QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS WEEK:
• James Madisonheld its spot at No. 25 in the AP Top 25 Poll for the second week in a row . The Dukes are unbeaten in conference play as they defeated Old Dominion and William & Mary last week.
• The CAA jumped to No. 9 in the RPI heading into Thursday’s games and stayed there entering this week’s play.
• Old Dominion will host Delaware in a Sunday match-up which will be broadcast on CN8 and WSKY. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.
QUICK NOTES ABOUT LAST 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.
• The CAA jumped to No. 9 in the RPI heading into Thursday’s games.
• No. 25 James Madison defeated Old Dominion, 79-50, in Harrisonburg on Thursday to take sole possession of first place among the CAA standings. JMU currently has a 23-game winning streak at its home court.
• Drexel collected its first conference win on Sunday with a 51-48 victory over UNC Wilmington at home.
• 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:
Tyresa Smith • Delaware
Dover, Del./Polytech, Sr., Guard
Delaware senior guard Tyresa Smith earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the fifth time this season after helping the Blue Hens win a pair of conference outings last week. The senior averaged 23.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game. Smith shot 60.6 percent (20-of-33) from the floor and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free throw line. Smith surpassed the 20-point mark for the 11th and 12th time this season with 23 points against VCU and 24 points against Georgia State.
CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Gabriela Marginean • Drexel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania/Mt. de Chantal Academy, Fr., Forward
Drexel forward Gabriela Marginean received CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season after averaging 19.5 points and 5.0 rebounds a game. The rookie led the Dragons to their first conference win of the season with a game-high 20 points and a team-high seven rebounds against UNC Wilmington. Marginean poured in 19 points on Thursday against William & Mary.
Tabitha David • Georgia State
Mableton, Ga./Pebblebrook, Fr., Forward/Guard
Georgia State forward/guard Tabitha David earned CAA Rookie fo the Week honors after averaging 17.5 points per game as the Panthers split on the week. The rookie shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from beyond the arc, including a 4-of-5 showing against Towson. She finished the week shooting 54.4 percent (12-of22) from the floor. David also averaged 3.0 assists per game.
CAA No. 9 IN NINTH RPI RANKING: The CAA jumped to ninth 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 and has been 10th since the December 24th report. The CAA was ranked as high as sixth this season in the first RPI report. James Madison leads the CAA at #18. The Blue Hens, who was ranked as high as 13th this season, are ranked at 27, while Old Dominion leaped 15 spots to #36. Hofstra followed ranked #62.
JAMES MADISON CRACKS TOP 25: The James Madison women's basketball team steadied at No. 25 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the second straight week. 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 seven votes among the "Others Receiving Votes". James Madison received 19 votes in the most recent USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls, while Delaware received seven. 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 Delaware’s Tina Martin, Old Dominion’s Wendy Larry and Northeastern’s Daynia La-Force Mann.
HOW LONG CAN THEY GO?: Currently, James Madison is on a league-high 11-game winning streak. The Dukes spoiled ODU’s nine-game winning streak on Thursday, Feb. 1. Hofstra had posted a 10 game winning streak before Delaware spoiled it on Thursday, Jan. 4. Delaware previously owned a nine game winning streak earlier this season and William & Mary recently owned a seven game winning streak.
SPOILING THE FUN: JMU has stopped opponent winning streaks of five or more games eight 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 on Jan. 25 and Old Dominion’s nine-game winning streak on Thursday.
HOME SWEET HOME: James Madison extended their home court winning streak to an impressive 23 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 its 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 22 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 four points to become the Dragon’s 16th 1,000-point scorer in school history.
RECORD SETTERS: James Madison’s Meredith Alexis finished the Jan. 18 contest against Drexel with 1,128 career rebounds, which placed her atop the CAA All-Time Records--currently with 1,170. 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 739, 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 Delaware at Old Dominion will be broadcasted on CN8 and WSKY at 1 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 15-6 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. James Madison and George Mason will host their respective "Girl Scout Appreciation Day’s" this weekend at their Sunday contests.
