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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Feb. 4

Feb 5, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

It’s the mid-way through the season… most teams have nine games under their belt with Delaware (9-0) sitting at the top of the conference standings. James Madison follows just one game behind the Blue Hens at 8-1, while Drexel (7-2) and Old Dominion (6-2) follow.

Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne put up 28.7 points per game last week leading the Blue Hens to a 3-0 week and helping them improve to 18-3 overall, while Towson’s Tanisha McTiller poured in a career-high 30 points against Northeastern and finished the week averaging 28.5 ppg for the Tigers. Delle Donne and McTiller earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the week ending Feb. 3 and the entire release can be found at JMU’s Precious Hall was honored for the second straight week as CAA Rookie of the Week after scoring a team-high 19 points in the team’s win over William & Mary Sunday. She also finished the week averaging 14.5  ppg for the Dukes to earn her fourth ROW accolade of the season.

Delle Donne joined JMU’s Tarik Hislop in a prestigious manner while earning ESPNW’s National Player of the Week after netting 28.7 ppg in the three victories for the Blue Hens.

For the week ending Feb. 3, the top five scorers in the league during the seven days played averaged 24.4 points per game. They averaged as high as 28.7 points per game to 20.0 ppg. 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).

The Delaware Blue Hens, who are now 18-3, jumped five spots in the Associated Press Poll Top 25 to No. 20 after returning to Top 25 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.

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.

Around the League – Did You Knows…

Delaware: Danielle Parker has led the team on the glass pulling down 8.3 rebounds per outing. Parker needs just 12 points to hit the 1K career point mark, becoming the 24th player all-time in UD WBB history to do so. She also set a new school record on F. 3, playing in 129 career games.

Drexel: The Dragons had two players with 20+ points for the second time in 10 days (Mershon 33, Wootton vs. NU), after having not accomplished the feat since the 2010-11 campaign.

George Mason: Joyus Tharrington posted her first career double-double as she matched a career-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds.

Georgia State: Cody Paulk leads the CAA with 52 blocked shots as she chases the school season record of 67. She already holds the school career mark with 185 and sits at 8th all-time in CAA history. Paulk tied a career-best with six blocked shots against nationally-ranked UD.

Hofstra: Shante Evans led the Pride with 23.5 ppg, including a game-high 33 pts against Mason, and 18.5 rpg, including tying a career-high 23 in the win over Mason. Evans finished the week shooting 45.7 percent from the field (16-35) and 83.3 percent from the FT line (15-18). She has scored in double figures in 18 of the Pride’s 19 contests this season and leads all active players with 61 double-doubles.

James Madison: Against W&M, the Dukes trailed by 15 in the first half. It was the 14th time under Kenny Brooks that JMU was down by 10 or more and came back to win.

UNCW: Karneshia Garrett led the team averaging 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Garrett recorded double-doubles in both outings last week, giving her three straight double-double performances and seven this season. She has averaged 14.6 points and 11.3 rebounds in that span.

Northeastern: Jewel Tunstull led the team on the glass pulling down 12.5 rebounds per game. She tallied 14 boards against Towson, which marked her third 14-rebound game in CAA play alone.

Old Dominion: Jackie Cook finished the week with 13.5 points per game and added 7.0 rpg. The senior eclipsed the 500-career points mark in CAA games when she scored 13 points against UNCW. It was her team-leading 15th time scoring double digits this season and 38th time doing so in her career.

Towson: unior guard Tanisha McTiller led Towson pouring in 26.5 points per game, including a career-best 30 points in the three-point loss to Northeastern. McTiller also led the team with 23 points against JMU. The junior became the first Tiger to score 30+ points since Shanae Baker-Brice in 2009-10.  McTiller also added 7.5 rpg.

William & Mary: Emily Correal posted 20.0 ppg for the Tribe, including a game-high 28 points in the close contested game against JMU. She also added 8.0 rpg and 4.5 apg. Correal tabbed her fifth double-double of the season against UNCW with 12 pts and 10 rbs, to go along with a career-high seven assits.

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