QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• James Madison cracked the AP Top 25 Poll at No. 25 after defeating Delaware and Hofstra at home last week. The Dukes are the first CAA team to reach the AP Top 25 since Old Dominion finished at No. 15 in the final 2001-02 poll.
• Two teams, who will play each other on Thursday, enter the week with a perfect CAA record: James Madison and Old Dominion. The Dukes are 9-0 and the Lady Monarchs are 8-0. Both the Dukes and the Lady Monarchs will enter Thursday’s contest with a nine-game winning streak.
• Drexel struggled through the first half of conference play and it is still in search of its first conference win of the season.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST WEEK:
• The James Madison Dukes extended their 22-game winning streak at home after going 2-0 last week in conference play. The Purple and Gold defeated Delaware and Hofstra, two of the CAA’s top four teams.
• In addition to James Madison’s impressive week, Old Dominion also went 2-0 with wins over VCU and William & Mary.
• ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme has two CAA teams headed to the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology projection. Delaware was selected as the CAA automatic bid, while James Madison received an at-large bid.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Meredith Alexis • James Madison
Hanover Township, Pa./Bishop Hoban, Sr., Center
James Madison center Meredith Alexis earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the fifth time this season after helping the Dukes to a pair of CAA wins over Delaware and Hofstra to stay unbeaten in conference play. The senior center averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Alexis recorded game highs of 27 points and eight rebounds against Delaware and registered her league-leading 14th double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Pride. She also broke the school career field goal record in the contest against Hofstra and currently has 602 (8th in CAA All-Time List).
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Greta Luksyte • UNC Wilmington
Vilnius, Lithuania/Walsingham Academy, Fr., Guard
UNC Wilmington guard Greta Luksyte earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors after averaging 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game off the bench. She shot 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor, including a 3-for-4 performance from behind the arc. Luksyte also shot 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line. She poured in a team-high 18 points against Hofstra on Thursday and grabbed a career-best seven rebounds. On Sunday, she registered 13 points in the win over Northeastern. The freshman guard added two steals and three assists.
CAA No. 10 IN EIGHTH 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. 28. 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 at #18 after picking a strong win over conference rival Delaware. The Blue Hens, who was ranked as high as 13th this season, is ranked at 27, while Old Dominion (#51) and Hofstra (#52) follow. Towson edges the Top 100 at #106 heading into this week’s play.
JAMES MADISON CRACKS TOP 25: The James Madison women's basketball team has moved into the Associated Press Top 25 Poll at number 25. The Dukes are the first Colonial Athletic Association team to reach the AP Top 25 since Old Dominion finished at No. 15 in the final 2001-02 poll. The Lady Monarchs were also the most recent CAA squad to be nationally ranked at No. 22 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll on November 18, 2002. The 17-2 Dukes, who have received votes in the AP poll the last three weeks, cracked the Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of the 1987-88 season, when they were 14th.
RECEIVING VOTES: Delaware continued to receive votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Blue Hens received 10 votes among the "Others Receiving Votes". Delaware received 21 votes in the most recent USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls. Hofstra had received votes in the past AP Top 25 Poll, while James Madison previously joined the Pride in past USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls.
CAA WEEKLY TELECONFERENCE: Tuesday’s CAA weekly teleconference will feature Drexel’s Denise Dillon and UNC Wilmington’s Ann Hancock. James Madison’s Kenny Brooks will also make an appearance to discuss the team’s recent appearance in the AP Top 25 Poll and their current lead in the CAA.
HOW LONG CAN THEY GO?: Currently, James Madison and Old Dominion are on a league-high nine-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 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 seven 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. The Dukes stopped Delaware’s six-game winning streak last Thursday.
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison extended their home court winning streak to an impressive 22 games, which is tied for fourth best 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 Jan. 21. Delaware extended their regular season home winning streak against non-league opponents to 21 games, which dates back to the 2002-03 season.
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. On the watch is Drexel’s Narissa Suber who needs only 21 points to become the Dragon’s 16th 1,000-point scorer in school history.
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 1,143. The 6-0 center entered the season listed seventh with 930 career rebounds. Hofstra’s Cigi McCollin jumped atop the three-point field goals attempted in her career with 730, while she also sits at No. 2 in the three-point field goals made category with 258 in her career.
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 UNC Wilmington at Drexel will broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Time Warner Cable in Wilmington. The tip-off is scheduled for Noon on Sunday.
