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WBB Report - Feb. 4

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          Release: 02/04/2013
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CAA 4-1-1:

        •      Delaware is the last undefeated team in conference play at 9-0, while James Madison follow with a 8-1 records. Drexel (7-2) and Old Dominion (6-2) follow.

        •      For the week ending Feb. 3, the top five scorers in the league (on the week) averaged 24.4 points per game. They averaged as high as 28.7 ppg to 20.0 ppg. For the break down on these players and their numbers, check out the note on the top of page 4.

        •      Delaware jumped five spots in the AP Top 25 on Feb. 4 to No. 20. The Blue Hens received votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll last week. The Blue Hens were picked No. 1 for the third consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Poll and Drexel followed at #23.

        •      Delaware's Elena Delle Donne was named to the John Wooden award mid-season Top 20 List. She was the only non-BSC candidate listed. She was also listed on the State Farm Wade Watch hopefuls list on Feb. 4

        •      Hofstra's Shante Evans, who leads the nation in active career double-doubles, recently became the Pride's all-time scoring leader and previously this season became the Pride's all-time rebounding leader. There are only two other active women's players who are also their school's all-time scoring and rebounding leader.

        •      CAA Record Book Watch: Located on Page 13. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne is nearing breaking CAA career marks.

        •      The CAA Women's Basketball Championship will return to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in 2013 for the third straight season (Mar. 14-17).  Credential forms have been sent out -- if you have not received one, please contact Niki DeSantis at the CAA office.

        •      The 11 CAA teams have posted a 64-60 record in the season in non-conference play.

        •      The most recent RPIRatings.com report posted that the CAA was ranked 14th among the 33 conferences with Delaware ranked at 24 leading the CAA.

        •      The College of Charleston has accepted an invitation of membership to join the CAA beginning July 2013.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

Elena Delle Donne • Delaware 

Wilmington, Del./Ursuline, Sr., Guard/Forward

Delle Donne received CAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors after leading the Blue Hens to a 3-0 week, while averaging a league-best 28.7 points per game. The senior finished the week netting 35 points, her second best this season, against Hofstra for her second 30-plus point game this year. Delle Donne was named ESPNW's National Player of the Week for her performance. She missed just one free-throw on the week going 20-for-21 from the line, while shooting 44.6 percent (29-65) from the floor. Delle Donne added 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per outing last week as well. 

Tanisha McTiller • Towson

Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park, Jr., Guard

McTiller collected CAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week accolades after scoring a team-best 26.5 points per game. She added 7.5 rebounds per contest, while was second best on the squad. The junior, who averages a league's second-best 18.4 points per game, shot 47.6 percent (20-42) from the floor in the Tigers' two contests and 91.7 percent (11-12) from the free throw line. McTiller scored a team-high 23 points against James Madison on Thursday before pouring in a career-high 30 points against Northeastern on Sunday. The junior added 12 rebounds against the Huskies to tab her team-leading sixth double-double of the season. She finished the week tying team highs of five assists and three steals.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:

Precious Hall • James Madison

Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School, Fr., Guard

Hall received CAA Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this season after helping the Dukes to a 2-0 week. The freshman averaged 14.5 points per game, including pouring in a team-best 19 points in the win over William & Mary. Hall shot 52.6 percent (10-19) from the floor for JMU and perfect from the line (6-6). The rookie guard also grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game and added 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per outing.

CAA AT NO. 14 IN RPI RANKING (Through Feb. 3): The CAA is ranked 14th among the nation's 33 Division I conferences in women's basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News. Delaware jumped to No. 24 in the team RPI ranking. Drexel (79) and James Madison (91) both joined UD in the Top 100, while  Northeastern (123), Hofstra (132), and Old Dominion (136) round out the CAA teams in the Top 200.

CAA IN THE TOP 25: The Delaware Blue Hens, who are now 18-3, jumped in the Associated Press Poll Top 25 to No. 20 after returning at No. 25 a week ago. The Blue Hens received votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time since No. 19 on Jan. 29. Delaware opened the 2011-12 and 2010-11 seasons receiving votes in the AP Poll, but it was the first time in program history that the Blue Hens were ranked in the preseason. The Blue Hens were ranked in the AP Top 25 for 16 weeks during their record-setting season a year ago. UD went undefeated (18-0) in league play and claimed the conference tournament title in 2012. Delaware, which finished last season with a 31-2 record, climbed as high as seventh in the national rankings and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round following its first postseason win in school history. All-American Elena Delle Donne recently returned after missing six contests this season, as she had been sitting out during treatment for Lyme Disease.

TWO CAA TEAMS RANKED NO. 1 IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR POLL: Delaware improved to No. 1 in the CollegeInsider.com Jan. 29 edition of the mid-major poll with 28 first-place votes, while Drexel jumped into the Top 25 ranked at No. 23. James Madison (55) and Hofstra (36) also received votes. The women's Mid-Major Top 25 is comprised of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast Conferences.

DELAWARE'S DELLE DONNE ESPNW WOMEN'S HOOPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, a senior forward/guard from Wilmington, Del., is the ESPNW national player of the week (Feb. 3) after her outstanding performance in UD's past three-game week. The senior averaged 28.7 points in the three games over six days. In Sunday's 79-63 win over Hofstra, Delle Donne scored 35 points on 10-of-20 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Twenty-one of those points came in the first half, including a halftime buzzer-beating 3-pointer that helped send Delaware to its 13th straight win. Even more telling: Delle Donne played 36 minutes against the Pride. Her 26-point effort against Northeastern and 25-point performance at Georgia State were so good that she didn't have to play much in the second half of two easy victories. Thanks to Delle Donne's efforts -- she has averaged more than 25 points per game since her complete return -- the Hens are 9-0 in the CAA and moved back into the Top 25 last week. In fact, Delaware has won 28 straight regular-season conference games. Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine ESPNW's national player of the week, which is awarded every Monday of the women's college basketball season.

