Nov 17, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT
It was a pretty solid opening weekend to the 2014-15 season for the CAA. The conference went 9-5 overall out-scored opponents by a margin of 5.8 points per game (69.9/64.1) and out-rebounded opponents by 11.1 boards per game (43.4/32./3).
One of the biggest wins of the weekend came on Friday afternoon when James Madison upset No. 23 UCLA, 91-87, in overtime at the JMU Convocation Center. The Dukes trailed by as much as 14 points during the contest but stormed back for the victory. It was the 17th time under Head Coach Kenny Brooks in which JMU came back from a double-digit deficit to win.
Northeastern was the first CAA to post a win in 2014-15 by clipping Boston University, 75-74, in the Cabot Center. It also was the first collegiate victory for Head Coach Kelly Cole. Elon picked up its first win as a member of the CAA by topping Anderson, 77-72, and improved to 2-0 on the year by knocking off Navy, 69-53.
There were a lot of impressive numbers by individuals this week. Ten double-doubles were registered by ten different players during the opening weekend. The first Player of the Week award went to James Madison’s Lauren Okafor while Delaware’s Chastity Taylor earned Rookie of the Week honors. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.
James Madison received votes in the national poll. The Dukes received votes in the AP Poll for the ninth consecutive week, dating back to last season. They were also picked as the “Team of the Week” by national beat writer Graham Hays. Check out the story on espnW.com.
#CAAHoops – The Week that Was
College of Charleston: The Cougars got off to a tough start falling at Kennesaw State, 68-61, in their season opener before being edged by UNC Greensboro, 70-68, on a buzzer beater. Breanna Bolden had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds while UCSB transfer Jacqueline Luna-Castro had 10 rebounds against Kennesaw State. Guard Shiclasia Brown dished out 11 assists against UNC Greensboro.
Delaware: The Blue Hens went 1-1 during the first weekend of play. Delaware posted their first win over the year over (RV) Marist in the form of a 70-60 decision behind 21 points from Erika Brown. The Blue Hens opened the season with a road loss, falling at Lafayette, 63-52, despite double-doubles from Joy Caracciolo (10pts/15reb) and Alecia Bell (13pts/10reb). Caracciolo averaged 14.0 rebounds and 9.0 points during opening weekend.
Drexel: Drexel opened the season with a 62-53 win over Cornell. Sarah Curran had 12 points while Meghan Creighton and Jamila Thompson each had 11 points. The Dragons have won three-straight season openers.
Elon: The Phoenix made their CAA debut by posting a pair of victories. Elon won its second-straight season opener with a 77-72 win over Anderson. Elon had four score in double digits, including Zora Stephenson who had 15 points. The Phoenix also claimed a win over Navy behind Sam Coffer’s 15 points. Coffer averaged 13.5 points per game during opening weekend.
Hofstra: The Pride was edged in overtime by Central Connecticut State, 71-66, at home. Sophomore forward Elo Edeferioka notched her fifth career double-double with a career-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds in in 33 minutes. Rookie guard Ashunae Durant nearly had a double-double in her collegiate debut after scoring 11 points with nine rebounds.
James Madison: The Dukes opened the season by upsetting No. 23/23 UCLA, 91-87, in overtime at the JMU Convocation Center. Lauren Okafor had a career day with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Precious Hall went 12-for-12 from the free throw line and finished with 25 points. JMU followed that up with a 76-43 win over St. Bonaventure. Hall had 19 points while Toia Giggetts had 12 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 28 games.
UNCW: The Seahawks opened the season with a 75-38 victory over UNC Pembroke. Five scored in double figures, including Kelva Atkins (10pts/13reb) and Amber Reeves (12pts/10reb) who had double-doubles.
Northeastern: Northeastern gave Head Coach Kelly Cole her first collegiate victory but clipping city rival Boston University, 75-74, in the season opener at the Cabot Center. The entire starting five scored in double figures against Boston University, led by Samantha DeFreese who had 24 points and 14 boards.
Towson: The Tigers battled back from an early deficit only to have its lead slip away late in the Preseason WNIT opener at Penn State. Towson fell 71-64. Guard Dominique Johnson had the CAA’s first 30-point game of the year. She had 32 points, with six three-pointers, in 36 minutes of action. Towson will host the first round of WNIT consolation play at the SECU Arena on November 21. St. Francis Brooklyn and North Dakota will square off before the Tigers take on Rider.
William & Mary: The Tribe got the season started off on a high note by clipping Loyola University Maryland, 72-71, on a last second lay-up by Latrice Hunter. Guard Alex Masaquel had a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
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