Mar 3, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT
We have counted down the days to the start of the season and now we are counting down the days to the final regular season game. The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship is just around the corner and it seems just like we started the 2013-14 season yesterday.
Let’s look over the things we know:
- James Madison is the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament and will play the winner of the #8/9 Game on Friday, March 14 at Noon.
- Delaware is the No. 2 seed and will play the #7 seed on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
- UNCW is the No. 9 seed and will play the #8 seed in the First Round Game on Thursday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.
With just one game to play, there are plenty of scenarios to play out, especially with how many series splits the league saw this season. Wednesday, March 5 – The final day of the regular season is going to be a thrilling one for the CAA and you can follow it all on CAA.TV and CAASports.com. The full bracket will be announced on CAASports.com and CAASports Twitter/Facebook accounts, so be sure to follow!
So before we go forward, let’s take a look back to last week…. with the fight for the seeds, comes strong play from the student-athletes. Towson redshirt junior LaTorri Hines-Allen stepped up and exploded with a double-double for the Tigers as they defeated College of Charleston. She poured in a career-high 25 points and matched a season high with 14 rebounds. Her double-double performance was her team-leading 10th of the season. With her efforts, Hines-Allen earned CAA Player of the Week. Hofstra freshman forward Elo Edeferioka averaged 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last week en route to earning CAA Rookie of the Week honors. She hit a clutch free throw in the final 20 seconds to break a tie and lead Hofstra to a 60-58 home victory over Drexel. Edeferioka opened the week posting her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Delaware. To read more about these two student-athletes and their honors, check out the CAA Women’s Basketball Weekly Report.
College of Charleston made its mark as the league’s newest member as the first team to take down James Madison, which was 13-0 going into the Cougars’ house. CofC snapped the Dukes’ 13-game winning streak on Thursday with an 85-78 win as the Cougars were led by Alyssa Frye’s 26-point performance.
The Dukes rebounded from the loss at CofC and continued their strong play at The Convocation Center as they improved to 12-1 at home this season. The Dukes own a 135-21 (.865) overall home record over the past 10 years at The Convo, which could add more pressure for any visiting team this season. The Dukes have defeated their opponents overall this season by 20.1 points per game, and by 31.7 ppg on their home court. JMU has defeated its conference opponents by 35.1 ppg on its home court and by 26.3 ppg overall.
Now that the ballots are out for postseason honors, stats are definitely being examined… Back on top is Towson’s Tanisha McTiller, as she leads the league with 18.9 points per game, while James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder ranks second with 18.8 points per outing. Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan is averaging 17.9 points per game to rank third among all CAA players and Jewel Tunstull sits at fourth with 15.6 ppg. Rounding out the Top 5 league scorers is UNCW’s Kelva Atkins with 14.9 ppg. Northeastern’s Jewel Tunstull steadied as the conference’s leading rebounder pulling down 9.8 boards per contest. Charleston’s Jill Brown is averaging a league-best 5.3 assists per game. JMU’s Angela Mickens and teammate Nikki Newman are currently tied for second while dishing out 4.3 assists per contest. To check out all of the league’s stats, check out the full listing on CAASports.com.
CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament… you can find all your championship information on the championship website … Tickets, Bracket, Hotels, and more! Get your tickets now as this is going to be another exciting tournament in Upper Marlboro, Maryland from March 13-16!
Around the League – Did You Knows…
College of Charleston: The Cougars’ may have made their mark in the league as they handed James Madison its first CAA loss of the season and snapped the Dukes’ 13-game winning streak with a 85-78 victory on Thursday.
Delaware: Akeema Richards and Joy Caracciolo each poured in 14 points a piece to lead the Blue Hens to a 55-50 road win over Hofstra Thursday night. The duo went identical – 6-for-9 – on the floor and both added a pair of free throws.
Drexel: Senior Tory Thierolf matched her career-high 16 points for the third straight game to lead the Dragons to a 56-45 home win over UNCW Thursday evening.
Hofstra: Hofstra earned a 60-58 home win against Drexel. Ruth Sherrill led the Pride on the week with 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while Anma Onyeuku added 12.5 ppg.
James Madison: The Dukes suffered their first conference loss of the season at Charleston. Kirby Burkholder scored 21.5 points per game to lead the Dukes on the week, while Toia Giggetts poured in 18.5 ppg on 18-of-29 (.621) shooting from the floor.
UNCW: The Seahawks locked up the No. 9-seed with their loss in Philly on Thursday evening. Kelva Atkins scored 13 points for UNCW, reaching double figures for the 24th time this season.
Northeastern: Northeastern split on the week finishing with a one-point win over Delaware. Senior Jewel Tunstull averaged 14.5 ppg, including a 19-point and a game-high 17-rebound outing against W&M Thursday.
Towson: The Tigers earned a 75-63 victory over Charleston on Sunday with the help of Tanisha McTiller (26) and LaTorri Hines-Allen (25) combined 51 points.
William & Mary: Jazmen Boone (20) and Marlena Tremba (19) lead the Tribe to its second-straight win with a 67-50 home victory over Northeastern. The back-to-back wins (Delaware/Northeastern) are the first string of victories under new head coach Ed Swanson.
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