QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• CAA play becomes a constant this week as everyone is participating in a pair of conference contests.
• With only a handful of non-conference games left on the schedule, the CAA currently owns a 76-49 overall record (60.8%) against its opponents.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST WEEK:
• Old Dominion snapped its three game losing streak as they defeated Rutgers on Saturday, which was receiving votes in last week’s AP Poll.
• Hofstra extended its winning streak to 10 games with a wins over North Florida and Stetson.
• Delaware fell to #25 Bowling Green snapping their nine game winning streak.
• Georgia State and Towson each extended their winning streaks to five games each.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen • Georgia State St. Petersburg, Fla./Boca Ciega, Sr., Guard
Georgia State senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen received CAA Player of the Week honors after leading the Panthers to their eighth GSU Invitational championship title. The senior guard was named the Most Valuable Player as she averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.5 steals over two games. She totaled a season- and game-high 23 points in the win over Mississippi Valley State and led all scorers with 20 points in the overtime victory against Tennessee-Martin. She assisted on the regulation game-tying three-point basket that forced overtime and made the first basket in the extra session that put the Panthers ahead for good.
Tamera Young • James Madison Wilmington, N.C./Laney, Jr., Guard/Forward
James Madison junior guard/forward Tamera Young earned CAA Player of the Week honors after registering a strong week while averaging 23.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two games last week. The junior, who was named to the All-Tournament team, scored game highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds in the overtime loss against a tough Auburn squad and game highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Coppin State at the Miami Holiday Tournament. She also added a pair of steals and one blocked shot on the week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Shanae Baker-Brice • TowsonWashington, D.C./Roosevelt, Fr., Guard
Towson guard Shanae Baker-Brice received CAA Rookie of the Week honors as she scored a career-high 28 points by making 10-of-19 shots from the floor as the Tigers won their fifth straight game. It is the third time this season that the rookie guard as scored 25 or more points in a game. Baker-Brice also added six rebounds and two steals.
CAA No. 10 IN FOURTH RPI RANKING: The CAA is ranked 10th among the nations 32 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News through games of Dec. 31. The CAA finished ranked eighth in last season’s final RPI report. The CAA was ranked as high as sixth this season in the first RPI report. Delaware, who was ranked as high as 13th this season, tops the conference at #24, while James Madison follows at #28. Hofstra is ranked #47 in the fourth edition of the Collegiate Basketball News RPI report and Towson (#80) rounds out the members in the top 100. Old Dominion jumped 19 spots to be ranked #108 after defeating Rutgers last week.
RECEIVING VOTES: Both Hofstra and Delaware received votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, for the fifth consecutive week. The Pride received 40 votes and stood at third among the "Others Receiving Votes", while the Blue Hens tabbed two votes and were listed 11th. Both teams have also received votes in the past five USA Today Coaches Polls.
HOW LONG CAN THEY GO?: Hofstra has posted the CAA’s longest winning streak of the season with 10 straight wins. Delaware, which owned a nine game winning streak, fell to #21 Bowling Green last week.
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison extended their home court winning streak to an impressive 18 games, which is ranked fourth in the nation. The streak dates back to last season, when the Dukes posted a 13-0 record at home. It's the second longest known streak in school history. Hofstra, which currently owns a 10 game-winning streak at home, is ranked tied for 15th. The Pride’s streak dates back to Feb. 10, 2006. Delaware extended their regular season home winning streak against non-league opponents to 17 games, which dates back to the 2002-03 season.
TOP RETURNING STARTERS: With the CAA returning 75% of its starters, two CAA teams rank among the top five with total starts. James Madison’s returning players entered the 2006-07 season with a combined 379 starts, which is more than any total starts for a Division I team in the country. The Dukes have 35 more starts than second-place Oklahoma, whose returning players have started 344 contests. Hofstra follows fifth with 292 starts entering this season.
CAA TOPS RANKED TEAMS: Hofstra and Delaware each defeated a ranked team for the first time in their respective school histories. On Wednesday, Nov. 22 Hofstra downed No. 17 Michigan State on the road (57-53), before Delaware defeated #20 Kentucky (86-70) on Friday, Nov. 24.
