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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Dec. 10

Dec 10, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

Games are becoming sparse as final exams are being administered and so the schedule hasn’t been as full as the past few weeks, but there are still plenty of games being played. CAA teams have compiled a 42-39 overall mark and Old Dominion (6-1) and Georgia State (5-1) are sitting atop the conference standings with just one loss apiece. Drexel, who has the best RPI of all CAA teams, is in third with a 6-2 overall record, but has lost its two contests with a combined total of five points and the game against nationally-ranked South Carolina went into overtime. The Gamecocks are now 10-0 this season.

Congrats to Delaware’s Lauren Carra and William & Mary’s Emily Correal for earning CAA Player of the Week honors.  Carra knocked in a running jumper off the glass with two seconds remaining in regulation to secure a 59-58 comeback win over Princeton. Correal averaged a team-best 24.5 points per game last week, including a career-high 28 points against Radford.  During her outstanding 28-point performance, she also became the Tribe’s 17th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Old Dominion’s LaQuanda Younger received CAA Rookie of the Week accolades after helping the Lady Monarchs to a 59-33 home victory over NC Central last week.

RPIRatings.com posted its first report of the year this morning and the CAA women’s basketball teams have earned a spot of 14th out of 33 conferences.  Drexel was ranked with the best RPI of 90, while Delaware (90) and James Madison (99) followed. Old Dominion (102), Northeastern (124), George Mason (151) and Georgia State (177) rounded out the CAA teams in the top 200.

James Madison has played some of the toughest teams in the country thus far this season as the Dukes’ strength of schedule was ranked 15th through games of Dec. 9. Hofstra’s schedule was ranked 55th and George Mason’s was 97th.

The Georgia State Panthers are holding their opponents from making long range shots. The Panthers are ranked number one in the most recent NCAA.com national stat rankings in three-point field goal defense. GSU is holding their opponents to 16 percent shooting from beyond the arc, which is the lowest percentage nationally.  Old Dominion follows in the same category ranking 10th as they have held their opponents to 21.1 percent shooting from three point range and Delaware ranks 22nd holding their opponents to 22.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Drexel (7, 46.6%) and Old Dominion (8, 47.6%) rank among the best in scoring defense, while Georgia State also ranks eighth in field goal percentage defense (31.1%). Northeastern averages 8.6 three pointers per game ranking fifth in the nation, led by Deanna Kerkhof making 3.29 trey’s per outing (8th nationally). Drexel has kept the turnovers to a low 12.4 per game for eighth among the nations leaders.

Did you knows… for Dec. 10

Delaware: The Blue Hens will rest until Dec. 20 when they welcome nationally-ranked Maryland to the Bob Carpenter Center. Delaware has played six of the seven games this season without all-star Elena Delle Donne… many hope to see her return before the Terps come to town.

Drexel: The Dragons are currently enjoying a 20 day break before they return to the court on Dec. 21 when they host Penn.  Drexel is led by Hollie Mershon’s 16.5 points per game, while ranking fifth among the league leaders. She also leads the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and ranks 10th in the CAA in that category. Mershon also shares the ball dishing out a team-best 30 assists and is tied for the team-high 15 steals with teammate Nicki Jones.

George Mason: Rahneeka Saunders led Mason with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor, against Akron and finished the week leading the team averaging 16.5 ppg in the two outings.

Georgia State: GSU is led by Kayla Nolan’s 11.5 points per game, while Cody Paulk (10.7 ppg) and Kendra Long (10.0 ppg) follow close behind. Paulk leads the team in rebounding with 9.0 boards per game and she also leads the team with 18 blocks.

Hofstra: Every team that Hofstra has played this season qualified for last year’s postseason: Stetson, Saint Joseph’s and Harvard making the WNIT and Texas, St. John’s, Marist and Princeton qualifying for the NCAAs. With the game against the Tigers, Hofstra has already played three schools from the BCS conferences – including Texas, St. John’s and Auburn. The Pride will return to the court on Dec. 21 and will play its next five games at home.

James Madison: JMU is under .500 after eighth games for only the second time in the last 30 seasons. The only other time was coach Kenny Brooks’ second season in 2003-04, when JMU had a 2-6 record. The Dukes will return to the court on Dec. 16 when they visit Duquesne.

UNCW: The 34 points scored by the Seahawks in the contest against Liberty were the fewest for a UNCW squad since scoring 32 in an 83-32 setback at ODU on Feb. 15, 2001. The Seahawks will take a break from action until Dec. 18 when they visit Xavier.  They will follow that outing with a visit to Northern Kentucky on Dec. 20 before the holiday break.

Northeastern: The win over Holy Cross last week was Northeastern’s fourth straight on the season for the first time since a seven-game run from Feb. 17- Mar. 13, 2007. NU has also won its sixth straight at home, dating back to last season. The Huskies have now won their first three home games of a season for the first time since 2009-10. NU has now held five of its first seven opponents to 50 points or less.

Old Dominion: The Lady Monarchs own a 6-1 start to the season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Old Dominion now breaks for 12 days during final exams and returns to action at the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 8:30 p.m. (ET) when they face tournament host UNLV.

Towson: he Tigers were led by junior Tanisha McTiller as she posted a career-high 25 points, including a 15-for-20 effort from the free-throw line. She was just one made free throw shy of tying Alis Freeman’s single-game school record of 16 made free throws. The Tigers will return to action on Dec. 11 when they host nationally-ranked Maryland in the Towson Center.

William & Mary: Janine Aldrige finished the week averaging 9.5 points per game and she led the team with seven assists. Aldridge’s 240 career three-pointers rank first in the W&M record books and are tied for 8th all-time in CAA history. The Tribe will continue its seven-game road swing on Dec. 21 with a trip to North Carolina Central on Saturday.

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