DELAWARE (19-3, 10-1 CAA):
DREXEL (6-16, 1-10 CAA):
Drexel snapped a nine-game looking streak as it collected its first CAA win of the season in a 51-48 decision over UNC Wilmington on Sunday. The nine-game losing streak was the second longest in the program’s history, while its 10-game losing streak in CAA play matched Drexel’s longest in conference losing skid. The Dragons fell to William & Mary on the road, 75-50, on Thursday. Freshman Gabriela Marginean led all scorers with 19 points on Thursday against the Tribe and Narissa Suber inched closer to the 1,000-point career milestone with eight points. On Sunday, Drexel was led by Marginean as she scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half to help the Dragons collect a come-from-behind win over UNC Wilmington at home. Drexel surged back from a deficit that grew as large as 14 points in the first half. Marginean also led the team pulling down seven rebounds. The freshman forward has now scored the seventh most points ever by a Drexel freshman and has compiled the eighth-best rebounding season by a first-year Dragon. Andrea Peterson and Narissa Suber each contributed nine points. With Narissa Suber’s nine points she inched closer in reaching the 1,000 career-point plateau. The junior guard needs just four more points to hit the millennium mark.
GEORGE MASON (8-13, 2-9 CAA):
George Mason fell in a pair of close conference match-ups last week as it lose both games by four total points. Mason was edged by UNC Wilmington by a score of 59-58 on Thursday and defeated by VCU, 57-54, on Sunday. On the road Thursday, Mason was ahead by two points with three seconds remaining, but UNCW's Denise Lawrence made the first attempt at the line, missed the second and grabbed her own rebound. Lawrence then threw it up and the ball circled the rim for a second, but it went through as time expired to give the Seahawks the win. Tracy Ann Holness led the Patriots with 19 points, including three baskets from behind the arc, while Lateisha Wade added 16, with 10 points coming from the charity stripe. Against the Rams on Sunday, junior guard Casey Quigley came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points after making three of her five attempts from long range. She also had a perfect showing at the charity stripe (4-of-4). Holness added 13 points, which is her 12th double-figure scoring game of the season, and Akintunde ended the contest with 10 points on the afternoon. The Patriots play the next two games at home and will host Delaware on Thursday followed by Hofstra on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (13-9, 5-6 CAA):
Georgia State split its two games last week, defeating Towson 87-81 before dropping an 85-66 decision at Delaware. Last week marks the fifth straight week where the Panthers have split their two games. The win over Towson was State’s second straight victory and third consecutive road win in the conference. Senior guard Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen poured in game-highs of 26 points and 11 assists to lead State over Towson. The effort marked Roegiers-Jensen’s second double-double this season and third of her career. She had 16 points at halftime. Freshman guard Tabitha David, who had gone 5-for-18 (.278) from 3-point range and hadn’t scored in double figures over the last three games, exploded for 16 points on 4-of-5 (.800) from beyond the arc. Sophomore center Marcquitta Head and sophomore guard Brittany Hollins each had 15. Head tallied a career-high three assists. Hollins also collected seven assists and six steals. Freshman forward Danyiell McKeller chipped in 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. The Panthers dished out a season-high 28 assists in the contest. RaShay Rawls had a career-high three assists. State shot 58.2 percent from the floor, which is the second highest output this season. David paced Georgia State against Delaware, scoring 19 points. Roegiers-Jensen registered 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Head totaled 17 and tied for game-high honors with nine boards. The Panthers tied a season-high 29 turnovers against the Hens. Georgia State has made over 70 percent of its free throws and over 40 percent of its 3-pointers in each of the last four games. Georgia State is 13-2 when three or more players score 10 points or more. The losses were to William & Mary and Delaware. The Panthers are 0-7 when less than three players score in double figures. Two more wins gives State 15 or more victories in a season for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Roegiers-Jensen needs one three-pointer to break the career school record set last year (131) by Monica Thomas. Hollins needs 11 steals to break the single-season school record (86). Head needs 11 blocked shots to break the single-season school record (57) set last year by teammate Vatai Smith. The Panthers will host UNC Wilmington on Thursday and is scheduled to entertain Towson in Atlanta on Sunday.