TV EXPOSURE: CAA women’s basketball is scheduled to increase its television exposure with 17 games on the air this season. All 12 teams will make at least one television appearance.
2007-08 DEAL WITH THE AMERICA CHANNEL: Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager announced that the league has entered into an agreement with The America Channel, which will provide live television coverage of a minimum of 18 women’s basketball games and several other CAA Championships beginning in the 2007-08 academic year. The America Channel® is a new programming network that will explore and celebrate our communities, campuses, real heroes, and ordinary people who accomplish the extraordinary. The America Channel’s SportsLife ™ initiative merges life and sport – combining broadcast of over 200 NCAA sports games and matches, with real-life drama about the aspirations, achievements, challenges, adventures, community service, and lifestyles of students and student athletes from numerous NCAA conferences.
DELAWARE (10-2, 1-0 CAA):
DREXEL (5-7, 0-1 CAA):
Drexel produced a perfect 2-0 record last week on the road as the Dragons earned victories over Mount Saint Mary’s and American. The Dragons defeated Mount Saint Mary’s, 53-46, on Thursday, before recording a 61-58 victory over American. This was the second time this season that Drexel posted back-to-back victories and just the fourth time in the last five years that the Dragons have won consecutive games on the road. Last season’s team earned back-to-back road victories twice, prior to that the Dragons had not accomplished the feat since the 2001-02 season. In just her second game as a Dragon transfer guard Andrea Peterson scored all nine of her points in the final six minutes, including a 5-for-6 shooting performance from the line, against Mount Saint Mary’s. Junior guard Narissa Suber bounced back from a sub-standard first half to lead the team with 14 points. While the Dragons committed 21 turnovers in the contest, they also swiped a season-high 13 steals and forced the Mountaineers to commit 19 turnovers total. Drexel shot a sizzling 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half and knocked down four of the team's seven three-point attempts. The Dragons closed out non-conference play with a win at American on Saturday as they were led by Gabriela Marginean’s 15 points. Anora and Narissa Suber combined for 26 points and seven three-pointers against the Eagles. Drexel got off to a quick start, shooting 52 percent from the floor in the first half in Washington, D.C., including a 4-for-8 performance from beyond the arc. The Dragons opened up a 15-point lead early in the contest, which marked the largest lead Drexel has had over an opponent this season. The Dragons dished out a season-high 18 assists led by Alison Lupariello and Anora Suber with four apiece. Drexel ended the game shooting a season-best 47.7 percent from the field. Drexel will face William & Mary at home on Thursday before traveling to Norfolk to play Old Dominion on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (5-4, 1-0 CAA):
George Mason went 1-1 last week and finished third at the Florida International Tournament in Miami, Fla. The Patriots dropped a 73-59 decision to FIU in the opening game, but rebounded with a 68-58 win over Rice in the consolation contest on Saturday. On Friday, junior guard Lateisha Wade poured in a career-best 24 points. Senior forward Tracy Ann Holness ended the game with a team second-best 10 points, while junior forward Whitney Ward pulled down a team-high six caroms, which is a new career-high. She also set career-highs in points (7), three-point field goals (1), free throws (4), steals (2) and minutes (30). Mason shot 23-of-63 (37 percent) in the 40 minutes, while FIU was 51 percent from the field (26-of-51). The Panthers outrebounded the Patriots, 39-32, and Mason had a slight advantage in the steals category, 11-10. Against Rice, Wade added 19 points to finish the week averaging 21.5 points per game. Holness (14) and Moni Akintunde (12) also added double-figure points. Jessica Smith pulled down a career-high 18 points, while Holness finished with a double-double adding 10 rebounds against the Owls. The Patriots finished with a season-high 55 rebounds against Rice on Saturday. Mason will entertain UNC Wilmington on Thursday at the Patriot Center, before traveling to Williamsburg to face William & Mary on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (8-4, 0-1 CAA):
The Panthers produced a 2-0 mark last week as they were crowned the Georgia State Invitational champions. State defeated Mississippi Valley State, 82-58, on Friday before clinching a 58-50 overtime win against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. The Panthers have won five straight and eight of their last nine after a 0-3 start. The five-game win streak is the longest since the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. The Panthers won 10 in a row in 2002-03. On Friday, sophomore center Marcquitta Head recorded her sixth career double-double with a season-high 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen added a season-best and game-high 23 points. Freshman forward Danyiell McKeller registered 13 points and collected eight rebounds, and sophomore guard Brittany Hollins posted 11 points and a game-high nine assists. On Saturday, Roegiers-Jensen recorded a game-high 20 points. Hollins collected 12 and David scored 13. Roegiers-Jensen assisted on David’s game-tying 3-point basket in regulation that forced overtime. In the extra frame, David, Hollins and Roegiers-Jensen combined on 13-of-14 free throws to seal the win. Roegiers-Jensen was selected Most Valuable Player and was joined by Hollins on the All-Tournament team. Georgia State improves to 8-0 on the season when three or more players score in double figures. Roegiers-Jensen is 11 points from becoming the 17th player in Georgia State history with 1,000 or more career points. She needs 26 three-pointers to break the career school record set last year (131) by Monica Thomas. Georgia State’s eight non-conference wins are the most since posting seven non-league victories in 1999-2000. David has made at lease one three-point basket in every game she has played (10). The Panthers’ are 4-0 at home for the first time since the 2000-01 season. State is scoring 15 more points per game since moving Hollins to the point and inserting David into the starting lineup.
