QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• Three teams enter the week with a perfect CAA record: Delaware, James Madison and Old Dominion. The Dukes and the Blue Hens are 7-0 and the Lady Monarchs are 6-0. Drexel is still in search of its first conference win of the season.
• James Madison will host Delaware on Thursday night. The two undefeatd teams in CAA play will battle it out in Harrisonburg. The Dukes will also look to extend their 20-game winning streak at home.
• Hofstra versus James Madison will be televised on SNY and WAZT-TV (Woodstock,Va.) on Sunday. The scheduled tip-off is for 3 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will air the game between the Dukes and the Pride at 11:00 p.m. on tape delay. The contest will feature head coach Kenny Brooks and former JMU assistant and current Hofstra head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST WEEK:
• Georgia State split on the week, but only after playing in at least one overtime per each.
• James Madison and Old Dominion are both on a seven game winning streak, while Delaware follows close behind winning six straight.
• JMU’s Meredith Alexis became the CAA All-Time career rebounder as she passed ODU’s Celeste Hill (1990-94). Hill held the record with 1,125 career rebounds, while Alexis finished the week with 1,135.
Co-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Tyresa Smith • DelawareDover, Del./Polytech, Sr., Guard
Delaware senior guard Tyresa Smith earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season after averaging 26.0 points per game and leading the Blue Hens to a pair of conference wins over William & Mary and Hofstra. The senior guard registered 21 points in the win over the Tribe and followed that performance with a career-high 31 points in the victory on the road over the Pride. She also averaged 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game.
Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen • Georgia StatePetersburg, Fla./Boca Ciega, Sr., Guard
Georgia State senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen received CAA Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after averaging 31.0 points per game last week. In the Panthers double-overtime win against UNC Wilmington, Roegiers-Jensen played the entire 50 minutes and poured in a career-high 30 points. She then finished the week with a career-high 32 points in the overtime loss to VCU on Sunday, including the game-tying three-pointer to send it into an extra session. The senior averaged 6.0 assists and 3.5 steals a game last week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Shanae Baker-Brice • TowsonWashington, D.C./Theodore Roosevelt, Fr., Guard
Towson guard Shanae Baker-Brice earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this season as she averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game last week. She helped the Tigers to a 1-1 record last week, only after returning to the line-up after suffering a tough knee injury against Delaware a week ago. The freshman guard shot 53.8 percent from the floor (14-of-26). She was 90 percent from the free throw line (9-of-10).
CAA No. 10 IN SEVENTH 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. 21. 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, leads the CAA ranked at 22. James Madison follows at #24, while Hofstra jumped in front of Old Dominion (#56) to #48. Towson edges the Top 100 at #105 heading into this week’s play.
RECEIVING VOTES: Both Delaware and James Madison received votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Blue Hens received 21 votes, while the Dukes earned five 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 AP Top 25 Poll and USA Today Coaches Polls.
HOW LONG CAN THEY GO?: Currently, James Madison and Old Dominion are on a league-high seven-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 and currently owns a six-game winning streak. James Madison just recently snapped William & Mary’s seven game winning streak on Jan. 14.
SPOILING THE FUN: 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 20 games, which is ranked fifth in the nation. The streak dates back to last season, when the Dukes posted a 13-0 record at home. Hofstra had their 11 game-winning streak at home snapped as Delaware defeated the Pride on Sunday. Delaware extended their regular season home winning streak against non-league opponents to 20 games, which dates back to the 2002-03 season.
THINK PINK: The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has encouraged its membership, all coaching staffs and game day support staffs to help unify the women’s basketball world in a show of support for all coaches in our profession who are battling cancer throughout the weekend of Jan. 26-28. All coaches have been asked to wear pink on the bench and to promote this weekend with their players and fans as they see fit. All are joining together to educate, create awareness and motivate everyone to learn about cancer prevention.
RECORD SETTERS: James Madison’s Meredith Alexis finished Thursday’s contest against Drexel with 1,128 career rebounds, which placed her atop the CAA All-Time Records--currently with 1,135. The 6-0 center entered the season listed seventh with 930 career rebounds.
1,000 POINT CLUB: The CAA has 11 active players who have reached the 1,000 career-point club. Four players on the James Madison squad and three Hofstra members have reached the special plateau, while Delaware, William & Mary, Georgia State and Towson each have one active player on the list.