HOFSTRA (16-6, 6-5 CAA):
With another split week, Hofstra has now alternated wins and losses over the last eight games. The Pride defeated Northeastern, 72-63, on the road on Thursday and fell to Old Dominion, 69-62, at home on Sunday. Senior forward Lizanne Murphy picked up her sixth double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pride on a road victory. The Pride also got strong efforts out of senior center Vanessa Gidden and sophomore guard Niki Williams in the contest. Gidden scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double this year, while Williams added 13 points and six assists. Williams point total included a career-high three three-pointers in the contest. The road win over the Huskies allowed Hofstra to tie the school record of nine road wins in a single season. The original mark was established in 1983-84 and equaled last year as well. Murphy would come up big in the rebounding column on Sunday against Old Dominion as well with her nine rebounds against the Lady Monarchs, which moved her into third in Hofstra’s all-time rebounding list. She now has 902 career caroms and passes Cheryl Hall, who pulled down 899 boards from 1978-82. Hofstra made a valiant comeback attempt against ODU on Sunday as they trailed by 13 with just under seven minutes left before rallying to get within three on a pair of occasions. Hofstra dropped the seven-point decision to ODU despite a big day from senior forward Lana Harshaw, who tallied a game-high 23 points and added nine rebounds. It marked the first game this season that the Pride had lost when scoring the first points of the game, as they are now 9-1 in those games. Hofstra also saw its streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer come to an end as they were 0-for-7 from beyond the arc in the contest, ending a string of 116 straight games with a three-pointer. The Pride was able to battle the Lady Monarchs despite a poor shooting game as they went to the free throw line a season-high 39 times, making 26 of them. Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when they host William & Mary before closing the week on Sunday when they attempt to win their school record 10th road game of the season at George Mason.
No. 25 JAMES MADISON (19-2, 11-0 CAA):
The No. 25 James Madison Dukes went 2-0 last week and continued to be unbeaten in conference play thus far. The Purple and Gold continue to appear in the most recent AP Top 25 Poll on Monday after defeating Old Dominion, 79-50, last Thursday and William & Mary, 72-59, on Sunday. The Dukes won their 11th straight and posted their 17th victory in their last 18 contests with the victories. The 11-game win streak is the team’s longest under fifth-year head coach Kenny Brooks and the longest for the Dukes since the 1994-95 team, which won 12 games in a row. Thursday’s contest was the Monarchs' worst ever CAA loss and only their 16th defeat in 251 CAA regular-season games. Previously, a 14-point loss (71-57) at East Carolina on Feb. 22, 1992 was the largest margin of defeat they had faced in conference play. It was JMU's 23rd straight win at the Convocation Center. Senior center Meredith Alexis scored a game-high 21 points. In addition to Alexis, junior guard Tamera Young and senior guard/forward Shirley McCall finished in double-digits with 15 points each. Young led the Dukes with a game-high 10 rebounds. JMU pulled ahead early, scoring the first 12 points to take a 12-0 lead at 14:52. The Dukes had a 33-25 lead at intermission. JMU used a 20-3 run over a seven-minute span to take a 57-30 lead at 11:06 in the second stanza. The run was capped by three-pointers by junior guard Jasmin Lawrence at 12:35 and senior guard Lesley Dickinson at 11:06. Against the Tribe, Young scored a game-high 23 points and three Dukes also scored in double figures. Dickinson finished with 14 points, while Alexis and McCall each scored 12. McCall grabbed a career- and game-high 13 rebounds and Andrea Benvenuto dished out a game-high eight assists. The Dukes’ win at William & Mary was their eighth victory on their opponent’s court this season. That is the most wins since the 2000-01 team won eight road contests. Only five times in school history has a JMU team won more than eight games on its opponent’s court in a season. The Dukes will continue a three-game road trip as they visit Longwood in a non-conference outing on Tuesday before visiting VCU on Thursday for a 4 p.m. tip. JMU will return to its home court on Sunday when the Dukes host Northeastern and look to extend their home-game winning streak.
