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Mar 12, 2014, 7:38 AM EST

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2014 CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament
5 Things To Know About Each Team
by Vicki Friedman

The full bracket and all of your championship needs can be found on CAASports.com, but your quick look on each team before the tournament starts is right here on the CAA Baseline Buzz.

No. 1 seed James Madison (25-5)

  • The Dukes, who won CAA titles in 2010 and 2011, have advanced to the postseason the last eight years.
  • Senior Kirby Burkholder has put together the finest season of her career. The 6-foot forward ranks fourth in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.4) and averages a team-high 19.1 ppg. Her 102 treys made this season trails only Dawn Evans (112 in 2009-10) for the most in CAA history.
  • Double-figure scorers Precious Hall (13.5 ppg) and Toia Giggetts (13.4 ppg, .535 FG%) also boast the Dukes, and Jazmon Gwathmey averages 9.7 ppg. Along with Burkholder, the four rank in the CAA’s top 20 for scoring. Fifth-year senior Nikki Newman, back after missing most of last season with a foot injury, has been moved to point guard, where she averages 4.3 apg. Along with Burkholder, the four rank in the CAA’s top 20 for scoring.
  • The Dukes’ slate includes victories over Virginia, St. John’s and UCLA and losses to Vanderbilt (in OT) and at North Carolina (74-71). The College of Charleston is the lone CAA team to have beaten JMU.
  • James Madison leads the CAA in 16 of 21 statistical categories, including scoring offense (76.2 ppg), scoring defense (55.5 ppg), field-goal percentage (.434) and rebounding margin (plus 11.1)

No. 2 seed Delaware (18-9)

  • Delaware graduated seven seniors from last year’s 32-4 team that amassed a 44-game winning streak in the CAA and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
  • Senior Kelsey Buchanan is third in the CAA in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg).
  • Delaware dropped three of its final four games, falling to James Madison, William and Mary and Northeastern.
  • The two-time defending CAA champions are the youngest team in the conference, with 10 freshmen and sophomores. Freshmen Erika Brown and Hannah Jardine are both in the starting lineup.
  • Redshirt sophomore starter Joy Caracciolo leads the Blue Hens in field-goal percentage (.506).

No. 3 seed College of Charleston (16-13)

  • The Cougars are the lone team in the field with a win over James Madison, 85-78 on Feb. 27. The newcomers to the CAA will be competing in their first conference tournament.
  • Quarterfinal opponent Towson swept the Cougars this year (64-60 on Jan. 23 and 75-63 on March 2).
  • Senior Alyssa Frye is the Cougars’ all-time leader in 3-pointers made (232).
  • Senior Jill Brown has started 116 games and is the program leader in assists, minutes played and is second all time in steals.
  • Senior Afreyea Tolbert averages a team-best 14.3 ppg and 9 rpg and junior Mikeyla Hopkins leads the CAA in field-goal percentage (.554) and blocks (2.2).

No. 4 Drexel (13-16)

  • First-round opponent Hofstra defeated Drexel in both times the teams played this season, both two-point victories.
  • Fiona Flanagan, the program’s all-time leader in three-point percentage, will make her 131st appearance in a Dragons uniform.
  • The Dragons came up three points shy of a CAA title in 2013 but won the WNIT, the first postseason  championship for any Philadelphia Division I women’s team.
  • Senior Abby Redick, the young sis of former Duke star JJ Redick, recorded a triple-double at William and Mary on Jan. 16 (12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).
  • The Dragons rank No. 1 in the CAA in assists (16.6). Flanagan leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.

No. 5 Hofstra (14-14)

  • The Pride has scored consecutive victories over first-round foe Drexel.
  • Hofstra has not allowed a team to shoot 50 percent or better this season and has held 17 opponents below 40 percent.
  • Senior Anma Onyeuku averages a team-best 11.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Two freshmen and two sophomores comprise the rest of the starting lineup. Freshman Elo Edeferioka is eighth in the CAA in rebounding (7.4 rpg).
  • Hofstra has won three in a row and four of its last five. The Pride closed out the season with a nonconference victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology.
  • The Pride rank third in the CAA in steals (8.7).

No. 6 Towson (13-16)

  • The Tigers swept quarterfinal opponent College of Charleston this season, 64-60 on Jan. 23 and 75-63 on March 2.
  • Senior Tanisha McTiller is the CAA’s second leading scorer, averaging 18.9 ppg and third in steals (2.1 spg). McTiller is second on Towson’s all-time leading scorer list with 1,569 points.
  • Redshirt junior forward Latorri Hines-Allen has 11 double-doubles this season and averages 14.3 ppg.
  • The Tigers dropped five of their final seven with wins over William and Mary and College of Charleston.
  • Towson ranks last in the league in free-throw percentage (.607).

No. 7 Northeastern (12-17)

  • Senior Jewel Tunstull leads the CAA in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and double-doubles (13) and is fourth in scoring (15.7 ppg). For the third consecutive year, Tunstull is atop the league in field-goal percentage (.539).
  • Northeastern leads the CAA in free-throw percentage (.742) behind Tunstull (.796).
  • Sophomore Kazzidy Stewart ranks second in the CAA in 3-point field-goal percentage (.376).
  • Northeastern dropped three of its final five games, but defeated Delaware and Drexel in that span.
  • The Huskies defeated Delaware on March 2 for the first time since 1999, despite the Blue Hens leading the game for 39 minutes. A Tunstull layup followed by a turnover sealed it.

No. 8 William and Mary (8-20)

  • Freshman Marlena Tremba is the Tribe’s leading scorer (13.4 ppg).
  • William and Mary leads the CAA in steals, led by the top two thieves in the league, Jazmen Boone and Kyla Kerstetter.
  • The Tribe won at Delaware 68-64 on Feb. 23, ending a nine-game losing streak against the Blue Hens. William and Mary also has a Feb. 2 win over the College of Charleston, 81-76.
  • The Tribe split their final six games 3-3 and fell in the regular-season finale to Hofstra in double OT.
  • William and Mary has used 10 different starting lineups this season with 10 different players earning at least one start. Kaitlyn Mathieu is the only player who has started every game under first-year Coach Ed Swanson.

No. 9 UNCW (4-26)

  • The Seahawks swept Towson and  defeated William and Mary for their three conference wins this season.
  • Kelva Atkins leads the Seahawks and is fifth in the CAA in scoring, averaging 15.1 ppg.
  • UNCW is among the youngest teams in the country with Atkins as the lone returning starter.  Second-year Coach Adell Harris, 32, is also the eighth youngest coach in Division. I.
  • The Seahawks rank last in the CAA in scoring offense (52.7 ppg), field-goal percentage (.358) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.188).
  • A year ago, despite playing five players for the entire game, UNCW led top-seeded Delaware at the half by five before falling 51-43.

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