Nov 25, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT
It was a really busy week in CAA women’s basketball with lots of games and lots of offense.
On Monday, James Madison University’s Precious Hall was named the CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week while Hofstra University’s Ashunae Durant was named the Rookie of the Week. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.
James Madison received votes in the national polls once more. The Dukes received votes in the AP Poll for the tenth consecutive week, dating back to last season.
The first national statistical rankings came out on Monday and the CAA was well-represented. JMU’s Lauren Okafor is ranked second in the country in rebounds per game (16.3) while teammate Angela Mickens is third in assists per game (8.0) and Elon’s Essence Baucom is ninth (7.0) in the same category. There are several CAA teams ranked among the national leaders as well. Drexel is sixth in free throw percentage while UNCW is in the top-ten in turnovers margin and turnovers per game.
It’s never too early to start planning for the CAA Championship! Tickets for the 2015 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship, March 12-15, at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. are on sale at www.caasports.com/tickets.
#CAAHoops – The Week that Was
College of Charleston: The Cougars had a tough week on the road, falling at East Carolina and George Mason. Four Cougars scored in double figures at George Mason, including Christy Hewatt who had a double-double with 13 points and 15 boards. Erin Hall posted 15 points, notching double-digits for the third-straight game.
Delaware: The Blue Hens only had one game this week, falling at East Carolina. Courtni Green registered a season-best 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor with seven free throws against ECU. Erika Brown scored in double figures for the third time this year with 10 points. Delaware has had at least two players score in double figures in each game this season.
Drexel: The Dragons split games last week, falling at Princeton before topping Colgate. Drexel now sits at 2-1 for a fourth-consecutive season. Sophomore forward Sarah Curran knocked down 19 points in the win over Colgate. Rachel Pearson started both games for the Dragons and averaged 12.0 points per game on the week.
Elon: Senior Sam Coffer helped Elon to a 67-54 win over C-USA opponent Charlotte in its only game last week with 16 points. The senior went 5-for-10 from the field, including a 4-for-7 mark from beyond the arc. She also hauled in 11 rebounds to post her first double-double of the season. Elon is 3-0 on the season for the first time under Head Coach Charlotte Smith and for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Hofstra: The Pride had a 2-1 week, picking up a win at home against Fairfield and on the road at Norfolk State. Sophomore forward Elo Edeferioka averaged 12 points and 9.3 rebounds last week. She capped off her week by notching her second double-double of the year with 16 points and 15 rebounds against Norfolk State while Kelly Loftus set a career-high with 15 points.
James Madison: The Dukes went 2-0 on the week, including an 80-64 win over ACC foe Pitt at the JMU Convocation Center. The Dukes have won 13 straight games at home, dating back to a 56-33 victory over Ohio on Dec. 29, 2013. Lauren Okafor averaged a double-double last week with 17.5 rebounds and 12.0 points per game. Okafor, who leads the CAA in rebounding, grabbed a career-high 19 boards against Pitt.
UNCW: The Seahawks split a pair of non-conference games last week, upping their record to 2-1 on the season. Senior Kelva Atkins averaged 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. She scored a season-high 29 points in leading UNCW to an 89-80 victory over Campbell. The 89 points against Campbell marked the highest single-game point total for UNCW in the Adell Harris era.
Northeastern: The Huskies split contests last week, as they fell at No. 22/24 Rutgers before closing out the week with a 58-51 win over Marist. Senior A’lece Mark made her season debut against Marist, coming off the bench to post 11 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, at least three players have scored in double-figures in three straight games. Samantha DeFreese is averaging 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds this season.
Towson: The Tigers went 1-1 last week, defeating Rider before falling to North Dakota to close out Preseason WNIT play. Redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen posted a pair of double-doubles, averaging 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Against Rider on Friday night, Hines-Allen had a career-high four blocks as the Tigers finished with nine in the game. It was the most blocked shots by the team since the 2012-13 season. Senior guard Markell Smith had her first career double-double against Rider, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds.
William & Mary: The Tribe had three road games last week, including a win at North Carolina A&T. Sophomore Marlena Tremba averaged 19.0 points per game last week for the Tribe. At North Carolina A&T, she connected on a perfect 8-for-8 from the field, tying a school record, and finished with 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half. At High Point, she scored a season-high 23 points in the overtime loss. Rookie Jenna Green had a strong outing against High Point as well, posting a career-high 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Tremba has scored in double-figures in all four games this season and leads the Tribe averaging 17.8 points per game.
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