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 15-5 mark this season, currently owns the third-best overall record among head coaches who are coaching their first year at their current institution. 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 enter the season ranked 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-UP 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. Drexel and William & Mary will host their respective "Girl Scout Appreciation Day’s" this weekend at their Sunday contests.
DELAWARE (17-3, 8-1 CAA):
DREXEL (5-15, 0-9 CAA):
Drexel struggled to find its first conference win of the season as they dropped a 65-57 decision at home to the Towson Tigers on Thursday and fell to Georgia State, 78-67, on Sunday. Against the Tigers, Drexel rallied from a 13-point deficit and tied the game with four minutes remaining on a Gabriela Marginean layup. But the Dragons couldn’t muster the momentum to pull ahead and Towson made its free-throws down the stretch to hold on for a 65-57 victory. Marginean, who had a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double, brought the Dragons back from a 13 point deficit when she got her own board after missing the second of two free throws with four minutes remaining in the game. Narissa Suber added 16 points on 4-for-8 shooting from deep. She needs just 26 more to reach the 1,000-point plateau for her career. Kelly Golden, Jennifer Stjarnstrom and Stacy McCullough all saw career-high minutes while helping to ignite the Dragons’ rally. Golden scored a season-best five points to go with three rebounds, a steal and an assist in 31 minutes of play. Stjarnstrom snared a season-high six rebounds to go with four points and a team-leading four steals. In Atlanta, the Dragons shot a season-best 54 percent form the floor in the first half and trailed by only one point at the half. Golden made her first career start against the Panthers and added four points for the Dragons. Drexel was led by Nicole McCombs as she tied a team-high 15 points and added a game-high nine rebounds. Anora Suber scored a career-high 15 points against Georgia State. She made her first five-three pointers in the contest before missing one in the final minutes to end the game 5-of-6 from deep, which was the best three-point shooting game for a Dragon this season. Marginean also scored in double-figures with 11. Drexel’s current eight-game skid is the longest since the Dragons dropped 10-straight during the 1999-2000 season while they were a part of the America East Conference. The Dragons will look to snap their losing streak as they visit William & Mary on Thursday and host UNC Wilmington Sunday. The Noon match-up against the Seahawks will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Time Warner Cable in Wilmington.
GEORGE MASON (8-11, 2-7 CAA):
George Mason split on the week as they defeated Northeastern at home, before losing to Delaware on the road. The Patriots snapped a six-game conference skid and a four-game overall losing streak as they defeated Northeastern at home on Thursday, 68-53. Senior center Jessica Smith collected a double-double with 12 points, after shooting 6-of-7 from the field, and a game-high 11 rebounds to help lead Mason. Tracy Ann Holness ended with a team-high 16 points. Mason shot 44 percent from the field (27-of-62), while the Huskies made 20 of their 55 attempts on the night (36 percent). Mason dominated on the boards, 44-29, and the Patriots also had a 15-11 advantage in the assists category. The Patriots fell to Delaware, 67-47, on the road on Sunday. Against the Blue Hens, George Mason got team-highs of 12 points and eight rebounds from Moni Akintunde while Lateisha Wade added 10 points. Delaware overcame an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers as the Blue Hens held a commanding 39-23 advantage on the boards and shot 48.9 percent from the field (22-of-45) for the game. The Hens hit on 4-of-10 three-pointers and connected on 19-of-23 free throws. George Mason turned the ball over 17 times and was hurt by 30 percent shooting from the field (15-of-50), including a 26.1 percent (6 of 23) performance in the second half. The Patriots will visit the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington on Thursday for the two team’s second meeting of the year. Mason will then host VCU on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (12-8, 4-5 CAA):
Georgia State dropped its third straight at home with a 77-76 close loss to William & Mary on Thursday before rebounding with a 78-67 win over Drexel on Sunday. Panthers' senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen finished with a team-high 19 points against the Tribe. Sophomore center Marcquitta Head totaled 18 and a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman forward Danyiell McKeller finished with 10 and sophomore guard Brittany Hollins chipped in 11. The contest featured five ties and 17 lead changes. Georgia State trailed 39-38 at halftime. Both teams connected well from the floor as the Panthers shot 45 percent and the Tribe was 48 percent. Georgia State out rebounded William & Mary 42-35. The Panthers saw four players score in double-figures in the win over the Dragons. Roegiers-Jensen recorded a game-high 22 points and added a game-best six assists. She also totaled a career-high six blocked shots. Head registered 13 points and Hollins tallied 15. Junior forward Vatai Smith came off the bench to post 10 points. McKeller had career-bests in both assists (4) and steals (4) to go with six points and five rebounds. The Panthers made 17-of-22 free throws in the final four minutes to stave off any attempts at a Drexel rally and finished 21-of-26 for the game. The 21 free-throws made free throws against Drexel are the most in a single game this season. The 21 rebounds and 10 turnovers are season-lows. Georgia State is 12-1 when three or more players score 10 points or more. The lone loss was to William & Mary when four players scored in double figures. Roegiers-Jensen needs five three-pointers to break the career school record set last year (131) by Monica Thomas. Roegiers-Jensen currently ranks 10th on GSU’s all-time scoring list with 1,116 points. The Panthers will visit Towson on Thursday before making a trip over to Delaware for a Sunday match-up.
