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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Dec. 9

Dec 9, 2013, 6:41 PM EST

With a 31-36 overall record against non-conference opponents, the CAA women’s basketball received its first RPI ranking on Dec. 9 (thru games of Dec. 8) and was ranked at No. 11 among the conferences. James Madison, who owns a record of 6-2, has the best RPI of 60. Delaware leads the league with a 6-1 record, but the Blue Hens’ RPI is five deep at 143. For the full listing visit CAASports.com to read this week’s report and check out each teams rankings through games of Dec. 8.

The Dukes have improved to 6-2 with the help of junior forward Toia Giggetts, who was honored as this week’s CAA Player of the Week. The junior forward poured in a game- and career-high 23 points in JMU’s road victory at Pitt last week. Hofstra, which went 2-0 last week at home, received great help from freshman Krystal Luciano and she was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week. Luciano averaged 13.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg, while scoring a game- and career-high 17 points in the Pride’s win over Concordia (NY) on Dec. 3.  This week’s weekly report highlights both Giggetts and Luciano’s accomplishments in full fashion – read about it here.

It’s early in the schedule, but plenty of minutes have been clocked by this year’s top players. Leading the league in scoring is Northeastern’s A’lece Mark as she is pouring in 18.7 points per game. JMU’s Kirby Burkholder follows scoring the second highest in the conference with 18.4 ppg and Towson’s Tanisha McTiller is third with 18.3 ppg. UNCW’s Kelva Atkins is averaging 18.2 points an outing and to round out the top five scorers to date is Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan, who is leading the Blue Hens with 16.7 ppg.

On the glass, Northeastern’s Jewel Tunstull is ranked 39th in the nation pulling down 10.3 boards per contest. College of Charleston’s Jill Brown is averaging a league-best 6.7 assists per game, which ranks 14th nationally.  Hofstra also has great helping hands as Andreana Thomas is dishing out 6.4 apg (19th nationally). Check out all of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball stat rankings on NCAA.com.

This week’s schedule lightens up slightly as the student-athletes take a short break for final exams. With a few early games in the week and then a break before the weekend, teams will regroup and prepare for the holiday stretch — some will compete in tournaments [such as James Madison and Drexel this weekend as they visit St. John’s to participate in the St. John’s Classic]. Conference play is just weeks away… the count down shall being – four weeks from yesterday (Dec. 8).  Four weeks just seems to always come much faster around the holidays, don’t you think?

Around the League – Did You Knows…

College of Charleston: The Cougars were led by a record setting performance from Jill Brown, who dished out seven assists to become CofC’s all-time leader in career assists (463) in the win over George Mason. Afreyea Tolbert poured in a team-best 21 points, while teammate Alyssa Frye added 20 points on 3-6 shooting from behind the arc. The two scored the highest combined point total for two Cougars this season (41).

Delaware: The Blue Hens are currently in the midst of the exam break and will return to the court on Dec. 15 when they visit Princeton.

Drexel: Sophomore Meghan Creighton averaged a team-high 11.0 points per game on the week.

Hofstra: Against Concordia, Hofstra set a number of records in the contest including school records for largest margin of victory (63) and arena records for points scored (101) and margin of victory.

James Madison: Senior Nikki Newman snatched 7 rebounds, giving her 707 for her career. She is just two boards shy of tying Sydney Beasley [83-85, 86-88] for 10th in program history. All of JMU’s six victories have come by double digits and the Dukes are averaging 11 more points than their opponents.

UNCW: UNCW returns to action Dec. 16 when it faces its third ACC opponent of the season as they visit Wake Forest – the Alma matter of head coach Adell Harris.

Northeastern: Center Jewell Tunstull scored a season-best 19 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of her senior campaign in the Huskies’ loss to Holy Cross.

Towson: Sophomore guard Dominique Johnson followed pouring in 20.5 points per game, but led the team with six assists (vs. Bucknell /George Washington). She scored a game- and career-high 31 points in the loss at Bucknell and tied a school record seven treys. She is the fourth player in school history to sink seven treys in a single-game.

William & Mary: Junior Jazmon Boone scored a career-tying 24 points to lead all scorers and three Tribe players in double figures. Boone scored 24 points for the second straight contest and finished with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

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