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. Sunday’s match up of Hofstra at James Madison will be broadcast on WAZT-TV (Woodstock, Va.) and SportsNet New York (SNY) at 3 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will show the game on tape delay at 11 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.
KILBURN-STEVESKEY AMONG TOP FIRST-YEAR COACHES: Hofstra first-year head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, who as guided the Pride to a 14-4 mark this season, currently owns the third-best overall record among head coaches who are coaching their first year at their current insitution. She follows Dave Magarity of Army and Sharon Versym of Purdue. Kilburn-Steveskey has the best record of all true first-year women’s basketball head coaches as Magarity, who coached the Marist men’s squad for 23 years, is in his first season as a head coach of the Black Knights.
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 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS WITH GIRL SCOUTS: For the 13th consecutive season, the CAA and Girl Scouts of the USA are teaming up for the "Be Your Best" partnership. Each CAA institution has designated a women’s basketball game this season as "Girl Scout Appreciation Day", with the goal of teaching girls the many benefits that can be gained from participating in athletics. Virginia Commonwealth and Delaware will host their respective "Girl Scout Appreciation Day’s" this weekend at their Sunday contests.
DELAWARE (16-2, 7-0 CAA):
DREXEL (5-13, 0-7 CAA):
Drexel fell in tough pair of CAA contests as they struggled to find their first conference win of the season. The Dragons dropped a 84-63 contest to the Dukes of James Madison before falling to Old Dominion, 83-51. Six of Drexel’s seven losses have been to the top five teams in the conference including two against defending champion Old Dominion. The Dragons have played just one conference game against a team with a losing record. Drexel’s CAA opponents have a combined conference record of 26-8, while the remaining conference opponents that Drexel has yet to play have a combined record of 11-23. The Dukes made just one more field goal than the Dragons in the contest on Thursday, but they stepped to the free-throw line 28 times in the second half and converted 24 free tosses. Gabriela Marginean led the Dragons with 23 points and eight rebounds in the loss. The Dukes, who came into the game averaging just under four three-pointers per game made five in the first half on eight attempts. Narissa Suber and Marginean combined for 25 of the Dragons' season-high 35 first-half points. Suber and Lupariello combined for four three-pointers which helped keep the Dukes from running away in the early parts of the game. On Sunday, the Dragons faced the Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion on their home court. ODU held Drexel to only six field goals in the opening half as the Dragons made their first basket at the 14:58 mark. The Dragons never got closer than 16 in the second half. Marginean led her team with 15 points and seven rebounds. Narissa Suber added in 14 points while committing nine turnovers. Marginean finished the week averaging 19.0 points per game and shot 52.2 percent from the field. The Dragons will host Towson on Thursday before visiting Georgia State on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (7-10, 1-6 CAA):
George Mason went 0-2 last week as they fell to a tough Old Dominion squad, 69-49, on Thursday and dropped a 64-54 decision on the road at Towson on Sunday. Mason junior guard Lateisha Wade came off the bench to score a team-high and game second-best 16 points, which included a 7-of-8 showing at the charity stripe against the Lady Monarchs. Senior forward Tracy Ann Holness shot 6-of-11 from the field for a team second-best 13 points, while Moni Akintunde added 10 points and seven boards for the Patriots. Mason held ODU to just 69 points after the Lady Monarchs came into tonight's game averaging 75.0 points per game in conference contests. At the end of the night, rebounds were even at 37, but ODU had been outrebounding its league opponents by an average of 6.3 rebounds per game. The Patriots also shot 78 percent from the line (14-of-18), while ODU was 12-of-12 (55 percent). On Sunday, the Patriots hung tight with some very accurate free throw shooting against the Tigers. Led by junior Whitney Ward, who went 12-for-12, the Patriots shot 25-for-29 from the free throw line. As a team, Mason shot a season-high 86 percent (25-of-29) from the free throw line at Towson. Ward, who came off the bench for the Patriots, finished the game with a team-high 17 points, while Holness added 11. Akintunde pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. Mason will host Northeastern on Thursday in search of their second conference victory. The Patriots will visit Delaware on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (11-7, 3-4 CAA):