HOFSTRA (11-1, 1-0 CAA):
Hofstra improved to 11-1 with a 63-41 win over North Florida on Friday and a 70-39 victory over Stetson on Sunday. The 11-1 record continues to be the Pride’s best-ever Division I start and the two wins extended Hofstra’s school record win streak to 10 games. Against North Florida, senior forward Lizanne Murphy and senior guard Cigi McCollin tied for game-high honors with 15 points, while senior center Vanessa Gidden added nine points and nine rebounds. Murphy would follow that game up with 24-point, seven-rebound performance against Stetson on Sunday, using the career-high point total to put her over 1,000 for her career. With Hofstra holding Stetson to just 39 points on Sunday, it marked the first time since a 48-37 Hofstra victory over James Madison on January 25, 2004 that the Pride has held an opponent to fewer than 40 points. Gidden notched 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Hatters to pick up her third double-double of the season, tying her with Murphy for the team-high in that category. With neither opponent reaching 60 points this week Hofstra has now won 26 straight games when holding its opponent to less than 60 points. The Pride, due to injuries, switched up its starting lineup for the first time all season against Stetson as sophomore guard Niki Williams replaced senior forward Lana Harshaw in the starting lineup and had a solid all-around outing with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in 35 minutes of action. With two road victories this week, Hofstra already has six road wins this season and that total, through just the end of non-conference play, ranks fifth all-time in school history and only three away from the school record. Hofstra will travel to Delaware on Thursday and host Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday in its two CAA contests this week.
JAMES MADISON (9-2, 1-0 CAA):
James Madison dropped its second game of the year to Auburn in a 79-76 overtime decision on Thursday before rebounding with a 70-64 win over Coppin State on Friday in the Miami Holiday Tournament. Auburn outscored JMU 11-8 in overtime to post the win, snapping the Dukes six-game winning streak. The Dukes trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but in the second half the JMU rallied and held a five-point lead, 53-48 at 8:29. Senior center Meredith Alexis scored 10 and junior forward Tamera Young added eight points in the comeback. The Dukes were led by junior Tamera Young who finished with a game-high 24 points and tied for game rebounding honors with 13. Alexis added 19 points and 13 rebounds for her 60th career double-figure rebounding game and her 49th career double-double. Leslie Dickinson was also in double figures with 15, and Andrea Benvenuto handed out a season-high 10 assists. On Friday, Young and Alexis each had double-doubles. Young led all players with 23 points and had 12 rebounds, while Alexis scored 18 points and had a 11 rebounds. Young, who scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds in the opening round loss to Auburn, was named to the all-tournament team. Young finished the week recording her 26th and 27th double-figure rebounding games and her 19th and 20th career double-doubles. Alexis finished the week with 17 field goals to increase her career total to 547, moving her from eighth to fourth on the JMU All-Time records and currently has recorded 50 career double-doubles and 61 career double-figure rebounding games. Dickinson claimed sole possession of JMU’s career free-throw record as she went 3-for-3 from the line against Auburn and now has 403 free throws. Senior Shirley McCall got her first start since the season-opening game on Dec. 29. She had missed seven games after suffering an injury to her shooting hand. She had came off the bench in JMU’s previous two contests. The Dukes will continue their seven-game road stretch with CAA contests at Towson and Georgia State this week.