UNC WILMINGTON (7-14, 3-7 CAA):
The Seahawks split on the week as they defeated George Mason with a game-winning basket and fell to Drexel after leading majority of the contest. On Thursday, senior guard Denise Lawrence scored the game-winning basket as time expired to lift the UNC Wilmington women’s basketball team to a 59-58 win over George Mason. The win marks the second straight for UNCW, who won on a last second shot by Lori Drake in the team’s first meeting, and gives them a season sweep of the Patriots. Sophomore forward Sahsha Taylor recorded a team-high 19 points, shooting on 7-of-13 shots from the floor, while Drake tallied 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The Seahawks shot 42.6 percent in the game, their fourth straight game shooting over 40 percent, while holding the Patriots to a 34.5 percentage from the floor. On the glass, UNCW outrebound Mason, 41-37, as Lawrence grabbed a career-best 10, while Drake, Taylor, Alex Stewart, and Shade Smith each added five. The game was close throughout, with 15 ties in the contest and 10 lead changes. The score was tied at 25-25 at the end of the first period in a half that saw six ties and three lead changes. Neither team shot the ball tremendously well as the Seahawks ended the first stanza recording 39.1 percent from the field, while Mason managed a 31.3 percent clip. On Sunday, the Drexel Dragons snapped the Seahawks two-game winning streak as UNCW fell 51-48. The Seahawks led by as much as 15 points in the first half, shooting 42.3 percent. In the second half, the Seahawks struggled to find the basket, managing only five field goals, shooting 20.0 percent. Drake paced UNCW with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her team-leading eighth double-double this season, while Stewart also ended with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor also finished with 12 points for the Seahawks, posting her eighth-straight double figure game. Sunday’s three-point loss to Drexel marks the ninth game this season that has been decided by six points or less. UNCW is 3-6 in those games with two of their wins coming against George Mason. In games decided by 10 points or less the Seahawks hold a 5-8 record. UNCW will visit Georgia State on Thursday and then return home to host William & Mary on Sunday.
NORTHEASTERN (3-19, 2-9 CAA):
Northeastern fell to Hofstra, 72-63, at Solomon Court to Hofstra on Thursday night and the lost a 68-63 decision to Towson on the road on Sunday. On Thursday, Shaleyse Smallwood passed the 900-career point mark with a team-high 19 points. Smallwood added seven rebounds and five assists. Ashlee Feldman scored 16 points and Lucia Pablos had 12. Stefanie Hodell pulled down 10 rebounds and came up with four steals. The teams were whistled for a total of 34 fouls as NU converted on 19-of-21 (90.5 percent) free throws and 15-of-16 in the second half to keep the game close. NU's frontcourt players, Hodell and Kim Carr saw very limited minutes due to foul trouble, forcing the Huskies to play large portions of the game with five guards on the floor and without a player taller than 5-10. Hofstra capitalized on its size advantage, outscoring NU, 40-20, in the paint and putting back 24 second-chance points on 21 offensive rebounds. Against the Tigers, NU trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and battled back to within three but couldn't pull out the victory as the Huskies fell, 68-63. Pablos matched her career-best with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Pablos added three assists and two steals. Hodell recorded double-digit rebounds for the seventh time this season with 13 boards. Smallwood scored 19 points and dished three assists. Smallwood, Hodell and Pablos each played all 40 minutes. Ashlee Feldman got 15 points and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. The Huskies shot 50.0 percent on the game but the Tigers got 27 points off 25 NU turnovers. The Huskies will host Old Dominion on Thursday before traveling to Harrisonburg, Va. to take on No. 25 James Madison on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (13-8, 9-1 CAA):
The Old Dominion women’s basketball team dropped its first conference game of the year at James Madison last Thursday and rebounded with a win at Hofstra to sweep the season series on Sunday. In the 50-79 loss at No. 25 James Madison, the Lady Monarchs dropped its fourth game against a Top 25 opponent this season and suffered its worst CAA defeat. James Madison is just one of 16 losses ODU has suffered since joining the CAA back in the 1991-92 season. Of those 16 losses, six have come at the hands of James Madison. Old Dominion has suffered at least one CAA loss in 11 of 16 seasons in the league. There are still five opponents in the CAA though, that have not defeated the Lady Monarchs. The 29-point loss to the Dukes however was the largest CAA loss for the Lady Monarchs with their previous largest margin of defeat in conference action being a 