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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Feb. 11

Feb 12, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

Let’s take a look around the league in the past week. Delaware improved to 11-0 in conference play with a victory over a threatening James Madison squad on Sunday. The Dukes dropped to 9-2 and are now tied with Drexel for second place headed into this week. Old Dominion and Hofstra follow just behind with conference marks of 7-4.

Congratulations goes out to Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Hofstra’s Shante Evans for earning CAA Player of the Week honors during their respective milestone weeks.  CAA Rookie of the Week accolades were presented to Towson’s Dominique Johnson, who averaged nearly double the points in a pair of outings than she had all season. Check out the entire release on CAASports.com.

Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne became the CAA’s all-time leading scorer with 2,677 career points on Feb. 10 during the Blue Hens’ win at JMU. She passed the Dukes’ former all-star Dawn Evans, who held the record at 2,667 since 2011. Delle Donne is also closing in on a number of other CAA career marks, which can be found in the CAA notes package on the CAA WBB Media Central page.

Hofstra’s Shante Evans also hit a milestone as she became the first player in HU women’s basketball history to score 2,000 career points with her layup in the final minute at Georgia State on Feb. 10. She is the only active player in the nation with over 2,000 points and 1,200 rebounds in her career and is just one of four active players that holds both all-time record for her respective school. The senior all-star also leads the nation in active career double-double leaders.

Delaware steadied at No. 20 in the most recent AP Top 25 Poll on Monday. They improved to No. 22 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll on Tuesday and was voted No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. Drexel followed at No. 23 in the mid-major poll, while James Madison and Hofstra each earned votes.

The day is nearing… Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne is averaging 24.6 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.

Around the League – Did You Knows…

Delaware: Danielle Parker registered her 1,000th career point to become the 24th player in UD WBB history to reach the milestone against the Tigers.

Drexel: Hollie Mershon moved up on Drexel’s all-time scoring list to 11th Sunday with 1,275 career points. She also has 298 assists and is on pace to become the 9th player in program history to reach 300 career assists.

George Mason: Rahneeka Saunders led the Patriots on the week averaging 16.5 ppg to go along with a team-best 9.0 rebounds per outing. She recorded her first double-double of the seasona dn second of her career against W&M with a game-high 19 points and career-best 13 rebounds. The senior guard hit eight FGs, including the game-winner with 3 seconds left in regulation.

Georgia State: Cody Paulk led the Panthers on the glass pulling down 10.0 rebounds per contest and added six blocks and seven steals. Paulk’s 58 blocks are a new season-best after blocking 56 in each of the past two seasons. She is chasing the school season record of 67, set by Marcquitta Head in 2006-07. Paulk’s 191 career total blocks are an ongoing  GSU career mark as she stands 7th in CAA history.

Hofstra: Shante Evans led the Pride pouring in 18.0 ppg and 12.3 rpg. She became the first player in HU’s WBB history to score 2,000 career points with her layup in the final minute against GSU on Feb. 10. She also leads the league with 14 double-doubles on the season.

James Madison: Tarik Hislop (1,632) moved from 6th to 4th on the JMU all-time scoring list passing Holly Rilinger and Lesley Dickinson. She also broke the JMU record for career starts with her 126th and tied Tamera Young’s record for 127 career consecutive games played.

UNCW: he Seahawks dished out a season-high 17 assists in their contest against the Pride. The Seahawks were scheduled to play at Northeastern on Sunday, Feb. 10, but that game has been moved to March 9, due to the winter storm that wiped out the northeast.

Northeastern: Sophomore A’lece Mark scored 10 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, also dishing out three assists and swiping three steals.

Old Dominion: Junior Stephanie Gardner and senior Jackie Cook each averagered 9.0 ppg to lead the Lady Monarchs on the week. Gardener scored a career-high 18 points against Drexel as she shot 7-for-11 from the field and 3-for-4 from long range.  Cook sits at 950 career points and has 39 career double-digit scoring performances. She has scored in double figures in 16 of ODU’s 23 games this season.

Towson: Tanisha McTiller was held to 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last week by some of the top two teams in the league.

William & Mary: Janine Aldridge contributed 12.0 ppg to go along with 7.0 rpg. She is now tied for fifth in CAA history with 291 career three-pointers, which also ranks first in the Tribe record books. Additionally, Aldridge is just 17 steals shy of becoming W&M’s all-time leader in that category as she has 241 career thefts.

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