Georgia State split on the week, but only after playing at least one overtime in each of the outings--marking the first time in GSU has played back-to-back overtime games in school history. The Panthers defeated UNC Wilmington, 78-76, in double overtime on Thursday before falling to VCU, 75-64, in overtime at home on Sunday. The contest marked the third overtime game this season for the Panthers, who last had 3 OT contests in a year back in 1984-85. State has never had four OT games in a season. Leading 75-74 in double overtime, sophomore guard Brittany Hollins stole the ball and raced down the court for a layup with two minutes left, and junior center Vatai Smith added a free throw with 10 seconds remaining to lift Georgia State to a 78-76 victory over UNCW. Georgia State senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen tied her career-high with 30 points to lead all scorers. Hollins finished with 12 and freshman guard Tabitha David poured in 10 points in the second half. Junior guard Keisha Monroe tallied 10 points off the bench. Freshman forward Danyiell McKeller led Georgia State with a career-high 13 boards. The win over UNCW opened a two-game win streak for the Panthers and gave Georgia State back-to-back conference road wins for the first time. Against VCU, Roegiers-Jensen nailed a 3-point basket with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, but the Rams out scored the Panthers 13-2 in the extra frame. Roegiers-Jensen scored a career-high 32 points, including 18 in the second period, to keep State close after trailing 30-26 at halftime. Sophomore center Marcquitta Head registered 16 points and McKeller hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds. Roegiers-Jensen is the first Georgia State player to post back-to-back 30-point games since Leslie McElrath totaled 32 and 31 points in games 8 and 9, respectively, of the 1999-2000 season. Georgia State is 11-0 when three or more players score 10 points or more, but 0-7 when less than three players score in double figures. Roegiers-Jensen needs 10 three-pointers to break the career school record set last year (131) by Monica Thomas. The Panthers will host William & Mary on Thursday and Drexel on Sunday for a pair of CAA contests.
HOFSTRA (14-4, 4-3 CAA):
The Pride were victorious over Towson, 56-49, on Thursday night. Hofstra returned home in hopes of extending its 11-game winning streak, but was unable to when Delaware rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat the Pride, 67-59, in front of a school record 3,040 fans. Against Towson, senior center Vanessa Gidden had 17 points and nine rebounds and senior forward Lizanne Murphy added nine points and 16 rebounds. Hofstra, which has now won three of its last four games. Senior forward Lana Harshaw and Murphy combined for 15 of Hofstra's 22 first half points as the rest of the Pride combined to shoot just 2-17 from the field. Murphy added eight rebounds in the opening twenty minutes as Hofstra held a 21-15 rebounding lead in the half and scored 11 of their first 13 points in the game via second chance opportunities. Murphy tied her season-high in rebounds and fell one rebound shot of tying her career-high, while leading Hofstra with four assists. McCollin ended the game with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Harshaw finished with 10 points. On Sunday, Hofstra would host CAA-leading Delaware and give the Blue Hens all they could handle before dropping a 67-59 decision. The game occurred in front of a Hofstra Women's Basketball record 3,040 fans as part of "Girl Scout Day", and eclipsed the previous record of 2,713 fans against Virginia Commonwealth on January 30, 2005. Gidden posted her fourth double-double of the season for the Pride with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, but it was not enough as Delaware rebounded from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Hofstra. The loss ended the Pride's school record 11-game home court win streak and with the win over Hofstra back on January 4 and the win on Sunday by the Blue Hens, Delaware has now ended Hofstra's overall school record win streak (10 games) and the home court streak. Senior forward Lana Harshaw tied Gidden for team-high honors with 19 points in the contest against the Blue Hens, including 15 points in the opening twenty minutes. Hofstra returns to action on Thursday when they host UNC Wilmington at Noon on "What I Want To Be Day" and then they will travel to James Madison on Sunday for a 3 p.m. contest. The game against the Dukes will be televised live on SportsNet New York and WAZT-TV (Woodstock, Va.), while Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will show the game on tape delay at 11 p.m.
