Jan 20, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT
The box scores were loaded this past week for CAA Women’s Hoops. James Madison and Drexel remain unbeaten in conference play with 3-0 records. The two teams battled in Harrisonburg, Va. on Thursday, Jan. 23… a game any #CAAHoops fan would not want to miss this season.
A look back to last week: On Thursday night, Drexel’s Abby Redick recorded the league’s first triple-double of the season with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists. On Sunday, College of Charleston’s Alyssa Frye scored a career- and program-best 34 points, including tying a CAA record of 10 made three-pointers in a single game. Towson sophomore Dominique Johnson sank a school-record eight three-pointers in a one-point loss to UNCW on Sunday. Her eight is tied for fourth in the CAA record book.
With Frye’s record setting efforts in Boston, the senior guard earned CAA Player of the Week. To read more about her outstanding night and her overall week, check out the weekly report on CAASports.com. Drexel freshman Sarah Curran also stood out as she helped the Dragons to a 2-0 mark with a pair of road victories pouring in over 20 points a game. She earned her second CAA Rookie of the Week honor.
The league has steadied at the No. 12 mark in the RPI rankings, and James Madison leads all of the teams with a ranking of 44. Drexel improved to 83 last week and with Charleston’s two road wins, they improved to 118. The complete listing is also located in the weekly report.
JMU’s Kirby Burkholder has secured the top spot among the league’s leading scorers with 18.4 points per outing. The next two spots have been traded between Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan and Towson’s Tanisha McTiller over the past week’s, but Buchanan (17.6 ppg) holds second place currently followed by McTiller (17.4 ppg). Full CAA Women’s Basketball Statistics are updated after each game day, and can be found on CAASports.com.
William & Mary is still the only team in the league with four players ranked among the top 20 scorers. We spoke to the Tribe head coach Ed Swanson today on the weekly teleconference call and you can listen here to see what he had to say about his quad of scorers.
We mentioned above about Redick’s triple-double… but did you know that she is just one of 16 players this season to accomplish this task? Alyssa Thomas of Maryland is the only player in the nation to tackle the triple-double twice this season.
We also talked about the load of three’s that came down with Frye and Johnson earlier in the blog. Frye’s 10 three-pointers is the third highest mark this season among all NCAA Division I WBB players.
Let’s chat team stats ranked nationally… James Madison ranks 10th in blocked shots per game (5.8) and 14th in rebound margin pulling down 10.1 boards more a game versus their opponents. Drexel ranks 3rd in turnovers per game (11.7), 6th in assist turnover ratio (1.39), 8th in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 55.0 ppg and 16th in personal fouls (15.7). To find where the CAA teams and individuals rank among the national leaders, check out NCAA.com.
This Thursday, Jan. 23, The Seahawks of UNCW will welcome the Tribe of William & Mary for a 7 p.m. match-up at Trask Coliseum. This game will be televised and you can find out all the details on CAASports.com
Around the League – Did You Knows…
College of Charleston: The Cougars improved to 3-1 with wins over Hofstra and Northeastern. The week was highlighted by Alyssa Frye’s career-high & school-record 34-point performance, which included a CAA tying mark & school-record of 10 treys.
Delaware: The Blue Hens reached their 200th all-time victory at the Bob Carpenter Center with the win over UNCW Friday. Kelsey Buchanan put up 21.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg on the week.
Drexel: The Dragons improved to 3-0 with a road victories over William & Mary & Delaware. Senior Abby Redick put together the first triple-double in program history with 12 pts, 10 rbs and a career-high 12 assists against W&M. Sarah Curran, who finished the week averaging 20.5 ppg, posted a career- and game-high 22 points against the Tribe.
Hofstra: The Pride rallied but fell short in a 62-59 loss to College of Charleston during their What I Want to Be Day on Friday. Freshman Elo Edeferioka posted her first career double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds.
James Madison: The Dukes continue to be unbeaten in CAA play with wins over Towson and Hofstra, both on the road. Precious Hall led the Dukes in both outings finishing the week with 20.5 ppg. Nikki Newman dished out a team-best 17 assists.
UNCW: The Seahawks snapped a 14-game losing streak with a one-point victory at Towson Sunday afternoon. Kelva Atkins led the Seahawks with 21 points in the win.
Northeastern: The Huskies snapped a three-game losing skid with a road win over UNCW. Junior A’lece Mark led all scorers after recording her fourth 20-point game with 23 points. Samantha DeFreese tallied a career-best 16 rebounds. The Huskies then fell at Towson by one-point, 66-65.
Towson: The Tigers suffered a pair of losses to JMU and UNCW by a total of six points. Dominique Johnson poured in 27 points against UNCW including a school-record eight three-pointers.
William & Mary: The Tribe fell to visiting Drexel as junior Kyla Kerstetter scored a team-high 19 points to pace the William and Mary offense.
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