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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Dec. 23

Dec 23, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

Delaware won the Lehigh Classic, College of Charleston went 2-0 with wins over Coastal Carolin and USF, and Northeastern split on the week while finishing the stretch with a dominating win over Massachusetts. The CAA Women’s Basketball squads wrapped up a busy week before the holiday break on Dec. 21.

Leading the Huskies in their strong victory over UMass was sophomore Tiffany Montagne, who earned CAA Player of the Week honors.  She was joined by Delaware’s Erika Brown, who was named CAA Rookie of the Week after helping the Blue Hens to a pair of victories and the title at the Lehigh Classic. Read about these two outstanding student-athletes’ accomplishments on CAASports.com, in the weekly report.

Among the nation’s leaders, Northeastern is ranked 15th among the nation in free throw percentage (77.1), Coll. of Charleston is sitting at 16th in steals per game (11.8) and 20th in turnover margin (6.0), Drexel is 15th in turnovers per game (12.5), James Madison is ranked 20th in rebound margin (10.5), and Hofstra is 15th in three point field goal defense allowing opponents to shoot 25.3 percent from beyond the arc.

In the individual rankings, JMU’s Jazmon Gwathmey ranks 16th among the national leaders with a 90.6 free throw percentage, William & Mary’s Kyla Kerstetter ranks 17th in steals per game (3.11) and UNCW’s Kelva Atkins follows at 21st (3.0 spg), Northeastern’s Tiffany Montagne is shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc to rank 26th in that category and Charleston’s Jill Brown is ranked 26th dishing out 6.0 assists per contest.

The CAA was ranked No. 13 among the nation’s 33 Division I conferences in women’s basketball according to the RPI report compiled by Collegiate Basketball News. James Madison led the league at No. 67 in the team RPI ranking. Hofstra (96), Delaware (99), Drexel (105), Northeastern (130), and College of Charleston (156) round out the CAA squads in the Top 200.

Towson’s Tanisha McTiller leads the league in scoring with 18.1 ppg, while JMU’s Kirby Burkholder is scoring the second highest in the conference with 17.8 points per outing in 11 games. UNCW’s Kelva Atkins is averaging 17.5 ppg for the league’s third best scoring mark.

College of Charleston’s Afreyea Tolbert became the league’s top rebounder after Dec. 21 pulling down 9.3 rpg, while Northeastern’s Jewel Tunstull dropped to second with 9.2 boards per outing. Towson’s Nyree Williams is averaging 8.4 rpg, ranked third in the CAA.

Charleston’s Jill Brown is averaging a league-best 6.0 assists per game and ranks nationally in that category. Hofstra’s Andreana Thomas ranks second in the league with 5.7 helpers per contest, also ranking in the Top 25 nationally, and is followed by Northeastern’s Amencie Mercier, who is dishing out 5.2 apg.

Full CAA Women’s Basketball Statistics are updated after each game day, and can be found on CAASports.com.

The Cougars of College of Charleston own a perfect record at home, 4-0, this far this season. They are the only CAA women’s team without a loss at home in 2013-14. The Cougars have won six straight at home, dating back to last season.

Around the League – Did You Knows…

College of Charleston: The Cougars went 2-0 on the week with wins over Coastal Carolina and South Florida. Alyssa Frye led the team scoring 17.5 ppg and Afreyea Tolbert pulled down a team-best 11.0 rpg.

Delaware: The Blue Hens won the Lehigh Classic with victories over Youngstown St. and host Lehigh. UD was led by Kelsey Buchanan’s 17.5 ppg on .608 percent shooting. Rookie Erika Brown poured in a career-best 23 points against Lehigh to finish 14.5 ppg on the week on .688 percent shooting.

Drexel: The Dragons, who snapped a two-game winning streak with a pair of losses this past week, fell to Hampton and Penn by a total of five points. Rachael Pearson match a career best with 19 points against HU.

Hofstra: The Pride fell on the road to a tough Harvard team, but was led by Annie Payton’s 14-point performance and Elo Edeferioka’s seven rebounds.

James Madison: James Madison fell to a tough visiting Vanderbilt squad in overtime Wednesday evening, 89-85, to snap the Dukes’ three-game winning streak. Toia Giggetts led the Dukes with a double-double including a career-high 25 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Four other JMU players scored in double figures.

UNCW: Despite the losses to Wake Forest and Liberty, Kelva Atkins averaged 14.0 ppg and 4.0 steals per game. She led the Seahawks in both outings, making it the 9th and 10th time to lead UNCW. The junior reached double-figure points for the 10th & 11th time this season and 16th & 17th time in her career. She has reached double figures in each of the last 17 games dating back to the end of last season.

Northeastern: The Huskies split on the week as sophomore guard Tiffany Montagne had a breakout week averaging 26.5 points per game, including pouring a career-high 34 points in NU’s win over UMass. She also shot an impressive .606 from the field (20-33) and .667  (12-18) from beyond the arc.  Jewel Tunstull scored her 1,000th-career point while recording her seventh double-figure game this season with 14 points against UMass.

Towson: Senior guard Tanisha McTiller continues to produce for the Tigers, despite of the team’s 0-2 record on the week, as she posted 18.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 4.0 apg.

William & Mary: The Tribe went 1-1 on the week, adding to the win column with a victory over Radford. Jazmon Boone finished the week averaging 16.5 ppg in her two starts, while Kaitlyn Mathieu added 13.0 ppg and Kyla Kerstetter contributed 11.5 ppg.  Kerstetter also led the team with 13 steals on the week.

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