JAMES MADISON (15-2, 7-0 CAA):
The Dukes went 2-0 last week with wins over Drexel, 84-63, and UNC Wilmington, 75-69. James Madison senior center Meredith Alexis had game highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds and set the league career rebounding record as the Dukes beat Drexel 84-63 on Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center. Alexis snagged her 1,128th rebound, beating the former CAA record of 1,125 held by Old Dominion's Celeste Hill (1990-94). Four other JMU players also scored in double figures. Senior guard Lesley Dickinson hit 16 and junior forward Tamera Young made 13. Senior guard Andrea Benvenuto scored 12 points, while senior guard/forward Shirley McCall added 10. It was JMU's 20th straight win at the Convocation Center. On Sunday, the Dukes won their seventh consecutive game and posted their 13th victory in their last 14 contests with a victory against the Seahawks. The Dukes and the Seahawks were tied at halftime, which is only the fourth time overall and the first time in a CAA game the Dukes did not lead at intermission this season. McCall poured in a season-high 23 points to lead five players in double figures. McCall connected on 11-of-15 field goals and added a free throw for her game-high total, seven points better than her previous best of 16 points at Georgia State on Jan. 7. With her 23 points, McCall passed the 1,000-point career mark, joining Alexis, Young and Dickinson. It’s the most 1,000-point scorers ever on one JMU team. Young added 15 points, Benvenuto and Alexis had 12 apiece, and Dickinson scored 10 for the Dukes. Benvenuto had her second 10-assist game of the year and her third career 10-assist game as she moved into fourth place on JMU’s career assist list with 486. She only needs two assists to jump on the CAA All-Time career assist records. For the past two games all of JMU’s starters scored in double figures--that has happened only in one other game this season. James Madison’s seven wins on its opponents’ courts matches the Dukes’ seven road wins last season. It’s the most wins since JMU won eight times on its opponents’ courts in 2000-01. Alexis now has recorded 13 double-doubles on the season, her school-record 54th career double-double and her school-record 66th career double-figure rebounding game. The Dukes will play three games at home, hoping to extend their fifth ranked home winning streak. JMU will host undefeated CAA foe Delaware on Thursday before hosting Hofstra on Sunday for a televised contest. The game against the Pride will be televised live on SportsNet New York and WAZT-TV (Woodstock, Va.), while Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will show the game on tape delay at 11 p.m. JMU will complete their three-game home stretch when they host Old Dominion, also undefeated in conference play, on Feb. 1.
UNC WILMINGTON (5-12, 1-5 CAA):
UNC Wilmington fell in a tough 78-76 double overtime outing against Georgia State at home on Thursday and then went point-for-point with James Madison on Sunday, but fell short by a score of 75-69. UNCW has now lost five straight games and nine of its last 10, including its last three by a total of nine points. In their two outings last week, the Seahawks scored 76 and 69 points, which were the most scored this year. For the first time this season, three players for UNCW ended the game against the Panthers with double-doubles led by Lori Drake as she recorded a career-best 24 points along with a career-high 18 rebounds, for her team-best seventh double-double of the season. Sahsha Taylor notched a career-best 16 boards and season-high 16 points, and Alex Stewart finished with 12 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double-figures for the Seahawks was Denise Lawrence, who came off the bench to add a season best 13 points. A layup by Drake cut the score to 78-76 and Lawrence grabbed a rebound with 6.2 seconds left in the game, but missed a layup as time expired. On Sunday, in a game that saw the two teams shoot well, JMU finally took control in the final minute before closing out the win. The Seahawks made 27-of-48 shots for 56.3 percent from the floor, which is the highest percentage this season for UNCW, while the Dukes converted 30-of-58 field goals for 51.7 percent in the only regular season meeting between the two clubs. In the first half against JMU, the Seahawks shot 60 percent, which is the highest field goal percentage for a half this season. Taylor matched her season-high with 16 points to lead four players in double digits for the Seahawks. Drake chipped in 13 points, sophomore guard Shade Smith contributed a career-high 13 points and Stewart had 11 for UNCW. Drake finished the week averaging a double-double with 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds. The Seahawks will play five of their next seven games on the road starting with a pair of road contests this week. UNCW will visit Hofstra for a Noon outing on Thursday before visiting Northeastern on Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (3-15, 2-5 CAA):
Northeastern overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to climb back to within two points but couldn't get the win as the Huskies fell, 80-74, to Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday night at the Alltel Pavilion. The Huskies looked for their fourth conference win when they visiting William & Mary on Sunday, but fell short 58-49 in the road contest. Shaleyse Smallwood led three Huskies in double figures with a game-high and career-best 31 points and was the first Husky since Maralene Zwarich in 2004 to score 30 points in a game. Ashlee Feldman posted 23 points as she became the fifth player in NU history to record 100-career 3-pointers. Feldman was 4-of-11 from behind the arc and now has 103 long balls in her career. Lucia Pablos added 11 points and six assists. The Huskies outscored VCU, 44-40, in the second half. On Sunday, Lucia Pablos scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and Shaleyse Smallwood added 12 points against the Tribe. William & Mary, who rank 11th in the nation in shooting percentage defense, held the Huskies to 49 points on 39.6 percent shooting. The Huskies outworked W&M on the boards, 29-28, but couldn't turn their hustle into points. Playing with only seven players for the fourth straight game and with three Huskies playing all 40 minutes, a tired NU squad played hard wire-to-wire but couldn't come up with the win. The Huskies will visit George Mason on Thursday before hosting UNC Wilmington on Sunday in Boston.