HOFSTRA (15-5, 5-4 CAA):
Hofstra rallied to defeat UNC Wilmington on Thursday in a Noon contest in Hempstead, N.Y., 68-64. Senior forward Lana Harshaw scored 18 points and senior center Vanessa Gidden added 13 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks. Thursday’s contest marked the second straight game that Hofstra has hosted a game with at least 2,000 people in attendance as 2,166 fans were in attendance for "What I Want To Be" Career Day. Hofstra, which trailed 42-31 with 15:26 left in the second half, used a 17-4 run that culminated with a bucket from sophomore guard Niki Williams to take a 48-46 lead with 8:26 left in the second half. This game followed Sunday's contest against Delaware in which a Hofstra Women's Basketball record 3,040 fans were in attendance. The rebounding and blocked shots total for Gidden both marked season-highs, while McCollin added 14 points and five rebounds. Murphy finished one point shy of double figures and added seven rebounds, as the Pride nearly put all four of its seniors in double digits. The Pride had a dominating performance on the boards in the contest as they out-rebounded the Seahawks, 48-21, including 25-7 on the offensive end. On Sunday Hofstra fell to James Madison by the score of 73-59 as the Dukes broke a 33-all tie with a 15-2 run early in the second half and never looked back in posting the 14-point victory. Hofstra’s four seniors all reached double figures in the contest, with Harshaw, McCollin and Murphy all tallying 11 points in the contest. Murphy added a game-high 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and the 42nd double-digit rebounding game of her career, while McCollin’s 11 points put her at 1,470 career points, moving her into fifth place all-time. Hofstra travels to longtime rival Northeastern on Thursday evening before closing the week on Super Bowl Sunday when they host Old Dominion.
JAMES MADISON (17-2, 9-0 CAA):
The Dukes moved into sole possession of first place in the CAA standings as they defeated Delaware on its home court, 73-65, on Thursday. On Sunday the Dukes extended its home winning streak to 22 games with a 73-59 win over Hofstra. Against the Blue Hens, the Dukes took an 8-6 lead at 17:02 and did not trail after that, leading by as many 13 (53-40 at 6:51 in the second half). Delaware got no closer than five points in the final 14:00 of the game. Senior center Meredith Alexis had a game high of 27 points. JMU had three players, including Alexis, finish in double figures. Senior forward Shirley McCall scored 18 and snagged six rebounds, while senior guard Lesley Dickinson added 12 points. Alexis and junior forward Tamera Young each had eight rebounds. JMU held Delaware to shooting 35.5 percent, while the Dukes managed 51 percent shooting. Against the Pride, Young had a game-high 27 points, passing the 1,200 career-point mark, to lead the Dukes to a 9-0 mark in conference play at the halfway mark. Dickinson added 11 points for James Madison, while Alexis had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Alexis finished the weekend with her 14th double-double of the season, her school record 55th career double-double and her school record 67th career double-figure rebounding game. Andrea Benvenuto dished out 13 assists last week, increasing her career total to 499 and moving into 10th place on the CAA’s all-time assist list. Dickinson increased her career free throws made record to 435. She also moved from sixth to fifth on the career points list with 1,469. Young had five steals last week and moved from ninth to seventh place on that all-time list and jumped from 20th to 15th with her 1,207 career points. The Dukes will wrap up a tough three-game homestand on Thursday when they host Old Dominion. James Madison will visit William & Mary in Williamsburg on Sunday.
