Women's #CAAHoops Weekly Report - Dec. 9
CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Dec. 9
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• Non-Conference Record: The CAA teams are 31-36 (.463) against non-conference opponents. Delaware (6-1) and James Madison (6-2) are sitting at the top of the league standings early in the season.
• RPI Ratings: The first set of RPI ratings were released Monday, Dec. 9 and the league was ranked 11th among the conferences. James Madison led the CAA with a RPI of 60.
• 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.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Toia Giggetts • James Madison
Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor, Jr., Forward
Giggetts received CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after scoring a game- and career-high 23 points in James Madison’s win over Atlantic Coast Conference foe Pittsburgh on the road last week. The junior forward drained a career-best 10 field goals made on 15 shots attempted (.667) and shot 100 percent (3-3) from the free throw line. The Norfolk, Va., native added six rebounds, three assists and one steal in the victory for the Dukes.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Krystal Luciano • Hofstra
San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio San Antonio, Fr., Guard
Luciano was named CAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week after helping the Pride to back-to-back home victories over Concordia (NY) and UC Davis last week. The freshman guard averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game coming off the bench during 47 minutes of action. Luciano scored a a game- and career-high 17 points in Hofstra record setting victory over Concordia, while shooting 5-5 from the floor, 2-2 from three-point range and 5-10 from the free throw line. Against the Aggies, Luciano nearly notched her first career double-double with nine points and nine rebounds despite playing just 17 minutes. She contributed seven assists and seven steals on the week for the Pride.
#ICYMI - A REVIEW OF LAST WEEK - HOT NOTES FROM CAA TEAMS:
• College of Charleston: The Cougars were led by a record-setting performance from Jill Brown (vs. George Mason, Dec. 2), who dished out seven assists to become CofC’s all-time leader in career assists (463).
• Hofstra: Against Concordia (Dec. 3), Hofstra set a number of records in the contest including school records for largest margin of victory (63) and arena records for points scored (101) and margin of victory. Freshman Krystal Luciano scored a game- and career-high 17 points against Concordia.
• James Madison: The win over the Pitt Panthers was JMU’s second over an ACC school this season. Senior guard Kirby Burkholder became the second player in school history to surpass 200 career three-pointers and now has 201 makes from beyond the arc (trailing Dawn Evans’ [2007-11] 381 on the school’s all-time list).
• Northeastern: Center Jewell Tunstull scored a season-best 19 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of her senior campaign.
• Towson: Sophomore guard Dominique Johnson followed pouring in 20.5 points per game but led the team with six assists. She scored a game- and career-high 31 points in the loss at Bucknell and tied a school record seven treys. She is the fourth player in school history to sink seven treys in a single-game, joining Simona Petronyte , Trinette Tucker  and Tara Rottet .
• William & Mary: Junior Jazmon Boone scored a career-tying 24 points to lead all scorers and three Tribe players in double figures as W&M fell to La Salle. Boone scored 24 points for the second straight contest.