17-point, 57-71, loss at East Carolina on February 22, 1992. Lyons and sophomore Tiffany Green led the Lady Monarchs with 10 points each. Green also hauled in a team-high eight rebounds. Old Dominion rebounded with a 69-62 victory earning its third season sweep of a CAA opponent this season. Junior T.J. Jordan led the Lady Monarchs with 19 points and classmate Megan Pym and senior Sherida Triggs hit crucial jumpers in the closing minute to help the seal the victory. The Lady Monarchs led by as much as 13 in the second half and were leading 63-52 with 5:37 left in the game. The Pride followed by going on an 8-0 run to pull within three with a mere 1:28 left in the game. Pym's pull up jumper at the free throw line put Old Dominion up by five, but back down the other side of the court, the Pride scored to once again cut the ODU lead to three with 52 seconds remaining. On the next possession, Triggs got underneath the basket and in the midst of Hofstra defenders managed to put the ball up and over the rim to seal the win with 24 seconds left. Triggs joined Jordan in the double figure category with 14 points. Triggs and sophomore Tiffany Green both hauled in a team-high six boards. Sophomore Jazzmin Walters, with five assists on the week, cracked the top 10 sophomore assists leaders list. She is currently tied with Amanda Levins (1998-99) with 79 assists in her second year in the ODU uniform in the tenth spot. She needs nine more to move past Mery Andrade (1995-96) into ninth place. The Lady Monarchs have one more game left in their three-game road swing. Old Dominion heads to Northeastern on Thursday, February 8th. It will be the first trip to the Huskies' home floor of Solomon Court in Boston. The Lady Monarchs will then return home to host Delaware in a television contest aired on CN8 and WSKY for the annual "Hoops for A Cure" game. Fans are being encouraged to wear pink to "PINK OUT" the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
TOWSON (15-6, 6-5 CAA):
Towson split on the week as they dropped an 87-81 decision to Georgia State on Thursday and defeated Northeastern at home on Sunday. With the win over the Huskies, the Tigers clinched their second winning season in the last three seasons. Despite the loss on Thursday night, the Tigers matched the best 20-game record in a single season during their Division I history. The Tigers had a 14-6 record after 20 games during the 1983-1984 season and went on to win the East Coast Conference championship. Towson ended that year with a 19-8 record and the 19 wins remain a program single-season record. The Tigers allowed a season-high 87 points, including 45 in the first half, in the loss to Georgia State on Thursday night. It was the second time this season a Towson opponent has scored 80 or more points in a game. James Madison scored 84 points on January 4 at the Towson Center. In addition, the Tigers lost for the first time when scoring 70 or more points since the 2003-2004 season, snapping a streak of 15 straight wins when reaching the 70-point mark. However, the Tigers set a season high with nine made three-point field goals in the loss to GSU. The nine three-pointers were the most in a game for Towson since the Tigers went 9-for-13 from beyond the arc against Hofstra on February 24 of last season. The school record for a single game is 11, which was set against UMBC in 2003. The Tigers also had a season-high 29 three-point field goal attempts against the Panthers. Against the Panthers, Kelly Robinson showed the way for Towson with a team high 19 points. She shot 7-for-15 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Kandace Davis recorded the first double-double of her career as she scored a career high 16 points with a career best 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Shanae Baker-Brice scored 13 points with six assists and six steals while freshman guard Alexis Abraham came off the bench to score a career high 11 points as she shot 4-for-9 from the field. Junior guard Holly Mahan fueled the Tigers’ comeback try with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and a career high seven steals. The Tigers, who forced 21 Georgia State turnovers, had 17 steals in the game. In the contest against the Huskies on Sunday, Baker-Brice and Robinson combined to score 26 points with 13 rebounds to show the way for the Tigers, who have won 15 games for the second time in the last three seasons. With 30 points in last week’s games, Robinson moved into ninth place on the Tigers’ career scoring list with 1,100 points. She also reached the 600-rebound mark for her career and has 602 career rebounds entering Thursday’s game against Drexel. The Tigers will conclude their three-game homestand on Thursday night when they host Drexel in a re-match of the January 25 game, which Towson won by 65-57. On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers will look to avenge their loss against Georgia State when they travel to Atlanta to face Georgia State.