OLD DOMINION (10-7, 6-0 CAA):
The Old Dominion women’s basketball team extended its win streak to seven as they picked up road wins at George Mason and Drexel last week. On Thursday, the Lady Monarchs picked up their 40th straight win over the Patriots with a 69-49 win. George Mason is one of five CAA teams that have yet to hand Old Dominion a loss. The Lady Monarchs led 38-17 at the intermission marking the third time this season ODU has held an opponent to under 20 points at the half. The Lady Monarchs were just three points shy of scoring their most points in a first half. Junior guard T.J. Jordan scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the opening-half connecting on five three-pointers. Junior Tay Ransburg also hauled in six of her game-high eight boards in the opening stanza. Sherida Triggs poured in 14, with 10 of those points coming in the second half. Ransburg netted 10 and was just two boards shy of her second straight double-double. Also narrowly missing a double-double was Green who scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Patriots were held to 29.6 from the field, the second lowest field goal percentage by an ODU opponent in 2006-07. The game also marked the fourth time the Lady Monarchs held an opponent to under 50 points in a game this season. On Sunday, Old Dominion closed out the season series with Drexel by handing the Dragons an 83-51 loss. The 83 points scored by the Lady Monarchs were the most netted by the team this season. The team also collected a season-high 22 steals. Additionally, the Dragons turned the ball over 30 times for the second time against the Lady Monarchs this season, which resulted in 46 Old Dominion points. The game opened with the Lady Monarchs taking an 11-0 run and never looking back. The Lady Monarchs held as much as a 21-point lead late in the first half en-route to a 37-18 advantage. It was the fourth time this year Old Dominion has held an opponent to under 20 at the half and the third time against an opponent from the CAA. Three Lady Monarchs were in double figures led by Jordan with 18 points. Senior Tish Lyons poured in 13 from off the bench, while Ransburg dropped in 12. Senior Sherida Triggs led Old Dominion on the boards with seven. The Lady Monarchs, who are a perfect 6-0 in league action, return home this week to host Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday and William & Mary on Sunday. On Thursday, Old Dominion closes out the season series with Virginia Commonwealth after defeating the Rams 81-70 back on January 4th in the first meeting.
TOWSON (12-5, 3-4 CAA):
For the second straight week, the Tigers split a pair of CAA games to improve their record to 12-5 on the season. After losing a tough 56-49 decision to long-time rival Hofstra on Thursday night, the Tigers used a total team effort to beat George Mason by 64-54 on Sunday afternoon. The win snapped Towson’s two-game losing streak. Freshman guard Shanae Baker-Brice returned to the lineup against Hofstra after suffering a tough knee bruise in the loss to Delaware last Sunday. She scored 19 points by making 8-of-14 field goal attempts in the loss to Hofstra while playing 36 minutes. In the victory over George Mason on Sunday, Baker-Brice recorded her fifth 20-point game this season when she scored a game-high 21 points along with six rebounds, six assists and six steals. She averaged 20.0 points per game last week while making 53.8 per cent of her field goal attempts. She was also 9-for-10 from the foul line in the victory over the Patriots. Senior forward Kelly Robinson moved into 12th place on the Tigers’ career scoring list after tallying 25 points in two games last week. She had 10 points in the loss against Hofstra on Thursday before recording 15 points against George Mason. Robinson was 3-of-7 from the field, but made all nine free throw attempts in the victory. As a team, the Tigers shot a seasonal-high 83.3 percent from the foul line in the win. In the win over George Mason, the Tigers missed all nine of their three-point attempts, marking the first time since the 2001-2002 season they have gone through a game without connecting on a three-pointer. It snapped a streak of 149 consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal. The Tigers had four players score in double figures in the win over Mason, marking the second time this season the team has accomplished that feat. The Tigers’ five starters accounted for 51 of the 64 points in the win over the Patriots on Sunday. The Tigers begin a two-game road trip on Thursday night when they travel to Drexel. On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers will travel to Richmond for their second game against Virginia Commonwealth this season. Towson defeated VCU by a 74-68 margin in the Towson Center two weeks ago.
