QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• The Northeastern versus William & Mary will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and CN8 Boston on Sunday. The scheduled tip-off is for 5 p.m. in Williamsburg, Va.
• The Delaware/Hofstra match-up on Sunday will be televised on Madison Squard Garden Network at 1 p.m.
• Three teams enter this week with a perfect CAA record: Delaware, James Madison and Old Dominion. The Dukes and the Blue Hens are 5-0 and the Lady Monarchs are 4-0. Drexel is in search of its first conference win of the season.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST WEEK:
• The first televised women’s conference game, Delaware versus Towson, was televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia..
• James Madison extended its 19-game winning streak at the Convocation Center with a win over William & Mary on Sunday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Tamera Young • James Madison
Wilmington, N.C./Laney, Jr., Forward
James Madison junior forward Tamera Young earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after averagins 23.0 points per game as she led the Dukes to a pair of conference victories. The junior forward scored career and game highs of 33 points and six steals in JMU’s win over William & Mary on Sunday. She also scored a game-high 13 points in the win over George Mason. The junior shot 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the floor, 50 percent (5-of-10) from the behind the arc and was perfect (5-of-5) from the free-throw line last week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
RaShay Rawls • Georgia State
Augusta, Ga./Cross Creek, Fr., Forward/Center
Georgia State forward/center RaShay Rawls received CAA Rookie of the Week honors after averaging nine points and six rebounds a game last week. She recorded a career-high 12 points off the bench in the win over George Mason on Sunday. The freshman shot 80 percent (8-of-10) from the floor on the week for the Panthers. She also added an assist and a steal.
CAA No. 10 IN SIXTH 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 Jan. 14. 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. James Madison leads the CAA ranked at 18. Delaware, who was ranked as high as 13th this season, follows at #30, while Old Dominion jumped another 26 spots from #77 last week to #51 this week. Hofstra follows closely ranked #57.
RECEIVING VOTES: Both Delaware, Hofstra and James Madison received votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Blue Hens received 19 votes, while the Pride received 16 nods and the Dukes earned three among the "Others Receiving Votes". Both Delaware and James Madison have also received votes in the most recent USA Today Coaches Polls. Hofstra had received votes in the past USA Today Coaches Polls.
HOW LONG CAN THEY GO?: Currently, James Madison and Old Dominion are on a league-high five-game winning streak. Hofstra had posted the CAA’s longest winning streak of the season with 10 straight wins before Delaware spoiled it on Thursday, Jan. 4. Delaware previously owned a nine game winning streak earlier this season. James Madison just recently snapped William & Mary’s seven game winning streak on Sunday.
SPOILING THE FUN: James Madison recently spoiled the Tribe’s seven-game winning streak. JMU has stopped opponent winning streaks of five or more games six times this season. The Dukes handed a 5-0 Liberty team (Nov. 29) and a 6-0 Virginia Commonwealth squad (Dec. 3) their first defeats of the year. Wake Forest (Dec. 21) saw its seven-game winning streak end, Towson (Jan. 4) had a five-game string of wings stopped, and Georgia State’s (Jan. 7) six-game streak ended.
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison extended their home court winning streak to an impressive 19 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. Hofstra, which currently owns a 11 game-winning streak at home, is ranked 14th but will face a tough Delaware team on Jan. 21 in Hempstead, N.Y. The Pride’s streak dates back to Feb. 10, 2006. Delaware extended their regular season home winning streak against non-league opponents to 19 games, which dates back to the 2002-03 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.
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.
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. Sunday’s match up of Delaware at Hofstra will be televised on the Madison Square Garden Network at 1 p.m. The Northeastern at William & Mary will air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and CN8 Boston at 5 p.m.