UNC WILMINGTON (6-13, 2-6 CAA):
UNC Wilmington fell short in a 68-64 loss to the Pride of Hofstra on Thursday in Hempstead, N.Y., but snapped a six-game losing streak with a 64-56 win at Northeastern on Sunday. The Seahawks took a one-point lead, 30-29, into the break against the Pride as they shot 52% (11-21) from the field in the opening twenty minutes. Greta Luksyte was 4-6 from the field for 11 points in the half, while Sahsha Taylor was a perfect 4-4 in the first stanza chipping in with 10 points. Shade Smith dished out a career-high 11 assists with just one turnover, while adding six points. The Seahawks were led in scoring by Luksyte with 18 and Taylor with 15. Luksyte added a team-high seven rebounds, with Taylor adding six caroms. Taylor poured in a season-high 23 points and added nine rebounds, while Luksyte came off the bench to record 13 points to lead the Seahawks in the win over the Huskies on Sunday. The Seahawks benefited from sharp shooting, knocking down 48 percent of their shots, while limiting the Huskies to 45.8 percent from the floor. UNCW also posted 29 rebounds, as Taylor recorded a game-high nine and Alex Stewart added eight. UNCW hit a season high 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the charity stripe. UNCW will host George Mason on Thursday before traveling to Drexel for a CAA Game of the Week telecast. The Noon game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Time Warner Cable in Wilmington.
NORTHEASTERN (3-17, 2-7 CAA):
Northeastern fell, 68-53, in Fairfax, Va. to George Mason on Thursday night and then dropped a 64-56 decision to UNC Wilmington at home on Sunday. Against the Patriots, Lucia Pablos scored a game-high 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting. She added six assists, five rebounds and two steals, playing all 40 minutes. Ashlee Feldman was the only other Husky in double figures with 13 points on three 3-pointers. Shaleyse Smallwood chipped in nine points and three assists. With Stefanie Hodell, one of the Huskies’ only two forwards in foul trouble, Husky walk-on and guard Danatia Baker filled in down low and added six points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting in 17 minutes of playing time. With a smaller lineup and a thinner bench, the Huskies were outscored in the paint, 32-22, and outscored by the Patriots’ bench, 29-6. No player for Mason saw 30 minutes of action while four NU starters played at least 37 minutes as only seven Huskies were available for head coach Daynia La-Force Mann. NU hung tough, trailing by only seven points at halftime, 27-22. The Huskies, who have shown a knack for comebacks this season, were unable to fight their way back into the game. On Sunday, Northeastern was led by Smallwood, who recorded 15 points, while Pablos added 14 points and Felmdan scored 13. Smallwood, who dished out six assists against the Seahawks, eclipsed the 200-career assist mark and needs six more points to have 900 points and 200 assists in her career. Playing with a torn ACL, senior captain Jody Burrows returned to the Husky lineup after missing 14 games. She pulled down three rebounds in nine minutes of action. The Huskies will host Hofstra on Thursday before visiting Towson on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (12-7, 8-0 CAA):
The Old Dominion women’s basketball team extended its win streak to nine as they closed out the season series with Virginia Commonwealth and met up with William & Mary for its first meeting of the year. On Thursday, the Lady Monarchs defeated VCU, 84-62, handing the Rams a loss for the second time this season. It was neck-and-neck for much of the first half with 10 ties, seven lead changes, and neither team able to establish more than a three-point lead until the final minutes of the half. Junior guard T.J. Jordan tied the game for the 10th and final time at the 1:29 mark knotting the score at 27-27. Old Dominion entered the half ahead, 33-27. In the first five minutes of the second half, Old Dominion held the Rams without a field goal. The Rams pulled no closed than ten in the second half. Senior Sherida Triggs posted her first double-double of the year and 10th of her career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan led the troops with 20 points, the fifth time she has poured in 20 or more points this season. Senior Tish Lyons was the other Lady Monarch in double figures with 10 points. Sophomore Jazzmin Walters dished out eight assists, tying both her season and career high. On Sunday, the Lady Monarchs team kept CAA Preseason Player Kyra Kaylor in check, holding her to two points total, as they collected their ninth straight victory in a 63-47 win over William & Mary. The game opened with the Lady Monarchs holding the Tribe without a bucket for seven and half minutes as they raced out to a 15-0 lead. William & Mary didn’t reach double figure until 2:51 left in the half. Old Dominion held a 31-18 lead at intermission. The Lady Monarchs led by as many as 18 in the second half. The Lady Monarchs hauled in a season-high 57 rebounds and were led by the 15-board effort by sophomore Tiffany Green and 10-board performance of junior Tay Ransburg. Green’s 15 rebounds tied her career mark which also occurred Drexel on February 15, 2005. The defensive effort held William & Mary to just 28.6 percent (18-of-63) from the floor, the lowest an ODU opponent has shot this season. Old Dominion managed to outscored the Tribe bench, 31-2. Walters poured in 12 points to lead the lady Monarchs. Lyons added in 10 from off the bench, along six assist to tie her career-high. The Lady Monarchs hit the road their next three games beginning with a trip to James Madison in a battle for first place. Old Dominion and James Madison are the only two teams remaining in the conference with unblemished conference records. Old Dominion will also travel to Hofstra for a match-up on Sunday.