VCU (10-7, 3-4 CAA):
The Rams won their second and third straight games as they defeated Northeastern at home, 80-74, on Thursday and then defeated Georgia State, 75-64, in overtime on the road. Virginia Commonwealth University junior forward Krystal Vaughn scored six of her 16 points in the final 2:10 to lead the offensive-minded Rams. Four players scored in double-figures for the Rams, who set season-highs for points, field goal percentage (53.1) and assists (25) in the contest. Senior guard Michele Cosel, playing in her 100th career game, added 14 points and five assists for the Black and Gold, while senior forward Miranda Smith and freshman guard La’Tavia Rorie had 11 points and seven rebounds apiece. The Black and Gold’s nearly 20-point margin was trimmed to just 72-70 when NU’s Shaleyse Smallwood nailed a layup with 2:29 showing. On Sunday, Smith hit a go-ahead layup at the 4:07 mark in overtime, while Cosel and junior forward Krystal Vaughn combined for nine points in the extra period to lift the Rams over the Panthers. It was the second straight year that VCU and GSU have gone into extra sessions. Smith, who had six points and six rebounds, snapped the game’s 11th and final tie when she converted a bucket off a Vaughn assist to give the Rams a 66-64 edge. Vaughn finished with 16 points for the Rams, knocking down 6-of-9 field goals. Cosel kicked in 14, while Jones added 13 points and six assists. Cosel drilled a trio of three-pointers against the Panthers, giving her 101 for her career and moving her into a fourth-place tie with former teammate Meagan Evans on the Black and Gold’s career list. Sophomore center Quanitra Hollingsworth had 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 29 seconds left in regulation. It is her third double-double of the year and the 17 th of her career, moving her into sole possession of fifth place on VCU’s career list. It is also the third time in as many games against Georgia State that she has logged a double-double. The Rams will visit Old Dominion to close out the regular-season series on Thursday before hosting Towson for a second contest this season on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (12-6, 4-3 CAA):
The Tribe split on the week as they fell at Delaware, 68-55, on Thursday evening, before snapping a two game losing skid with a 58-49 win over Northeastern at home on Sunday. William & Mary is 10-1 when leading at the half, with their only loss to Delaware on Thursday night. Against the Blue Hens, junior Kyra Kaylor led the College with 22 points and eight rebounds, marking the third time this season that she has scored at least 20 points. With the impressive performance, she moves into fifth place on the school’s all-time rebound list with 725 boards. Senior Sarah Stroh played all 40 minutes and recorded nine points and seven assists. Freshman Tiffany Benson played well defensively, totaling three blocks and a pair of steals. As a team, W&M connected on 43.9 percent of its attempts from the field, out-shooting the Blue Hens’ 39.7 percent effort. Additionally, the Green and Gold finished with eight three-pointers on 44.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Tribe began the contest playing well, as it jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage during the first four minutes. Stroh and sophomore Courtney Portell both hit three-pointers during the stretch. W&M narrowed the margin to six, but Delaware pulled away down the stretch, winning at home for the 21st time in its last 22 home games. With the victory over NU, W&M has now won eight of its last 10 games and improves to 7-1 at Kaplan Arena, equaling the number of home wins from a season ago. By limiting Northeastern to 49 points, W&M has held seven of its opponents to 50 points or less this season. Kaylor led the College with her seventh double-double of the season, totaling 18 points and 10 rebounds. She now has 1,199 career points and needs just one more to become the sixth player in the program’s history to reach the 1,200-point mark. Stroh also came up big for the Tribe, recording 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting (3-of-3 from beyond the arc) to go along with four steals. The Tribe hit 50 percent of their three-point attempts (7-of-14) versus the Huskies. Portell and Benson each scored 11 points. As she has all season, Benson played particularly well on the defensive end of the floor, tallying three blocks. The Virginia Beach, Va., native now has 41 rejections this season and is just one shy of the single-season school record established by Rebecca Dayvault during the 1990-91 campaign. W&M will visit Georgia State on Thursday before facing in-state rival Old Dominion on Sunday in Norfolk.