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 (14-2, 5-0 CAA):
DREXEL (5-11, 0-5 CAA):
Drexel went 0-2 dropping a tough 46-45 loss to Hofstra at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Thursday and falling to Northeastern in Boston, 64-53. With 17 seconds remaining on Thursday, Drexel found itself trailing by just two points as the smoke cleared from a 23-10 rally that brought the Dragons back from a 13-point deficit. Gabriela Marginean led the way with a game-high 15 points and a team-high nine rebound for the Dragons, while Kira Karlstrom and Narissa Suber eached tallied 11 in the contest. Karlstrom hit a long three-pointer from five feet behind the arc to make it a 43-41 Hofstra lead with 2:53 left in the game, this was the closest Drexel had been to the Pride since the start of the contest. Seconds later, after a pair of free-throws by Hofstra’s Cigi McCollin, Karlstrom hit an off-balance jumper in the lane to put the lead back at two points. A steal by Anora Suber at the defensive end set up Marginean’s layup attempt which would have tied a game that looked to be out of the Dragons’ reach early on. Against Northeastern, the Dragons led by three at halftime, 27-24, but 11 second half turnovers allowed the Huskies to outscore the Dragons 40-26 in the second stanza. Narissa Suber scored a game-high 23 points for Drexel on 8-of-17 shooting. She was the only Dragon in double figures. The Dragons will visit a tough James Madison squad on Thursday before they host Old Dominion on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (7-8, 1-4 CAA):
George Mason opened the week with a non-conference win over Brown, 73-50, on Tuesday, before falling to James Madison, 68-38, on Thursday. The Patriots also dropped a 70-57 decision to conference rival Georgia State on Sunday. Against Brown, junior forward Moni Akintunde collected her 11th career double-double with game highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. She shot 8-for-11 from the floor, including a 2-of-3 showing from deep. Tracy Ann Holness and Casey Quigley also each added 12 points. Lateisha Wade handed out a game-high four assists. Whitney Ward registered eight points on 3-of-3 shooting, including one trey, and a free-throw. On Thursday, Mason hosted James Madison and was led by junior forward Moni Akintunde with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Patriots scored more points at the foul line (20) than from the floor (18). Mason hit only 19.6 percent of its field-goal attempts. On their home court, Mason was led by Akintunde as she tallied her third-straight double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) against Georgia State. She pushed her career total to 13. Holness led all scorers with 19 points as she shot 6-of-13 on the night and had a flawless showing at the line (5-of-5). She also dished out four assists. Quigley was the third Patriot to score in double figures as she registered a season-high 16 points. Mason will return to action when the Patriots host Old Dominion on Thursday and it will visit Towson on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (10-6, 2-3 CAA):
Georgia State split its two games last week, losing at Old Dominion, 75-54, and winning at George Mason, 70-57. The win over George Mason snapped the Panthers’ two-game losing streak and gave State its first conference road win of the year. The Panthers’ 10 victories have already eclipsed their win total (9) from last season. It’s also the fastest the team has posted double-digit wins (16 games) since the 2003-04 season. Senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen led Georgia State with 19 points and seven rebounds at Old Dominion and had a team-high six assists. Sophomore guard Brittany Hollins finished with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. State’s 16 first-half points at ODU tied its season low. Freshman guard Tabitha David scored 14 of her team-high 18 points in the second half against George Mason. Roegiers-Jensen finished with 14 and tied for game-high honors with eight assists. Hollins contributed 14 points and tied for game-high honors with eight assists. Freshman forward/center RaShay Rawls came off the bench to add a career-high 12 points, her first double-digit outing this season, and a team second-best seven boards. Sophomore center Marcquitta Head collected a game-high 13 rebounds. Georgia State held George Mason to four field goals in the first half en route to a 30-21 halftime lead. State used a 24-4 run midway through the second period to post the victory. Roegiers-Jensen and David combined for four 3-pointers and Rawls chipped in five points during the spurt. Georgia State is 10-0 when three or more players score 10 points or more. Roegiers-Jensen needs 19 three-pointers to break the career school record set last year (131) by Monica Thomas. David has made at lease one three-point basket in every game she has played (14). She has 36 on the season which is eighth in the Panthers single-season record books. State is scoring 17 more points per game since moving Hollins to the point and inserting David into the starting lineup. The Panthers will visit UNC Wilmington on Thursday before hosting VCU on Sunday.