AWAITING A SPOT AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne is averaging 25.3 points per game. Delle Donne is not currently listed among the CAA or national leaders, due to her six games missed earlier this season, but if she continues to play every game and continues her stellar scoring she should join the CAA & national leaders after the Feb. 14th game. To be ranked, a player must appear in at least 75 percent of their team's games. Delle Donne led the nation in 2011-12 scoring 28.1 points per game. In 2010-11, she missed 11 games while being treated for Lyme Disease symptoms, but played in 22 contests scoring 25.3 ppg -- Oral Roberts' Kevi Luper led the nation in 10-11 averaging 23.7 ppg.  Delle Donne ranked third nationally at the conclusion of her rookie campaign after pouring in 26.7 points per game in 29 outings.

HOT SHOOTING AROUND THE CAA FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEB. 3: Five players around the CAA averaged 20.0+ points per game last week, led by Delaware's Elena Delle Donne's 28.7 ppg (3 games, 29-of-65 FG/20-of-21 FT).  Towson's Tanisha McTiller averaged 26.5 ppg (2 games, 20-of-42 FG/11-of-12 FT), Hofstra's Shante Evans (2 games, 16-of-35 FG/15-of-18 FT) and Drexel's Hollie Mershon (2 games, 16-of-37 FG/9-of-9 FT) each poured in 23.5 ppg and William & Mary's Emily Correal added 20.0 ppg (2 games, 12-of-28 FG/16-of-17 FT).

DELLE DONNE MAKES TOP 20 WOODEN AWARD MID-SEASON LIST: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne was named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Mid-Season Top 20. The senior landed herself on another prestigious honor list as the only non-BCS nominee listed. Delle Donne averages 24.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Blue Hens, despite sitting in six of her team's first seven games due to fatigue resulting from issues related to Lyme disease.  The Big East led all conferences with six selections, followed by the ACC with four, the Big 12 and Big 10 with three each, the SEC has two, the CAA and Pac-12 with one apiece.

HOFSTRA'S HISTORY BOOKS: Senior forward Shante Evans set the program's all-time scoring record on Jan. 13 against George Mason and currently has 1,947 career points. Evans, who is averaging a team-leading 17.3 points, is on pace to be Hofstra's first 2,000-career point scorer. Evans became Hofstra's all-time leading rebounder on Nov. 28 and currently has 1,207 rebounds and also ranks in the CAA top 10. Entering this season, Evans has averaged over 330 rebounds per year during her career with the Pride. The CAA record is held by James Madison's Meredith Alexis (2004-07) with 1,313 and Evans is on pace to challenge Alexis' mark this season.

HIGH-NUMBERS: Hofstra's Shante Evans, who currently has 1,947 career points and 1,207 career rebounds, ranks among some of the top current players in the nation regarding her career numbers. Evans is third among players who have passed 1,600 points and 1,000 rebounds, as Howard's Saadia Doyle (2111 pts, 1083 rbs) and Baylor's Brittney Griner (2903 pts, 1144 rbs) rank higher than her.  Evans ranks at #50 among the all-time list currently with stats dating back to 1999-00 in the same category and if we shorten the list to 1,900 points and 1,100 rebounds all-time Evans ranks at #34 among stats dating back to 1999-00.

DOUBLE-TROUBLE ALL-TIME LEADERS: In addition to Hofstra's Shante Evans, there are only two other active women's players who are also their school's all-time scoring and rebounding leader. Sametria Gideon from Kennesaw State and Loyola Marymount's Alex Cowling are their program's all-time scoring and rebound leaders.

DELLE DONNE ABOUT TO TOP CAA HISTORY MARKS: Delaware's Elena Delle Donne is just notches away from hitting the number one spot in numerous categories in the CAA record books (list on page 13). Delle Donne needs just 29 points to tie James Madison's Dawn Evans for first in the CAA history with 2,667 career points.  The senior All-American also needs just to make 14 free throws to tie Gabriela Marginean (684) in a career in CAA history. Delle Donne can also cap the top of the field goals made in a career category with Marginean (904) with 13 made field goals. The senior forward/guard is just 37 free throw attempts away from tying Marginean (769) in a career, but Hofstra's Shante Evans needs just 23 to tie Marginean at this point and the battle for the top will come down to the "line".

IN THE [CAA RECORD] BOOKS: Shante Evans entered the CAA's top 10 list in career scoring on Jan. 6 and entered the CAA record books in field goals made in a career on Jan. 20. The senior most recently entered the record book in field goals attempted in a career on Feb. 3. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne jumped into the CAA's top 10 list in free throws attempted, while Georgia State's Cody Paulk entered the league's top 10 list in blocked shots during the week ending Dec. 30. On the first weekend of the 2012-13 season the league had two women's basketball players crack the CAA all-time record books -- JMU's Kirby Burkholder sank seven three pointers against Virginia, while William & Mary's Emily Correal grabbed 21 rebounds against East Carolina. Kirby's seven trey's ranks her tied for ninth in the CAA record books, while Correal's 21 rebounds is tied for fifth for rebounds in a single game. Hofstra's Shante Evans jumped into the CAA record books in career rebounds on Nov. 28th. Full list of updated CAA career record book listings are on page 13 of these notes.

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