VCU (11-10, 4-7 CAA):
VCU went 1-1 on the week as they fell to Delaware, 82-51, at home on Thursday, but quickly rebounded with a come-from-behind 57-54 victory at George Mason on Sunday. Thursday evening, Quanitra Hollingsworth pumped in 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor and corralled a game-high 10 rebounds. It was Hollingsworth’s fourth consecutive double-double (sixth of the season) and the 20th of her career. She also blocked two shots and ripped two steals. Junior guard Vera Chistova chipped in nine points, coming off three 3-pointers, and junior guard Brittany Pinkney added seven points, four assists and two steals for the Rams. VCU played without Krystal Vaughn and D’Andra Moss. On Sunday, Hollingsworth turned in her fifth consecutive double-double and senior guard Michele Cosel scored all 13 of her points in the second half to lead VCU back from a 14-point deficit on the way to a 57-54 win over George Mason Sunday at the Patriot Center. The victory halts VCU’s three-game losing streak. Hollingsworth had 19 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, recording her seventh double-double of the season and her 21st in 49 career games. She needs just one more career double-double to tie Lauren Hogan for third place on VCU’s all-time list. Second place Kristine Austgulen (28) and all-time leader Beth Mollerup (30) are also within site. Cosel added five rebounds, four assists and two steals for VCU. Hollingsworth enters the week with exactly 500 rebounds for her career, while Cosel enters the week with exactly 700 career points. The Rams will host No. 25 James Madison on Thursday in a 4 p.m. match-up and then they will hit the road to play Drexel in Philadelphia on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (14-8, 6-5 CAA):
The Tribe split on the week as they defeated Drexel, but fell to No. 25 James Madison. On Thursday, four Tribe players scored in double figures as the William and Mary defeated Drexel, 75-50, in Williamsburg. As a team, W&M out-shot the Dragons 42.6 percent to 38.8 percent and controlled the battle of the boards, 42-24. The Green and Gold also had an outstanding effort from long range, sinking 52.9 percent (9-of-17) of their attempts from beyond the arc. Individually, the Tribe was led by junior Devin James who nearly earned the program’s first triple-double, totaling 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 40 minutes of action. Junior Kyra Kaylor tallied a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds, while senior Sarah Stroh and freshman Tiffany Benson recorded 12 and 11 points, respectively. Kaylor was 10-for-12 from the free throw line, while Stroh was 4-of-8 from three-point range. Against the Dukes, senior Katy Neumer led the Tribe with a career-high 17 points. Kaylor also came up big as she just missed out on earning a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Stroh also finished in double figures with 11 points and now ranks 10th in career three-pointers at W&M with 69. Benson tallied three blocks and is now ranked sixth on the school’s all-time career list with 49. James played all 40 minutes against Drexel, marking the fifth time she has gone the distance this season. W&M out-shot JMU 40.4 percent (21-of-52) to 40.0 percent (26-of-65). Additionally, the College sank 42.9 percent of its shots from beyond the arc, connecting on 6-of-14 attempts. The College is now 8-2 at home, equaling the most wins at Kaplan Arena since the 1998-99 season. The Tribe enters the week needing only two more victories to earn its second straight winning season, a feat last accomplished by the programs in 1976-77 and 1977-78. William & Mary will visit Hofstra on Thursday and UNC Wilmington on Sunday.