HOFSTRA (13-3, 3-2 CAA):
Hofstra snuck past Drexel on Thursday evening by a score of 46-45 at the DAC in Philadelphia, while the Pride fell to Old Dominion, 74-59, on Sunday. Senior guard Cigi McCollin scored 12 points against the Dragons and senior forward Lizanne Murphy added 10 rebounds. Murphy added seven points to her game-high rebounding total, while Gidden added 10 points and six rebounds in the contest. Williams added seven points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists in her third start of the season. McCollin put the Pride back up four with two free throws, and then Karlstrom hit another clutch shot, a fallaway jumper from the right side with 1:30 left to make the score 45-43 in favor of Hofstra. After McCollin missed a three-pointer with just over a minute left, a driving layup from Marginean was off the mark and Williams sank one of two free throws to account for the margin of victory in Hofstra's 46-45 victory. Against the Lady Monarchs, Hofstra fell behind by 21 points in the second half before McCollin fueled a Pride comeback that saw Hofstra cut the deficit to 10 with just over three minutes left. McCollin scored 11 points during a 20-9 Hofstra run that nearly got the ODU lead under 10 points. With her 20 points against ODU, McCollin became just the eighth player in school history to reach 1,400 career points as she now has 1,416 points during her career. Gidden and Murphy also reached career milestones over the weekend as Gidden moved into fifth place all-time in rebounds with 777 and Murphy appeared in her 100th straight game against the Lady Monarchs. Murphy was the only other member of the Pride to average in double figures this week as she averaged 11.5 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds in Hofstra’s two games. McCollin averaged 16 points and 4.5 rebounds. Hofstra travels to Towson on Thursday before hosting Delaware on Sunday in a game that will be televised regionally by Madison Square Garden Network.
JAMES MADISON (13-2, 5-0 CAA):
James Madison improved to 5-0 in conference play with a 68-38 win at George Mason on Thursday and a 76-51 victory at home over William & Mary on Sunday. Four James Madison players scored in double figures as the Dukes finished-up a stretch of six road games in Fairfax. Senior center Meredith Alexis and junior forward Tamera Young led all players with 13 points apiece. Senior guard Lesley Dickinson and senior forward Shirley McCall each finished with 12 points. Alexis, who had a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) by halftime, finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. She increased her career records to 1,103 rebounds, 53 double-doubles and 64 double-figure rebounding games. It was her 12th double-double of the season. In the Dukes’ 19th straight home victory, Young scored a career-high 33 points. Her 33 points were two away from the school record, which has stood since 1979. Young is the fourth member of the team to have a 30-point game in her career, joining Dickinson (31), Alexis (31, 30, 30) and McCall (30). Six of the 18 30-or-more point games in JMU history have been scored by members of the 2006-07 team. McCall joined Young in the double-digits and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Andrea Benvenuto handed out a game-high eight assists. Alexis finished with a game high 12 rebounds, extending her career records to 1,115 rebounds and 66 double-figure rebounding games. The win over the William & Mary, JMU snapped the Tribe’s seven-game winning streak. JMU has stopped opponent winning streaks of five or more games six times this season. The Dukes handed a 5-0 Liberty team (Nov. 29) and a 6-0 Virginia Commonwealth squad (Dec. 3) their first defeats of the year. Wake Forest (Dec. 21) saw its seven-game winning streak end, Towson (Jan. 4) had a five-game string of wings stopped, and Georgia State’s (Jan. 7) six-game streak ended. JMU was among the teams receiving votes in last week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll. That marked the first time the Dukes have been mentioned in a national poll since the 2000-01 season, when JMU received votes in both polls on Feb. 20. The Dukes will play four of their next five at home, hoping to extend their fourth ranked home winning streak. JMU will host Drexel on Thursday before visiting UNCW Wilmington on Sunday. The contest at UNC Wilmington will be a homecoming for Young, who went to Wilmington’s Laney High School.
UNC WILMINGTON (5-10, 1-3 CAA):
UNC Wilmington dropped a pair of CAA contests on the road last week. The Seahawks fell to William & Mary, 60-50, on Thursday, before losing a 56-55 heartbreaker at VCU. Against the Tribe, senior guard Lori Drake led UNCW with 15 points and 10 rebounds, her fifth double-double this season, while sophomore forward Sahsha Taylor added 14 points and eight boards. The Seahawks gave the ball away 24 times, which led to 27 Tribe points. UNCW did not score a basket until nearly four minutes into the half when Drake hit a layup with 16:17 showing on the clock. In Richmond, the Seahawks received 21 points from Drake, but it was not enough as UNCW lost its second road-game last week. With 10.3 seconds left in the game, Hollingsworth missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Greta Luksyte grabbed the rebound and passed it to Smith, who missed the shot. Taylor grabbed the rebound, but could not get the ball to go in the basket as time expired. UNCW took a 24-22 advantage into the locker room at halftime, just the sixth time this season that the Seahawks have led after the first period. Drake led all scorers, while teammates Sahsha Taylor (13) and Alex Stewart (10) also registered double-figure points. The Seahawks will entertain Georgia State and James Madison this weekend at Trask Coliseum in a pair of conference games.
