexel fell in its second game of the season on the road to Princeton, 64-52, on Friday evening. Kamile Nacickaite led Drexel with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jasmina Rosseel scored all 11 of her points in the first half to help Drexel lead at the break. Rosseel is now just 15 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her career. The Dragons continue its five-game road swing on the road, with an outing against Penn State (Dec. 21) before facing Texas A&M, and UTSA/San Diego State in the SDSU Tournament. Drexel will then open the CAA schedule on the road at UNC Wilmington.
GEORGE MASON (4-5, 0-0 CAA)
George Mason snapped a three-game losing streak as they defeated Stony Brook, 74-48, on Thursday evening and extended its winning streak with a 69-53 win over Ohio on Sunday. Taleia Moton led the team averaging 15.5 points per game last week and 12 assists, while Brittany Poindexter (15.0 ppg) and Ashleigh Braxton (12.0 ppg) also contributed double-figure scoring. Angelee LaTouche snatched a team-best 8.5 rebounds per outing and Evelyn Lewis added 8.0 boards per game. The Patriots will take a 10-day game for final exams and will return to the court on Dec. 22 when they host Longwood.
GEORGIA STATE (4-5, 0-0 CAA)
Georgia State snapped a three game losing streak with a 59-47 home victory over Jacksonville State before falling on the road to Nicholls, 72-63. Chan Harris led the team on the week with 16.0 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per outing. Kendra Long added 11.0 points per contest. The Panthers also got a boost from returning veteran center Marcquitta Head, back after two years, as she provided energy averaging 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. GSU will return home to host the 17th Annual Holiday Invitational on Dec. 29-30.
HOFSTRA (6-1, 0-0 CAA)
Hofstra, which improved to 6-1 on the season and have won the last six straight, earned 76-65 road victory over Seton Hall. The six-game win streak is now tied for the fourth-longest in program history and the longest since a seven-game streak during the 2008-09 campaign. It marks the first time in school history that Hofstra has beaten two current members of the Big East Conference in the same season and it is Hofstra's sixth-ever win against the Big East. The Pride got a game-high 23 points from Shante Evans, and Nicole Capurso added 19 (17 in the first half). Capurso's seven treys move her in the Hofstra record books, as she has 117 for her career (7th). Evans led the team with eight rebounds on the evening and the Pride received double-digit points (10) from Anma Onyeuku. Candice Bellocchio continued her ways with assists as she dished out a game-high seven assists in the win and moved up in the Hofstra record books (6th all-time assists-330). Hofstra returns to action on Monday, Dec. 20, when they travel to Albany before hosting Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
JAMES MADISON (5-5, 0-0 CAA)
James Madison fell in their second straight loss with a 69-66 road loss to Monmouth on Saturday. Senior guard Dawn Evans poured in a game-high 31 points, while Lauren Jimenez added a double-double with 20 points and a game- and career-high 17 rebounds. With her 31 points, Evans moved to second in the CAA record books and tops the JMU record books in all-time scoring. Evans currently has 2,125 career points moving past for JMU standout Tamera Young. They will host Virginia on Dec. 20 before taking a break for the holiday.
UNC WILMINGTON (7-3, 0-0 CAA)
The Seahawks went 2-1 on the week including a pair of wins over Coastal Carolina, 79-45, and Charleston Southern, 79-57. UNC Wilmington's only loss on the week was to #25/24 Boston College, 85-65, in Boston. In the trio of games, senior Brittany Blackwell led the Seahawks with 20.7 points per game, while UNCW also received double-digit scoring from Kristen Hanzer (12.3 ppg) and Martha White (10.0 ppg). White led the team in rebounding pulling down 9.7 rebounds per outing, while Blackwell added 7.3 rpg and Hanzer grabbed 5.3 rpg. Jessica Freeman and Alisha Andrews dished out 11 and 10 assists, respectively. Blackwell led the team with 15 steals on the week and Andrews added 10. UNCW will take a 10-day break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action Dec. 29 with a contest against Ohio at Trask Coliseum.
NORTHEASTERN (4-5, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern fell to Miami (OH), 77-61, at home on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies were led by four players who scored double-figure points, including Jamie Conroy (13). Christine Huber posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the outing. Kashaia Cannon and Afreyea Tolbert added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Conroy led the team with four assists and Cannon posted a team-high four steals. Northeastern will next host Holy Cross on Dec. 21 before the holiday break.
OLD DOMINION (4-4, 0-0 CAA)
Old Dominion was idle on the week for final exams and will return to the court on Dec. 21 to host Stony Brook. The Lady Monarchs are led by Jasmine Parker's 14.5 points per game and Alena Voronina's 10.2 points per outing. Shadasia Green (6.3 rpg), Tia Lewis (6.1 rpg) and Voronina (6.0 rpg) share responsibilities under the basket. Parker has dished out 30 assists and snatched 23 steals, both team highs.
TOWSON (5-4, 0-0 CAA)
Towson improved to 5-4 overall with a 61-50 win over UMES on Saturday. The Tigers got a team-high 17 points from Krystal Parnell, while Simona Petronyte and Charmonique Watt each added 11 points in the win. Tanisha McTiller and Dovile Miliauskaite led the team with eight rebounds a piece. Towson returns home on Wednesday, December 22 when it hosts Richmond.
VCU (4-4, 0-0 CAA)
VCU improved to 4-4 on the season with a 79-69 home victory over Longwood on Saturday. The Rams were led by Courtney Hurt's eighth straight double-double of the season with game highs of 31 points and 16 rebounds. She hauled in 25 of her 31 points in the second half. Hurt was assisted by Sonia Johnson's 18-point performance and Jessica Taylor's 13-point outing. The Rams will return to the court for a pair of contests before the holiday break. VCU will first host Liberty on Dec. 21 and then visit Radford on Dec. 23.
WILLIAM & MARY (1-7, 0-0 CAA)
William & Mary snapped a six game losing streak with its first win of the season against NorfolkState, 74-59, on Wednesday evening before falling to Virginia Tech, 94-78, in double overtimeon Saturday. Junior Taysha Pye led the Tribe on the week with 21.0 points per outing and contributed 8.5 rebounds per game. Sophmore Emily Correal (15.5 ppg), freshman Kaitlyn Mathieu (15.5 ppg), and Katherine DeHenzel (12.0 ppg) all averaged double-digit points on the week. Mathieu led the team grabbing 9.5 rebounds per outing, followed by Pye. The Tribe will complete their homestand on Dec. 20 when they host Richmond.