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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Jan. 28

Jan 28, 2013, 4:32 AM EDT

News and notes from around the league are full of some exciting topics. Delaware is the last undefeated team in conference play at 6-0, while Drexel and James Madison follow with 6-1 records.  Hofstra is right behind them with a 4-2 mark. The Blue Hens returned to the AP Top 25 on Jan. 28 at No. 25, while they were receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll a week ago (new poll comes out on Tuesday). Three CAA teams have entered among the Top 100 in RPI ranking, while Delaware leads at 28.  Drexel and James Madison improved to 81 and 87, respectively.

A strong week for stats as a trio of players earned Player of the Week honors: James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Drexel’s Hollie Mershon.  They each averaged over 24.0 points per game last week and Burkholder (28) and Mershon (33) poured in career-highs on the week. The Rookie of the Week accolade was presented to JMU’s Precious Hall for the third time this season, as she helped them Dukes to a 2-0 week adding 18.0 points per game. You can read the full report on

Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne is averaging 24.5 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 plays every game and continues her stellar scoring she should join the national leaders after the Feb. 14th game. To be ranked, a player much appear in at least 75 percent of their team’s games. Read more about her history in national rankings here.

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.  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 Shante Evans, who currently has 1,900 career points and 1,170 career rebounds and is Hofstra’s all-time leader in both categories, 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 (2085 pts, 1067 rbs) and Baylor’s Brittney Griner (2833 pts, 1119 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. 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. 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.

Northeastern’s Deanna Kerkhof joined Drexel’s Hollie Mershon, Drexel’s Lauren Carra, W&M’s Emily Correal & Janine Aldridge and George Mason’s Amber Easter on passing 1,000 career points this season. Kerkhof became the Huskies’ 15th player to reach the milestone in NU program history.

Around the League – Did You Knows…

Delaware: Danielle Parker became just the fifth player in school history to mark 900 career rebounds and 900 career points in her game against UNCW.

Drexel: he win over NU gave Denise Dillon her 100th regular season victory during her 10th year at the helm of the Dragons. She is just the 5th league coach to reach this mileston and is currently 3rd among the active coaches in the CAA.

George Mason: Rahneeka Saunders poured in 13.7 points per game to lead the Patriots. She also led Mason with 13 assists and 14 steals. Saunders added 6.0 rebounds for the team, which was second-best on the week for Mason.

Georgia State: Cody Paul added 11.5 ppg to go along with team highs of 12.5 rpg and four blocks. With her blocks, she moved into 8th in the CAA history books and her 46 this season lead the CAA and are among top 20 in the NCAA.

Hofstra: Candace Bond stepped up for the Pride posting a double-double with a team highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds. She also added a pair of steals and two assists.

James Madison: Freshman Precious Hall added 18.0 points per game, including a career-high 20 points against Mason. Hall grabbed a JMU freshman record seven steals against the Patriots, and it was the most for a single JMU player since Dawn Evans snatched seven in 2008-09.

UNCW: Jessica Freeman, Dana Brown and Tawanna Lee each averaged 8.0 points per game for the Seahawks on the week. Lee led the team in assists with six, while Brown posted a team-best four steals. Brown scored a career-high 14 points against Towson.

Northeastern: Northeastern went 1-1 on the week with a win over George Mason on the road and then fell to a tough Drexel squad at home Thursday, 85-73, for just their second loss at home this season.

Old Dominion:The Lady Monarchs have been strong from the FT line since the conference play started. ODU has shot 80 percent or better in four of their seven league games and collectively is shooting 76.3 percent (100-131) in CAA games.

Towson: Senior forward Michelle Peebles had a strong week averaging 11.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg.  She posted her first career double-double with a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over UNCW.

William & Mary: Janine Aldridge led the Tribe on the week pouring in 20.5 points per game, including a game-high 26 on a career-high 11 made field goals against Old Dominion on Sunday. She was a perfect 6-6 from the floor in the second half. She also added a team-high eight steals.

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