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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Nov. 25

Nov 26, 2013, 8:34 AM EDT

Nearly a handful of women’s basketball games have been played by almost every team and the season is now in full swing. CAA women’s teams slipped just under .500 against non-conference opponents.  James Madison (4-0), Northeastern (4-1) and Delaware (4-1) are currently on win streaks.

James Madison has opened the season with a 4-0 mark, which is the fourth time in seven years the Dukes have accomplished the feat. Delaware and Northeastern are each on three-game winning streaks. Ironically, both team’s only loss is to members of the American Athletic Conference. The Blue Hens’ fell to Temple at home, while the Huskies only loss is to Rutgers at the Cabot Center.

The Dukes were led by CAA Player of the Week Precious Hall. The sophomore averaged 19.0 points per game. The Blue Hens were assisted in a pair of wins last week by CAA Rookie of the Week Erika Brown. The freshman guard contributed 12.5 points per game and hit a career-best four three-pointers against Monmouth.  You can read all about the accomplishments of these two award winners on

James Madison senior guard Kirby Burkholder was named to the Naismith Women’s Basketball Early Top 50 Watch List. The list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2013-2014 college basketball season.

Northeastern’s Kazzidy Stewart averaged 10.0 ppg for the Huskies last week as they defeated Rhode Island and NJIT, not missing a shot in the two contests.  The sophomore guard shot 8-8 from the floor and 4-4 from beyond the arc for the Huskies. She did not visit the free throw line at all during the two outings.

Leading the league in scoring is Northeastern’s A’lece Mark and Towson’s Tanisha McTiller as they are averaging 19.8 points per game after five contests. Burkholder follows closely at 19.5 points per game and UNCW’s Kelva Atkins has poured in 18.2 ppg for fourth in the league and leads the Seahawks. Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan ranks fifth in the conference with 16.2 points per outing and William & Mary’s Kaitlyn Mathieu is averaging 16.0 ppg (6th).

Burkholder leads the CAA in rebounding pulling down 10.5 boards per game after four outings, while Northeastern’s Jewel Tunstull (10.4 rpg) follows averaging double-digit rebounds in five contests. College of Charleston’s Afreyea is averaging 10.0 rebounds per outing to lead the Cougars in their first season in the league.  Towson’s Tanisha McTiller is now averaging 9.8 rebounds per game after five outings just falling short of double-digit rebounds.

College of Charleston’s Jill Brown is averaging a league-best seven assists per game. Hofstra’s Andreana Thomas follows with 6.4 helpers per game and James Madison’s Angela Mickens is sharing the wealth with 6.0 assists per game (3rd in CAA).

James Madison received votes in the AP Poll for the fourth straight week. JMU’s previous appearance in the AP Poll before this season 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: Erin Hall led the floor for Charleston with her first career double-double, pouring in 17 points and adding 10 rebounds in the contest. She recorded five three-pointers in 25 minutes of action.

Delaware: The Blue Hens tied a school record with 63 rebounds against Rider, breaking the original mark which was set on Jan. 27, 1990 against Rider.

Drexel: Drexel fell to Saint Joseph’s, 70-52, in the cross-town battle and dropped to 2-2 on the season. Freshman Sarah Curran led the Dragons with 12 points, marking her second straight outing with double figures, and added seven rebounds.

Hofstra: Senior guard Annie Payton added 15.0 ppg with back-to-back double-figure outings, including a 20-point effort against VT (one off of her personal best).

James Madison: Angela Mickens dished out 14 assists in the two outings, while only giving up three turnovers. She set career highs in points (11) and rebounds (9) and tied a career high with 8 assists.

UNCW: On the week, junior Kelva Atkins has averaged a team-best 16.0 ppg to go with 6.5 rpg. She has led the Seahawks four out of five times in scoring this season and reached double-figure scoring every outing.

Northeastern: Junior A’lece Mark led the Huskies on the week with 20.0 ppg and has scored 20+ points three times this season (5th game with 10+ pts). She also tied a team high with nine assists on the week. Mark leads the CAA tied with 19.8 ppg and is at the cusp of 100 points for the season with 99.

Towson: The Tigers grabbed 57 rebounds in the contest against the Patriots. It was the most single-game boards for Towson since the 1992-93 season. In the Mason contest, it was the first time since 2007-08 that three Tigers recorded double-doubles in the same game.

William & Mary: Junior Anna Kestler dished out a career- and game-best nine assists against HP and finished with 11 on the week. The nine helpers were the most by a Tribe player since Katherine DeHenzel had 10 assists on Jan. 19, 2012.

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