Nov 18, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT
We are now into past the second week of the 2013-14 season of the CAA Women’s Basketball season and the league has put together a 15-12 overall record against non-conference foes. James Madison has opened the season with a 2-0 mark and last week Delaware, Drexel and Hofstra captured wins over ACC, Big East and A-10 members.
This week’s CAA Players of the Week showed the league some strong numbers over the past week to help their respective teams chalk up a line in the win column. You can read about Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan and Northeastern’s Jewel Tunstull stellar weeks on CAASports.com and check out the CAA Rookie of the Week, Alexis Smith from Drexel.
After two outings, JMU’s Kirby Burkholder is averaging 23.5 ppg, while UNCW’s Kelva Atkins and Northeastern’s A’lece Mark are averaging 19.7 ppg after their first three games. Towson’s Tanisha McTiller has added 19.0 ppg. Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan is averaging 16.7 ppg (3 games), and freshman Marlena Tremba of William & Mary came off the bench in her two outings to lead the Tribe with 16.5 ppg. The Huskies’ Jewel Tunstull has had a trio of strong outings for Northeastern pouring in 16.0 ppg, and Drexel’s Fiona Flanagan is averaging 15.7 ppg in her trio of outings for the Dragons. W&M’s Kaitlyn Mathieu is averaging 15.5 ppg in her two starts.
James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder leads the CAA in rebounding pulling down 14.5 boards per game after two outings, while Northeastern’s Jewel Tunstull (12.0 rpg) follows averaging double-digit rebounds. Just falling short of the double-digit rebounds College of Charleston’s Afreyea Tolbert (9.8 rpg) and Towson’s Tanisha McTiller (9.7 rpg).
James Madison received votes in the AP Poll for the third straight week. JMU’s last appearance in the AP Poll was in the final poll of the 2010-11 season when they received one vote. During the 2009-10 season, the Dukes appeared in the AP Poll for seven straight weeks (either receiving votes or being ranked as high as No. 24 on Dec. 14, 2009).
Around the League – Did You Knows…
College of Charleston: The Cougars, who have played the most games among the CAA teams, will face just one opponent this week as they visit UNC Greensboro on Saturday for an afternoon matinee.
Delaware: Freshman Erika Brown added a career-high 18 points against Wake Forest and finished the week with 12.5 ppg for second on the team in scoring in the two outings.
Drexel: Drexel has now won 16 straight games in which three players scored in double figures. Drexel will not be back at the DAC for over a month, with the next home game coming on Dec. 18 against Hampton. However, the Dragons will be staying in Philadelphia for their next game, a trip to Hagan Arena on the campus of St. Joseph’s on Wednesday evening.
Hofstra: Sophomore Ruth Sherrill grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in the win, doubling her previous high of six caroms and led the team with 8.5 rpg on the week.
James Madison: Senior guard Kirby Burkholder recorded a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. With her 22nd double-figure rebound game, she moved into a three-way tie for seventh-most all-time with Nadine Morgan and Katherine Johnson in the JMU record books. Burkholder connected on six of her nine shots from the floor, including three of four from long range. The senior guard also went 8-8 from the FT line.
UNCW: Freshman guard Brie Mobley found a spot in the starting line-up with two starts on the week. She contributed 14.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg. She also added four assists and four steals. Mobley became the first UNCW rookie since Brittany Blackwell (2007-08) to score in double figures in each of the first three contests of her collegiate career.
Northeastern: NU’s defeated UNH by 20 points and the last time the Huskies won by that margin was on Dec. 22, 2012 versus UMass.
Towson: The win over the Jaspers gave head coach Niki Reid Geckeler her first victory at the helm of the Tigers.
William & Mary: Freshman Marlena Tremba led the Tribe with 16.5 ppg coming off the bench in both outings. She also added 5.0 rpg. The rookie poured in a team-high 20 points in the season opener against Longwood. Her 20-point performance was the most by a Tribe freshman in their first game since 2003 and sixth most all-time.
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