We’re excited about the start of the 2010-11 CAA Women's Basketball season. The conference returns the majority of its starters from a year ago, including eight All-CAA performers and two All-Americans.
QUICK HITS FOR 2010-11:
• Eight players who earned All-CAA honors are back, including All-America honorees Elena Delle Donne from Delaware and Dawn Evans of James Madison. The CAA teams also return 65% of their starters from a year ago.
• Two of the top five scorers in the nation return in the CAA. Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne, 2010 CAA Player and Rookie of the Year, and James Madison guard Dawn Evans finished the 2009-10 season averaging 26.7 and 24.6 points per game, respectively.
• The CAA returns 13 of the season’s top 20 scorers and 10 of the top 20 rebounders. The conference also welcomes back eight of the top 10 leaders in assists.
• A league-record seven CAA women’s basketball teams advanced to postseason play in 2009-10, shattering the previous high of four set in 2006 and 2007. James Madison earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after capturing its first CAA championship since 1989. Five CAA squads – Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, Old Dominion and VCU – were chosen to play in the WNIT and three of them picked up victories. Towson also made its first postseason appearance since 1969 in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The CAA has had at least three teams in postseason action for five consecutive seasons.
• The CAA surpassed its all-time record of 25 televised games (2007-08) with 27 games aired last year. All 12 teams made at least one appearance and the same is expected for the 2010-11 schedule.
• The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship will be held at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. on March 10-13, 2011. The tournament will be played at a neutral site for the first time since 1998.