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WBB Report - Dec. 24

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 12/24/2012
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CAA 4-1-1:

        • The 11 league members have posted a 53-49 record in the season against non-conference foes. The conference schedule is set to begin Jan. 6.

        • Elena Delle Donne returned to the court on Dec. 20 as the Blue Hens took on nationally-ranked Maryland. Delle Donne scored a game-high 19 points in the UD loss, 69-53, and then scored 30 against Monmouth on Dec. 22.

        • Shante Evans and the Hofstra Pride won back-to-back games over power conference teams (Ole Miss and Northwestern) to win the NY Life Holiday Tournament title.

        • The most recent RPIRatings.com report posted that the CAA was ranked 14th among the 33 conferences with three teams in the Top 100.

        • The College of Charleston has accepted an invitation of membership to join the CAA beginning July 2013.

        • The CAA Women's Basketball Championship will return to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in 2013 for the third straight season.

        • Delaware fell out of the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 Polls on Nov. 19, but continued to receive votes in the AP Poll.  

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Shante Evans • Hofstra

West Chester, Pa./Henderson, Sr., Forward

Evans was named CAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Pride to a pair of home victories over Mississippi and Northwestern to earn the New York Life Holiday Invitational title. The senior forward poured in 23.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game, to go along with four assists, six steals and three blocks. Evans shot 47.2 percent from the floor for the week going 17-for-36 during 67 minutes of play.  She also went 13-for-16 (.813) from the free throw line.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:

Precious Hall • James Madison

Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School, Fr., Guard

Hall earned CAA Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week honors leading the Dukes in a home victory over American to snap a three-game losing skid. Hall tied for a game high with a career-best 16 points. She shot 42.9 percent on 6-for-14 from the field, including three baskets from long range. The freshman added one rebound and a career-high two assists in the win.

CAA AT NO. 15 IN RPI RANKING (Through Dec. 23): The CAA is ranked 14th among the nation's 33 Division I conferences in women's basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News. James Madison is ranked at No. 88 in the team RPI ranking, as the first of three CAA teams in the Top 100. Drexel (90) and Delaware is at 97 are the other CAA schools that are listed in the Top 100. Northeastern (112), Old Dominion (125), Hofstra (157), George Mason (184), and Georgia State (188) round out the CAA teams in the Top 200.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (Through Dec. 23): The James Madison Dukes have played some of the toughest teams in the country as the Dukes' schedule was ranked the sixth thus far this season. The Dukes (4-6) have played Virginia (RPI-52), Duquesne (RPI-25), Quinnipiac (RPI-42), Green Bay (RPI-33), Richmond (RPI-71) and Minnesota (RPI-82) so far this season. Hofstra followed at 42, George Mason at 123 and Delaware fell  among the top 150 at 136 in strength of schedule rankings through games of Dec. 23. 

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