TOWSON (14-5, 5-4 CAA):
Following wins at Drexel and at VCU, the Tigers have won three straight games. The Tigers earned a 65-57 victory over Drexel on Thursday and then defeated VCU, 59-52, on Sunday. Against the Dragons, freshman Shanae Baker-Brice and junior Jamell Beasley combined for 38 points. Baker-Brice led the Tigers with 21 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor. She also made 10-of-13 free throws. Beasley added 17 points. Three players scored in double figures for Towson on Sunday, including Alis Freeman, who pumped in a season-high 18 and handed out five assists with four steals. Baker-Brice added 14 points and Robinson posted 12. Holly Mahan grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in the win. The Tigers have had at least three players sccore in double figures in each of their last three games. Baker-Brice and senior forward Kelly Robinson have scored in double figures in each of those games while junior guard Jamell Beasley has scored 10 or more points in two of those games. Beasley had 17 points in the victory over Drexel before being limited to eight points against the Rams on Sunday afternoon. Towson will begin a three-game homestand on Thursday when the Tigers host Georgia State in the first of two meetings against the Panthers this season. The Tigers will also host Northeastern and Drexel during the homestand.
VCU (10-9, 3-6 CAA):
Three Virginia Commonwealth University players scored in double figures, but the Rams fell to Old Dominion, 84-62, Thursday The Rams then dropped a close 59-52 decision to the Towson Tigers on Sunday at home. On Thursday, VCU was led by sophomore Quanitra Hollingsworth, who recorded her fourth double-double of the season and the 18 th in her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She moves into a tie with Niamh Darcy for fourth place on VCU’s all-time double-double list. Michele Cosel added 14 points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds, and Lakea Jones kicked 11 points, including 10 in the second half, and five assists. VCU led 27-25 with 1:59 remaining in the first half before ODU closed the period with an 8-0 run to take a 33-27 lead into the locker room. The Monarchs picked up where they left off in the second half, extending their lead to 45-30. The Rams went eight minutes without a field goal during the 20-3 run. Cosel tied a career-high with 20 points on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams fell to the Tigers for the second time this season. Cosel, who has scored at least 14 points in each of the last four games, connected on 8-of-16 attempts from the field, including a season-high 4-of-9 from 3-point range. However, the rest of the team combined to shoot 10-of-46 from the floor. Cosel added four assists and four rebounds. Hollingsworth collected her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Junior forward Krystal Vaughn added eight points and 13 boards. Freshman guard Kita Waller played a career-high 29 minutes Sunday against Towson, adding a personal best seven points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. The Rams will host Delaware on Thursday and visit George Mason on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (13-7, 5-4 CAA):
The Tribe earned its second consecutive victory with a 77-76 triumph at Georgia State on Thursday evening, before falling to a tough Old Dominion squad, 63-47, on Sunday. Junior Kyra Kaylor led the Tribe with 30 points, equaling her career high that she established in last season’s victory at Georgia State. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native connected on 9-of-16 shots from the field, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line, and totaled five steals. Devin James also had an outstanding performance, as she finished with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Additionally, she made all four of her attempts from beyond the arc and contributed eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Senior Sarah Stroh and freshman Tiffany Benson also figured big in the win. Benson tallied seven points, seven boards and two steals, while Stroh registered five assists and four steals. As a team, the Green and Gold out-shot Georgia State 47.4 percent to 45.2 percent. Additionally, the College sank 52.9 percent (9-of-17) of its shots from long range. The Tribe was leading the Panthers, 39-38, at the half. W&M is 11-1 when leading at the half. Against the Lady Monarchs, Benson led the Tribe with her first career double-double, totaling 12 points and 11 rebounds. Additionally, she recorded four blocks and is now the program’s single-season record holder with 45 rejections, besting the previous mark of 42 established by Rebecca Dayvault during the 1990-91 campaign. James also played well, tallying 12 points and eight boards in 40 minutes of action. Stroh contributed 10 points, while classmate Katy Neumer, who recorded her first career start, totaled nine points and six rebounds. Neumer was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Kaylor, who was held to only two points, finished with five boards and moves into third place on the program’s all-time rebounds list with 744. She also is ranked sixth in the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,231. The Tribe is 7-1 at home this season and has already equaled the number of home wins from all of last season. William & Mary will host Drexel and James Madison this week.