UNC WILMINGTON (4-7, 0-0 CAA):
UNC Wilmington fell in its only contest of the week against South Carolina, 75-42. Sophomore forward Sahsha Taylor paced UNCW with 13 points. Sophomore guard Shade Smith collected a career-high six steals and finished with a season-high nine points. Senior Lori Drake was held to a season-low four points, just the third time this season she has not ended in double-figures. The Seahawks shot a dismal 24.1 percent in the game against the Gamecocks, the third worst shooting performance under head coach Ann Hancock. The Seahawks will begin CAA play this week as they visit George Mason on Thursday and host Delaware on Sunday. In CAA openers, UNCW is 4-18, but are 3-3 under Hancock. A year ago, the Seahawks defeated the Blue Hens at Trask Coliseum, 55-41. UNCW also collected a pair of wins over Mason during the regular season.
NORTHEASTERN (1-11, 0-1 CAA):
The Northeastern University women’s basketball went 0-2 in the Hawk Classic. The Huskies tell dropped a 83-59 decision to St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia, Pa. on Thursday afternoon, before falling to Vermont in the consolation contest on Friday, 55-47. On Thursday, Lucia Pablos led the Huskies with a career-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Ashlee Feldman was the only other Husky in double figures with 17 points. The Huskies trailed, 41-26, after the first half in which St. Joseph’s outshot NU 48.4 to 29.4 percent. NU played its fourth straight game without Shaleyse Smallwood and Kendra Walton who the Huskies are hoping will return shortly from injuries. NU was the victim of a deeper SJU bench that produced 26 points for the Hawks. Against the Catamounts, the Huskies got another solid performance from Pablos who posted 19 points and eight rebounds. Pablos was the only Husky in double figures. Freshman Kim Carr scored nine points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and blocked three shots. The Huskies started the game with exceptional play on the defensive end, holding the Catamounts to only six points in the first ten minutes. NU’s pressure defense continued throughout the half, limiting Vermont to only nine field goals and 18 first-half points, the fewest point total allowed by the Huskies this season. NU did not allow a 3-point field goal and held the Catamounts to 27.3 percent shooting in the first period. UVM was 0-6 from behind the arc. Lucia Pablos was the only player to hit double figures in the first half, turning in 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. The Huskies led by as much as eight and took a six-point lead into the lockeroom at 24-18. Northeastern will look for its first conference win as they visit Georgia State, which is on a five game winning streak, on Thursday. The Huskies will then host Towson in Boston on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (4-7, 0-0 CAA):
The Old Dominion women’s basketball team returned to the win column on Saturday afternoon at the Ted Constant Convocation Center with a 72-55 victory over Rutgers, a team receiving votes in both national polls. The win snaps a three-game ODU losing streak as the Lady Monarchs improve to 4-7 closing out the non-conference portion of its schedule. It was the first game in seven tries that Old Dominion walked away the winner against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today polls. The visiting Scarlet Knights held a 12-point, 25-13, lead with 5:41 left in the first before the Lady Monarch came storming back. Rutgers did manage to close out the half on a 6-0 run and entered the locker room ahead, 35-29. Rutgers led by as many as eight in the second half, but after the Knights went ahead 45-37 advantage, Old Dominion took over the game. Old Dominion shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48) for the game including a blistering 52.2 percent (12-of-23) in the second half. Rutgers was held to 22.2 percent (6-of-27) shooting from floor in half number two after hitting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) in the first half. The Lady Monarchs also had a hot hand from the free throw line. After shooting just 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from the charity stripe in the first half, Old Dominion connected on 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the line in the second. Triggs hit 6-of-6, while sophomore Jazzmin Walters went 4-of-4. Triggs nearly collected a double-double as she poured in 14 points and hauled in a game and season-high nine rebounds. Overall four Lady Monarchs registered double figures. Senior Tish Lyons came off the bench to tie Triggs with a team-high 14, while junior T.J. Jordan and sophomore Tiffany Green each scored 10. The Lady Monarchs return to action in their first CAA contests of the season this week. Old Dominion travels to Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday in its CAA opener and host Drexel on Sunday in their CAA home opener.