NORTHEASTERN (3-13, 2-3 CAA):
The Huskies opened the week with a 65-43 loss at Delaware, but rebounded with a 64-53 win over Drexel at home. Northeastern, which dressed just seven players due to injuries, got 11 points from Kim Carr on Thursday. Shaleyse Smallwood added nine points and Ashlee Feldman and Lucia Pablos each contributed eight. The Huskies, who lost to Delaware for the ninth straight time, have now lost three of their last four games and fell to 1-7 on the road this season. Northeastern hit just 33 percent of its shots from the field (14 of 42) for the game and were just 4 of 20 in the opening half. On their home court, the Huskies shot 52.4 percent (22-of-42) from the field and were 7-of-11 from beyond the arc to record a victory over the Dragons on Sunday. The Huskies got all-around performances from almost their entire lineup. All three of the Husky guards played well on the perimeter led by Shaleyse Smallwood who scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting with five assists. Ashlee Feldman poured in 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the 3-point line. Lucia Pablos posted a game-high eight assists and came up with three steals and three boards. Down low, NU had solid play from forwards Stefanie Hodell and Kim Carr. Hodell pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and scored eight points while Carr added eight boards and eight points. Thanks to the pair, NU outrebounded the Dragons 32-to-23. The Huskies will visit VCU in Richmond on Thursday before appearing in their first televised game of the season on Sunday when they play William & Mary in Williamsburg. The game against the Tribe will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and CN8 Boston and is scheduled to tip at 5:00 p.m.
OLD DOMINION (8-7, 4-0 CAA):
Old Dominion have won five straight as they continue to be unbeaten in conference play. The Lady Monarchs recorded a 75-54 victory over a visiting Georgia State squad on Thursday and then defeated Hofstra, 74-59, on Sunday. On Thursday, Lady Monarch three-point specialist T.J. Jordan, who only connected on two shots from downtown, hit her second and final three to give Old Dominion a 67-42 lead with 6:38 left. Three Lady Monarchs reached double digits in the victory led by senior Sherida Triggs with 16. Williams poured in 15 while senior Tish Lyons added in 10 from off the bench. Sophomore Jazzmin Walters dished out eight assists and registered four steals, tying career highs in both categories. Old Dominion outrebounded Georgia State, 47-31. Although junior Tamara Ransburg also notched two points, she hauled in a game-high nine boards. The Lady Monarchs closed out a three-game home stand with the win over the Pride on Sunday as six ODU players reached double figures. Ransburg collected her first double-double as a Lady Monarch as she finished the game with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan registered 15 points along with five assists. Redshirt sophomore Tiffany Green added in 11, while Williams and Triggs each netted 10. Old Dominion won the battle of the boards, 40-36, after being outrebounded in the first half, 23-15. The Lady Monarchs also shot a season-best 52.9 percent (27-of-51) from the field. From the line, Old Dominion overcame its 42.9 percent showing in the first half to hit 11-of-12 in the second half to connect for 91.7 percent. The Pride were the fifth team Old Dominion has faced this season receiving votes in the national polls. The Lady Monarchs hit the road for their next two games. They travel to George Mason on Thursday and Drexel on Sunday to close out the season series with the Dragons.
