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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim, Holiday Style – Dec. 24

Dec 24, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

source:  Happy Holidays to All our followers and fans!  It may be a holiday to some people, but the CAA Communications staff was still hard at work filing stats, updating notes and selecting CAA Basketball Weekly honors.  Last week was a pretty exciting week for CAA Women’s Hoops and below you can read all about it.

First, let’s congratulate Hofstra’s Shante Evans for leading the Pride to their second straight New York Life Holiday Tournament title with a pair of wins over Ole Miss and Northwestern.  She earned MVP honors and secured CAA WBB Player of the Week honors averaging 23.5 ppg and 15.0 rpg on the week. James Madison’s Precious Hall collected CAA WBB Rookie of the Week after helping the Dukes snap a three-game losing streak with a home victory over American.  Read about the weekly honors on CAASports.com.

The Blue Hens welcomed back Elena Delle Donne on Thursday when they hosted nationally-ranked Maryland. Delle Donne poured in a game-high 19 points in her first game back since before Thanksgiving. Delle Donne then returned to her “old-self” with a 30-point performance against Monmouth on Saturday afternoon. “I felt really good today,” remarked Delle Donne. “It was a great feeling to wake up after the Maryland game and feel refreshed and not exhausted. I think I’m getting healthier and hopefully turning the corner on feeling better.” It was her 30th performance of 30+ points during her career at Delaware.

A pair of CAA student-athletes reached career milestones this week as Delaware’s Lauren Carra and Drexel’s Hollie Mershon each earned their 1,000th career point. Mershon became the Dragons’ 20th player in program history to reach the milestone, as she accomplished this against Penn on Dec. 21, while Carra became the Blue Hens’ 23rd player to reach the plateau, as she tabbed the mark on Dec. 20 against Maryland.

Did you knows of CAA Women’s Basketball:

Delaware – Delaware will next take on Villanova on Dec. 29 in the Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic, before facing off against Duquesne or Dartmouth in the second game of the Tournament on Dec. 30.

Drexel – Against Penn, Drexel shot a season-high 63.5 percent (33-52) from the floor, including 47.4 percent (9-19) from three-point range.

George Mason – In the close loss to George Washington, Talisha Watts led the team with a career-high 12 points as one Patriot who posted double-figure points.

Georgia State – The 7-2 start marks just the seventh time in GSU’s 38-year women’s basketball team that the team has started 7-2 or better. GSU returns to its home court on Dec. 29-30 when its hosts its Holiday & Hoops Tournament with Toledo (10-1), Charlotte (8-2) and Mississippi Valley State (3-6).

Hofstra – The Pride will take the following week off and will return on Jan. 3 to gace Norfolk State before conference play begins.

James Madison – Against American, JMU started two freshman, Jazmon Gwathmey and Hall, as it was the first time since 2009-10 that two freshman have started for the Dukes.

UNCW – Last week, Jessica Freeman led the team on the week averaging 11.5 points per game and Chelsea McGowen followed closely with 11.0 points per outing.

Northeastern – In the win over UMass, the Huskies were led in scoring by junior Jewel Tunstull, who notched 15 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs, in 21 minutes played.

Old Dominion – On the week, Jackie Cook has led ODU averaging 19.5 points per game, including posting a career-high 25 points against Alabama A&M. She surpassed the 800-point mark in her ODU career and she was named to the All-Tournament team. The Lady Monarchs defeated UNLV and Alabama A&M, but fell to nationally-ranked Texas A&M.

Towson – The Tigers welcomed freshman Dominique Johnson in her debut against Bucknell. She averaged 9.5 points and added five assists adn two steals on the week.

William & Mary – In the loss to North Carolina A&T, Emily Correal scored a career-high 30 points on 10-of-16 shooing from the floor to lead the Tribe and Janine Aldridge poured in 21 points, which included six three-pointers.

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