TOWSON (10-1, 1-0 CAA):
The Tigers improved to 10-1 on the season with a 72-64 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. It was the Tigers’ fifth straight win and improved Towson’s record to 4-0 at home this year. The 10-1 start matches the best 11-game record for the Tigers, tying the mark set during the 1968-1969 campaign. It is the fifth time this year Towson has scored 70 or more points in a game. Freshman guard Shanae Baker-Brice led the Tigers to the victory over Mount St. Mary’s by scoring a career-high 28 points, including 15 in the first half. She also had six rebounds and two steals while playing in 39 minutes. It is the third time this season she has scored 25 or more points in a game. Junior guard Holly Mahan added a game-high five steals while scoring 11 points. Mahan has now scored in double figures in 9 of 11 games this year. Senior forward Kelly Robinson also scored 11 points in the victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday and is now just 33 points shy of becoming the 13th player in the program’s history to reach 1,000 career points. She also tied a season high with eight rebounds. The Tigers forced the Mountaineers to make 28 turnovers and converted those miscues into 21 points. As a team, Towson had 16 steals. In 11 games this season, the Tigers are averaging 15.5 steals per contest, which leads the CAA. The Tigers conclude their three-game homestand on Thursday evening when they entertain James Madison in the Towson Center. The Dukes hold a commanding 19-1 advantage in the series and have won the last 15 games. On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers will travel to Northeastern to face the Huskies at 1:00 p.m.
VCU (7-4, 0-1 CAA):
The Rams snapped a four game losing streak with a 69-43 victory over Longwood on Saturday. VCU has gone 4-0 at home this season. Junior forward Krystal Vaughn booked a double-double in the first half against the Lancers, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. She finished with game highs of 21 points and a career-best 14 rebounds. Vaughn did all her damage in just 22 minutes, including just nine in the second half. She also outrebounded Longwood in the first half, 12-11. In addition, Vaughn, who is averaging 7.9 rebounds per game, has more offensive rebounds (46) than defensive (41). Overall, VCU crashed the boards to the tune of a 52-33 advantage, its second-best this season. Sophomore Quanitra Hollingsworth added 20 points in the win, her most since spraining her ankle Nov. 29 at Norfolk State. She also played 27 minutes, her longest since Nov. 19. The Rams will continue their tough start to the conference schedule as they host perennial power Old Dominion in Richmond on Thursday before visiting Hofstra. VCU will look to spoil the Pride’s 10 game winning streak at home on Sunday. The Rams opened their conference schedule at James Madison on Dec. 3.
WILLIAM & MARY (7-4, 0-1 CAA):
The Tribe won their third straight with a win over Radford, 54-47, last Friday. William & Mary’s 7-4 start is the team’s best since the 2001-02 season when it opened with an identical mark. By limiting Radford to just 47 points it is last outing, the Tribe has now held three of its opponents to less than 50 points this season, including Virginia Tech and Longwood. On Friday, junior Kyra Kaylor and sophomore Dani Kell each recorded double-doubles, marking the third consecutive contest that two Tribe players have accomplished the feat. Kaylor, who registered her third straight double-double, finished with a team-high 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kell totaled 12 points and 10 boards. Freshman Tiffany Benson also played well, finishing with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore Courtney Portell and senior Sarah Stroh nearly scored in double figures with nine and eight points, respectively. As it has for much of the season, W&M dominated the glass, winning the battle of the boards, 48-35. During the current streak, William & Mary is outscoring its opponents by 12.3 points per game. Additionally, the Tribe has dominated the glass, snaring 16.7 more rebounds than its opponents during the span. Kaylor needs just five points to become the 10th player in school history with 1,100 career points. During its seven wins this season, the Tribe has held the opposition to just 29.5 shooting percentage. W&M is currently shooting a league-best 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and leads the CAA in rebounding (44.7 rpg) and field goal percentage defense (33.3). The Tribe will play three games this week, including a non-conference contest at Duquesne on Jan. 2. William & Mary will continue with two conference games. The Tribe will play Drexel on Thursday in Philadelphia and host George Mason on Sunday.