TOWSON (11-4, 2-3 CAA):
The Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak as they defeated VCU, 74-68, in a conference match-up on Wednesday, before falling to Delaware, 77-45, on Sunday. Senior Kelly Robinson needed only one point to become the 13th Towson women’s basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone and finished the night with 16 points against the Rams. Playing in her 100th career game, Robinson entered the game with 999 points. She wasted little time scoring her 1,000th point as she nailed a jumper with 18:12 left in the first half to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Robinson is the 13th player in Towson history to score 1,000 career points. Junior guard Holly Mahan helped the Tigers build their halftime lead by scoring 11 of her team high 17 points in the first half and finished with her fourth double-double of the season adding 10 rebounds. Baker-Brice added 12 points, a career high eight assists and four steals while sophomore guard Alis Freeman had six points, six rebounds and seven assists. The Tigers tied a season low for points in their loss to Delaware on Sunday. It was only the third time this year the Tigers have allowed more than 70 points. Towson was held without a field goal for nearly eight minutes in the first half and trailed by 41-18 at intermission, only after trailing by one point (14-13) at the 11:00 mark in the first half. The Blue Hens led as many as 40, marking the Tigers’ largest deficit of the season. Baker-Brice led the Tigers with nine points before suffering a knee injury with just over eight minutes left in the second half. Earlier in the stanza, Robinson left the game with a head injury and did not return. She scored seven points prior to the injury. Towson will host a pair of CAA games this week, entertaining Hofstra on Thursday evening and George Mason on Sunday afternoon.
VCU (8-7, 1-4 CAA):
The Rams lost for the seventh time in eight games as they fell to Towson, 74-68, on Wednesday, but snapped a three-game losing streak as they snuck past UNC Wilmington on Sunday, 56-55. Against the Tigers, junior forward Krystal Vaughn led four VCU players who scored in double figures as she tallied 19 points with eight rebounds. Sophomore Quanitra Hollingsworth added 12 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard LaKea Jones contributed season highs of 11 points and seven assists. Senior guard Michele Cosel also scored 11 points. Despite trailing by as many as 16 points, the Rams pulled to within four, at 70-66 on steal and layup by Jones with 1:27 on the clock, the closest VCU had been since the 18:48 mark of the second half. On their home court, the Rams were led by Hollingsworth as she poured in 14 points and grabbed six rebounds against the Seahawks. She also posted a career-high four steals and a season-best four blocked shots. Vaugh added nine points and eight rebounds in the win. The Rams led by three points, 56-53, after Quanitra Hollingsworth made two free throws with 3:11 left in the game, Sahsha Taylor got to the free throw line and sank both of her attempts making the score 56-55 with 2:26 remaining. Sunday’s contest against UNCW also marked the 100th game of Rams’ Head Coach Beth Cunningham’s career. She is 44-56 overall. Freshman guard Kita Waller, who had seen a total of 39 minutes all season, played the final 12 against the Seahawks and provided career-highs of five points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal to spark VCU as it rallied back from 12 points down to capture the victory over the Seahawks. Senior guard Michele Cosel needs four three-pointers to reach 100 for her career. She would be just the fifth Ram to do so. Cosel’s next game will also be her 100th of her career. She is VCU’s active leader in points, steals and games played. The Rams shot 62 percent (13-of-21) in the second half against UNCW. VCU will host Northeastern before visiting Georgia State on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (11-5, 3-2 CAA):
The Tribe extended its winnings streak to seven games on Thursday when William & Mary defeated UNC Wilmington 60-50 at home. The Green and Gold’s winning streak, which was one short of the school record set during the 1980-81 season, was snapped with a 76-51 loss at James Madison on Sunday. The Tribe’s 11-4 start was the program’s best start since the 1993-94 season. Reigning Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Year Kyra Kaylor scored 19 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field while adding 11 rebounds to lead the William and Mary women’s basketball team to a victory over UNC Wilmington. Kaylor moved up to sevenths on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,158 points. The Tribe went on to build a 17-point advantage, its largest lead of the game after a basket from Katie Tausanovitch with 11:49 left in the second half. Devin James added 15 points, while Courtney Portell registered 10. James dished out a game-high five assists and grabbed four steals. Against the Dukes, W&M finished the half with an 11-3 scoring run that cut the lead to 15, 39-24, at intermission. William and Mary was unable to recover from their 15-point halftime deficit as JMU maintained a solid lead throughout the second half. The Tribe was led by junior guard/forward Devin James with 20 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Courtney Portell also finished in double-digits with 13 points. Freshman Tiffany Benson has 35 blocks this season, tied for fourth on William & Mary’s single-season list. The Tribe return to the court on Thursday when they visit Delaware. William & Mary will host Northeastern on Sunday. The game against the Huskies will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and CN8 Boston and is scheduled to tip at 5:00 p.m.