Women's #CAAHoops Weekly Report - Jan. 6
CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Jan. 6
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• CAA Action: Delaware, defending CAA Champs, opened the conference slate with an overtime thriller over Hofstra, 71-66. Six other CAA squads will open conference play on Jan. 9 and James Madison will kick open its CAA schedule on Jan. 12.
• Non-Conference Record: The CAA teams are 51-63 (.447) against non-conference opponents. Delaware (9-3, 1-0 CAA) and James Madison (10-4, 0-0 CAA) 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 11th among the conferences. James Madison led the CAA with a RPI of 56, while Drexel (87) and Hofstra (95) followed.
• National Rankings - Team (1/5): James Madison ranks 10th in rebound margin pulling down 11.9 boards more a game versus their opponents. Drexel ranks 11th in turnovers per game (12.3) and 12th in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 55.7ppg. William & Mary is 14th in steals per game with 11.8 per outing.
• National Rankings - Individual (1/5): William & Mary’s Kyla Kerstetter (16th, 3.0 spg) rank among the leaders in steals.• 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:
Kelsey Buchanan • Delaware
South Riding, Va./Freedom, Sr., Center
Buchanan received CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the third time this season after helping the Blue Hens to a 1-1 week, including leading the CAA defending champions to their 43rd straight CAA regular season and tournament win while opening conference play with an overtime victory over Hofstra. The senior center averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on the week, extending her stretch of scoring in double figures in all 12 outings this season. She scored eight of UD’s nine overtime points to finished with a career-high 27 points against the Pride. Buchanan made four a career-high four blocks versus Hofstra, totaling five on the week to go along with 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Her five assists in each of her outings were also career-highs.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Latrice Hunter • William & Mary
Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Christian, Fr., Guard
Hunter was awarded CAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week after leading the Tribe with a career-high 17 points on .714 shooting (5-of-7) from the floor in a heartbreaking loss to North Carolina A&T. She also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and also sank a single three-pointer. Hunter, who has scored in double-figure points in the last three contests, has set new career highs in each game. She is averaging 12.0 points during the recent three-game stretch. Hunter also added a rebound for the Tribe in the game against NCA&T.
#ICYMI - A REVIEW OF THE LAST WEEK - HOT NOTES FROM CAA TEAMS:
• College of Charleston: The Cougars snapped a six-game win streak at home as they dropped a 64-55 decision to visiting East Carolina on Thursday. Afreyea Tolbert led CofC with 20 pts.
• Delaware: Delaware fell to St. John’s by just three points, but opened CAA action with an OT win over Hofstra. Kelsey Buchanan poured in a career-high 27 points against HU.
• Drexel: The Dragons snapped a two-game losing skid with a road victory over Cornell. Rachel Pearson hit her first six three-point attempts and finished with a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers. Abby Redick scored a career-high 13 points.
• Hofstra: The Pride fell to Central Connecticut on a buzzer beater, 64-62, but snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Albany. Anma Onyeuku has led the team averaging 14.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Onyeuku became the first Hofstra player to record a double-double this season against CCSU and the first since Shante Evans against Northeastern on Mar. 6.
• James Madison: The Dukes won the JMU Invitational and then wrapped up their week and non-conference schedule with a battle against #10/11 North Carolina falling to the Tar Heels by just three points. Kirby Burkholder led the team with 19.0 ppg on the week.
• UNCW: UNCW fell to App State and Charlotte this week. Kelva Atkins was held below double figures in points for the first time this season (7) against Charlotte, snapping her streak of consecutive games in double figures (19). D’Asia Cain led the team with a career-high 15 points in the game against the 49ers.
• Northeastern: Despite a season-high 23 points from senior center Jewel Tunstull, the Huskies closed out its non-conference slate with a 75-66 loss to Albany Saturday afternoon.
• Towson: The Tigers extended their win streak as they defeated Coppin St. on the road Saturday. LaTorri Hines-Allen poured in career-high 23 points to lead Towson.
• William & Mary: Freshman Latrice Hunter led four Tribe players in double-figures with a career-high 17 points. Freshman Marlena Tremba (13), junior Jazmen Boone (12), and senior Kaitlyn Mathieu (11) were also in double-figures for the Tribe. Four Tribe players rank among the top 20 in the CAA scoring leaders - the only school to have four players in the top 20.